New album “a reaffirmation of Scotland’s drive to become independent”

Knock on an anonymous-looking door, tucked away amid dreichly inauspicious surroundings in Edinburgh’s West Granton area, and you suddenly find yourself in the state-of-the-art recording suite of Chamber Studio. Such renowned Scottish bands as Biffy Clyro, Idlewild and Mogwai have recorded here, but on this occasion it is occupied by the string players of the ever-adventurous Mr McFall’s Chamber, accompanying Selkirk traditional singer Jackie McGuckian and Border piper Matt Seattle.

Bob Dylan at a press conference in London in 1966. Picture: Getty Images

Bob Dylan 1966 Scottish gig recordings to be released

It remains one of the most notorious rock n’ roll concert tours of the 20th century, provoking fierce reactions from those that witnessed it.

Cora Bissett's Glasgow Girls is still touring after wowing audiences since its world premiere in 2012.

Real-life Glasgow Girls reveal doubts about hit stage musical

The real-life “Glasgow Girls” have admitted they did not think the story of the campaign against the treatment of teenage asylum seekers was suitable for a stage musical.

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Deacon Blue  PIC: Paul Cox

Album reviews: Deacon Blue | Bruce Springsteen | Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

Deacon Blue, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg all sing from experience with passion undimmed

James Grant

Review: James Grant & the Hallelujah Strings

There was a sort of symmetry to this string-soaked celebration of the back catalogue of James Grant, as it brought him back to the venue where his former band Love & Money premiered their third album (and Grant’s personal favourite), Dogs In The Traffic, in the company of a couple of compadres from the time, guitarist Douglas MacIntyre and drummer Gordon Wilson, plus distinguished contemporaries Donald Shaw on keyboards, bassist Ewen Vernal, guitarist Brian McFie and vocalist Monica Queen, and the sweet sonic icing of the Hallelujah Strings, a 14-piece string section led by Greg Lawson. Now that’s a line-up.

The Gloaming

Review: The Gloaming

“If you’re not breaking a sweat you’re doing something wrong,” joked fiddle player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh gently with the audience, although it must be said this concert by Irish-American supergroup of which he’s one-fifth rarely felt like it was about to break into a ceilidh.

Nine year-old Corrie Eccles Boyd from Ferness stares into a piece, 'Malaria' by artist Luke Jerram. Part of a collection of his Glass Microbiology work on show at Brodie Castle as part of the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival.  Photograph: Paul Campbell.

Review: Findhorn Bay Festival

It takes some nerve to stage a festival filled with outdoor performances in the north of Scotland at the end of September. Luckily this year’s Findhorn Bay Festival had the weather on its side, mostly.


Under the Radar: Bronston

Edinburgh four-piece Bronston burst on to the scene in February with a sell-out launch gig for their debut single, I Feel Safe. The track garnered respectable feedback at the public listening session during our music industry conference Wide Days, with veteran producer Youth giving it an emphatic thumbs-up.

Richard Hawley - Hollow Meadows
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Music review: Richard Hawley


PADDOCK WOOD, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 05:  Gary Numan performs live on stage during The Mighty Boosh Festival at The Hop Farm on July 5, 2008 in Paddock Wood, Kent, England. 30,000 people attended the one day comedy and music festival, with The Charlatans, The Kills, Gary Numan and stars from TV comedy, The Mighty Boosh performing live.  (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

Music review: Gary Numan


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Undated BBC handout photo of  Thomas Dausgaard who the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has named as its new chief conductor as it launches its 2015/16 season, during which it will celebrate its 80th birthday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 11, 2015. Dausgaard will take over from Donald Runnicles as the orchestra's chief conductor in September 2016. The Dane has appeared with orchestras around the world and is currently chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Seattle Symphony and honorary conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (SSO), performing a wide range of repertoire from Dvorak and Tchaikovsky to Ives, Lindberg and Schnelzer. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Ulla-Carin Ekblom/BBC/PA Wire

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Music review: BBC SSO – Bruckner 9


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The Proclaimers, Charlie and Craig Reid.   Picture Ian Rutherford

Proclaimers rake in over £1m after booming year

SCOTS singers The Proclaimers raked in more than £1.1million last year by performing their hit songs, new figures have revealed.

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Scottish Operas The Elixir of Love

Opera Review: Scottish Opera - The Elixir of Love

Inevitably, when you tinker with the scoring of a full-blown 19th century comic opera like Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, you alter the nature of the beast. Such is the case with Scottish Opera’s seriously downsized touring production, where the wholesome fruitiness of the original orchestration is replaced by a bare bones quintet of three strings, horn and guitar, with obligato kazoo to synthesize Dulcamara’s trumpeted entrance.

Stillhound  PIC: Benedetta Margoni

Under the Radar: Stillhound

Stillhound are an electronic pop trio based in Edinburgh, consisting of Fergus Cook, Laurie Corlett-Donald and Dave Lloyd. Their debut album Bury Everything is released on Friday via Lost Oscillation Records.

Scottish Operas The Elixir of Love

Preview: Scottish Opera’s The Elixir of Love

Scottish Opera is about to hit the road with its first production of the new season, a whittled-down version of Donizetti’s helter-skelter comedy The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore). And in the course of its 17-venue run, Stuart Stratford, beginning his second full season as the company’s musical director, is looking forward to seeing bits of Scotland he hasn’t yet discovered.

Paolo Nutini will top the bill at Edinburgh's Hogmanay party.

Paolo Nutini to headline Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations

SUPERSTAR Scots singer Paolo Nutini is to headline Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations - a decade after his planned debut at the event ended up a wash-out.

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Nick Cave

Album reviews: Nick Cave | Wilco | Shakin’ Stevens | The Eastern Swell

Nick Cave was already working on the follow-up to the moody Push The Sky Away last summer when his son Arthur fell to his death from a cliff near the family’s home in Brighton. Now that Skeleton Tree has been released it is, like Bowie’s Blackstar, virtually impossible to separate it from the tragic circumstances surrounding its making.

Ilan Volkov led the BBC SCO with style and vigour

Music review: The Lammermuir Festival

They’d been wanting to stage it for years, admitted the Lammermuir Festival’s co-artistic directors Hugh Macdonald and James Waters. But Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (*****) is a huge undertaking, a family opera on the story of Noah’s Ark that brings together professionals and amateurs, kids and adults, both as singers and as musicians. This year’s festival production required months of coaching and learning from the performers, some of whom had never even set foot on a stage before, as well as a huge team of teachers, musicians, directors, chaperones and more, to ensure the whole thing came together.

Michelle Stodart was full of cheery optimism at her solo gig

Gig review: Michele Stodart

Monday at the Hug and Pint, and Michele Stodart, best known as one quarter of family band The Magic Numbers, was approaching her gig with at least Thursday night 
levels of cheery optimism, while treating the audience to the gentle Sunday night strains of her solo material, creating an intimate listening party atmosphere with her personable presence.


Gig review: Peter Hook & the Light

Following his acrimonious split from New Order, ace bassist Peter Hook has gone down the heritage route, playing comprehensive sets drawn from different periods of the New Order and Joy Division back catalogues. This bumper set took in both bands’ Substance singles compilations, ruthlessly but effectively raiding two of the greatest discographies of our time. First, the New Order dance party, which revved up with a couple of early B-sides to outshine most bands’ best efforts, followed by a slew of brilliant singles, from the classic Blue Monday to an ecstatic Perfect Kiss, expertly rendered by a band which included Hook’s son Jack.

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