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Album reviews: Colin Macleod | Chris Connelly & Monica Queen | Marina | Joan Armatrading; Colin Macleod's new album is a welcoming collection of Celtic Americana full of big, bold and beautiful sonic panoramas, writes Fiona Shepherd. Jun 11, 2021 1024
The Scotsman Sessions #250: Sharleen Spiteri & Tony McGovern; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Sharleen Spiteri & Tony McGovern of Texas perform an acoustic version of their single Hi at Gorbals Sound studio in Glasgow. Jun 9, 2021 1081
Album reviews: Garbage | Crowded House | Dear John | Jeshua; After four years of living under the Trump administration in her adopted homeland, Shirley Manson has a few things she'd like to get off her chest on the new Garbage album, writes Fiona Shepherd. Jun 4, 2021 1027
Edinburgh International Festival preview: Pop, Jazz & Trad; At the risk of jinxing the whole carefully calibrated enterprise, the Edinburgh International Festival's plans to present an open air socially distanced programme of events have given it the best possible chance of success in a still-volatile pandemic environment. So rock and pop fans, deprived of just about any form of in-person live entertainment for over a year, can look forward to the likes of soul star Laura Mvula, West Lothian indie sensations The Snuts, Celtic rockers Tide Lines, Scottish Album of the Year Award winners Kathryn Joseph and Anna Meredith and musical man of parts Damon Albarn in an open-sided tent near them in August. Jun 2, 2021 347
The Scotsman Sessions #246: Daisy Chute with Midori Jaeger; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, singer-songwriter Daisy Chute performs Throne, a song from her forthcoming debut album, with cellist Midori Jaeger. Jun 1, 2021 376
Album reviews: Texas | James | Wolf Alice | Adam Holmes; Sharleen Spiteri is on luminous vocal form on Texas's new album Hi, writes Fiona Shepherd, while Mercury-winners Wolf Alice take a break from traditional indie rocking to explore softer textures and evocative atmospheres. May 28, 2021 1013
Album reviews: Roddy Woomble | St Vincent | Gary Numan; On his latest solo album, Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble completes his transformation from teenage shouter to a confident crooner with a collection of classy, leisurely pop. Reviews by Fiona Shepherd. May 13, 2021 962
Book review: Slug... and other things I've been told to hate, by Hollie McNish; An intoxicating mixture of poetry and prose, Hollie McNish's latest book is a taboo-busting delight, writes Fiona Shepherd. May 10, 2021 540
Album reviews: Van Morrison | The Coral | Colonel Mustard & the Dijon Five; An outspoken critic of lockdown, Van Morrison's Latest Record Project Volume 1 finds him on defiant form, writes Fiona Shepherd. May 1, 2021 1035
The Scotsman Sessions #225: HYYTS; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Glaswegian duo HYYTS - aka Sam Hunter and Adam Hunter - perform recent single Blue & White, taken from their forthcoming EP Helluva Time. Apr 28, 2021 398
Album reviews: Teenage Fanclub | Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis | Adrian Crowley; Teenage Fanclub's new line-up has led to some subtle stylistic changes on their tenth album, writes Fiona Shepherd. Apr 23, 2021 1018
Scotsman Obituaries: Les McKeown, lead singer with the Bay City Rollers; Leslie Richard McKeown, musician and pop idol. Born 12 November 1955 in Edinburgh. Died 20 April 2021, aged 65. Apr 23, 2021 1025
The Scotsman Sessions #222: Adrian Crowley; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Adrian Crowley performs his current single Bread And Wine, taken from his new album The Watchful Eye of the Stars. Apr 21, 2021 369
Album reviews: Tom Jones | Imelda May | Peter Frampton | Alan Vega; Tom Jones brings all his experience and gravitas to a carefully curated selection of classics, writes Fiona Shepherd. Apr 20, 2021 1024
The Scotsman Sessions #219: Bella; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, singer-songwriter Bella performs her upcoming single Feels. Apr 15, 2021 364
Album reviews: Ensemble Eorpa | Rhiannon Giddens | Declan O'Rourke | Dinorsaur Jr; Lizabett Russo's pan-European collaboration is a celebration of Aberdeenshire's landscapes, writes Fiona Shepherd. Apr 14, 2021 1016
The Scotsman Sessions #216: Hamish Hawk; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Hamish Hawk offers a sneak preview of his new single, Calls to Tiree. Apr 7, 2021 379
Album reviews: Glasvegas | Stanley Odd | Demi Lovato; Glasvegas venture into some dark, previously unexplored musical alleyways on their new concept album, writes Fiona Shepherd. Apr 2, 2021 1009
The Scotsman Sessions #209: Louise Quinn; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, from her home in Glasgow, Louise Quinn performs her new song Next To Me. Mar 30, 2021 375
Album reviews: The Fratellis | The Snuts | Tune-Yards | Dry Cleaning; The Fratellis' pandemic-delayed album is a carefully crafted mixture of symphonic country rock and chiming chamber pop, writes Fiona Shepherd. Mar 25, 2021 1014
The Scotsman Sessions #205: Tam Killean; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Tam Killean of "smart casual indie pop" Glasgow five-piece Wojtek the Bear performs a stripped-back rendition of recent single Ferme La Bouche. Mar 23, 2021 375
Album reviews: Lana Del Rey | Justin Bieber | Mairi Campbell | Louise Quinn; Lana Del Rey foregrounds the country flavours in her music on her stripped-back new album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club. It suits her, writes Fiona Shepherd. Mar 19, 2021 1030
The Scotsman Sessions #203: DopeSickFly; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Glasgow funk quartet DopeSickFly perform their new track The Night Is Young. Mar 18, 2021 371
The Scotsman Sessions #197: Becci Wallace; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Becci Wallace performs her new single, Swan Song. Mar 9, 2021 361
Album reviews: Loretta Lynn | Gillian Welch & David Rawlings | Sananda Maitreya | Mason Hill; In revisiting key songs from her 60-year career, queen of country Loretta Lynn still sounds every bit as good as she did in her prime, writes Fiona Shepherd. Mar 5, 2021 1027
The Scotsman Sessions #195: Nathan Evans; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, fresh from conquering TikTok with his version of the New Zealand sea shanty Wellerman, Nathan Evans sings Wild Mountain Thyme. Mar 3, 2021 374
Album reviews: Nick Cave / Paul Stanley / Jane Weaver / Randolph's Leap; Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds wingman Warren Ellis have translated some of Cave's lockdown writing and thinking into eight luminous tracks which combine comforting familiarity with unexpected sonic scenery, writes Fiona Shepherd. Feb 25, 2021 1076
Album reviews: Arab Strap / Steg G / Alice Cooper / Bonnie Tyler; Arab Strap's first album in 16 years is a heady mixture of eye-watering poetry and atmospheric soundtracks, writes Fiona Shepherd. Feb 19, 2021 1061
The Scotsman Sessions #185: Kyle Falconer; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Kyle Falconer, frontman of Dundee indie heroes The View, performs his new single Stress Ball. Feb 17, 2021 391
Album reviews: Mogwai / David Gray / Edie Brickell & New Bohemians; Mogwai's tenth studio album in 25 years features some of their most sophisticated, sonically diverse and celestial music to date, writes Fiona Shepherd. Feb 13, 2021 1049
The Scotsman Sessions #182: Jack Cochrane; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Snuts frontman Jack Cochrane gives a solo acoustic performance of the band's new single, Somebody Loves You. Feb 10, 2021 392
The Scotsman Sessions #181: Mungo's Hi Fi & Cian Finn; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Glasgow-based sound system Mungo's Hi Fi team up with vocalist Cian Finn for a dub-infused rendition of Wild Mountain Thyme. Feb 10, 2021 382
Album reviews: Django Django / Karen Matheson / John Carpenter / The Weather Station; For a little musical escapism to take your mind off the pandemic, look no further than the pleasant sonic scenery of Django Django's new album, writes Fiona Shepherd. Feb 5, 2021 1063
Book review: The Spirit of Malawi, by Susan Dalgety; In her attempt to capture the spirit of the "warm heart of Africa," Susan Dalgety makes the wise decision to tell its story through the voices of the people who live there, writes Fiona Shepherd. Feb 2, 2021 563
The Scotsman Sessions #175: Colin Macleod; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, from his croft on the Isle of Lewis, singer-songwriter Colin Macleod plays The Long Road, taken from his forthcoming album Hold Fast. Jan 29, 2021 396
The Scotsman Sessions #174: Bow Anderson; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Edinburgh singer Bow Anderson performs New Wave, the title track of her newly-released debut EP. Jan 26, 2021 397
Album reviews: Deacon Blue / Celeste / Martin Gore; Unable to tour their 2020 City of Love album, Deacon Blue returned to the studio (one at a time) to record an impressive follow-up, writes Fiona Shepherd. Jan 22, 2021 1061
The Scotsman Sessions #169: Madrigirls; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, members of Glasgow choir Madrigirls perform a version of a 19th century Shaker song called A New Year Greeting. Jan 19, 2021 398
Album reviews: James Yorkston / Jim Ghedi / Arlo Parks; Fife troubadour James Yorkston teams up with the freewheeling improvisors of Stockholm's Second Hand Orchestra, while Arlo Parks has made an album suffused with the sunshine of old school hip-hop that will speak to young people struggling in the isolation of lockdown. Reviews by Fiona Shepherd. Jan 15, 2021 1074
The Scotsman Sessions #168: Crawford Mack and Luke Maher; Welcome to the award-winning Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, singer-songwriter Crawford Mack performs his song Skye in tribute to the late Rick Taylor, with Luke Maher on piano. Jan 13, 2021 420
Album reviews: Cerys Matthews / Sleaford Mods / Pearl Charles / Pom Poko; Cerys Matthews' carefully curated music-and-poetry fusions range from Kim Moore intoning over mournful jazz trumpet to Lemn Sissay accompanied by twinkling electronica, while the Sleaford Mods have something they'd like to say to Dominic Cummings. Jan 7, 2021 1065
Ones to watch in 2021: Nova, rapper; Following her Scottish Album of the Year win in 2020, Nova will be looking to build momentum into 2021 with new releases and - as soon as possible - live performances. Interview by Fiona Shepherd. Jan 1, 2021 1148
Cerys Matthews interview: "Poetry is a tool for switching on the lights"; For her latest project, Cerys Matthews has teamed up with Joe Acheson of The Hidden Orchestra to set the words of ten contemporary poets to music. Interview by Fiona Shepherd. Dec 27, 2020 1151
The Scotsman Sessions #158: Jared Celosse; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, from his home in Glasgow, Jared Celosse sings and plays all the guitar parts in a multi-layered version of his track, Breaking Me Down. Dec 16, 2020 426
2021 Arts Preview: The Year Ahead in Pop; With the future of live concerts still looking uncertain, 2021 at least promises some intriguing album releases, writes Fiona Shepherd. Dec 15, 2020 1100
Album review: Paul McCartney: McCartney III; The former Beatle's new album is a engaging curio, taking in winsome acoustic ballads, slick, soulful blues and much more besides. Dec 14, 2020 431
The Scotsman Sessions #153: Iklan featuring Law Holt; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Law Holt and Tim London of Edinburgh/Birmingham/London collective Iklan perform their new track The Level. Dec 9, 2020 434
Arts review of 2020: Fiona Shepherd on the year in pop; From gigs to awards ceremonies, 2020 was a year when the entire music industry was forced to migrate online. Fiona looks back on a year like no other. Dec 9, 2020 1107
Album reviews: Seasick Steve / Miley Cyrus / The Avalanches / Jamie Sutherland; Seasick Steve strips things right back to basics on his new album, while Miley Cyrus straps on her studded leather bracelets and makes like a rock chick. Dec 4, 2020 1099
The Scotsman Sessions #150: Amy Macdonald; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, for Scotsman Session #150, Amy Macdonald performs Bridges, a song "about just being who you are and sticking to your guns" taken from her new album, The Human Demands. Dec 2, 2020 1149
Christmas album reviews: Dolly Parton / Carrie Underwood / Chilly Gonzales / Calexico / Kelly Finnegan; This year's crop of Christmas albums is surprisingly strong, with some genuinely impressive offerings in amongst the inevitable turkeys, writes Fiona Shepherd. Nov 26, 2020 1132
The Scotsman Sessions #145: Lizabett Russo; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo performs Release from new album While I Sit and Watch this Tree Volume1. Nov 24, 2020 489
Album reviews: Lizabett Russo / Steps / IKLAN / The Prats; The otherworldly charm and mellifluous melancholy of Lizabett Russo are in stark contrast to the jolly disco pop and wind-up dance routines of Steps, writes Fiona Shepherd. Nov 20, 2020 1108
Book review: Clanlands, by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish; Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish set out to celebrate the history and culture of the Highlands in a book that also sees them raiding Scotland's larder and tippling generously on the national drink, writes Fiona Shepherd. Nov 18, 2020 600
The Scotsman Sessions #141: Conscious Route & True Note; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, from Sketchy Beats Cafe in Leith, rapper Conscious Route and DJ and producer True Note perform their new track Cat's out the Bag. Nov 17, 2020 442
Album reviews: AC/DC / Cabaret Voltaire / Bis / Puffers Choice; Following a series of trials and tribulations that would have seen lesser bands throw in the towel, AC/DC are back with a mixture of melodic power rock and pugnacious metal headbangers. Nov 12, 2020 1114
The Scotsman Sessions #137: Man of Moon; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Chris Bainbridge, one half of guitar/drums power duo Man of Moon, performs Ride the Waves, taken from new album Dark Sea. Nov 10, 2020 447
Album reviews: Paloma Faith / Dame Shirley Bassey / Barbara Dickson / Adam Stafford; Paloma Faith has retooled her music for the present time but something essential has been lost in the process, and her new album lacks the stamp of authority of a singular artist. Reviews by Fiona Shepherd. Nov 7, 2020 1100
Album reviews: Kylie / Ariana Grande / Gorillaz / The Bathers; After the let-down of her underwhelming 50th birthday album, Golden, Kylie's latest offering is a joyful slice of disco fun, writes Fiona Shepherd. Nov 5, 2020 1106
Book review: Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops, by Shaun Bythell; After almost two decades of working in a bookshop, Shaun Bythell details the quirks of his customer base, from the "Loiterer" to the "Bearded Pensioner". Nov 4, 2020 604
The Scotsman Sessions #133: Leyla Josephine; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, from a blowy Prestwick Beach, poet Leyla Josephine itemises more than a few of her favourite things in The Good Stuff. Nov 3, 2020 446
Album reviews: Amy Macdonald / Elvis Costello / Sturgill Simpson / Conscious Route & True Note; Amy Macdonald lets her guard down just enough on her eclectic fifth album, The Human Demands, writes Fiona Shepherd. Oct 29, 2020 1076
The Scotsman Sessions #131: Future Get Down; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Edinburgh five-piece Future Get Down give a characteristically quirky rendition of their track, When It Works. Oct 29, 2020 433
Album reviews: Amy Macdonald / Elvis Costello / Sturgill Simpson / Conscious Route & True Note; Amy MacDonald has always come across as an old head on young shoulders but now that she has been a professional musician for half her life, she truly has come of age as a songwriter. Her fifth album The Human Demandsis about "what it takes to be human", the life choices we make, the pressures we face, related in typically accessible storytelling style using that unmistakeable voice. Oct 28, 2020 543
Album reviews: Katie Melua / Laura Veirs / Song Club / Yllwshrk; Katie Melua's new album may have a prosaic title, but the sage, exquisitely embellished songs it contains are anything but. Oct 24, 2020 1099
The Scotsman Sessions #128: Cloth; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, from their home in South Lanarkshire, twins Rachael and Paul Swinton of Scottish Album of the Year-shortlisted band Cloth perform a stripped-back version of their song, Old Bear. Oct 16, 2020 412
Album reviews: Bruce Springsteen / Tom Petty / Evie Sands; Bruce Springsteen reconvenes the E Street Band for a celebratory session that's full of glorious, carefree energy, while fans of Tom Petty are in for a treat with the deluxe re-issue of his 1994 album Wildflowers. Oct 15, 2020 1088
The Scotsman Sessions #121: Lotos; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, rapper Lotos performs some a capella improv from the outskirts of Edinburgh. Oct 13, 2020 423
The Scotsman Sessions #118: Union of Knives & Helen Marnie; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Glasgow-based electro-rockers Union of Knives perform their new single, A Tall Tale, with Ladytron's Helen Marnie. Oct 8, 2020 433
Analysis: Why Lewis Capaldi is the biggest surprise of Scottish Album of the Year Award; Arguably the biggest surprise of the 2020 Scottish Album of the Year Award shortlist is that Lewis Capaldi. Oct 8, 2020 380
Album reviews: Travis / Carla Bruni / Emmy the Great / Joe McAlinden; The ever-reliable Travis offer a string of three-minute wonders from the pen of frontman Fran Healy, writes Fiona Shepherd. Oct 7, 2020 1048
Album reviews: Loudon Wainwright III / Alicia Keys / Public Enemy / Man of Moon; Loudon Wainwright III goes back to the likes of Fats Waller and Hoagy Carmichael for a celebration of the pre-rock 'n' roll era. Oct 2, 2020 934
Book review: Neu Reekie #UntitledThree, edited by Kevin Williamson and Michael Pedersen; Capital cultural collective Neu! Reekie! celebrate their tenth birthday with an anthology of new writing that reflects the gonzo spontaneity of their live events, writes Fiona Shepherd. Oct 2, 2020 595
Album reviews: Fish / Idles / Diana Jones / The Son(s); Prog rock veteran Fish's final album matches introverted lyrics and extroverted arrangements, writes Fiona Shepherd. Sep 25, 2020 971
The Scotsman Sessions #109: Martha Healy; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, from her fireside in Stirlingshire, country singer Martha Healy performs No Place Like Home from her 2018 album, Keep The Flame Alight. Sep 23, 2020 442
Album reviews: Marilyn Manson / Roisin Murphy / Matt Berry / Pale Fire; A flamboyant charmer at heart, Marilyn Manson nods to Bowie and Bolan on new album We Are Chaos. Sep 18, 2020 1077
The Scotsman Sessions #107: Zoe Graham; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Zoe Graham performs an acoustic rendition of her latest single Know By Now. Sep 17, 2020 446
Album reviews: The Flaming Lips / Bill Callahan / Suzanne Butler; The Flaming Lips pay homage to Tom Petty with their own take on growing up in America. Sep 11, 2020 979
The Scotsman Sessions #102: Roseanne Reid; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Roseanne Reid performs her song Couldn't Wish More For You in the back garden of her home in Dundee. Sep 10, 2020 445
Book review: Exit, by Laura Waddell; Laura Waddell takes in Brexit, Scexit and Sesame Street in her thoughtful meditation on exits. Review by Fiona Shepherd. Sep 4, 2020 578
Album reviews: Tricky / Katy Perry / Dan Penn / Andrew Wasylyk; Trip-hop pioneer Tricky faces up to personal tragedy while still mining his eclectic electronic furrow. Sep 4, 2020 1073
The Scotsman Sessions #100: KT Tunstall; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, from her home in Los Angeles, Edinburgh-born, Fife-raised singer KT Tunstall performs her new song, Anything At All. Sep 2, 2020 963
The Scotsman Sessions #93: Kev Sherry; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Attic Lights frontman Kev Sherry performs an unplugged version of new single Shoes That Make You Taller, taken from his forthcoming solo album Foxy Orthodoxy. Aug 27, 2020 438
Album reviews: Snow Patrol / Gregory Porter / Carla J Easton / The Wee Cherubs; Born out of online collaborations with fans during lockdown, Snow Patrol's latest release is their best in a while. Aug 27, 2020 978
Album reviews: The Waterboys / Erasure / The Mavericks / Callum Easter; The Waterboys conclude their eclectic, electric trilogy, while Cuban/American band The Mavericks offer passion and drama. Aug 21, 2020 1073
The Scotsman Sessions #91: Be Charlotte; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With the performing arts world shutting down for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Dundonian singer and multi-instrumentalist Be Charlotte performs current single Lights Off in Monikie Country Park on the outskirts of Dundee. Aug 20, 2020 459
Edinburgh International Festival review: My Light Shines On: Honeyblood; As a part of My Light Shines On, the Edinburgh International Festival has commissioned some of Scotland's leading artists to create extraordinary works that audiences can enjoy from their own homes. Aug 17, 2020 346
Fringe comedy review: Socks In Space; The Scottish Falsetto Socks revive their classic 2013 Edinburgh show Socks In Space. Aug 14, 2020 371
Album reviews: Biffy Clyro / Alanis Morissette / James Dean Bradfield / Martha Ffion; Biffy Clyro mix things up while Alanis Morissette embraces middle age with a mature collection. Aug 14, 2020 968
Fringe reviews: The Plague Thing / Detachment / The Murder(ed) Musketeers / Those Girls / Bookshelf Ballad; This year, experienced Fringe producers theSpaceUK have invited companies to contribute new work for a virtual line-up. The response has been substantial, writes Fiona Shepherd. Aug 14, 2020 890
Edinburgh International Festival review: Les Amazones d'Afrique; With their video performance for this year's Edinburgh International Festival, Les Amazones d'Afrique have created a tantalising placeholder for the real thing, writes Fiona Shepherd. Aug 13, 2020 467
The Scotsman Sessions #86: Kapil Seshasayee and Edwin McLachlan; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With the performing arts world shutting down for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Glasgow's Kapil Seshasayee performs his new perform new single The Item Girl, with his Edinburgh-based producer Edwin McLachlan on drums. Aug 12, 2020 456
The Scotsman Sessions #85: Stuart Ramage; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With the performing arts world shutting down for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Stuart Ramage of Castle Douglas duo VanIves performs a solo acoustic version of new track Babyshowers. Aug 11, 2020 467
Album reviews: The Psychedelic Furs / Deep Purple / Rumer / Fontaines DC; The Psychedelic Furs refuse to simply repeat old glories in their first new album in three decades, writes Fiona Shepherd. Aug 6, 2020 1090
The Scotsman Sessions #81: Barbara Dickson; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With the performing arts world shutting down for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Barbara Dickson performs a new song called Time Is Going Faster, the title track of a new album due to be released later this year. Aug 6, 2020 489
Album reviews: Taylor Swift / Seasick Steve / Ronan Keating / Rachel Aggs; Taylor Swift's unexpected album is more slick than spontaneous, while Seasick Steve offers a lo-fi tonic. Jul 31, 2020 1103
Book Review: Scabby Queen, by Kirstin Innes; A portrait of a Scots pop firebrand makes for a magical mosaic, finds Fiona Shepherd. Jul 31, 2020 759
The Scotsman Sessions #78: James Grant & Ursula Grant; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With the performing arts world shutting down for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, Love and Money frontman James Grant performs Your Thorny Laugh at home in Glasgow, with his daughter Ursula on backing vocals and tech duties. Jul 29, 2020 476
Album reviews: The Pretenders / The Streets / Courtney Marie Andrews / Lynnie Carson; Chrissie Hynde leads a tight, confident set from The Pretenders, while Mike Skinner reconvenes The Streets. Reviews by Fiona Shepherd. Jul 25, 2020 972
Taylor Swift: Folklore review - an album that reflects the intimacy and insularity of lockdown; Over 16 tracks, Taylor Swift pays tribute to health workers, the sisterhood and an eccentric arts patroness, writes Fiona Shepherd. Jul 24, 2020 424

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