Under the Radar: Keir Gibson

Keir Gibson is a young singer-songwriter from Fort William. We first saw him perform last December, when he toured with youth music project Hit The Road, and he’s been on our radar ever since.

The Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band, a Malaysian Sikh Band, tunes up outside the Gurdwara Singh Sabah temple in Glasgow ahead of their performances at Pipping Live! and the World Pipe Band Championships PIC: John Devlin

Music review: Piping Live!, various venues, Glasgow

OUTSIDE the National Piping Centre’s thronged Street Café, someone is sporting a T-shirt bearing the slogan “Bagpipes – putting the ‘Fun’ back in Funeral”. It’s a witty manifestation of what is often a very serious business, as Glasgow becomes a drone-centred universe during Piping Live!, the city’s week-long count-down to today’s World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green.

Orfeo ed Euridice, Usher Hall

Music review: Orfeo ed Euridice, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

A concert performance that can lift Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice out of the commonplace - it is far from commonplace, of course, but of its time intrinsically stylised - and release the passions and tensions locked within its no-nonsense score can often be more helpful to understanding its emotional struggle than even the most glamorous full-blown stage production.

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