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Guest Blog: Don Klees interviews David Scott

When I asked David if he’d be willing to answer some questions about his songs for a profile of the Pearlfishers for the website CultureSonar, he was generous with both his time and his thoughts. Consequently there was far more

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Guest Blog: Don Klees interviews David Scott

When I asked David if he’d be willing to answer some questions about his songs for a profile of the Pearlfishers for the website CultureSonar, he was generous with both his time and his thoughts. Consequently there was far more

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In The Presence of Angels: Gerry Rafferty & City to City

Yeah…night and day…night and day… Our Classic Scottish Album podcast this week is City to City by Gerry Rafferty. Listen at this link and please subscribe and share if you enjoy the show. City to City is an album that

In The Presence of Angels: Gerry Rafferty & City to City

Yeah…night and day…night and day… Our Classic Scottish Album podcast this week is City to City by Gerry Rafferty. Listen at this link and please subscribe and share if you enjoy the show. City to City is an album that

Classic Scottish Albums: Glasvegas: Tartan Noir?

Episode 13 of the Classic Scottish Albums Podcast looks at the incredible debut album by Glasvegas. Link HERE The following is a paper I presented at the Singing Storytellers Symposium at the University of Cape Breton. Depending on which version

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Classic Scottish Albums: Glasvegas: Tartan Noir?

Episode 13 of the Classic Scottish Albums Podcast looks at the incredible debut album by Glasvegas. Link HERE The following is a paper I presented at the Singing Storytellers Symposium at the University of Cape Breton. Depending on which version

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Classic Scottish Albums: Shabby & Definitely Chic

There are some records that stop you in your tracks and make such an impression that you can recall the moment, the weather and the people sitting at the next table the first time you hear them. And then there

Classic Scottish Albums: Shabby & Definitely Chic

There are some records that stop you in your tracks and make such an impression that you can recall the moment, the weather and the people sitting at the next table the first time you hear them. And then there

Classic Scottish Albums: How We Made It

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and talking about Scottish music, particularly over the last 10 years. And while doing it I’ve managed to get 30 documentaries made, all on the topic of Classic Scottish Albums and all

Classic Scottish Albums: How We Made It

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and talking about Scottish music, particularly over the last 10 years. And while doing it I’ve managed to get 30 documentaries made, all on the topic of Classic Scottish Albums and all

The Pearlfishers: Sugar Mountain Babies

Sugar Mountain Babies first appeared on The Strange Underworld of the Tall Poppies in 1997. This was the first time that a live string quartet appeared on a Pearlfishers recording thereby setting the tone for everything that followed. When we

The Pearlfishers: Sugar Mountain Babies

Sugar Mountain Babies first appeared on The Strange Underworld of the Tall Poppies in 1997. This was the first time that a live string quartet appeared on a Pearlfishers recording thereby setting the tone for everything that followed. When we

David Scott: I Just See The Rainbow

Live performance for the BBC at the Quay sessions with the story of how ‘I Just See The Rainbow‘ came to be…

David Scott: I Just See The Rainbow

Live performance for the BBC at the Quay sessions with the story of how ‘I Just See The Rainbow‘ came to be…

The Umbrellas of Shibuya

David Scott: The Umbrellas of Shibuya From BBC Music at The Quay summer 2015

The Umbrellas of Shibuya

David Scott: The Umbrellas of Shibuya From BBC Music at The Quay summer 2015

The Pearlfishers: The Last Days of September

This film takes you an a short journey around a dream-state Falkirk with Alan Davie murals, Italian cafes, a Cattle Tryst… From The Pearlfishers ‘Open Up Your Colouring Book’ album.

The Pearlfishers: The Last Days of September

This film takes you an a short journey around a dream-state Falkirk with Alan Davie murals, Italian cafes, a Cattle Tryst… From The Pearlfishers ‘Open Up Your Colouring Book’ album.

Paper Lifetime Guarantees

I wrote this song with Amy Allison back in the days when collaborating on songs over email seemed like a vaguely innovative act. This and other songs we made ended up on an album called Turn Like The World Does in 2012, still

Paper Lifetime Guarantees

I wrote this song with Amy Allison back in the days when collaborating on songs over email seemed like a vaguely innovative act. This and other songs we made ended up on an album called Turn Like The World Does in 2012, still

New Music: Poundstore Riot & Rowan Ross

On the occasions I’m asked what might be required of those who desire a career in what is now typically referred to as the music industries plural I tend to invoke the name of a guy I first met as

New Music: Poundstore Riot & Rowan Ross

On the occasions I’m asked what might be required of those who desire a career in what is now typically referred to as the music industries plural I tend to invoke the name of a guy I first met as

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

Are You Playing An LA?

I visited Los Angeles, California a few years back at the gracious invitation of my great friends Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh who were heading out to make what would become the McIntosh Ross album The Great Lakes. Work had

Are You Playing An LA?

I visited Los Angeles, California a few years back at the gracious invitation of my great friends Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh who were heading out to make what would become the McIntosh Ross album The Great Lakes. Work had

MA Songwriting & Performance

From the Herald 23.04.12 – nice article by Phil Miller here

MA Songwriting & Performance

From the Herald 23.04.12 – nice article by Phil Miller here

Selected Lyrics: The Snow Lamb

The Snow Lamb was released on The Pearlfishers album A Sunflower at Christmas (MA 63, 2004). The lyric tells the story of an encounter between two children and the magical creature of the title who lures them into a forest

Selected Lyrics: The Snow Lamb

The Snow Lamb was released on The Pearlfishers album A Sunflower at Christmas (MA 63, 2004). The lyric tells the story of an encounter between two children and the magical creature of the title who lures them into a forest

Eddie Trayner: How To See Far

I wrote this piece in 2008 after my friend Eddie Trayner passed away. It was written partly (mostly) in tribute, partly (mostly) as catharsis. The plan was to save this for a Hearts & Minds project that may still come

Eddie Trayner: How To See Far

I wrote this piece in 2008 after my friend Eddie Trayner passed away. It was written partly (mostly) in tribute, partly (mostly) as catharsis. The plan was to save this for a Hearts & Minds project that may still come

Music and The Adult Folktale

I use this essay as the basis for a lecture on adapting artworks in the New Music Project module at UWS. The Florists of San Nicolao:  Music and the adult folktale Introduction. I wrote the short story The Florists of

Music and The Adult Folktale

I use this essay as the basis for a lecture on adapting artworks in the New Music Project module at UWS. The Florists of San Nicolao:  Music and the adult folktale Introduction. I wrote the short story The Florists of

The Florists Of San Nicolao

This short story, based on my song Haricot Bean & Bill, was written in 2010. An accompanying essay, Music And The Adult Folktale can be read here. The Florists Of San Nicolao When she thought back she just remembered looking.

The Florists Of San Nicolao

This short story, based on my song Haricot Bean & Bill, was written in 2010. An accompanying essay, Music And The Adult Folktale can be read here. The Florists Of San Nicolao When she thought back she just remembered looking.

Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch

This piece originally appeared on my BBC Blog 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 episode

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Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch

This piece originally appeared on my BBC Blog 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 episode

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Astrud Gilberto & The Walter Wanderley Trio: A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness (Rev-Ola 2006)

I wrote this piece for the liner notes of the 2006 Rev-Ola re-issue of ACSACS. A friend of mine was recently asked to DJ at a nice little Glasgow bar on the occasional Sunday. “Sort of a Jazz in the

Astrud Gilberto & The Walter Wanderley Trio: A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness (Rev-Ola 2006)

I wrote this piece for the liner notes of the 2006 Rev-Ola re-issue of ACSACS. A friend of mine was recently asked to DJ at a nice little Glasgow bar on the occasional Sunday. “Sort of a Jazz in the

Conversations With The Creative Selves

I’m thinking about different definitions of the concept of transformation in a songwriting context, examples of elements coming together and transforming into a new musical expression: places, memories, shards of melody, visual images. The fabled mixture of inspiration and perspiration

Conversations With The Creative Selves

I’m thinking about different definitions of the concept of transformation in a songwriting context, examples of elements coming together and transforming into a new musical expression: places, memories, shards of melody, visual images. The fabled mixture of inspiration and perspiration

Strawberries In The Snow: A Short Tour Round A Song

Strawberries In The Snow, released on The Pearlfishers 1998 album The Young Picnickers, and in a different arrangement on the expanded edition of A Sunflower At Christmas (2009) is a song that brings technical craft to bear on a seed

Strawberries In The Snow: A Short Tour Round A Song

Strawberries In The Snow, released on The Pearlfishers 1998 album The Young Picnickers, and in a different arrangement on the expanded edition of A Sunflower At Christmas (2009) is a song that brings technical craft to bear on a seed

Amy Allison & David Scott: Kaleidoscope

Rod McKuen’s classic Kaleidoscope is one of three non-album tracks on the download EP The Way You Remember Things. Photofilm by Oscar In Venice.

Amy Allison & David Scott: Kaleidoscope

Rod McKuen’s classic Kaleidoscope is one of three non-album tracks on the download EP The Way You Remember Things. Photofilm by Oscar In Venice.

Amy Allison & David Scott: If You Go I’ll Melt

From the album Turn Like The World Does. Film by Oscar In Venice.

Amy Allison & David Scott: If You Go I’ll Melt

From the album Turn Like The World Does. Film by Oscar In Venice.

BMX Bandits: My Chain (Rev-Ola, 2006)

From my first floor studio at East Kilbride Arts Centre you can look through tall windows to see a park with trees, climbing frames for children and an odd sculpture that looks a bit like an unexploded bomb. It’s called

BMX Bandits: My Chain (Rev-Ola, 2006)

From my first floor studio at East Kilbride Arts Centre you can look through tall windows to see a park with trees, climbing frames for children and an odd sculpture that looks a bit like an unexploded bomb. It’s called