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Mary Ann Kennedy leads ambitious collaboration of Gaelic nations

What happens when you combine singers and songs from the three Gaelic “sister nations” of Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man?

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King Creosote. Picture: Calum Gordon

Album reviews: King Creosote | James Vincent McMorrow | Urusei Yatsura

Kenny Anderson’s wistful, melancholic brilliance makes this new King Creosote release about the end of an analogue world a gloomy delight

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Teenage Fanclub. Picture: Contributed

Teenage Fanclub are back with self-release album ‘Here’

Teenage Fanclub, without a record label, but with a band of loyal fans around the world, are back with a new self-released album. Gerard Love tells Malcolm Jack about their 27 year journey through pop

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Donald Runnicles, Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Picture: BBC

Scotsman critic’s choice: Four must-see shows this week

The Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see theatre, art and concerts for the next week

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Under the radar: Stars and Sitars

Released on cassette and digital download earlier this month via 7 A Sides Records, Welcome To The Gardens is the debut EP from Stars and Sitars.

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Kyle Falconer is to face accusations of  being threatening or abusive on a flight when he appears in court next week. Picture: Neil Doig

The View singer ‘shouted homophobic abuse at cabin crew’

Scots rocker Kyle Falconer allegedly shouted homophobic abuse at a male cabin crew member on a flight home from Spain, according to court papers.

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Good Charlotte front men, twin brothers, Joel and Benji Madden. Picture: Getty Images

Gig review: Good Charlotte, O2 Academy, Glasgow

Bromances don’t come much more bromantic than that shared by twin brothers Joel and Benji Madden, the vocalist and vocalist/guitarist respectively of Waldorf, Maryland band Good Charlotte.

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Thomas Walsh (right) of Pugwash with recent musical partner Neil Hannon in The Duckworth Lewis Method. Picture: PA

Gig review: Pugwash, The Hug And Pint, Glasgow

Playing to an audience that’s on the meagre side even for this small venue – and a number of whom they seem to know personally – might be a bit of a facer for a band which has been going in various forms since 1999.

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein was featured soloist at Prom 48. Picture: Contributed

Classical Prom 48: BBC SSO, Royal Albert Hall, London

As the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra demonstrated with Gerard Grisey’s Dérives under Ilan Volkov’s baton in Prom 46, they are superbly competent exponents of cutting-edge avant-garde music, but not even they could make much out of Matthias Pintscher’s Reflections on Narcissus in Prom 48.

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Senegalese singer and musician Youssou N'Dour makes a rare UK performance

Music review: Youssou N’Dour

Despite his superstar status at home in Senegal and on the world music stage, Youssou N’Dour mounted a very simple show compared to some of the audio-visual spectaculars in the EIF’s music strand, without even a backdrop to mask the unused bank of choir stalls behind his band, and it seemed that it would be hard work to bring the party to such initially polite proceedings.

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Music review: Florian Boesch & Malcolm Martineau

Music review: Florian Boesch & Malcolm Martineau

Hearing Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin the morning after the night before, when the EIF presented Hans Zender’s contemporary take on Schubert, seemed initially oddly conventional.

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Music review: Hans Zender’s Winterreise

Music review: Hans Zender’s Winterreise

Hans Zender’s Winterreise is a strange piece. Intended as a “composed interpretation” of Schubert’s great song cycle Die Winterreise, rather gloomy but beautiful settings of poems by Wilhelm Müller, Zender’s aim is to re-ignite the initial response of shock on first hearing of the original version.

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Bob Worrall, from Canada,  presents Calum McKillop, 14, with Archie McGeachy's cherished bagpipes
as Kintyre Schools Pipe Band Major Ian McKerral looks on.

Vintage bagpipes complete 6000 mile journey to return home

A set of vintage bagpipes which were played at the Queen’s coronation have come back to Scotland after an incredible 6000 mile journey.

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Music review: Jeeseok Kim East-West Quartet

Music review: Jeeseok Kim East-West Quartet

For a first-time visit to the Fringe it was a propitious gig, and not only terms of the unexpectedly blue Scottish skies Jeeseok Kim lauded by way of introducing his tune City Sky, which was inspired by a different and by all accounts often muggier firmament in his native Seoul.

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Nick Harper

Music review: Nick Harper

Nick Harper has long given up on using a set list – he lost it back in 1996, he tells us, so his songs emerge pretty spontaneously, either according to his own whim or in response to requests yelled from the audience.

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Steven Isserlis

Music review: Steven Isserlis & Robert Levin 2

In the second of their Beethoven concerts, cellist Steven Isserlis and fortepianist Robert Levin turned their attention to the composer’s later works for the two instruments.

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Music review: Minnesota Orchestra

Music review: Minnesota Orchestra

Without doubt the Minnesota Orchestra are back with a vengeance, their fortunes completely transformed by conductor Osmo Vänskä after they nearly folded four years ago.

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An epic reimagining of the visionary GRIT

Music review: Grit

As the hit of Celtic Connections 2015, Grit leaves no one disappointed at the Festival.

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Classical review: Daniil Trifonov & Friends

Classical review: Daniil Trifonov & Friends

It seems that no matter in which guise pianist Daniil Trifonov appears, he is an artist unlike any other in this year’s International Festival.

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Yann Tiersen performing Picture: AFP

Music review: Yann Tiersen

Don’t call Yann Tiersen a French composer, as he is described in the EIF programme.

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