House Of Toys

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„Peter Kelly is a high school English teacher in Hamilton, who is well liked by pupils and staff alike“, says wikipedia about the man behind Beerjacket, often compared with Elliott Smith. Sure, this might not be a neutral, encyclopedia-style remark, but from the half hour we spent with him in Glasgow we can definitely confirm his utter likeableness. After a hint from Jason @ The Pop Cop we meet with Peter to do a session at the Glasgow Film Theatre, only to find out that they wouldn’t let us in. So we head on, turn round the corner and walk along the busy Sauchiehall Street, until Peter spots a telephone booth and a barber just next to each other. He grabs his guitar, squats down and starts fingerpicking “House Of Toys” in the phone booth. While he is singing dark lyrics in a beautiful vocal melody, people, cars and buses pass by. Inside the barber’s Peter goes for “Island” and gets a deserved applause from the shop owners. “I will never feel at home with my guitar now outside of a barbers or a phone booth”, he finally writes in our guestbook.

  • Posted: May 9, 2010
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Sarah Brugner
  • Post-Production: Michael Luger
  • Photography: Simon Brugner