Carluke’s Jam Festival Live finale gig kicked off with a bang at 7.20 sharp on Saturday night. After some great opening banter from DJ and music columnist Jim Gellatly, first act Bottle Of Steven took to the stage.

It was just Steven himself with only (no, not a bottle, as musically impressive though that might be) an acoustic guitar to wow the audience with. And wow he did! The whole venue fell silent as they waited on his every note and word. His prelude to song “Misfire”, about a girl from Carluke who broke his heart, certainly melted a few hearts in the audience. His set was short, sweet, captivating and promising; and proved a great start to the evening from such a talented local.

Next up were the Dukes Of Uke, who Gellatly affectionately introduced as the Kings of Carl-uke (do you see what he did there?). Performing hits such as “Under The Boardwalk” and “Brown Eyed Girl” with only their ukuleles and vocal chords, they finished with a fitting Scottish medley containing the usual “Shang-A-Lang” and “Bye Bye Baby”.

Carbon Copy were the first act to get the crowd dancing, firstly with their rendition of “Valerie”. The cover band blended old with new, and perfectly mixed up-tempo, dancey hits like “Proud Mary” and “Take Me Out” with slower numbers showcasing singer David Swan’s vocal range, like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and U2’s “With Or Without You”. They finished their set in style with a brilliant and surprising rendition of The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy”.

The night wasn’t completely dominated by males however, as all-girl pop band Teen Canteen took to the stage prior to Roddy Woomble’s headline set. The only let down was that such talented young girls, half hailing from Carluke too, only managed a short set of five songs. Regardless, each piano-driven folky-pop masterpiece was executed perfectly, with highlights including new single “Honey” and “How We Met (Cherry Pie)” which features in upcoming Brit film “Not Another Happy Ending”, starring Karen Gillan.

Headliner Roddy Woomble managed to take to the stage earlier than his planned set-time, despite having hot-footed it straight from another festival in Kilmarnock. Not that festival-goers were complaining, as opening number “Trouble You Soul” was met with lots of clapping and praise on the closing bar. Highlights were “Work Like You Can”, where his fiddle player added some female vocals to the song, and a cover of an old John Prine song, “Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness”. Also surprisingly included in the set was a version of Idlewild’s biggest hit, “You Held The World In Your Arms”. As his set started early, so too was it early doors on the evening as Woomble left the crowd with a haunting version of one of his best solo gems, “My Secret Is My Silence”. All in all, it was a fantastic first shot for the Carluke Jam Festival, where everything seemed to go just right.

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