Classical music review: St Andrews Voices, St Andrews

St Andrews Voices | Rating: **** | St Andrews

John Carpenter. Picture: contributed

Music review: John Carpenter, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

John Carpenter | Rating: **** | Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Dylan: arrogant. Picture: AP

Bob Dylan criticised for silence after Nobel Prize award

A member of the Swedish Academy that awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan says the singer-songwriter’s silence since receiving the honour is “impolite and arrogant”.

Dingwall Gaelic Choir enjoyed a clean sweep of trophies at the Mod. Conductor Kirsteen Menzies holds the Lovat & Tullibardine Shield, and Steven MacIver holds the Weekly Scotsman Quaich - plus mascot.

Mòd set for Inverness in 2020 as it draws to a close in Western Isles

As the Royal National Mòd reached its final day of competitions in Stornoway, it was announced that Inverness will host the event in 2020.

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Carol Maclean and Hector MacKechnie were the winners of the Gold Medal at the Mod's showpiece event for fluent Gaelic singers. Picture: John Maclean

Last year’s runner-up wins Mòd Gold Medal in showpiece event

The tension was running high at Lewis Sports Centre in Stornoway on Wednesday night as the judges of the prestigious Gold Medal competition at the Royal National Mòd collated their marks for the eight finalists, but there was joy for Carol Maclean and Hector MacKechnie when the marks were finally delivered.

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John Swinney said he was 'horrified' by the negative reaction to a recent Gaelic funding announcement. Picture: John Devlin

John Swinney: No place for hostility towards Gaelic in Scotland

John Swinney has declared that there is no place in Scotland for hostility towards the Gaelic language, after being “horrified” by the negative response to a recent funding announcement.

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Up to 4000 Hogmanay revellers will be able to use the free tram service

Free trams laid on for Edinburgh's Hogmanay revellers

Free tram rides are to be laid on in Edinburgh for the first time since the controversial service began operating - for the city’s Hogmanay revellers.
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The Lord of the Isles meets Mod competitors at the Nicholson Institute in Stornoway.

Royal National Mòd lives up to its name as Prince Charles flies in

The Prince of Wales was a surprise guest at the Royal National Mòd in Stornoway yesterday, where he presented an Italian cyclist with the Gaelic learner of the year award.

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The Bay City Rollers drove their fans wild in their tartan-trimmed heyday.  Picture: Vinnie Zuffante/Getty

Aidan Smith: Bay City Rollers deserve a break

It feels strange to be thinking about the Bay City Rollers when Bob Dylan has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, when Rod Stewart has just been knighted and when lots of deeply important bands have just got together for Desert Trip, billed as the mega-gig to top them all. But then again maybe not that strange.

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Paolo Nutini at T in the Park in 2014. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Paolo Nutini adds second Edinburgh Hogmanay show due to demand

HOGMANAY headliner Paolo Nutini is set to play a second night due to ‘overwhelming demand’.

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Tom Waits threatens legal action against Edinburgh Festival show

A lavish French “equestrian operatic ballet” due to be staged during the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival could be blocked due to a legal challenge from the American singer-songwriter Tom Waits.

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Twin sisters Rowan and Rebecca Morris from Port Ellen won the under-13 duet for Gaelic learners.

Drop in children’s entries at Mòd bucks recent upward trend

ROYAL National Mòd organisers expressed surprise yesterday at a year-on-year drop in the number of children’s competitors at Scotland’s biggest Gaelic cultural festival, being held in Stornoway this week.

Arab Strap's 
Aidan Moffat and 
Malcolm Middleton

Gig review: Arab Strap, Barrowlands

If this is what ten years apart can do for a band, then maybe more groups should try reconvening once every decade. Core Arab Strap duo Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton have changed but not beyond recognition. Far from it, they have distilled their distinctive essence – the dynamic contrast between Moffat’s funny, frank, acerbic lyrics and gruff delivery and Middleton’s downbeat soundtracks – and then polished up the display case, all the better to appreciate their individuality.

The Music Tourist Convention will look at the impact of Glasgow venues like the SSE Hydro. Picture: John Devlin

Brian Ferguson: Music tourism could be a huge boon

Linking tourism and music is a winning combination, writes Brian Ferguson

One half of Gaelic / Electornica duo WHYTE

Under the Radar: Whyte

Whyte are a Glasgow-based Gaelic/electronica duo comprising Gaelic singer-songwriter Alasdair Whyte (right in the picture) and electronic composer and musician Ross Whyte (no relation).

Bob Dylan performs at the Hollywood Palladium in 2012. Picture: Christopher Polk/Getty

The jingle jangle genius of Nobel laureate Bob Dylan

Those for whom awarding a Nobel Prize to Bob Dylan is low brow populism just don’t get the poet who opened a new frontier in literary expression, writes Dani Garavelli

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Brian Wilson at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Book review: I Am Brian Wilson

He gave the world Good Vibrations but Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s life has been one of struggle punctuated by brilliance, writes Chris McCall

Picture: Toby Williams

Bay City Rollers settle royalties dispute with Sony

Members of the Bay City Rollers have won less than £70,000 each in an out-of-court settlement of their long-running pursuit of millions of pounds in unpaid royalties, according to a new biography of the 1970s chart-toppers.

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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform

Music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

After last week’s underwhelming season opener, the SCO was back on form and running on rocket fuel as they delivered a punchy, effervescent account of Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro with conductor Thierry Fischer, stepping in for an indisposed Robin Ticciati.

Michael Gira of Swans enjoyed some good vibrations> Picture:  Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Gig review: Swans

American noise rock pioneers Swans have been blowing minds and blowing speakers on and off for the past 30 years, but their current tour will be the final one for the band in its present incarnation – one which includes a charismatic man called Thor on dulcimer.

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