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Liimo PIC: Isha Shah

Under the Radar: Liimo

Liimo – an abbreviation of a “little more” – are a fantastic young pop / R&B group from Edinburgh, now based in London. Thinking About It was released on Friday via B-Unique Records and marks Liimo’s sixth single release to date – listen at:

Conductor Kevin John Eduse stepped in at short notice. Picture: Marco Borggreve

Music review: BBC SSO, City Halls, Glasgow

IF Thursday’s BBC SSO programme was, in content, a mixed bag, so its performances ranged from high-voltage to the depths of weirdness. To be fair to German-born Kevin John Edusei, stepping in at short notice for the advertised conductor, he established a rapport that kept things mostly on a sure footing.

The Grit Orchestra

Celtic Connections review: GRIT Orchestra, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

For the Opening Night of Celtic Connections 2020, the unstoppable force that is the Grit Orchestra, comprising 85 of Scotland’s most talented players across the classical, folk and jazz realms, returned to the scene of their debut triumph five years ago with their first brand new music – five commissions from six of their members and a new arrangement of an old song by festival director Donald Shaw, each inspired by the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Samantha Harvey PIC: Pako Mera/Shutterstock

Book review: The Shapeless Unease, by Samantha Harvey

This is an extremely curious book, and I mean that as a sincere compliment. The spine of it is writing around Samantha Harvey’s experience of insomnia; but it becomes far more than a moan about sleeplessness. Her efforts to understand what is happening (or more precisely not happening) spiral out in manifold ways.

Rosamund Lupton PIC: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Book review: Three Hours, by Rosamund Lupton

There is no shortage of books about school shootings: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver; Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes. What makes Rosamund Lupton’s Three Hours more unusual, perhaps, is that it is set, not in the US, which had almost one shooting a week last year – but in Britain, in the usually safe environment of a leafy private school in the south of England.

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