I made the mistake of agreeing to see Fat Mac last night at a literary event – Neu! Reekie! 5. I thought – ‘Literary event – he won’t be able to drink too much at that’ – but I was wrong. When he arrived at the venue, at the Scottish Book Trust property off the High Street, it was obvious he’d already been drinking for most of the afternoon, and he immediately ordered two bottles of beer from the bar. Blind Dave and Poisonous also turned up. Blind Dave wasn’t drinking, but Poisonous was on his worst behaviour. I was forced to have a couple of beers so as to fit in better. There actually seemed to be a lot of drinking going on at the event.
They’re digging up the High Street yet again! It’s only a few years since a small fortune was spent, laying down the cobbles.
I had not known what to expect of the evening. It turned out to be a pleasant mixture of short films, readings and then a band.
Of the authors, the talented and entertaining Adelle Stripe stood out. The band was called Emelle. They were excellent, their harmonies helped by the fact that the lead singer and the percussionist are brothers.
The official gig photographer took these photos.
Fat Mac’s ticket won the first prize in the raffle, but he was too busy up at the bar to notice, and so they pulled out a new number. After the gig, Fat Mac insisted on everyone going to the Waverley Bar, where he drank until he couldn’t stand up anymore. I made my excuses, and left.