at the Strathaven Hotel
Friday 4thOctober, 2019 at 7.30pm
Gallery of images from the concert
Lloyd Cole performed the inaugural concert under the FRETS ACOUSTIC banner at the Strathaven Hotel on Friday 4thOctober. Lloyd will be performed a solo acoustic set of his best known songs from throughout his career, the Strathaven Hotel concert will be the first date of his UK tour. The concert was organised by a new Strathaven promotion company, FRETS ACOUSTIC, and was the first of several acoustic live performances by singer-songwriters they are currently organising gigs for in Strathaven. Tickets for the event sold out in a matter of hours.
Lloyd Cole came to prominence in 1984 when his group, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, had a hit single with their first release, Perfect Skin. This was followed later the same year with the release of their debutalbum,Rattlesnakes, which received a gold disc for sales over 100,000 in the UK. NME included Rattlesnakes in its Top 100 Albums of All Time list, and the album was successful internationally. After touring the world on the back of the album, the Commotions returned to the studio to record their second album, Easy Pieces, which featured the hit singles Brand New Friend, Lost Weekend, and Cut Me Down. The group released a third and final album, Mainstream, in 1987, which featured another three hit singles, My Bag, From The Hip, and Jennifer She Said, followed by another exhaustive world tour, after which the group split up.
Lloyd moved to New York and started working with members of Lou Reed’s band, Robert Quine and Fred Maher, resulting in his eponymously titled debut album in 1990. He has released several successful solo albums since then and regularly tours acoustically internationally. His 2013 album Standards returned to a sound more akin to the Commotions and resulted in live UK BBC television performances (backed by The Leopards) on Later with Jools Holland and the Andrew Marr Show.
Lloyd Cole has just released a new album, Guesswork, which features two former Commotions (Neil Clark and Blair Cowan). The album has an electronic influence throughout and has been extremely well received by critics and fans alike. Lloyd is embarking on a solo acoustic world tour performing songs from throughout his career, from Rattlesnakes through to Guesswork.
FRETS ACOUSTIC is part of a new business venture (more information coming soon) being set up by Strathaven musicians Derek Fleming and Douglas MacIntyre, both of whom have worked professionally in the music industry in various capacities for several years, regularly appearing on television, radio, and in concert. FRETS ACOUSTIC gigs will feature well known artists playing acoustic sets in a bespoke venue