Music review: Thea Musgrave at 90, City Halls, Glasgow

At 90, and despite the seemingly reassuring need of a walking stick, Thea Musgrave is as sharp as a tack. The Edinburgh-born composer, who has lived in America most of her life, was in Glasgow for a celebratory birthday concert by the BBC SSO, an event punctuated by a personal onstage graduation ceremony in which Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, conferred on her an honorary doctorate. Her response to the honour was both pithy and wise.

John Lydon was in liberated vocal form

Music review: PIL

THE public image of Public Image Ltd has in its time been one of volatility, hostility and frustrated ambitions, as John Lydon raged hard through grief, prejudice and misunderstanding against a backdrop of periodically challenging relationships with his bandmates.

Demi Lovato on stage at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow PIC: John Linton/PA

Music review: Demi Lovato, Hydro, Glasgow

“I can do so much better,” apologised Demi Lovato towards the end of her set, to an army of mostly young women who had been firmly on her side for every moment of the show. Earlier in the week vocal problems had caused the child star turned adult pop superstar to cancel shows in London and Birmingham, and it was unclear until earlier in the day whether Glasgow would suffer the same fate. Yet for anyone who hadn’t been watching Twitter updates on Lovato’s health for the past 48 hours, it would have been difficult to see why the American might have been unhappy with her performance.

Jordan Butler is the founder and CEO of Heavy Sound, an East Lothian-based community interest company that specialises in delivering music and arts-based services to young people. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Rap tutorials help troubled Scots school pupils turn the page

Some of Scotland’s most troubled children, many of whom have experienced trauma, are having their lives turned around by the opportunity to learn music through hip-hop and rap.

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One Edinburgh musician is backing the Three Lions

Edinburgh musician writes unofficial World Cup anthem for England

An Edinburgh musician has attracted national media attention after writing an anthem for England for the World Cup.

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Elephant Sessions members Mark Bruce, Alasdair Taylor, Seth Tinsley, Greg Barry and Euan Smilie at Belhaven. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Brewery’s new prize to help propel rising traditional music stars

Scottish brewers Belhaven are to spearhead one of Scotland’s most lucrative cultural prizes to boost rising stars of the traditional music scene.

Wuh Oh

Under the Radar: Wuh Oh

Wuh Oh are an electronic production duo from Bathgate, aka Pete Ferguson on piano, synths and dancing and Baboon on the decks. They’ve played a session on Vic Galloway’s BBC Introducing show and supported Com Truise, Slugabed and Stranger Things composers S U R V I V E, in addition to playing a sold-out showcase at our Wide Days conference in April.

Alan Longmuir of the Bay City Rollers

Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir ‘cleared to fly home’ after falling ill

Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir has been cleared to fly home according to sources close to the guitarist.

Lily Allen PIC: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Album reviews: Lily Allen | Jorja Smith | Gruff Rhys | Port Sulphur

Lily Allen’s spiky musical persona seems diminished by the travails of her tumultuous personal life

John Suchet

Music review: RSNO - Classic FM Hall of Fame, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

It’s easy to see why John Suchet’s flagship programme on Classic FM is so popular. Presenting the RSNO’s Classic FM Hall of Fame concert, he exhibited that same silken line of chat, laced with informed simplicity and friendly engagement. He knows his stuff, knows his audience, and knows instinctively how to link the two.

Zoe Martlew - just one of the artists at this year's packed St Magnus Festival

Music preview: Orkney’s St Magnus Festival to take place “morning, noon and night – and also in between”

“We don’t have an orchestra this year.” Festival Director Alasdair Nicolson is talking about the absence of a big ensemble at Orkney’s St Magnus International Festival – which, he explains, is entirely down to late funding agreements making it impossible to confirm a booking far enough in advance. “In Orkney, there were questions about whether that would be forever,” he admits. “But it will be back – we have an orchestra on the slate for 2019.”

The Rolling Stones PIC:  Lisa Ferguson

Music review: The Rolling Stones, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

With Beyonce and Jay-Z hosting their own stadium show in Glasgow on the same evening, there was something of a clash of generational voices on both sides of Scotland on Saturday evening; and, with each of the band’s core members now into their seventies, it felt in advance that the question of who is more relevant in 2018 would be conceded as a no-contest from the Stones’ perspective.

Beyonce on stage at Hampden PIC: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Music review: Beyoncé & Jay-Z: OTR II, Hampden Park, Glasgow

Teflon power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z have never been shy about using their glamorous relationship for commercial titillation, self-styling themselves as “the gangster and the queen” in the idealised opening credit sequence of this On The Run II tour, while acknowledging, in the most stylised fashion, the cracks in the coating through staged glimpses of their private life.

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Rolling Stones pay tribute to Edinburgh’s trams and salt and sauce

The Rolling Stones rocked Murrayfield as an army of middle-aged devotees left with plenty of satisfaction as the legends paid tribute to the city’s trams and salt and sauce on chips.


Rolling Stones take in cricket, ruins and local wildlife on Edinburgh visit

As a fan of English cricket, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones will be well aware that you can’t always get what you want.

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Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro. The Ayrshire band have been one of the biggest selling Scottish acts of the 21st century. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Pop back in time with National Museum of Scotland’s music exhibition

From Biffy Clyro’s burnt and smashed guitar to homemade stage outfits worn by The Rezillos, the Rip It Up exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will tell the colourful story of Scottish pop, writes Fiona Shepherd

The choir will work with a animation and video design company on the staging of the event

National youth choir will debut at Edinburgh International Festival

A new national youth chorus is to be formed to help stage a spectacular curtainraiser for the Edinburgh International Festival which will honour the lives of young soldiers killed in the First World War.

Thom Yorke PIC: Kevin Winter/Getty

Music review: Thom Yorke, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s name may be above the titles on this tour but his latest live outing is a three-way collaboration with his longtime wingman, producer Nigel Godrich, with whom he plays in side project Atoms For Peace, and visual artist Tarik Barri, who creates in-the-moment digital action painting across five large screens.

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