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Gregg Allman, rock music pioneer, dies at 69

Gregg Allman, the rock trailblazer and founder member of The Allman Brothers Band, has died at the age of 69.

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Imelda Mays voice can be anything she wants: seductive, smooth, confident

Music review: Imelda May

According to Imelda May’s husky introduction to the song here, she wrote Black Tears after she had been crying, when she caught her reflection in the mirror and saw her mascara running.

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Tenor Peter Auty played the wretched Roberto convincingly

Music review: Scottish Opera: Le Villi

Scottish Opera’s Opera in Concert series is an invaluable contribution to opera performance in Scotland. While economics has put constraints on the company’s full production tally, this initiative provides opportunities for music director Stuart Stratford to present lesser known works in concert that link into the main season, with a decent cast and the Scottish Opera Orchestra centre stage.

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Jimmy Chisholm as Max, a deposed royal, and Daniel Cahill as his son Pauli

Theatre review: Small World

The small world of the title is a run-down flat off Glasgow’s Dumbarton Road, in Sean Hardie’s latest comedy for A Play, A Pie, And A Pint. In it, reside King Max of Octavia – deposed as a baby, but still full of kingly mannerisms and pretensions – and his long-suffering son Crown Prince Pauli, a suave Glasgow youth who tries to give the impression of enjoying a successful online career as an international financier, while in fact working as kitchen porter in a Partick kebab joint.

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The Dunedin Consort, directed by tenor Nicholas Mulroy, was both technically astounding and profoundly moving

Music review: Dunedin Consort

Monteverdi’s Madrigals are provocative and intensely 
visceral explorations of what it is to be human through music.

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Rod Stewart

Music review: Celebrate ‘67 Live

THE Hollywood script-worthy achievements of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup winning team, the so-called Lisbon Lions, demand to be admired by football fans of any persuasion even half a century on. Which was fortunate if you were a non-partisan attendee at this concert marking exactly 50 years since the immortal 11 beat Inter Milan 2-1 to become the first British club to lift the trophy. Not that there were many non-partisan attendees at The Hydro on Thursday night – as the surviving Lions and a procession of other assorted hoops legends and entertainer fans were rolled out in celebration of arguably Scotland’s greatest ever sporting achievement, with proceeds going to the Celtic FC Foundation.

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The biggest Bhoy of them all capped off the evening, as Rod Stewart flew in his full band at his own expense for a headline set

Music review: Celebrate ‘67 Live

THE Hollywood script-worthy achievements of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup winning team, the so-called Lisbon Lions, demand to be admired by football fans of any persuasion even half a century on. Which was fortunate if you were a non-partisan attendee at this concert marking exactly 50 years since the immortal 11 beat Inter Milan 2-1 to become the first British club to lift the trophy. Not that there were many non-partisan attendees at The Hydro on Thursday night – as the surviving Lions and a procession of other assorted hoops legends and entertainer fans were rolled out in celebration of arguably Scotland’s greatest ever sporting achievement, with proceeds going to the Celtic FC Foundation.

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Gregor MacDonald. Picture: Kevin McGlynn/Contributed

Oban teen internet piping sensation lands Oban Live slot

A 13-year-old who became an online hit after performing live on a transatlantic flight to New York is to be a special guest artist to open Oban Live, Argyll’s biggest music event.

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Jim and William Reid formed The Jesus and Mary Chain in East Kilbride in 1983. Their first album in 19 years, Damage and Joy, was released in March. Picture: Steve Gullick

2017 SAY Award longlist unveiled ahead of public vote

They formed in an East Kilbride bedroom more than three decades ago, enjoyed a critically acclaimed career that took them around the world, before splitting in acrimonious circumstances on stage in Miami in 1998.

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The Apollo in Glasgow - more likely the Hydro now - was the scene of a rite of passage for Euan McColm and many others.

Euan McColm: the rite of passage of attending a first gig

In the wake of the terror attack in Manchester, Euan McColm reflects on the rite of passage of attending a first concert.

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KT Tunstall  PIC: Tom Oxley

Music review: KT Tunstall

Seeing KT Tunstall back onstage, in her element, charming a sold out Queens Hall, it was hard to credit that two years ago she almost left pop music for dust. But a certain animal instinct called her back to produce new album KIN and return to touring solo, in the form we first fell in love with her.

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The BBC SSO PIC: John Wood

Music review: BBC SSO & Thomas Dausgaard

The BBC SSO ended its first season under new music director Thomas Dausgaard with a symphonic litmus test. Mahler’s Seventh Symphony is the composer’s most challenging and troublesome, but equally his most modern and radical. It divided opinion when it was unleashed in 1908. Schoenberg loved every minute. The Mahler-loving theorist and composer, Theodor Adorno, noted “disproportion between the splendid exterior and the meagre content of the whole”.

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Under the Radar: Breakfast Muff

Glasgow punk trio Breakfast Muff are Eilidh McMillan, Simone Wilson and Cal Donnelly, and they are setting the blogosphere alight with their effervescent live shows. Formed in 2014, their third album Eurgh! is out via Amour Foo on 7 July.

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Emma Pollock, mastermind of Running Up That Hill: A Celebration of Kate Bush PIC: Jannica Honey

Music review: Running Up That Hill: A Celebration of Kate Bush

It is a brave artist – or group of artists in this case – who dares to touch the unique catalogue of Kate Bush, one of the most fearsome stylists of the pop age, but also one shrouded in mystique and possibilities, thanks to her exceptionally low live profile, amounting to just one tour and one theatre residency in almost 40 years.

Emma Pollock, the gifted musician behind this celebration concert (don’t call it a tribute), originally commissioned by and performed at Aberdeen’s True North festival last autumn, was mindful of the pitfalls but assembled a formidable line-up of guest singers from the folk and indie worlds to interpret favourite songs from the esteemed length and bonkers breadth of her catalogue, many of which Bush has never performed live herself.

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Isobel Mieras, president of the Clarsach Society, is an influential figure

Music: Plucked from history – the spectacular revival of the clarsach

Jim Gilchrist talks to author and musician Dr Stuart Eydmann about his new book celebrating the clarsach

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Vince Clarke and Andy Bell of Erasure. Picture: Doron Gild

Album reviews: Erasure | BMX Bandits | Andrew Greig & Brian Michie

Erasure, veteran peddlers of escapist pop, take a moment or two to get serious, before the fun starts again

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Studio 24 bosses have announced that the popular nightspot is to close after 22 years. Picture: Google Maps

Studio 24 owners confirm sale to property developers

The owners of a popular live music venue in Edinburgh where rock giants Nirvana once played have confirmed it has been sold to a property developer.

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Imelda May plays Edinburgh and Glasgow this week. Her new album Life Love Flesh Blood is out now. Picture: Geoff Pugh/REX/Shutterstock

Interview: Imelda May

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Thomas Dausgaard PIC: Per Morten Abrahamsen/BBC/PA

Music review: BBC SSO - The Creation

HAYDN’S oratorio The Creation is one of his supreme creations. A picturesque depiction of Chaos that preempts the likes of Berlioz, never mind Beethoven; a musical narrative rich and pungent, loaded with juicy imagery; a work that stretches the bounds of the Classical idiom to the point of bursting without defying the principles of its epoch.

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