Ladies and Gentlemen, many years ago, as a wide eyed teenager, I was lucky enough to see Martin Stephenson and the Daintees play live in the Glasgow Pavillion. My big sister’s cool boyfriend had given me a badge with their name on it so I thought they must be worth checking out. They were unlike any other band I had seen before – friendly, warm, and comical, things that bands weren’t supposed to be. My overwhelming impression was that of a band feeling and, perhaps more importantly, sharing with the audience, a sense of joy in making music. There was no pretence, no fancy haircuts, but neither were they self-consciously “authentic”. It felt like gatecrashing a party and being made welcome.
Anyway, it is my great pleasure to announce that The Starlets will be opening for Martin Stephenson on Saturday November 26th, at the Croy Miners’ Welfare club.
I still have my vinyl copy of Boat to Bolivia which I aim to take along and ask Martin to sign. I hope he doesn’t tell me to fuck off, hehe. All the best, biff x.