Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, memories of a much-missed moggie, three adventurous new cats, a camera, a computer and a garden filled with wildlife

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.





Glasgow And Genesis

by Russell Turner - 19:59 on 17 May 2017

In the olden days, cameras and recording equipment were banned from music venues. Nowadays, concerts appear on YouTube within hours – which is how I can share some of Steve Hackett and Co’s gig at Glasgow last night (although none of the digital data was procured by me).

The first half featured his more recent work, including a new album; the second delved into the Genesis back catalogue of both Gabriel and Collins eras, although singer Nad Sylvan’s voice and demeanour was more suited to the former.

This was proper prog rock, with an Edwardian vampire on vocals, a bank manager on drums, and a kilted maniac on bass. The keyboardist, woodwindist and Hackett himself were sartorially restrained in comparison, but all could do the musical business.

All in all, another trip to Glasgow was worth braving ScotRail’s rickety rolling stock and an overheated hotel bedroom. The next – ELO in June – can’t come soon enough.


Nad Sylvan, Steve Hackett and Nick Beggs with a guitar so heavy he was seated for part of the time.

Back in Inverness, Matchgirl very decently collected me at the station before heading home via Dingwall where she picked up her new toy – a mountain bike (although she envisages more roads and trails than mountains).

The omens aren’t good: she had her first accident within ten minutes, slipping while preparing the bike for loading into the back of her car. Both made it back to The Rural Retreat without further incident.

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