It was a pure delight to watch Gabriel Rios open for The Staves at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket. One of the city’s more intimate and sophisticated venues, it was befitting for this talented songsmith.
He’s every bit the show man, but there’s still a humbleness that agreed with a Glaswegian crowd. Indeed, he took the opportunity to interact with them in-between songs. You can tell that the stage is Rios’s favourite place.
Each song is like a story in its own right, brought alive by the cello and bass. The atmosphere was quite intimate and intense in parts, but light-hearted thanks to Rios and his banter with the crowd.
Rios’s live shows are a fantastic thing to witness, and soon we hope that it will be him as the main act next time we see him perform in Scotland.
* Live performance photos are archive and not from the night.