Flyinshoes Review

Welcome to FSR our Roots Music Reviewers & Pod/broadcasters Community

Where ever you are, have a awfy awfy Merry Christmas & a guid New Year from all on The Medicine Show and our family fold. 

Honchos on the hub Scottish Publicist Presenter Promoter Rob Ellen's is a Americana music world stravaiger. travelling in his Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile seeking out independently minded music across the New and old worlds. 

Medicine Show Records offer you this single from our good friend and Highland Legend Davy Cowan as our Christmas gift. 

Davy Cowan will be stravaiging through Texas in March with The Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile. 

From his album "The Journey'" about the Holy Town of Invergordon. (Oh I Believe In You Believe In Me) 

For the video of this song

Here are some of the artists we are helping "Look for Europe"

A full integrated conventional and digital media promotion service for the independently minded musician.

Become a Patron!

Malcolm Holcombe Live: Toogenblik, Haren-Brussels

Fri 19th Feb

My first visit this year to the Toogenblik and another blinder! I did get there early which was wise as the room was soon filled to capacity, so much so that folks at the back of the room had to resort to standing on chairs to see. Malcolm's a real favourite at this venue; this being his third visit in just less than three years, and it's really great seeing him again as I'm a BIG fan!

Before the show I was ordering a drink at the bar and saw Malcolm standing in the back room. He did look a bit pale and I thought to myself that he's probably a bit tired and feeling the effects of what has been a reasonably long tour with a fair amount of travelling and this for a man who declares that his natural habitat is...the couch! Shortly thereafter Malcolm joined me in the queue for the toilet and we exchanged pleasantries. I asked how he was and remarked that this was a pretty long tour. He just replied "I'm just grateful and very happy that I'm working". It struck me at once that here's a man who appreciates every bit of good fortune and appreciates the things that are important in life, a lot of which are reflected in his songs of home, family, good food and good company....the essentials to a happy existence.

After Luc's introduction in which he described Malcolm (in Dutch & French) as musically speaking his "blood brother" to much mirth from the audience and a bemused stare from Malcolm we were then off with the first number "Mama Told Me So", for two sets of superb music, a joyous excursion through the highways and byways of colourful characters of good and bad times. I wouldn't say he was as "on fire" as the first time he played here but this was a great performance by anyone's standards. A nice first set was rounded off with a meandering story (you never know where Malc's anecdotes will lead) of his dog Holden and "Doncha You Miss That Water". Time for a cigarette break for the maestro and time for him to mingle and say hello to folks sign stuff ect.

Set two really sealed this as a great gig as it contained some of my favourite tunes "Straight and Tall" started it off and was followed by the lovely "Not Forgotten" homage was paid to Malcolm's wife's potato salad with the cracking "Marvelene's Kitchen" and the beautifully intense "Blue Flame" grabbed me as it always does. He growled and snarled his way through "Yesterday's Clothes", playing sometimes three songs in a row as the gig seemed to gain huge momentum. So much so we were at the end before we knew it. During the set I'd been thinking about what to request for an encore if the chance arose and plumbed on "A Far Cry from Here". However, I was a bit slow on the uptake and other folks were quicker on the draw with "Short Street Blues" and "Sparrows and Sparrows" never mind, two great songs. SSB was accompanied with a great tale of a cheap barbecue grill, chicken, drunkenness, fire trucks and great BBQ sauce (made me feel rather peckish to be honest). Then, at the end of the last number, at the very last moment came the crowning moment of the whole evening as Malcolm went straight into the opening chords of "A Far Cry From Here". And, as he was playing I'd noticed a few people from the back had crept down to the front and were sitting on the floor between the chairs. It gave a sort of around the camp-fire feel, a moment of real warmth with all eyes set on this dishevelled kindly troubadour with his torn brown jacket and straggly hair as he played one of his best songs. I could've easily have shed tears at that moment it was so intimate, so wonderful. It was certainly another performance that will live long in the memory.

I took time to get the CD signed and have a photo taken and a chat with the great man and I was off into the night for the long drive back. Around the Brussels ring road with Malcolm on the ipod and a lovely low lying crescent moon I thought "what a grand old life it is"...thanks Malcolm.

Set One

Mama Told Me
For The Mission Baby
Anna Rubyanne
Goin' Downtown
Hannah's Trading Post
Whenever I Pray
Leonard's Pigpen
Goin' Home
Doncha You Miss That Water

Set Two

Straight and Tall
Not Forgotten
Who Carried You
Marvelene's Kitchen
Kiss Me When I'm Sleepin'
Blue Flame
Yesterday's Clothes
Another One Gone
A Bigger Plan
Thank God For My Job


Short Street Blues (request)
Sparrows and Sparrows (request)
A Far Cry From Here

Views: 49

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of Flyinshoes Review to add comments!

Join Flyinshoes Review

Comment by Editorial on February 21, 2010 at 1:00
There is a videoblog interview with Malomb for RSR and some concert footage from hisd recent date here in the Highlands.


Keep the wheels on the hub

Become a Patron!

Would like to contribute to FSR and the House Concert Hub? Please help keep the wheels on the hub, this site is run on House Concert Principles and relies on your donation. Thank You for keeping this in mind



Face Book

The Medicine Show is the home of the House Concert here is our rolling news


This site is the sister site to The House Concert Hub community and has been inherited in the main by kind donation of Shaun Belcher and Trailer Star.

It is the sum total of over ten years of tending a tender love of music by Shaun, a life time with Trailer Star and five or so years of an association with Rob Ellen from Medicine Music.

The House Concert Hub community will use it for the purpose of providing a online, all singing all dancing, review and preview area for the music of the community, and the music community at large. Have a look around tell your friends use the share button, tell the world.

We need reviewers, the idea is we have a correspondents in every area of the musical global village, it will be edited and co-ordinated by Rob Ellen of Medicine Music publicist promoter and presenter, if you wish to subscribe as a correspondent, join up here and drop Rob a line, he will send you cd's and send you to shows, display and publicise your content.

Here starts an other adventure.

  Visit The House Concert European Hub (& Acoustic Music Club Network)



December 2018
Malford Milligan
75 pts.
Life Will Humble You
Royal Family Records
JD McPherson
61 pts.
New West Records
Rosanne Cash
50 pts.
She Remembers Everything
Blue Note Records
Ad Vanderveen
45 pts.
I Was Hank William
Blue Rose Records
John Hiatt
44 pts.
The Eclipse Sessions
New West
The Yearlings
41 pts.
Lonely Sounds Records
Tip Jar
40 pts.
Nathan Bell
39 pts.
Loves Bones & Stars
Angry Stick Recording Co.
The Brother Brothers
38 pts.
Some People I Know
Compass Records
Richard Dobson
30 pts.
I Hear Singing
Brambus Records
Steve Forbert
29 pts.
The Magic Tree
Blue Rose Music
J.P. Harris
28 pts.
Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
Free Dirt Records
The Bottle Rockets
24 pts.
Bit Logic
Bloodshot Records
Rodney Crowell
23 pts.
Christmas Everywhere
New West
Christian Kjellvander
22 pts.
Wild Hxmans
Erin Costelo
21 pts.
Sweet Marie
Compass Records
Colter Wall
20 pts.
Songs of the Plains
Young Mary's Record
The Hillbenders
19 pts.
The Hillbenders
Compass Records
Eric Bibb
18 pts.
Global Griot
Stony Plain
Karine Polwart
18 pts.
Laws of Motion
Hudson Records
Carson McHone
17 pts.
Nine Mile Records
Malcolm Holcombe
17 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
Ben Bedford
16 pts.
The Hermit's Spyglass
Cavalier Recordings
Craig Moreau
16 pts.
A Different Kind Of Train
David Olney
16 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music

© 2018   Created by The Medicine Show.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Site Meter