Review: Gabriel Rios

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 gabriel 2Glaswegian 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.

gabrielriosThis was a perfect setting to show off tracks from his latest album This Marauder’s Midnight, each tune captivating the audience into silence.

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. 

Lalita O'Neill

Lalita O'Neill is a journalist and copywriter based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has written for a number of Scottish publications, including; The Herald, The Daily Record, The Scottish Daily Express, The Evening Times (Glasgow), The Glaswegian, and many others. She was also Beauty Editor for She loves writing about entertainment, lifestyle and beauty issues in particular. Follow her on Twitter @LalitaONeill