THIS double bill of singer/ songwriters who boosted their profiles with recurring roles in US drama series One Tree Hill was a sincere, but deeply sappy, affair.
Tyler Hilton & Kate Voegele - The Garage, Glasgow
Kate Voegele, who came to prominence with yet another woefully inadequate cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, brought her best fragrant busker act to the stage, with some additional piano accompaniment.
She was perky, polite and “super-pumped” to be in the city her great-grandmother hailed from. Her insipid country/folk-inflected pop, cut from the same batch of cookies as Christina Perri, was inoffensive enough when delivered softly but there were regular outbreaks of mild musical angst when she would strain her limited range with an affected yelp.
Tyler Hilton appeared to be the bigger deal among the teen and twentysomething audience. He turned in a slicker and more accomplished performance than his touring partner, but was every bit as bland in his marginally rockier way, taking the stage with acoustic guitar, a different piano accompanist in a checked shirt and a heap of folksy observations about relationships and stuff.
At least he was on less sacrilegious ground with his token cover version – John Waite’s gravelly Eighties ballad Missing You, which towered above his own banal rootsy pop and bluesy boogie woogie dabblings – before Voegele joined him onstage for a couple of wet lettuce TV tie-in duets, Caught Up In You and When The Stars Go Blue, to see the show out with a whimper.
Seen on 04.08.15