Last year I really enjoyed the 2018 DMC (Dumfries Music Conference) event, so went to the 2019 event last night (Facebook) at a new venue. Again, it was really good. I love live music, and every time I strum my own guitars I wish I was a lot better! Music and singing are forms of communication for emotions and ideas. As with last year, there was a wide variety of styles, to cater for all tastes.

Megan Airlie (FB / Twitter)

"With a voice that traverses the glamour of Judy Garland, with the darkness of Amy Winehouse. Airlie, originally from East Kilbride is setting the Scottish scene ablaze with performances at Wide Days and XPO North as well as the 2018 SAY Awards. This young artist is building a repertoire of songs that will leave you shuddering, spellbound and moved with a classic sound that breaks convention in the most delicate of ways."

Megan Airlie sang and accompanied herself on guitar. She was chatty and reminded me of Doctor Who in her jacket and long coat. It was an easy and relaxing style, good to listen to.

The Lutras (FB / Twitter)

"In the past 12 months, The Lutras have twice sold out hometown headline shows at the 350 capacity Venue in Dumfries, alongside rapturous performances at Edinburgh's Liquid Rooms and Glasgow's iconic King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, firmly cementing the foursome as one of Scotland's most-hotly tipped new bands, armed with a new release and a ferocious live set."

The Lutras were the headliners, and it was my first experience of them. They played really well, a professional rock outfit, and got everyone jumping around - which is what you want!

Actually, after the The Lutras set up but before they played, a rapper was asked to get on stage and give an impromptu performance. I missed his name - Justice? The Lutras improvised a drum and guitar backing and he freestyled to it, really enjoyable and clever stuff. I wish I knew who he was! All the more impressive for they way they all just created something without rehearsal.

Quiche (FB)

"A harmoniously textured, romantically dreamy and adventurously tasteful’ psychedelic pop rock quintet from Glasgow. If you like Mac DeMarco, The Lemon Twigs and Tame Impala then you’ll like Quiche."

Quiche were energetic and fun, jumping around and sometimes coming into the audience. They played a mix of rock songs that I really enjoyed, with humour and passion.

Prussia Snailham (FB / Twitter / Instagram)

"A piano-based musical experience with songs about love, insanity, conversations, life, loss, animals and sarcasm. A captivating performance driven by its melancholic and evocative vocals/melodies, heartfelt and clever lyrics, with dynamic, unpredictable, stabbing percussion throughout… elements of hip-hop, minimalism, blues/jazz and art-pop."

Prussia Snailham were the first band of the evening to play, and if I had to pick one out of the excellent set as my favourite, it would probably be this, since it was so different to what I normally go and see. Just a young woman on keyboard and singing her own songs while her friend acted as backing drummer. They were both understated and yet filled the stage with earnestness. The singer was evocative, with a hint of early Bat for Lashes and maybe some of the mood/look of Hazel O’ Connor in the quieter moments of Breaking Glass. She sang about dogs and cats, and the miaow miaow song made me laugh. Afterwards we chatted with her a bit, because one of her songs had been about losing her dog - and I still regularly dream about my first ever dog (Toby), even though he died years ago. I love the way all the musicians of the night seemed so friendly and approachable.

So, another great night. I had some beers, did a bit of dancing, chatted with people, and came away with lots to think about. Make sure you support your local music scene, wherever you live, and whatever the styles: it benefits you as well as the artists. Peace!

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