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Lloyd Cole

Smash Hits (and ageing gracefully)

It’s 3pm my time, so for Lloyd Cole a respectable 10am in his base in Massachusetts. Well, for now, before he begins a tour to promote new album ‘Guesswork’.



A Mild Peril

Keeping it in the family (with Duncan Robertson and Rowan Smith)

They do say being in a band can be like family, so perhaps the chaos of a musician’s life is good preparation for settling down with kids.



Belle and Sebastian

Sound tracks (Sarah Martin on films and festivals)

The musician’s life may seem a glamourous one, but while a globetrotting lifestyle offers highs, there are lows



Midge Ure

Partying like it's 1980 (at Linlithgow Palace)

When you’ve had a life of chart hits and hit a pensionable age there might be some temptation to rest on your laurels, and indeed royalties.



Les Bof!

Making a French connection (with Angus McPake)

Although Scotland’s connections with France go back many years and a friendly rivalry is still ignited in regular sporting events, music isn’t really an area where the twa meet too often.



Herschel 36

Space is the place (silent movies and all that jazz)

Although they may make a futuristic, space-age sound, Herschel 36 also have a more retro side to them



Sacred Paws

(re)united (Going the distance)

Around 400 miles separate Glasgow and London – surely too far apart for a band to exist



Dumb Instrument

Scottishness, Doubt... and Shirley Bassey (with Tom Murray)

Nowadays, it seems you can’t hear a record on the radio without it being sung in a Scottish accent.



The National Jazz Trio of Scotland

Raising of the standards (Gerard Black and Bill Wells)

If you can’t stand the heat…



Louise Connell

Playing the name game (and the power of the music fan)

What’s in a name?