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Warm reception

for Beerjacket book (with Peter Kelly)

With the nights drawing in and a chill in the air we’ll all soon need a Beerjacket.


major reconnection (with Manda Rin and Sci-Fi Steven)

‘This Is Fake DIY’ – less a tune from 90s popsters bis and more of a manifesto. Now they’re back and while still doing it themselves, they have a little help. Thanks to a chance meeting with a local record label, ‘Slight Disconnects’, the trio’s first new recording since 2003, will appear on Last Night […]

Taking on the world

with Amy Macdonald (...)

Of course, we’re supposed to be talking music – but speaking the day after Scotland’s crucial win over Israel, it’s inevitable that we get onto the subject of football

Strike The Colours

Work to rule (with Jenny Reeve)

They do say that good things come to those that wait. In which case, the new album from Strike The Colours is as expected

North Atlantic Oscillation

The appliance of science (with Sam Healy)

With a name like North Atlantic Oscillation, Sam Healy’s band seem unlikely to be pushing Ed Sheeran-style acoustic pop into the charts.

Malcolm Middleton’s living the Fife life

Living the Fife life (in Anstruther)

My call takes Malcolm Middleton by surprise – he’s engrossed, selecting Hallowe’en costumes.

The Twilight Sad

Cure tour is a real tonic (with James Graham)

Never meet your heroes, they say. But try telling that to The Twilight Sad‘s James Graham.

Could Admiral Fallow and Field Music work together? You Tell Me…

You Tell Me (with Sarah Hayes)

“Who’s in The Guide section this week?” “You Tell Me.” “No, seriously, who?”

Making movies of life

with Horse Mcdonald (with (bracketed))

Regular readers will know we like to offer celebrity health advice, so when Horse Mcdonald admits to suffering a “hideous cold”, we have to ask how she got through her gig the previous night in Lanark. “I’ve skills from singing all those years so I picked my way through,” she confesses. Playing for more than […]

Karine Polwart

Tabling a political motion (and talking Trump)

Sometimes, the life of a musician on tour is seen as a exotic one.