Last night saw the second edition of ambitious new musical avenue the Circuit Sessions.

If you’re unaware Circuit Sessions gives talented musicians the opportunity to perform and interact in front of an intimate crowd. Something that perhaps gets lost when crowds numbers are increased.

The brainchild of citizenM Ambassadors Steven Laird and John Rush, (Rush also happens to be supremely talented musician, who performed at the inaugural event.) the event seems perfect for the hotel’s cool, hip, trendy ethos.


Last night’s brilliant show welcomed Alan McKim, Elemental and Scott Charles McDonald each performing three tracks, whilst discussing the meaning of each track. The beauty of the laid back atmosphere, atmospheric lighting and the little segments of chat between each songs, is that there is a bond created between crowd and performers. An atmosphere you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else across the city.

Alan McKim with a voice reminiscent of Ben Howard, (although perhaps a bit raspier.) Tales of ex girlfriends, mischief in his younger years and everything in between, helping cement the relaxed informal tone for the night whilst also setting the benchmark incredibly high for the rest of the performers.

Next up to perform for the Circuit Sessions crowd were Elemental, the duo Gordon Jarvie and Lynn Kelly, singing a trio of songs. If you can imagine early Sharleen Spitteri and Texas coming from a strong blues angle, you can imagine the type of music, the talented band like to perform.


We were also informed that Gordon this time last week had a cast on his arm, and was his first performance back on the music scene. Very talented duo. In particular “Ward 37”, a song Kelly scribed about visiting her dementia suffering Grandad in hospital, was a real tearjerker.

Closing the second Circuit Sessions was Scott Charles MacDonald who opened with “The Wagon” a song mainly about going off the rails in your younger years and burning a few bridges. It’s only when you reach a certain age of maturity that you understand regret, guilt and attempt to repair broken friendships. Beautiful music.

The three acts each captivated the audience with their originally written music. The crowd loved every minute and a special thanks to citizenM for allowing Circuit Sessions to be hosted in their fine hotel.

(Look at the top photo for details on how to listen to more music from last night’s talented performers.)

GlasgowLiving considers it an honour to be a part of Circuit Sessions and its easy to understand, especially with nights like last night, why Glasgow was awarded the prestigious UNESCO City of Music title.

PS Have you checked out our interview with Circuit Sessions co-creator John Rush yet?