CROWDED OUT; Rufus would have been better off going solo rather than sharing the stage with his mum, aunties and sister RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, May 28 - Daily Record - Paul English

'I'm in a very Scottish mood tonight,' said Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. 'Romantic in a dark kind of way.' Not a bad prelude to a spine-tingling vocal and piano rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. But the description also summed up most of the material from his three albums.

There was some disappointment that Loudon Wainwright II's maverick son was appearing with his mother, aunts Kate and Anna McGarrigle and sister Martha rather than solo.

But together they had a spellbound audience demanding three encores at the end of a gig already two hours long.

The clan's on-stage bickering was by turn humorous and tedious, but Mr Wainwright Jnr certainly didn't leave his audience cheated with his performances of Poses, Pretty Things, Beauty Mark, Foolish Love and the brilliant Vibrate. Next time, though, there's no need to bring the family, Rufus.