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New Music: Rowan Ross

Years ago I was walking through Stirling town centre and was attracted by the sound of a young busker singing Smells Like Teen Spirit while accompanying himself on violin. Yes, you read that correctly, violin. His name as it now

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1402186_590322811034148_401443976_o

New Music: Rowan Ross

Years ago I was walking through Stirling town centre and was attracted by the sound of a young busker singing Smells Like Teen Spirit while accompanying himself on violin. Yes, you read that correctly, violin. His name as it now

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Bert Jansch

Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch

This piece originally appeared on my BBC Blog 02.01.12 to accompany our Bert Jansch feature, which was being repeated in tribute to the late songwriter and guitarist. I recently blogged about the phenomenon of 1970s TV-advertised compilation albums, a disgraceful

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Bert Jansch

Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch

This piece originally appeared on my BBC Blog 02.01.12 to accompany our Bert Jansch feature, which was being repeated in tribute to the late songwriter and guitarist. I recently blogged about the phenomenon of 1970s TV-advertised compilation albums, a disgraceful

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Bobby Henry

Bobby Henry

This piece originally appeared my BBC Blog on 27.09.11 One day they’ll give me the chance to make a radio series about members of the community of musicians and artists who are, for many, a touch off-piste but who nevertheless

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Bobby Henry

Bobby Henry

This piece originally appeared my BBC Blog on 27.09.11 One day they’ll give me the chance to make a radio series about members of the community of musicians and artists who are, for many, a touch off-piste but who nevertheless

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Unknown

New Music: Jess Ryan

New Music: Jess Ryan There are times when members of the human race can astonish and surprise, when the pure power and energy of the spirit rises to face down the harshest demons. If you think that a rather hyperbolic

Unknown

New Music: Jess Ryan

New Music: Jess Ryan There are times when members of the human race can astonish and surprise, when the pure power and energy of the spirit rises to face down the harshest demons. If you think that a rather hyperbolic

The Windmills

The Windmills

The Windmills Of Your Mind: Variation and The School Of 1960s Pop David Scott The famous song The Windmills Of Your Mind, written by Michel Legrand with Alan and Marilyn Bergman is an example of a contemporary popular song built

The Windmills

The Windmills

The Windmills Of Your Mind: Variation and The School Of 1960s Pop David Scott The famous song The Windmills Of Your Mind, written by Michel Legrand with Alan and Marilyn Bergman is an example of a contemporary popular song built

MASP Songwriters At Ayr 28.09.12

Wan Singer Wan Song!

The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang defines the expression ‘one singer one song’ as a call for order to those who “uninvited, join in a singer’s song and, inevitably, fail to add a pleasing harmony.” The Glaswegian version of

MASP Songwriters At Ayr 28.09.12

Wan Singer Wan Song!

The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang defines the expression ‘one singer one song’ as a call for order to those who “uninvited, join in a singer’s song and, inevitably, fail to add a pleasing harmony.” The Glaswegian version of

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The Gerry Rafferty Scholarship

The Press Release for the Gerry Rafferty Scholarship… NEW COURSE SEES THE LAUNCH OF GERRY RAFFERTY SCHOLARSHIP University of the West of Scotland is hitting the right note with the announcement of its innovative MA Songwriting and Performance programme which

Gerry-Rafferty-Can-I-Have-My-Mon-264497-1

The Gerry Rafferty Scholarship

The Press Release for the Gerry Rafferty Scholarship… NEW COURSE SEES THE LAUNCH OF GERRY RAFFERTY SCHOLARSHIP University of the West of Scotland is hitting the right note with the announcement of its innovative MA Songwriting and Performance programme which

Ashley Showcase

Ashley Little: The Class Of 2006

On the first day of the first term in my first year teaching at UWS I walked into an old Porta-Cabin on the grounds of the now-defunct Craigie Campus in Ayr. My undeniable sweet tooth for the 1960’s glass and

Ashley Showcase

Ashley Little: The Class Of 2006

On the first day of the first term in my first year teaching at UWS I walked into an old Porta-Cabin on the grounds of the now-defunct Craigie Campus in Ayr. My undeniable sweet tooth for the 1960’s glass and