The Paul Weller (The Jam) fans are a fiercely partisan lot as I’ve found out to my determent in the past so opening for Weller is a mighty brave thing to do if your not a mod, Ocean Colour Scene or anything vaguely connected with that scene! Edinburgh lads ‘The Merrylees’ are as far from such genre as you can get so when they wandered onto the stage at ‘The Playhouse in Edinburgh’ to open for ‘Paul Weller” I feared the worst!!

This is not the first time they had appeared on the same stage as the ‘Modfather’…. last year the opened a series of Forestry Commission events for Weller who loved them and personally asked the to open for him in Carlisle and their hometown gig in Edinburgh …

Opening with ‘Ghost Of A Love’ to a reasonably filled Playhouse the band got off to a great start, looking like they had stepped straight out of a sixties music programme the dreamy quality of their music soon had the crowd hypnotised and taking notice…

Singles ‘Forever More’ and ‘For You’ were greeted with a well earned applause and rightly so as they were brilliant. The lads describe themselves as ‘Psychedelic Western Pop’, which became evident when, the play ‘Turn For The Strange’. Closing their criminally short set with ‘Black River’ an odd number reminiscent to early ‘Doors’ stuff… The crowd loudly cheer the guys off stage which deserves huge kudos as this lot are a hard to please.