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The third edition of Circuit Sessions, the brainchild of Citizen M ambassadors Steven Laird and John Rush took place in citizenM Glasgow, with John Rush appearing as compere and also showcasing a little of his new music.

With each act being allowed the opportunity of showcasing three of their own tracks, everybody walks on the stage equal, and eager to seize their moment in the Circuit Sessions spotlight.

Never failing to impress, John Rush feeling at ease with the intimate crowd (well he should he being partially responsible for the creation of the entire night), helped introduce the night and introduce the performers.

First up to play for the expectant crowd, Alan McKim who puts his mind body and soul into every performance, for about the first minute of every song the audience barely breathes, such is the intensity. Raw emotion unplugged.

It would be fair to say that by the time Alan walked off stage, out of breath, the crowd had been dragged through the emotional turmoil with him.

During Alan’s three track set list it was as if we the audience had a momentary glimpse through his eyes, the eyes of a man who has walked amongst the flames of darkness, and lived to tell the tale. Talented and terrifying.

John Rush was next up on stage and we couldn’t have described it any more succinctly when he uttered, “How do you follow that, I don’t think I can even play now.” said the confident singer songwriter.

The highlight of John’s setlist would have to be his future single “Sister” dedicated both to the brother and sister he never had and also Lisa and Sarah Laird, Circuit Session co creator Steven’s sisters.

John thanked both for attending Circuit Sessions so often, “they can’t get rid of them”.

After a short interlude with up and coming comedian Dariush it was onto another Circuit Sessions debutant.

Panic Anchor who seems to be in the same style of musician as Billy Bragg or Frank Turner, using the medium of music to raise awareness about subject matter that needs to be addressed .

Imagine a bluesy Frank Turner or Lou Reed and you’re half the way there. The eye opening, “Glassford and Buchanan” helped discuss Glasgow’s comprehensive role in the slave trade, and the tobacco barons, whilst also discussing Glasgow’s refusal to accept little responsibility in the historical scandal.

Circuit Sessions welcomed debutant David Laing and his brand of folk, similar to how an angry Damien Rice might sound, his song Hoover boxes was one of the highlights of the night. Describing the feeling of being a child and the best present in the world wasn’t electronic, expensive or elusive, it was a hoover box with paper plates as wheels designed to resemble the Batmobile. Simple beautiful childhood memories. A really great song, from a really talented singer.

The Circuit Session crowd eager for an encore demanded David Laing return to the stage and in doing so created history. His track “Prove Your Worth” happened to be the first encore in Circuit Session history. At that moment the song title seemed perfectly fitting.

Circuit Sessions @ citizenM Glasgow, onwards and upwards.