Easter Road locals Hibs had travelled west to Glasgow, beaten Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox, then come home to blue skies. And local boy Ross Wilson had returned to the city to do an intimate gig in the unique event room of Victoria Park House the same evening.
It was a slightly odd venue. We weren’t entirely sure we were in the right place to start with. It was very much a hotel, but thankfully our nervous “are you… eh… here for the gig?” was met with the affirmative rather than the feared “no mate we’re here to sleep, it’s a hotel, please get out”.
It was a very unique gig too. A special, intimate night in Edinburgh.
Ross Wilson plays under the name Blue Rose Code. He’s a well-known name and face both in Edinburgh and beyond in the world of folk music, and he’s currently on a tour of the UK. His album 'The Water of Leith' landed to rave reviews and was even ranked Scottish Album of the Year for 2017 by The Skinny.
The day before his Leith hotel gig, Blue Rose Code was playing the O2 ABC in Glasgow - no small venue - for ‘Celtic Connections’. The Victoria Park House gig was something quite different. It was a gig billed ‘for fans only’ and barely advertised. At it, Ross was there (with helping hands on other instruments) to do a one-off performance of breakthrough album ‘The Ballads of Peckham Rye’ from 2014. And that he did - plus a few extra hits.