There is no bigger fallacy than the perceived magnitude of the modern-day rivalry between the Scots and the English. What most people don’t realise – or choose to ignore – is that it doesn’t actually exist outside the context of national football teams, a domain populated by millionaire sportsmen who live in a world the rest of us can only fantasise about.
Scottish people would have no particular resentment towards colleagues, TV personalities, products or musicians if they happen to be English. At this year’s T in the Park, for instance, the Main Stage, Radio 1/NME Stage and King Tut’s Stage will collectively host 34 English acts compared to just seven from Scotland. Are we jealous? Not in the slightest. England’s population is ten times greater than our own, so it makes sense that they’d have five times as many performers.
So now that we’ve cleared all that up, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that one of the scenes that seems to be going down particularly well in Scotland right now is posh English folk music. Johnny Flynn, Laura Marling, Noah And The Whale and Eugene McGuinness have led the way, but the best of the lot is MUMFORD & SONS… and they just happen to be making their live debut north of the border very soon.
We gave you a sneaky taster of the Londoners’ genius back in April, and here are two more reasons why we’re ready to embrace our neighbours with open arms.
b July 8, The Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (tickets)