Brian Ferguson: Limitless talent on offer in beautiful Skye

Heading north out of Fort William with typically dark clouds lurking overhead and an even more ominous weekend weather forecast for the Isle of Skye did not inspire much confidence.

Adele stuns fan on stage with a kiss on the lips. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Adele accidentally locks lips with fan on stage in Canada

ADELE said hello to one of her audience members with an accidental kiss on the lips at a show in Canada.

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Jan Garbareks sax tone is peerless, magisterial at times. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival review: Carol Kidd | Jan Garbarek Group

Eight years on from the untimely death of his colleague in the jazz power trio EST, pianist Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish drummer Magnus Öström recently released his third album with his own band. Titled Parachute – a tribute to the saving grace of music – it provided much of the playlist for their Edinburgh Jazz Festival gig at the Queen’s Hall, a powerful if sometimes sonically challenging performance which hauled jazz into the realms of sophisticated prog rock.

Martin Creeds songs had a cumulative charm. Picture: Hugo Glendinning

Gig review: Martin Creed, Glasgow

Artist Martin Creed won the Turner Prize 15 years ago with a playful work which bewildered and beguiled in roughly equal measure; his music, of which there is now several albums’ worth, may well draw the same response, though the audience at this warm, informal show were firmly in the latter camp.

At the City Art Centre, Edinburgh. Picture: Geograph

Gig review: Amythyst Kiah, Edinburgh

Amythyst Kiah seemed somewhat amazed by the turnout at this second of her Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival shows upstairs in the City Art Centre.

The Lapelles

Under the Radar: The Lapelles

The Lapelles are five youngsters from East Kilbride who create vibrant and exciting indie-pop songs.

The Marcin Wasilewski Trio brought delight with original material and covers alike in their Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival performance. Picture: Andrzej Lazarz

Gig review: Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Edinburgh

Having released their debut album as a trio back in 2005, after honing their skills in revered Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko’s band (although their trio credentials go back to the early 1990s), a further three albums on, the Marcin Wasilewski Trio has established itself as a major presence in European jazz, and this concert on the opening night of Edinburgh’s Jazz & Blues Festival assuredly demonstrated why.

Pieter Wispelwey took full advantage of the lively acoustics of the Paxton House dining room in playing three Bach cello suites. Picture: Contributed

Classical review: Doric String Quartet | Pieter Wispelwey

As curators of the opening weekend of Music at Paxton, violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien have set the bar high for the remaining week of this Summer Festival of Chamber Music.

American singing star Curtis Stigers. Picture: Jane Barlow

Gig review: Curtis Stigers, Edinburgh

Curtis Stigers had been warned to stay off politics, but he couldn’t resist scatting a reference to BoJo.

Welsh rockers Stereophonics played Edinburgh Castle. Picture: Greg Macvean

Gig review: Stereophonics, Edinburgh

“If I go for a pint can I get back in?” asked a thirsty fan of the security guard. “What do you like more, Stereophonics or a pint?” she asked, sadly shaking her head. “Well… they kind of go together,” he replied, forlorn.

The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

Gig review: John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension, Edinburgh

“It’s about time you invited me back to Scotland,” smiled silver-haired 74-year-old John McLaughlin, his soft Yorkshire accent and modest tone belying the huge influence of his music.

Roisin Murphy. Picture: Nicole Nodland

Album reviews: Jeff Beck | Roisin Murphy | The Mirror Trap

Jeff Beck leaves his guitar nerd comfort zone and climbs on to his soapbox for an intriguing collaboration

John McLaughlin

Why guitar great John McLaughlin doesn’t fret

John McLaughlin is reminiscing about Miles and Paco and Zakir and dodging school as a teenager to hear flamenco. He may be regarded as one of the world’s greatest guitarists – the best alive, according to fellow guitar hero Jeff Beck – but he still talks about his formative experiences with a palpable sense of excitement.

At the Oran Mor, Glasgow. Picture: Contributed

Gig review: Jesse Malin, Glasgow

Jesse Malin is a classicist. He loves the smell of vinyl in the morning, but has grudgingly accepted the prevalence of the “interwebs”, even deploying it to harvest fan requests ahead of this gig.

Elvis Costello showcased perfect political pop old and new with style and verve. Picture: Getty

Gig review: Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Glasgow

Elvis Costello’s last couple of tours have been colourful, high concept affairs with a celebratory, carnival atmosphere buoyed along by a generous helping of his biggest hits.

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Mick Hucknall sprange few surprises at the Esplanade. Picture: Getty

Gig review: Simply Red, Edinburgh

“Let’s keep it funky,” shouted Mick Hucknall early in this Edinburgh Castle show, as A New Flame skipped into Shine On’s gently stabbing horn riff.

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Mick Hucknall of Simply Red. Picture Laurent Gillieron

Gig review: Simply Red, Edinburgh Castle

MICK Hucknall strolled onto the stage at Edinburgh Castle on the stroke of 9 on Thursday night to take most of the audience back to their youth during a 90 minute show packed with hits from their 80s and 90s heyday.

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A photograph of Bowie by Gavin Evans. Picture: PA

David Bowie’s private art collection to be sold

The private art collection of David Bowie will be revealed to the public for the first time when hundreds of his paintings are sold at auction.

More than 70,000 music fans attended T in the Park, held at the Strathearn Estate in Perthshire. Picture: John Devlin

T in the Park bosses defiant in the face of fierce criticism

THE organisers of T in the Park have defended the festival in the face of strong criticisms made by fans following this year’s event.

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KRS One. Picture: Creative Commons

Gig review: KRS-One, Glasgow

Flanked by banners bearing pronouncements such as “rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live,” and rhyming street wisdoms like “I don’t write songs for cash, I write songs that last”, late-80s hip-hop old-schooler KRS One is the Mr Miyagi of MCs.

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