Born in London in 1942 to an Irish mother and a Glaswegian father, Andy Irvine started out as a child actor, before he was inspired as a teenager by the songs of his great hero Woody Guthrie to move into singing.
A confused member of the public dialled 999 to check what height he was in a new list of problem calls released by Police Scotland.
A crowdfunding page has been set up to support Dick Gaughan, noted writer and performer of folk and social protest songs, as he prepares to undergo medical care.
As we approach the end of a year which has been roundly regarded as a challenging and tumultuous one for most, we reveal the top ten stories that captured your attention.
It's typical that we make lists at this time of year as a way to take stock of what has passed, but the subject of death is always difficult to digest.
T2 Trainspotting director Danny Boyle duked it out with stars Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a quick-fire quiz on 1996.
A long-running charity that specialises in organising derby football matches is set to pay tribute to a fan who realised his dream by donning a Dunfermline top and sending a few to the back of the net.
In the run up to Burns night, haggis makers Macsween have published a clip of a haggis gamekeeper on the "hunt" for "one of nature's more secretive and private creatures."
The Courier's fifth annual poll of 100 local inspirational figures who have shaped our year has been revealed.
The more superstitious of us believe that Friday the 13th is some great harbinger of bad luck.