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Music Preview: Hinterland, 3 April, City Centre, Glasgow

20 Mar

Hinterland is a multi venue arts and music festival which will take place in various venues across central Glasgow on 3 April, from 5pm – 3am.

For one day only Glasgow will play host to some of the finest up and coming Scottish bands and musicians whilst welcoming many musicians from the UK and International scenes.

Hinterland will showcase a line up of eclectic acts from many musical genres including indie, electro, rock, house and hip-hop.

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Music Preview: Let’s Get Lost/Chet Baker discussion, 2 August, Filmhouse, Edinburgh

27 Jul

The Filmhouse will host a discussion this Sunday, 2 August, on jazz musician Chet Baker, followed by a screening of 1988 Baker documentary Let’s Get Lost, as part of the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival.

According to the Filmhouse website, Roger Spence will chair a discussion about the romantic idol of jazz – Chet Baker, focusing on that pivotal period in Chet’s life when he lived in Italy. Huge popular appeal, celebrity mystique and touchingly fragile artistry on one side – drugs and trouble on the other.

Enrico Pieranunzi who played and recorded with Chet in this era, Mike Maran and Colin Steele who star in Mikes drama, My Funny Valentine will join the discussion.

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Music Preview: Armoured Cats, 9 May, Studio 24, Edinburgh

7 May

Edinburgh-based rockers The Armoured Cats are playing an album launch night at Studio 24 on Saturday 9th May.

The self professed fearless and confident Cats were formed in 2004 in Edinburgh, and rapidly gained reputation, resulting in the near sell out of their debut EP Do You Like It Dirty, in 2005.

They have continued in the live music scene, in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, supporting acts such as Skindred and Breed 77, and have also headlined with the backing of fellow Edinburgh bands, Tyrant Lizard Kings and Fifty Calibre Smile to name a few.

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Music Preview: Eurovision Song Contest 2009, 17 May, Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh

8 Apr

Back at Edinburgh’s Cameo cinema on Saturday 17 May is their annual Eurovision Party.

The 2009 Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live from Moscow on the night, the cinema offering goody bags, flags and drink to see you through the night.

Head over to the Cameo website for full details.

Theatre Review: Hello Dolly!, 31 March, Brunton Theatre

1 Apr

On Monday I was asked by the Edinburgh Evening News to make my way to Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre to review the opening night of the Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association’s new production of Hello Dolly!

My only previous experience of the show is as part of last year’s WALL-E animated film, something I commented on in some detail in my final piece.

Pop over to the Evening News website to read the full review.

Music Preview: Jackson Browne, 3 April, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

4 Mar

American rock singer-songwriter Jackson Browne is coming to Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre for one night only on Friday 3 April.

Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics.

Browne’s latest release, 2008’s Time The Conqueror, is his first set of new material in six years and features Kevin McCormick on bass, Mark Goldenberg on guitar, Mauricio Lewak on drums and Jeff Young on keyboards and backing vocals.

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Music Preview: Concerto for Turntables, 19 June, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

5 Jun

Concerto for Turntables

I’ve already mentioned the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Video Games Live concert in June, so thought I should also point people in the direction for another RSNO event: Concerto for Turntables on Thursday 19 June.

Club classics and the full force of the RSNO collide in a performance that brings to life Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra: a modern masterpiece.

Acclaimed DJ Beni G will orchestrate smooth symphonic sounds, Hip Hop beats and explosive orchestral samples live on stage to create an unique audio visual experience – followed by an after show party like no other.

The event is bookable from the Royal Concert Hall website.