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Friday 31 December 2021

Scottish Music 2021



The BBC's St Andrews day Program, featured many of Scotland's best loved artists from the 80s – Proclaimers, Texas, Simple Minds, Del Amitri, Deacon Blue, Travis, Wet Wet Wet, with these bands still touring today. 

Scotland certainly punched above its size for bands from the 80s and 90s! 


However many pf the Scots artists of today were not included – what about Chvrches, Lewis Capaldi, KT Tunstall, Mogwai, Biffy Clyro, although Calvin Harris and Emeli Sande were included.


There is a uniqueness to Scottish music, which mixes traditional folk melody and the heart of ballads, with contemporary influences, instruments and beats and rhythms – often in unexpected and unusual combinations.

Del Amitri
KT Tunstall
Blue Rose Code
Julie Fowlis

Also a big mention for all the incredible folk artists who perform, at Celtic Connections music festival in Glasgow each January - with Ceilidh bands, Gaelic singers, orchestral musicians, bluegrass and soul, traditional folk, pipers, Celtic ballads, Irish influences, unusual instruments – which all provides a wonderful melting pot to bring different influences together for the 18 days of the festival.


Another major platform for music in Scotland is the Edinburgh International festival each August, which also brings diverse cultures and innovation together – from classical music to cutting edge rock. Scotland has much to be proud of! Here are some of my images from my years attending some of the many diverse and wonderful gigs here in Scotland


Emeli Sande


Siobhan Wilson
Karine Polwart
Nicola Benedetti

Blue Rose Code

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Scottish Music Awards 2019 Fruitmarket

The SMA 2019 showcased the top quality of Scottish music both of the 80s and of the future, November 30th 
- with a top line up of artists. 

Simple Minds, Twin Atlantic, Be Charlotte, Tom Walker, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Josef (Breakthrough artist)

Be Charlotte, Tide Lines, Fat Cops. 

Lewis Capaldi, who’s enjoyed such big success in 2019, 
won songwriter of the year. 

New artist award went to the amazing new talent of Tide Lines – 
won rising sound of Scotland award. The band will perform at the Kelvingrove bandstand next June. The band mix traditional Scots song with a contemporary feel. 

The Specsavers Scottish Music awards, are the main fundraisers for Nordoff Robbins in Scotland for 20 years. To provide music therapy to vulnerable people.

Simply Minds won Outstanding Contribution to Music award. 

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Scottish Music 2019

Scottish Music 2019 

Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Love
C Duncan - Like you Do (Garden)
Young Fathers
Pronto Mama

CD Duncan – blissful digital dive into soft, anxious romance. 
Young Fathers – “shroud their soulfulness in a murk of machine chunks, wall of noise and serial loops. Their social tension.”

Rip it Up Vic Galloway – Exhibition and book on the story of Scottish Pop music.

Pat Kane writes in the National June 2018
“Here’s a history – a tradition even - of creative dissatisfaction, of endlessly fizzing fireworks in the suburbs, small towns and city centres of Scottish life.
A good flourishing society needs security but it also needs risk. When Scottish pop is exploding loudly its an indication that we’re holding that balance in a sweet spot. “

I am very encouraged to hear it is still about great melodies and anthems, those packed crowds can sing along to.

*Trnsmt – Showcase too for new artists - Catherine McGrath, Tom Grannan -

Doune the Rabbithole/ -

Comment to new Scottish channel
More music, culture and art please.
Not only aimed at twenty year olds. 

“We’re all looking for a lyric, or a melody or a groove ot bind the crowd together. 
And audiences want to embed in themselves a collective memory.” Pat Kane