Live Reviews

LIVE REVIEW: Chris Shiflett, Dea Matrona, Saint Luke’s, Glasgow, 22/03/2023

The beautiful Saint Luke’s is the perfect setting for the return of Chris Shiflett who last graced the stage in Glasgow four years ago. The sold-out crowd filled the converted church to capacity as openers Dea Matrona took to the stage. Their mix of hook laden bluesy-rock was an instant hit with the crowd and the love was felt by front women Mollie McGinn and Orlaith Forsythe as they smiled constantly whilst making use of the stage and pulling some awesome moves.

The sound from the crowd is deafening as Chris Shiflett and his band made their way onstage. Opener Liar’s Word kicked off the set-in style with the packed house singing every word back at the band. Sticks & Stones and The Girl’s Already Gone followed and Shiflett had Saint Lukes right where he wanted them.

The band moved seamlessly between rock, country, and blues with Shiflett throwing shapes and leading the band with effortless style and confidence. The audience were captivated by his charisma and the energy kept them engaged from start to finish. Crowd pleasers such as Thought You’d Never Leave and Welcome to Your First Heartache received notable huge reactions. Shiflett also threw in a few covers from Hank Williams. Jr, Merle Haggard and The Rolling Stones, all being given the bands unique touch.

Shiflett is a master in his class. His song writing and showmanship is second to none. He’s backed up by solid musicians who also deserve huge credit. Set closer West Coast Town was the highlight of a flawless set with Shiflett donning a cowboy hat as he bids farewell to the packed-out venue. A real class act.

Words and Photos: Andy Davies