Three stalwarts of the Capital’s music scene, William Douglas (William Douglas & the Wheel), Austen George (The Set Up) and Andy Duncan (Miyagi, The Black Diamond Express) combine their considerable talents to perform psychedelic rock under the Miracle Glass Company moniker.
The three-piece are currently on the shortlist for Hog The Stage at this year’s Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, having been hand-picked by headliner Paolo Nutini for a chance to support him at Concert In The Gardens. As an Edinburgh band, Miracle Glass Company would relish the chance to play such a prestigious gig in their hometown. Check out our interview with the band, then listen to a few of their tracks below. If you like what you hear, you can vote for Miracle Glass Company to play Hog The Stage here – https://edinburghshogmanay.com/news/2016/hog-the-stage-is-back
Meanwhile, we asked the band what they love most about their hometown…
Answers by Andy Duncan (drums/vocal), Austen George (guitar/vocals) and William Douglas (bass/vocals).
Who would you choose to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay?
AD: Bjork would be amazing. She likes to put on a spectacle and for a special event like Hogmanay I’m sure she would come up with something truly memorable.
AG: It obviously gets pretty cold at the Street Party, so someone with really good energy would be great to get everyone warmed up. Even at a ripe old age, Iggy Pop is the epitome of live performance energy, so I’d like to see him do it.
WD: I’ve seen Neil Young a few times now, and it’s always a great experience. To see him headlining Hogmanay would be something to remember.
Favourite old-fashioned boozer?
AD: I like Porters in Portobello Road. Full of proper local characters and they do a great karaoke on a Friday night.
AG: The Tic (Antiquary) in the New Town is a proper local, friendly boozer set in a cozy cellar with open an fireplace. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon tipple.
WD: The Royal Oak is a staple of the Edinburgh music scene, with live folk music happening in the middle of the bar every night. A great place for a dram or a jam.
Favourite style bar?
WD: Safari Lounge is a cool spot out of the city centre where you get a crossing point for the well-heeled of Portobello and Leith.
AG: It’s got to be Paradise Palms, where you’re transported to a Caribbean island (sort of) and there are good vibes, good drinks and always something interesting going on.
AD: Holyrood 9A for the sheer choice of ale and whisky.
Do you love or loathe the Festival?
All: Love – the slow moving tourists can be a touch annoying but to live in a city that comes alive like that for a month every year is a rare treat that should be appreciated.
AG: Cameo – they always have an interesting selection of classics, as well as new releases, and commonly get one-off releases that are too niche for the big cinemas to put on.
AD: Dominion – beer served to you in your seat… enough said.
WD: VUE Omni – the older-style cinemas are great, but there is something to be said for the massive screens and incredible sound quality at the Omni.
Favourite live music venue?
All: Voodoo Rooms – this is a bit of a home-from-home for us. The decor is stylish, the sound is easily the best in town, and it’s not too big so you feel really in touch with the crowd.
Favourite walk in or around the city?
All: Porty Promenade – Edinburgh’s seaside. It’s great to breathe in the fresh air, grab an ice-cream in December, and watch the dog-walkers, cyclists and general Porty life pass by.
Favourite shopping area?
WD: Portobello High St. I like buying records and the charity shops here have an unprecedented amount of quality second hand records. Perfect!
AG: Stockbridge – it’s like a village within the city with great shops, cafes, bars, etc. And great for a day strolling and shopping.
AD: Morningside Charity shops – a higher standard of second hand clothes and always a retro coat or some such to be had.
Favourite piece of Edinburgh architecture?
AD: The view from North Bridge over the Castle and Princes Street Gardens never fails to fill me with pride at living in such a beautiful city as Edinburgh. The Architecture running up the Royal Mile to the castle is jaw-dropping.
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the city?
All: The Trams being brought back to the city has easily been the biggest change. A real divide for the city in terms of whether it’s a good thing or not. Certainly, we did have the best bus service in the country before-hand – but the trams are a nice way to travel.
The Fringe is so full of possibilities that it has to be the best. You can go out every day for a month and see four or five things you’ve never seen before. Some good, some not so good, but the best will blow you away.
Favourite local hero?
All: Bob Wallace (our manager). Ask anyone who knows him – he’s truly a local legend.