Sometimes you go to a gig and things don’t happen quite how you imagine they will.
Take for example gigs at The Beinn Inn in Glenfarg. Lying about half way between Kinross and Perth this old coaching inn always felt more remote than it actually was. In those days (early 2000s) it was run by David Mundell who brought to the hotel musicians who were well known in the 60s and 70s (This Scotsman article will give you a flavour of the place). The room couldn’t have held more than 100 people but you couldn’t deny the atmosphere. It was here that I would experience quite the oddest gig of my entire life courtesy of Glenn Tilbrook, the lead singer/songwriter of the band Squeeze.
It must have been about halfway through the set when he, evil grin on face, said…
“Right everybody…follow me!”
So out the door of the bar we ambled and gathered in the car park. Now, what you need to know is that the Beinn Inn sits in the middle of nowhere at a road junction and given the time of year it was now pitch black outside.
Mr Tilbrook hoisted his guitar and strummed the opening bars of the well known Squeeze song “Goodbye Girl”.
“Goodbye Girl” – Squeeze
I have to admit it was very atmospheric, this open air addition to the concert. The audience was now beginning to resemble a bunch of rowdy carol singers (of questionable sobriety) all endeavouring to sing along. Prior knowledge of the words appeared to be optional. It was then the party really took off.
“Let’s go!” he shouted.
And off into the night up the minor country road he strolled still playing “Goodbye Girl” full blast! We all sort of looked at each other, then thought “What the hell!” and set off after our very own pied piper.
You will be very pleased to know that, for the duration of our little excursion, there was a complete absence of vehicular traffic…although possibly not as pleased as we were. Ironically I downloaded “Goodbye Girl” from a Squeeze compilation album called…
“Up the Junction”.