The Proclaimers to play two nights at Edinburgh Playhouse

THEY’RE on their way! Yes, the band former Doctor Who David Tennant championed as his “favourite band of all time” are heading back to the Capital to play two nights at The Playhouse.

Thomas Dausgaard  PIC: Per Morten Abrahamsen/BBC/PA Wire

Music interview: multi-tasking conductor Thomas Dausgaard on his plans for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

He’s worked on a farm in China, sought out head-hunting tribes in Borneo, lived with villagers on a remote South Pacific island, even taken his family to learn Aboriginal arts in Australia. All, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra chief conductor Thomas Dausgaard has explained, to “find the roots of where we come from, and to explore the things we share across cultures”. It’s a remarkable list of adventures – especially from a continent-hopping international conductor. And one who, alongside heading the BBC SSO, is also chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and in 2019 becomes music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. It’s a wonder he has time for it all.


Music review: BBC SSO, City Halls, Glasgow

Elgar and Walton are frequently called “quintessentially English” composers but their music is steeped in diverse influences, many from beyond these shores, and these were teased out by conductor John Wilson and the BBC SSO in this crisp and insightful performance.

Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand

Music review: Franz Ferdinand, O2 Academy, Glasgow

Meet the new Franz, not quite the same as the old Franz, but greeted like long-lost friends as they presented their new line-up at their first big homecoming show since their glorious collaboration with Sparks as FFS.

Eddie McGuire takes applause for his Bassoon Octet at the Sound festival, Aberdeen, November 2017 PIC: Mary Masson

Interview: composer Edward McGuire prepares to mark his 70th birthday in style

Asked how he feels at 70, Edward McGuire smiles: “In a sense I feel that I’ve just left music college and my career is just getting off the ground. I’m settling back into Glasgow, although it has taken over 40 years.”

Morrissey played the Hyrdo in Glasgow on Saturday. Picture: PA

Nicola Sturgeon: Morrissey should stick to music

Nicola Sturgeon believes fans go to Morrissey gigs for his music rather than to hear his political views after the singer appeared to criticise Scotland’s First Minister at a gig.

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Morrissey was performing at the SSE Hydro. Picture: Contributed

Morrissey jibe at Nicola Sturgeon met with boos at Scottish gig

Morrissey has received a backlash from some Scottish fans on social media after criticising First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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Singer Morrissey was in tremendous voice throughout his Glasgow gig. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Music review: Morrissey, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Morrissey | SSE Hydro, Glasgow | star rating: ***

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Music review: Simple Minds

What better way for Simple Minds to mark their 40th birthday than returning to the beloved ballroom they inaugurated as a gig venue back in 1983? This celebration show had the air of An Audience with the Minds, kicking off with a terrific opening trio of their freshest futuristic Euro odysseys, I Travel, Celebrate and Love Song, all baring the blatant Berlin-era Bowie influences and innate dance/stompability of their younger years.

Kendrick Lamar has presence and belief in abundance. Picture: PA

Music review: Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is routinely declared as the most significant rapper of his generation – and with good reason. His albums Good Kid, m.A.A.d City and particularly the brilliantly realised but awfully titled To Pimp A Butterfly established him as both musical innovator and lyrical warrior, and he has maintained that momentum while embracing his newfound superstardom with 2017’s Damn and his newly released curated soundtrack for superhero blockbuster Black Panther.

DvoY�ks Dumky Trio formed the concerts main focus

Music review: Hebrides Ensemble

It was a typically enterprising, wide-ranging, provocative programme from the Hebrides Ensemble, conveyed in wonderfully fresh, vivid performances. There was a sizeable audience to experience the trio’s craft, in one stop on a three-concert tour taking in lesser-visited venues across Scotland, and even streamed live online (watch it again via the Hebrides Ensemble website). Which makes it all the more bewildering that future Hebrides events like this could be in jeopardy, following Creative Scotland’s apparent decision to withdraw regular funding of the ensemble.

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow has faced growing threats from new developments.

Scotland's live music venues win protection against property developers

Property developers will be ordered to ensure homes built near live music venues across Scotland are properly soundproofed in future following a campaign by industry owners, managers and promoters.
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Leith Theatre was reopened last year for the Hidden Door Festival nearly 30 years after its last event.

Capital's £10m spending spree on cultural venues

Three signature projects are set to share in a £10 million boost for Edinburgh’s cultural infrastructure.

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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers were playing in Belfast on Saturday night.

Couple mistake Red Hot Chilli Pipers for Red Hot Chili Peppers

A couple’s romantic getaway to see an iconic American rock group backfired - when it turned out they had bought tickets to see a Scottish bagpipe band with a similar name.
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Trad scene favourites Manran. Can they fill Runrig's footsteps?

Brian Ferguson: Trad scene is booming, but can anyone replace Runrig?

Not so long ago it was a case of feast or famine for many of Scotland’s musicians. The summer and winter festivals were still a time for hectic schedules, long journeys and playing to packed crowds in concert venues, village halls and tents across the UK. For those who associate themselves with the ‘trad’ scene, Celtic Connections was a rare chance to take to a much bigger stage than they were used to, and win new fans perhaps unfamiliar with their music.

Duncan Chisolm was at the first Celtic Connections and appeared this year with his band The Gathering

Music review: Duncan Chisholm: Sandwood

SINCE he played at the first Celtic Connections 24 years ago, Duncan Chisholm’s reputation as a Highland fiddler of substance has become particularly associated with his richly toned and unashamedly heart-tugging slow airs, frequently imbued with a powerful sense of place, as in his Strathglass album trilogy of the past few years.

The crowd responded to Hollie Cooks reggae vibrations

Music review: Hollie Cook

THE influence of reggae is everywhere in pop music just now, thanks to the infusion of Jamaican dancehall elements in R&B and grime. But that is the more strident sound of the island’s musical heritage; for a sweeter and deeper but just as danceable iteration, look to the radiant Hollie Cook.

Out Lines, featuring Kathryn Joseph, Twilight Sad frontman James Graham and Marcus Mackay

Music review: Out Lines and Hamish Hawk

ON THE final night of this year’s Celtic Connections, Twilight Sad frontman James Graham and former Scottish Album of the Year Award winner Kathryn Joseph said a (hopefully temporary) farewell to their own Celtic connection as they prepare for their own individual releases later this year.

Franz Ferdinand

Album reviews: Franz Ferdinand | Kyle Craft | Bas Jan

Franz Ferdinand show how to handle a line-up change by taking the chance to let their sound evolve


Band who trashed Edinburgh bar cancel gigs after death threats

A BAND has apologised “wholeheartedly” after a city centre bar was wrecked following a gig.

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