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Once more Into The Valley...

We don’t want to take fans on a nostalgic trip back to 1977,” Richard Jobson said speaking of the Skids’ anniversary tour, when I caught up with him for a chat.

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Curtis channels Ol’ Blue Eyes

Curtis channels Ol’ Blue Eyes

The timeless cool of Frank Sinatra met the robust swing of the Count Basie Orchestra on the classic album, ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ and it has remained a beloved classic ever since, the perfect marriage of old-school pop and big band jazz.

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The Stranglers are embarking on a tour of Scotland.

Baz: Come and see our ugly mugs!

The Stranglers’ story, which began way back in the early 1970s, is both long and complex. And it’s one that is still being written.

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You can dance, you can jive... the group get stuck into rehearsals ahead of the show.

Get ready to dig the Dancing Queen

Get those dancing shoes on and warm up the vocal chords as AOC productions bring the hits of ABBA and other poular songs to Peterhead Community Theatre.

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Amy Macdonald releases her new album on February 17.

Amy Macdonald: I want to write songs that mean something

It was a very cheery Amy Macdonald that came on the phone when I grabbed her for a chat about her new upcoming album. But then, she has a lot to be happy about.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry join the Celtic Connections line up next week.

Billy Bragg’s American obsession

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie. With his friend and collaborator, US singer songwriter Joe Henry, he has made an album that focuses on the transformative part the railroad played in disseminating the songs that gave birth to the rock’n’roll era.

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Strathspey and Surreal play Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium on January 23.

Brazilian beats to warm up Celtic crowd

For most cities, January is a time to bring normality back to life after the festivities of Christmas and New Year.

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Ben Watt – stripped back, fresh and alive

Ben Watt – stripped back, fresh and alive

Following sell-out shows with his band in 2016, Ben Watt returns in early 2017 with a new stripped-back approach.

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Friday is Wear Your Old Band T-shirt to Work Day

Friday is Wear Your Old Band T-shirt to Work Day

Tomorrow (Nov 25) is Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day, so get rummaging through the closet tonight to check for armpit stains and moth holes.

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Rufus Wainwright. Pic: Matthew Welch

Rufus Wainwright’s very special dates in Scotland

When we heard that singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright was heading to Aberdeen and Perth as part of a three-date Scottish Highlands tour, of course we were excited.

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Pupils from Gilcomstoun School, Quarryhill School and Bramble Brae School, who are young ambassadors for the Music Hall Transformation.

Emeli Sande revealed as face of Music Hall Transformation

International superstar Emeli Sande has pledged her support to the multi-million pound redevelopment of Aberdeen’s historic Music Hall.

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Isla St Clair takes to the stage for the Mearns Connection Festival

Mearns Connections Festival round-up

Last week saw the Mearns Connection Festival take place with events at the Grassic Gibbon Centre in Arbuthnott.

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Night of fiddle music in Stoney

Night of fiddle music in Stoney

Stonehaven is set for a night of Scottish music both new and traditional as a fiddler from Tarland comes to the town.

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Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue at the previous Open Air in the Square

Stonehaven Hogmanay concert called off due to ‘economic climate’

Stonehaven will be quieter this Hogmanay as ticket holders for this year’s Open Air in the Square concert were told it was cancelled.

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Dickson Hall ceilidh

Laurencekirk’s Dickson Hall hosted Feis Spe Cairngorm Ceilidh Trial 2016 on Wednesday, July 27 as young musicians played Celtic music.

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Isla St Clair will be at the Mearns Connections Festival

Isla St Clair at the Mearns Connections

Isla St Clair, well known singer and hostess of The Generation Game, will be the star attraction at this year’s Mearns Connection Festival.

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Ninebarrow will play Stonehaven in August

Folk duo to play Stoney in first Scottish tour

An English folk duo are set to take their dulcet tones to Stonehaven next month as part of their first tour in Scotland.

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Folk Festival hits the right note

Folk Festival hits the right note

The 28th Stonehaven Folk Festival was music to the town’s ears last week with four days packed with musical entertainment.

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The prize winners from Newtonhill Pipeband

Local pipeband in Highland success

The junior section of a north-east pipeband were celebrating last week after scooping a slew of prizes at a local Highland Games.

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A previous Stonehaven Folk Festival

Stoney set for folk festival

It’s all green lights for this weekend (July 7-10) as the Stonehaven Folk Festival takes place for its 28th year, with over 50 acts set to play.

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