Brits: David Bowie wins Best Solo Male year after his death

David Bowie was named British Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards last night, just over a year since his death.

The Calm Fiasco

Under the Radar: The Calm Fiasco

With the release of the stomping Lose Control in 2016, The Calm Fiasco appear to have signalled a move into a more robust direction, opting for a chunky, riff-laden sound and (hopefully) a departure from the lad pop of their earlier days.

Alex Kapranos PIC: Lisa Ferguson

Music/Film review: Lost in France

The partisan audience at the Glasgow Film Festival’s hottest ticket may not have learned anything they didn’t know already from Lost In France – Niall McCann’s affectionate, nostalgic portrait of the city’s 1990s indie scene and, in particular, the bands on the Chemikal Underground roster – but there was love to spare in the room for this heartwarming celebration of friendship and collective creativity, which revisited a chaotic 1997 trip to a small festival in Mauron, Brittany, of which several participants appeared to have little recollection.

Simon Thacker

Interview: guitarist Simon Thacker on blending Indian, Flemenco and Balkan influences on his new album

The alchemy of music informs much more than the title of the latest album from classical guitarist Simon Thacker, in duo with cellist Justyna Jablonska and featuring some strikingly eclectic guests and musical adventuring. The duo regard Karmana – Sanskrit for “performing anything by means of magic” – as representing a crucial stage in their musical development.

The first album comprised entirely of the 38-year-old, East Lothian-based guitarist’s own compositions and “re-imaginings”, Karmana (Slap the Moon Records) not only features virtuosic duetting between guitar and cello, but includes Thacker’s arrangement of a traditional Roma song, sung by the Lublin-based Roma singer Masha Natanson, a fiery collaboration between cellist, guitarist and Indian tabla virtuoso Sarvar Sabri, and also an astonishing setting of The Highland Widow’s Lament, featuring singer-songwriter Karine Polwart and an uncanny soundscape of multi-tracked and reversed guitar and cello.

Amy Macdonald

Album reviews: Amy Macdonald | Chuck Prophet | The Damned

Amy Macdonald seems to be seeking new musical horizons but doesn’t forget to offer a musical comfort blanket for fans to shelter under

Lauren Laverne was in Glasgow today to confirm it is hosting the BBC 6 Music Festival next month.

Stars head to Glasgow for BBC 6 Music Festival

Some of Scotland's biggest musical acts are being lined up to appear at a BBC festival being staged north of the border for the first time.
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Alpesh Chauhan

Music review: BBC SSO & Alpesh Chauhan

It’s the strangest thing to watch a conductor act out choreographed directions in front of an orchestra, only to find that much of it fails to connect with the musicians. There were so many such moments in this BBC SSO concert on Friday under Birmingham-born Alpesh Chauhan, the ultimate outcome of which was to make the majority of the evening sound ordinarily routine.

Tim Kliphuis

Music review: Tim Kilphuis Sextet

Emerging from a baroque milieu where improvisation and flamboyance would have been par for the course, arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by a violin-led swing jazz trio seems perfectly appropriate, as keenly demonstrated by Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis with guitarist Nigel Clark and bassist Roy Percy, here augmented by a string trio of violinist Seonaid Aitken, viola player Francesca Hunt and cellist Su-a Lee.

Elim Chan

Music review: The RSNO & Elim Chan

This concert was designed to celebrate Neemi Järvi‘s 80th birthday ­but both the conductor laureate and pianist Ingrid Fliter were indisposed necessitating a replacement line-up and programme changes.

David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family".� (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

Teen heartthrob David Cassidy reveals he is battling dementia

Former teenage heartthrob David Cassidy has revealed he is battling dementia.

Sir Edwin Landseer's The Monarch Of The Glen. Picture: National Museum of Scotland

Paul McCartney’s Monarch of the Glen painting could go on display alongside original masterpiece

It was a commission for Paul McCartney’s Kintyre hideaway that led to the Beatles’ most memorable album cover.

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Tributes have been paid to Mr Bort, pictured, following his death on Friday. Picture: Allan McMillan - Edinburgh Folk Club.

Tributes paid after death of Edinburgh folk music stalwart Paddy Bort

Tributes have been paid to a long-standing member of Edinburgh’s folk music scene after he passed away on Friday.

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Chuck Prophet

Music Review: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

Chuck Prophet, one-time guitarist with cult country rockers Green On Red, knows and loves his rock’n’roll. Whether he is covering his namesake Chuck Berry’s Ramona Says Yes with contrasting embellishment from his wife Stephanie Finch on sighing backing vocals and a lean, mean lead guitar display from James DePrato, or taking a left turn into the bittersweet Byrdsian jangle of Lonely Desolation, playful new wave rocker Jesus Was a Social Drinker or existential roots ballad Barely Exist, he and his righteous band the Mission Express were simultaneously in thrall to and command of their tradition.

Musician Pete Townshend has praised work of Tannoy workers PICTURE: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Who’s Pete Townshend backs Tannoy workers

Pete Townshend, lead guitarist of The Who, has sent a letter supporting workers at the Tannoy speaker firm in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, who could face losing their jobs next month.

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The Bevvy Sisters, who played at Celtic Connections in Glasgow last month, are one of the few Scottish traditional music acts not dominated by men.

Rachel Newton: Why is live Scottish traditional music dominated by men?

At the Celtic Connections festival last month I organised and hosted a discussion on “Exploring Music and Gender.” This came about after I took to Facebook last year to ask some questions after voting in the Scots Trad Music Awards. I had been struck by the lack of women represented in the Live Act of the Year category (three females out of 39 band members) and wanted to express concern that live Scottish traditional music seemed to be dominated by men - and particularly a fairly masculine type of music that is popular just now within the scene in Scotland.

The Naked Highlander range has been set up by the festival and Black Isle design firm Prickly Thistle.

Belladrum festival launches tartan fashion label

A Highland music festival has become the first in the UK to boast its own tartan fashion range.
Brian Wilson will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys's iconic pPet Sounds album.

Brian Wilson, Pixies and Arab Strap to play Kelvingrove Bandstand

Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, world music superstars Ladysmith Black Mambazo and indie-rock icons The Pixies will stage outdoor concerts in Glasgow’s West End this summer.
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From left, Clive Palmer, Mike Heron and Robin Williamson put on a street performance back in the early years of the Incredible String Band

Incredible String Band’s rise from Edinburgh pubs to Woodstock

Formed in a smoky Edinburgh pub at the height of the Swinging Sixties, they were to become one of Scotland’s most groundbreaking and successful musical acts.

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Events manager Mariusz Bogacki at Cabaret Voltaire, which is linking up with the Ragged University. Picture:

 Neil Hanna

Edinburgh nightclub clears dancefloor to become part of Ragged University

It is one of Edinburgh’s most popular nightclubs, with clubbers forming lengthy queues into the early hours to enjoy live music in its Old Town basement vaults.

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Ben Watt

Gig review: Ben Watt


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