The Colour Of Whisky & Tenement & Temple
The Glad Cafe, 1106 Pollockshaws Road, Glasgow

The Colour of Whisky and Tenement and Temple present an evening of song and good cheer (in a melancholy alt-folk/country crossover kind of way) at the Southside’s beloved Glad Café. Both acts will be playing songs from their soon to be released debut albums, with maybe a mystery cover version here or there to keep things vigorous.

A download of the Colour of Whisky’s debut recording “Magdalena” will be given away free to all our guests on the night.
“Magdalena” is available now to listen to here –

Recent single by Tenement and Temple “Where the Wild Roses Grow” is here

The Colour of Whisky

No member of ‘ The Colour of Whisky’ lives or, to the best of our available knowledge, has ever lived near the sea but it’s a recurring reference in lyrics and music. Maybe it’s the romantic memory of mariners past, with short days on land and a thirst to slake that draws us to the ocean. There is also to be found here a warm melancholy, a feeling of nights shared around a fire with communal song and the spirit of shared loss and celebration, brought to life on acoustic guitars, banjo, flute, piano and 4 part vocal harmonies. Biff Smith, Katie McArthur, Jo Shaw and Paul Tasker have collectively played in many bands over the years, but this is their first collaboration together. Drawing from country music, classical, blues, gypsy and folk, everybody contributes from their varied musical histories to create a modern folk music and an eclectic blend of lyrical storytelling.


Tenement and Temple is a new folk route for Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie. Monica plays her Martin guitar solid while Johnny creates some organised chaos on his Olympic. Together they weave intimate readings of songs spanning their career with new songs and classics. Monica as singer is well known for her numerous guest appearances, most notably Belle and Sebastian and Snow Patrol but also for her seminal country rock band Thrum and her beautiful Emmy inspired, Smillie produced solo records. Johnny is better known these days for his studio work but is never happier than when playing his guitar and singing harmony to Monica. Their new route is a free,melodic and expansive harmonic domain in which dissonance exist with simple beauty and a sense of mischief wrapped in a cassock of spirituality.
Some quotes.
The BBC said..
“Monica Queen’s Return Of The Sacred Heart not only sounds like Emmylou but the whole package sounds like Harris’ flawless Wrecking Ball.”
“If Monica Queen is comparative to Harris then it would be fair to say that Smillie’s production skills are akin to those of Daniel Lanois”

They love Elvis, Neil Young, Emmylou, Gillian Welch , Carter Family and WIllie Nelson.