First off I have to say the Tramway is a nice wee venue and it's a shame it doesn't get used for gigs more often outside of Triptych.
Moving onto the music the opener Boom Bip peddled the sort of music I tend not to enjoy. Plus they sported some horrible clothing!
I'd be trying to hide my face if I was caught looking like that too! Their music washed over me, hardly piquing my interest apart from the odd funky undertones which got me tapping my feet.
Next up was Euros Childs, the first of the Welsh acts of the night. He put on a great show and immediately after the gig I bought his album (from the lad himself who was taking plaudits and selling his own merchandise) Bore Da and I'm looking forward to giving it a listen. Nice happy pop music that also has me determined to finally get round to checking out his old band Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.
Following the long haired Welsh scamp were American psychedelic folk band Espers. As my profile will attest their a band who I've been listening to a fair bit recently, which makes it all the harder to say that I found their performance rather disappointing. It wasn't a promising start when they opened with my least favourite song (Widow's Weed) and unfortunately that set the tone for the performance. They weren't bad it's just they seem like they are the type of band best enjoyed in the comfort of your own home and who aren't really ever going to be the best live band. The lead vocalist didn't shine as much as I expected her to, although Cruel Storm was absolutely awesome. However, other than that the main highlight was when the guitarist broke his guitar strap (which he claimed had been given to him by a nun) and got a bit emotional over it.
The star of the night was undoubtedly Gruff Rhys, ably assisted by Lisa Jen of 9bach. Entering to a mock air safety regulation skit they sat down on the lovely set (whose supposed 3D properties Gruff himself admitted to be a tad disappointed in) and launched into songs from both Candylion and Yr Atal Genhedlaeth.
Highlights of the set included Candylion, an awesome multilayered version of Gwn Mi Wn in which Gruff whirled what can only be described as a "long orange thing" above his head, a rendition of Gyrru, Gyrru, Gyrru which sped up as it went along and the crowning glory of the set, a superbly acted out Skylon!
The presentation and the music were both excellent and my Youtube videos (first time I've taken vids at a gig as I've got a nice new camera) will no doubt utterly fail to do it justice.
I thoroughly recommend taking a flight on Candylion airways - their pledge of "on-board melodic therapy" was definetely fulfilled.