Music review: The Blue Aeroplanes

“This is not a nostalgia exercise,” glowered Gerard Langley. As far as we could tell he was glowering behind the sunglasses he wore throughout, a lone Blues Brother powered by mordant English wit and the propulsive affection of late ‘80s/early ‘90s indie fans for whom The Blue Aeroplanes’ personal impact was in inverse proportion to their lack of fame.

Martyn Brabbins

Music review: BBC SSO: The Last Supper

Harrison Birtwistle’s “dramatic tableaux” The Last Supper is a curious and engaging concoction of anomalies. The subject itself, a reunion of its original guests some two millennia on, with review of the Christian project on the agenda under chairman Christ, smacks of Hollywood fantasy sequel.

Llyr Williams

Music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Alexander Janiczek / Llyr Williams

I love self-sufficiency in an orchestra – where the body corporate dispenses with conductor and self-governs in a dynamically intimate way that is chamber music writ large. It’s what the SCO does extremely well, even when working semi-automatically with soloist/directors.

Carly Connor  PIC: Robert Perry

Music review: King Tut’s New Year Revolution

New year, new faces. The budding A&R man or confirmed starmaker could do worse than dip into the King Tut’s New Year Revolution, their annual January run of local band bills, offering four upcoming acts, a DJ and an aftershow gig in the bar each night as a shrewd way of showcasing new talent and getting the venue full of music-loving locals at a quiet time of year (at least until Celtic Connections kicks off).

Laura Marling is a must-see at Celtic Connections. Picture: Contributed

Celtic Connections: What to see and when

Plotting a course through an ocean of Celtic Connections talent

The world premiere of T2 is being held in Edinburgh next weekend.

Trainspotting sequel to tackle 'disappointed masculinity' of iconic characters

Trainspotting director Danny Boyle has revealed that its long-awaited sequel is going to be about “manhood and disappointed masculinity."

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Rab Noakes played his first professional show 50 yearss ago. Picture: Carol Ann Peacock

‘Every noise you make, filters its way into your output’

He walked away from success with Stealers Wheel, missed out on a solo hit due to ‘silly’ planning, had throat cancer – but Rab Noakes is smiling as Celtic Connections hails his 50 years as a professional singer, writes Fiona Shepherd

The new music centre will be opened at the University of St Andrews. Picture: Jane Barlow

Plans for new £8m music centre in St Andrews to be unveiled

Plans for a state-of-the-art music centre in the heart of St Andrews are to be unveiled later this month by the university.

Edinburgh's Christmas & Hogmanay festivals are said to be worth more than 240 million.

Drastic cuts looming for Edinburgh's Christmas and Hogmanay events

Edinburgh's Christmas and Hogmanay festivals face being dramatically scaled back this year after city council chiefs decided to slash their backing for the events.

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Philip Glass PIC: Stewart Cohen

Interview: Philip Glass on Scottish Opera’s new production of The Trial

Love him or loathe him – and there are plenty with strong opinions on both sides – US minimalist Philip Glass has done more than most contemporary composers to bring new audiences to serious music. He’s no stranger to Scotland, either: he’s played to sell-out crowds at Glasgow’s Minimal weekends, and also – memorably – at the Edinburgh International Festival with Patti Smith. His supporters are sent into raptures by his unmistakable rippling, arpeggio-laden textures. His detractors, however, say Glass just writes the same piece over and over again.

El Hombre Trajeado

Album reviews: El Hombre Trajeado | The Blue Aeroplanes | Louise McVey & Cracks in the Concrete

Collaborations abound as stalwarts of Glasgow’s music scene come out to play with El Hombre Trajeado

Trainspotting 2 - showing Robert Carlyle, Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner and Johnny Lee Miller in Edinburgh - along with Kelly Macdonald

Trainspotting sequel soundtrack features Edinburgh hip hop band

A Scottish hip-hop outfit is set to claim global glory after having three songs selected for the soundtrack of the Trainspotting sequel.

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Edwin Organ

Under the Radar: Edwin Organ

The death of a rosemary plant is an unlikely inspiration for a song about loss, but then Edwin Organ is no ordinary artist. Originally hailing from Dunfermline, where he spent several years recording house tracks, his recent move to Glasgow has led to decidedly left-field take on electronica.

Dame Evelyn Glennie is joining Trilok Gurtu for a diverse and eclectic Celtic Connections performance in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. Picture: Scott Taylor

Banging the drum for Glennie and Gurtu

Two of the world’s greatest creative percussionists unite for Celtic Connections, writes Jim Gilchrist

British singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt with Anita Atke at Heathrow Airport in London. Picture: PA Wire

British singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt dies age 75

British singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt has died at the age of 75.

Ian Rankin will be touring the world to celebrate 30 years of John Rebus in 2017.

Ian Rankin lifts lid on plans for his first 'RebusFest'

Ian Rankin has unveiled plans for his first ever “RebusFest” to mark 30 years of his best-selling novels.
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Clarke Peters is best known for his role in the American crime drama series The Wire.

Wire star Clarke Peters wants to bring Nat King Cole show to Fringe

Clarke Peters, the American actor best known for his role his The Wire, wants to bring a one-man show about Nat King Cole to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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Scots DJ Calvin Harris. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Calvin Harris and Gordon Ramsay features in 2016 celebrity rich list

DJ Calvin Harris and chef Gordon Ramsay have been named among the world’s highest paid celebrity’s of the last year.

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Amy Macdonald

Ones to watch in 2017: singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald returns, collaborating with a songwriting partner for the first time and gearing up for a new tour

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Lliam Paterson PIC: Julie Howden

Ones to watch in 2017 - composer Lliam Paterson

Lliam Paterson has always admired Bartók, but writing a companion piece for Bluebeard’s Castle is proving a daunting challenge

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