Two Fairs: Tranquil Traquair and the Wild Wickerman

Catherine Maxwell Stuart prepares for this year's Traquair Fair For those looking for an alternative way of spending this coming weekend, the South of Scotland...

Shhhh! There’s a Hoolie in the Trossachs

Teuchters, tin whistles and some top-notch talent will be gathering in the Trossachs come November for a few days of in-house partying and dram...

The triumphant return of Paul Buchanan

In a world of pre-release hooplah, feverish messageboard pronouncements, militaristic press & TV campaigns, pop-up ads and old-fashioned billboards, sometimes it’s nice to have an...

Review: The Stone Roses at Razzmatazz, Barcelona

In terms of waiting, the Prince of Wales is a rank amateur in comparison to Stone Roses fans. The pre-eminent guitar band of the era...

Summer and Gibb have gone, but these are not the last days of disco

Country and western, rock’n’roll, punk, bhangra, indie, soul, acid house, R’n’B, d’n’b, grunge, hip hop, metal, jazz, baroque classical, folk… even those with the...
Donald Duck Dunn

The Duck who added sauce to some of soul’s greatest records

Sometimes in sport, art or music seeing a performer at the peak of their powers can be an inspiring proposition. It’s possible to argue that...
The Chieftains' album 'Voice of Ages'

Review: The Chieftains’ ‘Voice of Ages’

By Alex Wood 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s great folk music band, The Chieftains. Today only Paddy Moloney remains of the original Chieftains...
The Proclaimers' album Life With You

Revealed: previous winners of the McMercury Prize

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to conclude that the music industry needs more awards the way Newsnight needs more appearances from Hugh Grant, MPs need...

The loud-guitar boys from Easterhouse and Coatbridge

I’ll Be Your Audience is a bold offer from any band who aspire to play in front of more than four people. But as...

Eurovision: Why the BBC is right to go for Operation Humperdinck

It sounds initially like the perfect storm of artistic awfulness. Engelbert Humperdinck singing a composition from the blokes who wrote James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful...