Lucie Trencher's Cryosphere

Music review: Cryosphere, Eden Court, Inverness

LUCIE Treacher is a 24-year-old composer and filmmaker from Sutherland. That multiple role is vital in understanding both the conception and effect of such musical/visual creations as her latest music video, Cryosphere, supported by Creative Scotland and screened publicly in Inverness today.

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EIO conductor Calum Zuckert

Bold steps and star turns for Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra

The story behind the Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra – or at least its story so far – feels rather like a coming-of-age tale. That’s perhaps not surprising, given the still youthful ages of its musicians. It’s not a new ensemble, but its two all-Stravinsky performances at Edinburgh’s Church Hill Theatre this weekend nevertheless mark a new beginning for the group.

Authentic-feeling bluesy-Americana was on offer from singer/songwriter Yola.

Music review: Yola, St Luke’s, Glasgow

BRISTOL-BASED Americana singer Yola Carter doesn’t seem like one to care much for formalities at the best of times, let alone when she’s in Glasgow, where’s she’s long been a familiar face at the Celtic Connections festival. “I made the mistake of enjoying myself,” she joked in a slightly hoarse voice after a couple of songs, “on tour I call it the fun tax.”

Chuck D of Public Enemy had plenty to say about politics and sectarianism besides providing a powerful set''Picture: James Shaw/REX/Shutterstock

Music review: Gods of Rap, Hydro, Glasgow

WHEN the Gods of Rap package tour was announced, there were knowing comments online about what form it would take or whether it would actually happen, in reference in particular to headliners the Wu-Tang Clan’s tendency to have components of their extensive membership come and go as they please at a moment’s notice. Such cynicism was unfounded, however; this was an arena show with all the wide-reaching appeal of a big budget revival event but also all the energy and commitment of a concert given by people who still have something to say.

Pete Doherty and The Puta Madres. Picture: RMV/REX/Shutterstock

Music review: Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres, QMU, Glasgow

AS THE years pass, former Libertines fulcrum Pete Doherty looks less and less like a wayward rock ‘n’ roll spirit living out the “live fast, die young” dream. These days, after almost two decades in the public eye and a growing, widespread awareness of mental health issues which might once have been dismissed as mere “eccentricity,” what he’s always been is thrown into sharp focus – that is, a man struggling with profound addiction issues whose illness has been anything but helped by a lifetime working in the music industry.


Under the Radar: Vukovi

Ayrshire’s Vukovi are an incredible live band and frontwoman Janine Shilstone is a born performer, gifted with powerful vocals and a strong stage presence. Released two weeks ago, their excellent new single Behave offers a taste of what to expect from their forthcoming second album. To date, they’ve amassed more than four million streams on Spotify and been championed by Radio 1 and Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland.

Sofia Troncoso is Papagena to Richard Burkhard's lovelorn, charming and witty Papageno in The Magic Flute

Opera review: Scottish Opera, The Magic Flute, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

IT MIGHT sound sacrilegious, but it’s something of a mystery why the preposterous storyline of The Magic Flute still has a place on the modern stage. Lines so misogynist they’re laugh-out-loud funny are spoken and sung by both sexes, in a world where women are condemned for their mindless chatter and rendered pointless without a man beside them.

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