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Stirling Observer, Wednesday 5th August, 2015

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Chance To Hear One Of Country's Finest Voices

One of Scotland's finest singers is coming to Stirling Rugby Club when Pauline Alexander & Edwin Gallacher perform at Stirling Folk Club on Monday August 10.

Having been described as the "voice of an angel" and "one of the finest voices to have emerged in he Scottish folk scene in recent times", the duo have had a very fruitful year supporting triple platinum artist Rumer, performing on STV Glasgow's Riverside Show and appearing at Celtic Connections. 

The pair have been quietly enchanting audiences around Britain with their eclectic sets of original music and interpretation of song.

This will only be there second visit to Stirling having performed at last year's Stirling Fringe at Cowane's Hospital.

Pauline's Foray into music was brought about when she was made redundant from her after school care job.  Signing on at the job centre was increasingly adding more demands even though she was not receiving any financial support.

Sanctioning was also mentioned and she had to point out more than once she wasnt receiving any sort of benefit.  When she was threatened with a sanction to national insurance credits, fed up with the contempt and scrutiny she thought enough is enough and vowed to putting her efforts into being a singer instead.  Whatever the outcome from this, she couldnt be any worse off.  It also inspired her to write an "Unemployment Blues Song" - a light hearted pop at her experience at the job centre.

The duo believe that a good song is a good song regardless of genre.  It means they are just as likely to play something contemporary as they are folk. For them, it is all about balance.  Which reflects on their choice of original songs bveing performed alongside more familiar songs too.

Edwin's tasty guitar has a sympathetic quality that marries beautifully with Pauline's voice that also saw th duo nominated for Isambard Folk Award last year with their take on Mark Knopfler's [Dire Straits] Brothers In Arms.

For those that have never been to a folk club, you might not know what to expect.  You will normally find a fairly inclusive group of music lovers and musicians who want to enjoy some of the finest talent from the international music scene and home soil too. 

Whilst budding musicians are also welcome along and should find an appreciable ear too. 

They are currently in the studio hoping to repeat their success with a new album which has yet to be given a name.  Pauline's first album 'Thoughts For The Masses' was a former album of the week on Iain Anderson's BBC Radio Scotland Show.

Detaills can be found at http://www.stirlingfolkclub.co.uk/ More information at at www.paulinealexander.com or www.facebook.com/palexandersings


Alloa Advertiser, Wednesday 5th August, 2015

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Pauline’s sweet folk sounds

STIRLING Folk Club will welcome a performance from Pauline Alexander andEdwin Gallacher this month. The duo have had a very fruitful year supporting triple platinum selling artist Rumer, performing on STV Glasgow’s Riverside
Show and appearing at Celtic Connections. They have been quietly enchanting audiences
around the UK with their eclectic sets of original music and interpretation of song.

When they play at Stirling Rugby Club on Monday 10 August, at 8pm, it will mark their second visit to the city, having performed at last year’s Stirling Fringe at Cowane’s Hospital, which is also known as Guildhall.  Pauline’s foray into music was brought about when she was made redundant from her after school care job.

Her experiences through signing on made her vow to put her efforts into being
a singer.

The duo believe that a good song is a good song regardless of genre which means that
they are just as likely to play something contemporary as they are folk. Edwin’s tasty guitar has a sympathetic quality that marries beautifully with Pauline’s voice which saw the duo nominated for an Isambard Folk Award last year with their take on Mark Knopfler’s (Dire Straits) Brothers In Arms.

Details about the Stirling gig can be found
at http://www.stirlingfolkclub.


Dundee Courier, Thursday 13th February, 2015

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All About The Voice

Pre-Production, Clark's, Dundee, February 19

ONE OF Scotland's best vocalists comes to Dundee next week in the shape of Pauline Alexander.

The Glasgow songstress is blessed with the purest of voices — Eva Cassidy, Karen Carpenter and, of course, Rumer spring to mind — and has married those golden vocals with some excellent acoustic guitar melodies from her musical partner Edwin Gallacher.

The pair appear at the latest Pre-Production at Clark's on Lindsay Street on Thursday, buoyed up by what has been an impressive start to 2015, performing their two highest-profile gigs so far, on Scottish Television and at one of the world's top winter festivals, Celtic Connections.

And speaking of Rumer, in a couple of weeks, they're supporting her at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh.

Pauline told Rocktalk: "It's just amazing, I'm really chuffed, sometimes the most random things happen. It was one of these things where if you don't ask you don't get.

"So we asked and we got the Rumer gig."

"It's brilliant and it's been a great start to the year, getting the TV show and Celtic Connections as well. Being on the TV show gave us a massive confidence boost."

As is always the case, that great start is the culmination of a lot of hard work.

A few years ago Pauline was scraping for a living as a youth worker, watching as the funding to pay her wages dried up under the Government's austerity measures.

She also worked as a wedding singer, performing at church and civil ceremonies, sometimes a capella, where her fantastic voice would fill the venues with beautiful renditions of the happy couples' favourite songs.

Five years ago she recorded her debut album, Thoughts for the Masses, which became Album of the Week on BBC Radio Scotland.

Everything changed then and Pauline began working full-time as a singer-songwriter, usually performing as a duo with musicians she knew.

Then she met Edwin a self-taught guitarist, just picking out tunes in the music shop in Paisley he worked in. That was two years ago and the pair haven't looked back.

Pauline explained: "I love his melodies — he likes Simon & Garfunkel and stuff like that. When we met he hadn't been out there playing, which I couldn't believe.

"I had an album out which was BBC Scotland's Album of the year, so we were just playing stuff from that at first."

"I just said to him if he had any songwriting ideas then we should get them going."

"I was actually finding songwriting quite difficult at the time — I was never the person who writes song lyrics first then wrote the music."

"I feel that in two years it's grown really well, my other half Stephen does all the promotion and Edwin and I work really well together."

It wasn't always like that— Pauline admits music wasn't always her most natural career choice and she ended up almost literally having to sing for her supper.

"I always really liked drama at school, and I did a lot of youth work when I was younger."

"I used to do a lot of talking to them about alcohol, that kind of stuff, but it was winding down, the funding was getting pulled and I ended up on the dole."

"So I had no choice but to go for it — I came up with all these songs because there was nothing happening on the job front, I had to sink or swim."

"All those experiences gave me something to write about; I try to write truthfully and honestly."

"I grew up listening to all those older records, there was always a radio on in the house and I think it's inevitable that it influences what you do."

"I've always loved pure voices like Karen Carpenter and Judith Durham, Sam Cooke too. There's a quality about these people, it's an honest kind of music."

  • Doors at 8pm at Pre-Production, Clark's On Lidnsay Street on Thursday 19th February 2015.  Tickets available at the bar priced £5.


The Genn, Issue 141, 7th November 2014

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East End Girl At The Star Folk Club And Celtic Connections

PAULINE Alexander & Edwin Gallacher are performing at The Star Folk Club at the Admiral Bar on Waterloo Street in Glasgow on Tuesday 4th November 2014.

Tickets are priced at £8.

They are also booked to perform at Celtic Connections in the Mitchell Library and are billed alongside the Pear!fishers on Friday 16th January 2015. Tickets for this are priced at £16.

Pauline Alexander and Edwin Gallacher are a musical partnership that have been quietly building a name for themselves on the Scottish and English folk scenes.

Whilst not strictly folk, their music transcends a multitude of genres from folk to easy listening, contemporary and blues which is brought by their belief that a good song is a good song regardless of genre.

Performing original songs they also interpret songs in their own way which sees them playing some favourites of theirs from artists such as Dire Straits, Beatles, Joan Baez and Sting to name a few.

Their music strips everything back to the bare bones so that the quality of the song, the guitar and vocals can really shine through.

Edwin brings a masterful sense of accompaniment with his fingerstyle guitar that sets off Pauline's hauntingly pure and easy on the ear vocals beautifully.

A combination that saw them being named as Isambard Folk Award finalists earlier this year.

Hailing from the East End of Glasgow and Paisley respectively their music extends well beyond these borders having played at clubs and festivals from Stonehaven to Elstree.

This year also saw them playing at Ceol Cholasa alongside names such as Bella Hardy and Battlefield Band.

It is also a year that has seen them support Shelagh McDonald and open-ing for Dougie MacLean too.

Stephen Thomson from Cracker Dog Records who manages Pauline and Edwin has said, "When I first heard Pauline sing I couldn't believe how beautiful her vocals were. It really stopped me in my tracks and left me feeling compelled to listen.

Eva Cassidy is perhaps the only oth-er person 1 can think of that I could say the same for.

All that was missing was the perfect guitarist and I am glad to say that Edwin fills that role perfectly.

His fingerstyle guitar accompaniment is stunning for someone who is still a relatively young performer.

I am so glad to be so privileged as to hear these guys play and be part of what they do. They're amazing."

The partnership between Pauline and Edwin sees Pauline providing her lyrics and Edwin laying down the mel-odies, hooks and arrangements.

As a lyricist, Pauline has been inspired in part from being brought up and living in the East End of Glasgow.

The sense of community and strength of its people have influenced the idea of hope and despair which has been the theme of the new album which is looking to be released next year.

One of the songs, 'Unemployment Blues Song', reflects on Pauline's experiences at the job centre, something that left her feeling that she wasn't considered as an individual but just part of a binary process.

It was intended as a gentle way of poking fun but still something that we might all appreciate.

With their live performances, their gigs are increasingly getting further away from home, they are not long back from playing on the Isle of Colonsay, and it has been a refreshing change to have a couple of gigs on the calendar closer to their doorstep.

Pauline even joked, "It will feel odd not having the suitcase with me this time as it's only 10 minutes down the road. At least we won't need a satnav."

Before adding, "In all seriousness, we have been really looking forward to our first visit to The Star Folk Club. All gigs are great but there is noth-ing to beat playing to a local crowd - especially a Glasgow audience."



Paisley Daily Express, 23rd April 2014

Edwin strikes a chord with award judges

Guitarist is in the running for top folk music award

Reporter: Gavin McInally

A talented guitarist has proved he's strum-thing special by being nominated for a prestigious award.

Edwin Gallacher, 24, from Johnstone has been shortlisted for an Isambard Folk Award which woudl see him land a high profile festival slot. 

The musician, who performs with Glasgow singer, Pauline Alexander. is up against 14 other artists for the award.  with online voting closing on Friday 25th April.

"Its not easy to see what impact you can make until you get news like this, we're delighted."

As part of the Isambard Folk Awards, the winners get the chance to perform on the main stage with Banghra Masters, R.S.V.P. and folk duo Spiers & Boden for their evening <some text missing>

And Paisley Daily Express Readers are being urged to vote for Pauline and Edwin before Friday's deadline.

A spokesperson for the duo said"Pauline's pure vocals are incredibly easy on the ear and have been said to have echoes of Eva Cassidy or Karen Carpenter."

"Edwin's guitar marries beautifully, bringing with him his own fingerstyle guitar."

"Together they perform a blend of contemporary, easy listening and folk, with an acoustic flavour, whether its original material or interpretation of song."

"Since settling with Edwin as a permanent guitarist , the duo have seen their gigs, festivals and radio appearances spread around the UK."

"They have just performed a series of folk concerts in places like Kirkcaldy, Alcester, Troon, Dundee, Edinburgh Stonehaven to name a few."

To register your support for Edwin and Pauline as they target an Isambard Folk Award visit www. <rest of text missing>


Glossop Life, Friday 25th October , 2013

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Elves, lettuce and folk chat with Pauline Alexander


Pauline Alexander is a Scottish singer-songwriter whose voice has earned rave review from every reviewer, DJ and fan to ever hear it.

Compliments for Pauline’s dulcet tones have included “voice of an angel”, “her voice is quite deluxe” and the statement that she has a “velvet voice”. It’s all grand praise, and thankfully, Glossop will get to hear the angelic voice for itself next week when Pauline plays only her second ever English gig, at The Globe.

Prior to arriving in town and wowing us all with her talents, Pauline spoke to Glossop Life about diva demands, easy listening vibes and turning music into a profession.

You played your first ever gig in England at Folkstock last month, how was it?

It was really good, we applied quite late and so were really happy and surprised to find ourselves on the main stage. We actually spent most of it bumping into people who had followed the music on Facebook and that we hadn’t met before – putting faces to the names was fun.

Glossop becomes only your second England date – it’s a long way to come from Scotland!

It is but I’m looking forward to it. The main reason for it, is that I’ve gigged all over of Scotland and now it feels like the right time to branch out and find new audiences. I’ve never experience Glossop before at all, so I’m excited for it.

You’ve said before that you don’t stick to one genre of music – so we can we expect lots of different styles? 

It’s more that I feel a good song, is a good song and it doesn’t matter how you play it – it’ll still be a good song. Take, for example, Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits, it’s not a folk song but it’s a big rock song. However, when you strip it back and play it acoustically, it’s still a great song.

So it’s more that kind of thing – I’m not going to be jumping from reggae into jazz and then folk or anything like that!

You co-write songs….with a man you’ve never met. How does that work?

Yes, I met him on a website called Singers UK – it’s gone now which is a bit of shame.

I’ve written with him for about 8 years now and I couldn’t tell you what he looks like.

We chat a lot on the phone, he’s trying to get his songs out there but also like to keep himself anonymous. It works because we have a good understanding, he likes to deliver melody and tunes and I work better when I have a tune to some lyrics on to. When I have a melody to put lyrics on, it evokes some emotion from you and makes it easier to write.

You’ve always enjoyed doing covers – what’s the pleasure in that for you?

It’s the enjoyment of bringing something new to a song that I love. Something like “Imagine” is often a song which people define as untouchable and that you shouldn’t mess with it but for me, if it’s something that you feel an emotional connection with then there’s an opportunity for you to bring something new to it.

The show you perform is a duo with an acoustic guitarist – what kind of vibe will it have?

It’s a very ambient show. There are obviously a variety of tempos to it but it is overall very gentle, easy on the ear music.

There’s elements of acoustic, folk and also easy listening music there.

You’ve taken the leap to full-time musician, how is it going?

I feel I’m doing as much as possible to make it a realistic possibility – I play in an electric band and I do wedding performances too, so I am going for it. This year has been a good step towards it and as the more and more I do, the more it feels like it is snowballing which is really positive.

Does having a day job not help with things to write about?

In it’s own way it does, but I think it’s something you get pushed towards whereas the music side of things has always been there for me. When you do the 9 to 5 thing, doing something just to live off and survive it does mean your music comes from different places and that you remember where you’ve come from.

One job I had was as an elf, for Christmas in Santa’s Grotto. I thought “I can do this”,  it was about waving, smiling and being cheery for the kids – even if you didn’t feel it. I was quite good at it, I used to wave at security guards and everything.

Do you really drink a lettuce and camomile drink for pre-gig nerves?

Yes! I don’t know how I came to it. I think I was googling things for nerves, about two years ago, and I kept reading that lettuce was good for making yourself really calm. So I did start getting lettuce in for absolutely every gig and I use it with camomile team now too. It would be such a diva demand to have on a rider wouldn’t it?

There was one point where I even had the camomile tea in a hipflask to calm me… but it just made it freezing.

Pauline Alexander plays at The Globe on Thursday 31st October. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are £6 and available from We Got Tickets, Bay Tree Books or from The Globe.



Herald Scotland, Friday 20th September , 2013, Herald & Times Group

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Scots singer set to fly the flag at London's inaugural Folkstock festival

Pauline Alexander, 34, is the only Scot performing at the inaugural festival, which aims to bring together the best new musicians in the UK. The singer and her guitarist Edwin Gallacher will appear on the main stage alongside folk acts including Lucy Ward and Kris Drever.

It is the first time that the Scot, from Glasgow's East End, has played in England.

Pauline, who began singing seriously in her twenties, said: "I'm really excited. I applied to play the festival a few months ago and I was not sure what was going to happen but then I got accepted and put on the main stage.

"I'm very proud, it's a big step up for me. Two years ago I could never have imagined this happening. There are going to be a lot of notable people there and it's a real privilege to be on the main stage next to them."

The festival rounds off an extraordinary couple of years for the singer, who released her first album, Thoughts for the Masses, in 2011. The album has been given a rapturous reception, receiving air play on radio stations across the country and being named album of the week by Iain Anderson on BBC Radio Scotland. Her first music video, Dear Sister, has also been shown on the Phil Mack Country Show.

She is now working on a second album, due for release in 2014 and will release new material with her collaborative project, Grand Gestures, next month, before appearing on the Vic Galloway show.

The singer, who has worked in child care and alcohol projects in Glasgow, added: "I've been pleasantly surprised by the response I've received. I'm a very down to earth person and I do have expectations, I think you should do regardless of where you're from, but all the airplay and support the album's had makes me feel like I'm not wasting my time and that it's worth it.

"I'm doing a normal day job as well as the music and now I'm hoping to make the transition and make music my career.

"I don't pigeon hole myself, I grew up listening to a wide variety of music but I've always been a stripped back singer, I felt that was closer to me than what was in the charts.

"I would love to be working with people that are on the scene. I've got a good vibe and I feel that I want to ride and go with it."

Pauline will play the main stage at Folkstock on Saturday, September 21. For more information visit Pauline's Facebook page.



Servante BlogArticle Here, Thursday July 11th, 2013

Anthony Servante

We welcome to the Servante of Darkness Blog, Pauline Alexander. I first heard her magnificent voice in a Facebook group named Trad! Traditional British & Celtic Music. She sang "Fields of Gold" by Sting with a mellifluous vocal style more akin to the English Renaissance than today's Techno Age. This was a voice I wanted my readers to hear and a person I wanted to know. So, I introduced myself to Ms. Alexander and arranged this interview. Now I'd like to introduce her to you, my readers. And after the words, please listen to the top ten songs hand-picked by Pauline herself. Let's begin.  More ...

 

Peebleshire News, Friday 7th June , 2013

Entertainment Section - Forth Weekly Press

Pauline Alexander is the latest big name to be added to the Innerleithen Music Festival line up this year.

Pauline is a regular on BBC Radio across the United Kingdom and will be heading to the Memorial Hall on Sunday August 18th.

The vocalist from Glasgow is regarded by many as an extraordinary singer and her debut album thoughts for the masses was a former Album Of The Week on BBC Radio Scotland.

With a finely crafted set of original material and re-interpreattion of song, Pauline's acoustic style has finely fused elements of folk, easy listening and the contemporary.

Her reluctance to be pinned by genre is almost undetectable in the listening experience as she performs her range of material seemlessly.  Pauline's voice which is angelic and soulful, defines their sets and has been suggested to have shades of Eva Cassidy, Karen Carpenter or Sandy Denny.

As a girl growing up in the 80s and 90s she enjoyed some gratuitous pop but her love of music was taken to a new level whilst being knee deep in vinyl and discovering the music of her parents.  Classic raw sounds of the 60s and 70s.  Music like The Beatles, ELO, Abba, Gerry Rafferty, Mary Hopkin and The Carpenters.  An era that Pauline is heavily inspired by as much for the great earthy and pure voices of the time as for the rawness and faithful to live soudn production methods.  However, it is with singers such as Eva Cassidy and Joan Baez that Pauline aspires to recreate the sort of raw and honest sound that emotionally engages its audience.

A new follow up is currently being put together which is due to be completed at the end of the year.  The Innerleithen gig will take place on Saturday August 18 in the Memorial Hall from 2pm to 4pm.  For more information log on to www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org


Ayr Advertiser, Tuesday 7th May , 2013

Entertainment Section - Ayrshire Weekly Press

Toe-tapping Ayr Folk Gig

 

Folk songstress Pauline Alexander is taking to the stage in Ayrshire.  The singer is playing a support slot at Craigie Folk Club on Saturday, May 11, and will also be appearing at the Third Degree Burns festival on Saturday, June 1.

 

At the Craigie Folk Club gig, at Craigie Village Hall, Pauline will be supporting Frank McLaughlin, Stewart Hardy and Gillian McDonald. Tickets are £10 and £9 concession. And at the Third Degree Burns festival, she will be appearing as one of the main acts on the evening of Saturday, June 1, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. Tickets are £12.

 

Pauline said: “I’m really looking forward to playing in Ayrshire again. I’ve got great childhood memories of visiting Ayr beach and always look forward to coming back.”

 

Pauline has had airplay on Iain Anderson’s BBC Radio Scotland show, and her first album, Thoughts For The Masses, produced by Kilmarnock duo Clark Sorley and Brian Bellini, was a former Iain Anderson album of the week. She has also been played on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Shropshire and BBC Radio Ulster, and the music video to accompany her song Dear Sister was played on the Phil Mack Country Show.  Pauline’s style has been described as “fusing together folk, easy listening and contemporary”, and she was currently working on her new album, due to be completed at the end of this year.

 

For more information visit www.paulinealexander.com



Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser, Wednesday 27th March , 2013

Entertainment Section - Forth Weekly Press

Jen Mitchell

Nearest and Dearest

Glasgow singer-songwriter Pauline Alexander has dropped a new video for her track Dear Sister.

The film made its debut earlier in the month on Showcase TV’s Phil Mack Country Show.

Pauline’s introductory record, Thoughts For The Masses, was a featured album of the week in January 2011 on BBC Radio Scotland with Iain Anderson.

Since then she has appeared on a growing number of podcasts and specialist, community and internet radio Stations.

Pauline whose style ecompasses easy listening, folk and acoustic elements, hopes to have her next album complete by the end of the year.

For more info, head to www.facebook.com/palexandersings or listen at www.soundcloud.com/paulinealexander.

To watch the video for Dear Sister, check out www.youtube.com/1978weepau.

Upcoming gigs:

Thursday 16 May: Support Barbara Dymock & Chris Marra, Falkirk Folk Club, Tolbooth Tavern

Saturday 1 June: Third Degree Burns, Roberts Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr

Sunday 15 September Best Of The West Festival, Inverary Castle

Monday 16 September Glenfarg Village Folk Club, Glenfarg Hotel   


Falkirk Herald, Wednesday 7th March , 2013

Pauline Alexander goes straight from television screen to Folk Club gig

Folk singer Pauline Alexander will play Falkirk Folk Club next week just as the video for her new song hits our television screens. 

Supporting Barbara Dymock and Chris Marra at the club's Tolboot Tavern base on Thursday, March 16th, Pauline will have just seen her 'Dear Sister' video debut on Showcase Television's 'Phil Mack Country Show'.

Not bad going the self-confessed shy girl from the east end of Glasgow who has already seen her debut long player 'Thoughts For The Masses' named BBC Radio Scotland Album of the Week on Iain Anderson's Radio Show.

Influenced by an eclectic band of artists including Karen Carpenter, Matt Monro, Sam Cooke, Mama Cass and John Denver, Pauline strives to make heartfelt, honest music - brutally honest in the case of 'Dear Sister', a beautiful tune which deals with some pretty ugly issues.

Pauline said: "The video and song playes with the idea we may know someone who is [in] a relationship that isnt good for them but are powerless to help.  The dwelling being re-visited is a metaphor for the emptiness and ruin that can be felt when things don't go quite so right."    

Don't worry folks, she does strum the odd upbeat ditty too, as punters will find out for themselves at Falkirk Folk Club from 8 p.m. next Thursday.


Ayrshire Post, Friday 11th May , 2012

Weekender Supplement – Scottish & Universal Newspapers

Edwin Lawrence

Pauline's On Her Way

If you like your music with a quality voice, and acoustic accompaniment, you'll like Pauline Alexander.  And she's coming to Ayr for Burns an' a' That!  With a performance at Loudon Hall on May 31.

Pauline's debut album Thoughts For The Masses is a former BBC Radio Scotland album of the week.  Her voice has been compared to Eva Cassidy and Karen Carpenter.

The charm of her music is the mix of original work and re-interpretation.  Over the last year Pauline has performed at the Arran Folk Festival, Merchant City Festival and Celtic Connections – Danny Kyle Stage.

Tickets are (£5/£3.50 concession from Ayr Tourist Information Centre (01292) 290300.


Arran Banner, Saturday18th June 2011

Arran Folk Festival Spread

“Scottish folk singer Pauline Alexander drew in the crowds on the Friday night”