• Irish group Ash to headline MoFest weekend

    24 March 2015 9.05am.

    Northern Irish indie rock group Ash will headline this year’s Montrose Music Festival.

  • Fife singer leaving on a jet plane

    20 March 2015 3.26pm.

    Fife man Martin McGroarty is preparing to jet off to the USA, after winning a top Texas talent competition.

  • Joan Armatrading’s sell-out Arbroath show hits all the right notes with crowd

    19 March 2015 10.44am.

    Joan Armatrading performed to a sell-out crowd at Arbroath’s Webster Theatre on Tuesday night.

  • PREVIEW: Joan Armatrading in Arbroath

    17 March 2015 10.49am.

    She is the Ivor Novello winner who performed for Nelson Mandela, received an MBE and was even immortalised in the pages of The Beano.

  • Lulu confirmed on Wickerman line-up

    13 March 2015 4.09am.

    Lulu has joined the line-up at this year's Wickerman festival as she marks her 50th year in music.

  • Singer Joan Armatrading to pay return visit to Arbroath

    10 March 2015 12.17pm.

    Fans of Joan Armatrading will have a second chance to catch her first solo world tour.

  • Musicians offered big break at T in the Park

    9 March 2015 9.10am.

    Courier country musicians are being invited to enter the competition to play on this year’s T Break Stage at T in the Park.

  • Green light for more Almost Blue

    4 March 2015 4.57pm.

    Dundee’s live music festival, Almost Blue, which took the place of the cancelled Blues Bonanza last year, is to be held again this year.

  • Madness to perform in Montrose

    3 March 2015 12.29pm.

    Ska legends Madness are to perform their only Scottish show this year in Montrose.

  • T’Pau cancel Montrose gig after singer Carol Decker loses voice

    3 March 2015 12.07pm.

    80s legends T’Pau have been forced to cancel a performance in Montrose next week after singer Carol Decker lost her voice.

  • Dundee act The View to play T in the Park

    2 March 2015 9.28am.

    The View have confirmed exclusively to The Courier they will be playing the main stage on Sunday July 12 at this year’s T in the Park.

  • CLASSICAL REVIEW Scottish Chamber Orchestra, reviewed Younger Hall, St Andrews Wednesday January 25

    28 February 2015 1.14pm.

    I never go to a concert with the pre-conception of how a work I’ve never heard will sound, but it was hard not to pre-judge Martin Suckling’s Candlebird, the second of three items in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Younger Hall concert.

  • MUSIC PREVIEW Ravi Coltrane Quartet & Wiszniewski/Stevenson New Focus Quartet

    28 February 2015 12.44pm.

    Illustrious lineage is often a mixed blessing, whatever your walk of life, simultaneously drawing unearned attention while casting a penumbra of past achievement that can seriously cloud the issue of creating individual identity. And in the jazz realm, it doesn’t get more illustrious than John Coltrane, the pioneering US saxophonist whose 1964 LP A Love Supreme ranks among the all-time classics in any genre. Following the recent half-century celebrations of the album’s release, Coltrane’s son Ravi also turns 50 this year. He too is a jazz saxophonist, and yet the paternal shadow he’s so deftly negotiated has been an almost entirely posthumous one, following his father’s sudden death from cancer at 40, shortly before Ravi’s second birthday. Over the course of six albums as leader, he’s won steadily increasing acclaim for his own distinctive voice, as both player and composer – artfully understated yet insistently exploratory, coolly self-possessed yet intensely emotive – with his latest, 2012’s Spirit Fiction, his debut on the iconic Blue Note label, hailed as the work of an artist truly hitting his prime. Coltrane Jr’s current tour teams him with pianist David Virelles, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Johnathan[sic] Blake.

  • T in the Park move to Strathallan backed by stars

    24 February 2015 4.50pm.

    A host of pop stars, DJs and music managers have backed plans to stage T in the Park at Strathallan Castle this year as a consultation on the proposals prepares to close.

  • T in the Park: Mark Ronson joins 2015 line-up

    24 February 2015 4.27pm.

    Mark Ronson, Everything Everything, Rae Morris, Jack Savoretti, Saint Raymond, Marmozets and Admiral Fallow have been added to the bill for T in the Park 2015.

  • CLASSICAL REVIEW SCO Winds reviewed at Perth Concert hall, February 18

    21 February 2015 10.34am.

    Over the past couple of days, audiences in Perth and Dundee have had the chance to see six musicians, not in their customary orchestral role, but in a chamber music context.

  • CLASSICAL The Scottish Ensemble and Amy Dickson

    20 February 2015 1.00pm.

    “Music needs great communicators, and here’s one whose captivating instrumental voice could open up a new world.” So says Classic FM, but with regard to whom or to what?

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