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Music reviews: The Joni Mitchell Story | A Case of You: The Music of Joni Mitchell

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: There are many musical tributes on the Fringe, but it takes a brave vocalist to tackle the music of Joni Mitchell, one of the most singular songwriters of the pop age, commanding enormous respect among her peers and outright adulation from her fans.

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29:  Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian performs at the Panorama Music Festival. Picture: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Belle and Sebastian drummer left in US car park for four hours

The drummer for Scottish band Belle and Sebastian was left by the group at a supermarket car park in the US in his pyjamas.

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Music review: Mahan Esfahani

Music review: Mahan Esfahani

Edinburgh International Festival: In his post-concert, pre-encore address to the audience, Iranian/American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani revealed how early in life he dreamt of travelling to see the 1769 Taskin harpsichord in Edinburgh’s St Cecilia’s Hall.

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Music review: François Leleux & Eric Le Sage

Music review: François Leleux & Eric Le Sage

Edinburgh International Festival: Unbridled sensuousness; an uncanny clarity of line; and above all, a compelling urge to engage with his listeners.

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Opera review: L’Orfeo

Opera review: L’Orfeo

Edinburgh International Festival: It’s maybe a missed opportunity that Edinburgh isn’t celebrating Monteverdi with a fully staged opera production to mark his 450th anniversary year, but a week with three concert performances led by John Eliot Gardiner isn’t too shabby a birthday present.

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Music review: Andreas Haefliger

Music review: Andreas Haefliger

Edinburgh International Festival: Usually hearing Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition in its version orchestrated by Ravel, it is easy to forget that it was originally scored for piano.

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Elvis. Picture: AP

Remembering Elvis in Scotland on 40th anniversary of his death

The legendary rock’n’roll singer Elvis Presley, who died 40 years ago today, was famous for many things, including the fact that he never played a concert outside of North America.

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Camille O'Sullivan celebrates her heroes and excels again.

Music review: Camille O’Sullivan: Where Are We Now? | Mikelangelo: Cave-Waits-Cohen | My Leonard Cohen

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: It goes without saying that we have lost some almighty musical icons over the last two years and the desire to clutch their songs to the collective bosom is strong.

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Classical review: René Pape and Camillo Radicke

Classical review: René Pape and Camillo Radicke

Edinburgh International Festival: Pious Christian faith; the inevitability of death. It was an unapologetically serious-minded recital from the exceptional German bass René Pape and pianist Camillo Radicke.

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Music review: Peter Grimes

Music review: Peter Grimes

Edinburgh International Festival: In what is evolving as the EIF’s strongest opera programme in years, Sunday’s concert performance of Britten’s 1945 masterpiece Peter Grimes, originally conceived for a recent Bergen International Festival, was yet another glorious triumph.

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Touring with Paul McCartney rekindled the love of live music in Hamish Stuart after the break-up of Average White Band. Picture: Roger Goodgroves/REX/Shutterstock

Music interview: Hamish Stuart on finding a new kind of funk after Average White Band

Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart talks to Fiona Shepherd as he attempts to bring back the funk with the release of a new album and the formation of a band that brings together erstwhile AWB compadres

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Inveraray and District are named as World Pipe Band Champions

Festival round-up: Piping Live!, Glasgow

There were some intriguing convergences of the timely and the timeless during last week’s Piping Live!, Glasgow’s annual celebration of all things bagpipe-related in its count-down to the weekend’s World Pipe Band Championships.

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Picture: John Devlin

Scottish Pipe Band triumphs at World Championships

A Pipe Band from Scotland defeated the reigning champions to win at the World Pipe Band Championships.

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Music review: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Music review: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Lorna Reid manages to bridge the gulf between jazz and country with some panache.

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Music review: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Music review: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: Since Edward Gardner took the helm at the Bergen Phil he has transformed the orchestral sound. It is now a much bolder, tighter unit as was evident in its full-throttled account of Wagner’s overture to Reinzi.

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Music review: New European Songbook

Music review: New European Songbook

Edinburgh International Festival: A very genteel show to have arrived in Edinburgh with its own built-in controversy, the New European Songbook was a two-part showcase of artists and collaborations from across Europe, presenting music from a range of cultures, often those of new residents of the continent who have arrived from the Middle East.

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Grigolts Quartet

Music review: Gringolts Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival: During this concert the fabulous Gringolts demonstrated just about every sound you could make on a string instrument.

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Soprano Erin Wall's duet with Robert Dean Smith is a highlight.

Music review: Elgar’s King Olaf

Edinburgh International Festival: Conductor Andrew Davis’ mission to breathe new life into Elgar’s largely forgotten cantata from 1896, Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, is laudable, given the unevenness of this Victorian relic.

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Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. Picture: AP

Plans to create musical about life of Muhammad Ali

The life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali is to be given a musical makeover, it is reported.

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Stuart MacRae is troubled by the gender imbalance in classical music

Music: Fighting the gender inequality in classical music

Emerging female composers need to “stand up and get their stuff out there”

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