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Liz Carroll PIC: Marianne Mangan

Music review: Scots Fiddle Festival 2019, The Pleasance, Edinburgh

Now in its 24th year, Edinburgh’s annual weekend celebration of the fiddler’s art rarely fails to provide a heartening showcase of talent, not least of the emerging young-generation players, and Saturday’s programme proved no exception, with many of the afternoon recital artists having come from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, while the evening saw the festival’s admirable Youth Engagement Project take the stage.
 Recital guests included the trio Farrland, led by Glasgow-based German fiddler Bernadette Kellermann, with guitarist Calum Morrison and David Shedden on whistles, matching a mellifluous sound with some thoughtful arrangements.

The KT Bush Band

Music review: KT Bush Band, Summerhall, Edinburgh

Kate Bush only ever embarked on one tour in 1979, effectively retiring from playing live before undertaking her 2014 residency at the Hammersmith Apollo. But before the release of her debut album The Kick Inside, she gigged regularly in pubs and clubs around London with musicians Brian Bath, Vic King and Del Palmer, performing covers and originals.

Kate Tempest

Music review: Kate Tempest, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Kate Tempest wants us to shut up and listen. A reasonable request at a gig, and an underrated quality in life, when there are so many channels through which to express thoughts and views. There is a lot of listening to be done at a Tempest show, such is the relentless, eloquent flow of her words which she delivers as part performance poetry, with some of the momentum of rap and even a hint of melodic structure at points – Tempest’s words sing, even if she doesn’t.

Liam Gallagher in concert In Glasgow as part of his UK tour in support of new album, Why Me? Why Not, 15 November 2019.

Music review: Liam Gallagher, Glasgow Hydro

Even during this solo gig, the spectre of the combustible family rivalry that has boiled away since Oasis emerged 25 years ago wasn’t far from Liam Gallagher’s mind. “I want to take this opportunity to apologise for my little brother and the shit he said about your country,” he said to a very onside crowd, referencing his elder brother and former Oasis compatriot Noel’s jokey, Lewis Capaldi-baiting description of Scotland as a “third world country”. “Scotland’s the bollocks and so are her people.”

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