The Scotsman Sessions: links to numbers 1-250

The Scotsman Sessions are video performances recorded by Scottish artists during the coronavirus pandemic and introduced by Scotsman critics. Below you can find links to the first 250 sessions

Just a few of the artists who have performed Scotsman Sessions

The Scotsman Sessions were born out of necessity. By the middle of March 2020, with theatres and music venues about to go dark for the foreseeable, it was clear that the Scotsman's arts team was going to have to work in a different way; if there were no longer any live performances to write about, we decided, we would just have to commission video performances from some of the people we'd been planning to cover and write about those instead. Our last reviews of live events appeared in The Scotsman on Monday 16 March. Then, on Friday 20 March, we released our first four Scotsman Sessions videos on scotsman.com, with introductions written by our critics.

From her back garden in Pathhead, Midlothian, Karine Polwart sent us an extract from her acclaimed show Wind Resistance which had been about to open at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh; Johnny Lynch, better known as Pictish Trail, sent us an acoustic version of his new single Double Sided from his seaside studio on the Isle of Eigg; BBC SSO violinist Alastair Savage recorded a stunning rendition of A Man's a Man at his kitchen table in Glasgow; and harpist Esther Swift sent us a brand new song called This Space from her living room in Edinburgh. Each of these films appeared on scotsman.com alongside a short essay by one of our writers – miniature programme notes for miniature performances.

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Fifteen months (with a fortnight off for Christmas) and 250 sessions later, what was supposed to be a temporary fix has increasingly come to feel like the new normal. Filmed on smartphones in locations all over Scotland, and spanning music, theatre, dance, poetry and comedy, the Sessions have been better than we could possibly have imagined. For the first few months, artists were mostly confined to their homes and gardens, so the films we received reflected this. Gradually, however, as lockdown restrictions were relaxed, people started venturing further afield: Sorren Maclean and Hannah Fisher shot their film in a stunning seaside location on the Isle of Mull; Scottish Chamber Orchestra cellist Su-a Lee played Dvořák accompanied by birds in a forest in Strathspey; and singer and multi-instrumentalist Be Charlotte performed her new single Lights Off beside beside the reservoir in Monikie Country Park near Dundee.

At time of writing, it’s still hard to say when Scotland’s arts venues will be able to open fully again, so it's hard to say how long the Scotsman Sessions will carry on. As we publish our 250th Session, though, it seems like a good time say some thank-yous. So, a huge and heartfelt thank you to all the amazing artists who have collaborated with us so far; thank you to our brilliant writers for adapting so quickly and creatively to a new way of working; thank you to the head of our audio-visual department, Andy O'Brien, for uploading all the films each week; and thank you to all the Scotsman readers who have tuned in to the sessions so far, and made for such a supportive and enthusiastic (albeit virtual) audience. Here's hoping things don’t have to be virtual for too much longer. – Roger Cox, arts editor

Scotsman Sessions, numbers 1-250

#1: Pictish Trail

#2: Alastair Savage

#3: Esther Swift

#4: Karine Polwart

#5: Stuart Hepburn

#6: Roddy Woomble

#7: Roseanne Watt

#8: Katherine Bryan

#9: Lomond Campbell

#10: Tom McGovern

#11: Andrew Greig

#12: Katherine Wren

#13: Stina Tweeddale

#14: Maximiliano Martin

#15: Oliver Emanuel, Kirsty Findlay and Gareth Williams

#16: Dean Owens

#17: Cillian Ó Ceallacháin

#18: James Yorkston

#19: Amanda Wright and Louise Ludgate

#20: Marjolein Robertson

#21: Siobhan Wilson

#22: Eve Mutso

#23: Justin Currie

#24: Janette Foggo

#25: Emma Pollock

#26: Pekka Kuusisto

#27: Mike Vass

#28: Anna Russell-Martin

#29: Carla J Easton

#30: Susan Tomes

#31: Christopher KC

#32: Barrie Hunter

#33: Sam McTrusty

#34: Sorren Maclean and Hannah Fisher

#35: John Michie

#36: Iona Fyfe

#37: Michael Pedersen

#38: Robert Robertson

#39: C Duncan

#40: Kirsty Stuart

#41: Jane Atkins

#42: Lavinia Blackwall

#43: Fergus McCreadie

#44: Stephen Clyde

#45: Erland Cooper

#46: Daniel Keating Roberts

#47: Genevieve Reeves, Glenda Gheller, Jessie Roberts-Smith, Johanna Wernmo, Kieran Brown, Luigi Nardone, Pauline Torzuoli, Solene Weinachter

#48: Nicole Cooper

#49: Beldina Odenyo Onassis

#50: Jim Carruth

#51: Charlene Boys & Keith Fleming

#52: Errol White & Davina Givan

#53: Su-a Lee

#54: Tamzene

#55: Duglas T Stewart

#56: Biff Smith

#57: Randolph’s Leap

#58: Susie McCabe

#59: Solareye

#60: Mara Menzies

#61: Tenement & Temple

#62: Jackie Kay

#63: Sean Shibe

#64: Polly Frame

#65: Steven Osborne

#66: Imogen Stirling

#67: Robert Elkin

#68: Ela Orleans

#69: Rachel Jackson

#70: Rab Noakes

#71: Warren McIntyre

#72: Shona Reppe

#73: Callum Easter

#74: Mele Broomes

#75: Amy Matthews and Stuart McPherson

#76: Itxaso Moreno

#77: Kathleen Jamie

#78: James Grant & Ursula Grant

#79: Hanna Tuulikki

#80: Annie George

#81: Barbara Dickson

#82: Daniel Navarro Lorenzo

#83: Djordje Gajic and Andrea Gajic

#84: Elspeth Turner and Evie Waddell

#85: Stuart Ramage

#86: Kapil Seshasayee and Edwin McLachlan

#87: Maxim Emelyanychev and Nikita Naumov

#88: Jo Clifford

#89: John Butt

#90: Hamish Napier

#91: Be Charlotte

#92: Nicola Roy

#93: Kev Sherry

#94: Kirsty Law

#95: Hannah Jarrett-Scott and Christina Gordon

#96: Keir McAllister

#97: Georgia Cécile & Fraser Urquhart

#98: Adam Stafford

#99: Matthew Zajac

#100: KT Tunstall

#101: Tam Dean Burn

#102: Roseanne Reid

#103: Suzanne Butler and Sandy Butler

#104: Brian Kellock

#105: Miaoux Miaoux

#106: Dávur Juul Magnussen

#107: Zoe Graham

#108: Pierce Reid and Matthew McVarish

#109: Martha Healy

#110: Kim Allan, Rehanna Macdonald, Ewan Somers and Betty Valencia

#111: Mairi Campbell

#112: Charlie Clark

#113: Robert Crawford

#114: Susan Riddell

#115: Suzanne Bonnar

#116: Jennifer Black, Andy Clark, Ali Craig, Tam Dean Burn, Kim Gerard, Sophia McLean and Gerry Mulgrew

#117: Jonnie Common

#118: Union of Knives & Helen Marnie

#119: Curious Seed

#120: Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick

#121: Lotos

#122: Ashley Storrie and Janey Godley

#123: Abigail Young and Balázs Renczés

#124: Emma McCaffrey and Gill Robertson

#125: The Maxwell Quartet

#126: Andrew Wasylyk

#127: Sean Hay and Keith Fleming

#128: Cloth

#129: Wendy Wason

#130: Maeve Gilchrist

#131: Future Get Down

#132: Andy Cannon

#133: Leyla Josephine

#134: Amelia Bayler

#135: Norman Mackay

#136: Robert Softley Gale

#137: Man of Moon

#138: Leo Kearse

#139: Dritan Kastrati

#140: Savourna Stevenson

#141: Conscious Route & True Note

#142: Fraser Fifield

#143: Hannah Lavery

#144: William Conway

#145: Lizabett Russo

#146: Rosie Bans

#147: Robert Alan Jamieson

#148: Sita Pieraccini

#149: Jamie Sutherland

#150: Amy Macdonald

#151: Ali Affleck & Lorenzo Cortes

#152: Leah Byrne, Ewan Donald, Anne Kidd, Irene Macdougall, Bailey Newsome, Ann Louise Ross, Emily Winter

#153: Iklan featuring Law Holt

#154: Big Fat Panda

#155: Ron Jappy

#156: Kim Gerrard, Beth Marshall and Catherine King

#157: Calum Huggan

#158: Jared Celosse

#159: Sophie Martin

#160: Crawford Logan, Nicola Roy, Eva Traynor, Brian James O’Sullivan, Belle Jones, Steven McNicoll and Saskia Ashdown

#161: Constant Follower

#162: John Alexander

#163: Mike Clerk

#164: Jessica Hardwick

#165: Jen Athan

#166: Dick Lee

#167: David Rankine and Fiona Wood

#168: Crawford Mack and Luke Maher

#169: Madrigirls

#170: Brian Johnstone

#171: Blythe Jandoo

#172: Aidan O'Rourke

#173: Tommy Danbury

#174: Bow Anderson

#175: Colin Macleod

#176: Alan Bissett

#177: Kim Edgar

#178: The Fratellis

#179: Kerri Watt

#180: Hamshya Rajkumar

#181: Mungo's Hi Fi & Cian Finn

#182: Jack Cochrane

#183: Alycia Pirmohamed

#184: Joyce Falconer, Andy Clark & Nicola Roy

#185: Kyle Falconer

#186: Sofia Ros

#187: Xan Tyler

#188: Jenny Lindsay

#189: Mogwai

#190: Imtiaz Dharker

#191: John Mulhearn

#192: Karen Dunbar

#193: Adriana Spina

#194: Stephen Buchanan

#195: Nathan Evans

#196: Amy Lennox and Meghan Tyler

#197: Becci Wallace

#198: Rosie Nimmo

#199: Edvard Adde

#200: Alexander McCall Smith

#227: Colin Bramwellhttps://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/books/the-scotsman-sessions-227-colin-bramwell-3219381#228: Molly Isabella Bryson, Hanna Clark, Morven MacDonald, Gregor McMillan, Brooke Tennant, Orla Russell and Rosie Mackayhttps://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/theatre-and-stage/the-scotsman-sessions-228-molly-isabella-bryson-hanna-clark-morven-macdonald-gregor-mcmillan-brooke-tennant-orla-russell-and-rosie-mackay-3219807

#229: Mason Hill

#230: Sezar Alkassab

#231: Molly Linen

#232: Len Pennie

#233: Scott Dickinson and Susan Frank

#234: Ray Bradshaw

#235: Midnight Ambulance

#236: Kenny Boyle

#237: Stephanie Cheape

#238: Ian Bruce

#239: Greg Powrie

#240: Del Amitri

#241: Faodail

#242: James Allan

#243: Aileen Ballantyne

#244: Dawn Sievewright and John McLarnon

#245: Tom Pow

#246: Daisy Chute with Midori Jaeger

#247: Louise Goodwin

#248: Reuben Joseph

#249: Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola

#250: Sharleen Spiteri & Tony McGovern

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