Despite having driven past The Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links, many times over the years, I had never eaten there. I confess to having been a little put off by the modern banqueting suite, partly obscuring the roadside view of the traditional gray stone manor house, and the signage referencing the hotel’s wedding and conference trade.
It started with a “B” and ended with a “C” but a whole alphabet of superlatives could be attributed to the performance of pianist Richard Goode at his recital in the Perth Concert hall on Sunday. Excellent, intuitive, inspired, masterful. All these perfectly fit the bill.
I used to advocate a change of format for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Christmas concert but realised that the Snowman was there for keeps, fixed in stone in the RSNO annual programming.
An incredible year of live music in Dundee was rounded off in rousing style by Scots icons Craig and Charlie Reid.
With all the furore that’s engulfing Europe politically, it’s good to see that the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France is still in good shape. Musically speaking, that is.
My Granny was a piano accompanist for silent movies in the 1920s and while I inherited some musicality through the generations, one specific gene missed me. That is the skill to accompany through improvisation. You can’t be taught it as it’s an instinctive art and I envy and applaud those who can.
Wagner at his most romantic, Schumann at his melodic best and Beethoven up to his cheeky inventive self. What’s not to like?
Wagner at his most romantic, Schumann at his melodic best and Beethoven up to his cheeky inventive self. What’s there not to like?
“There's a reason there's only two of us onstage,” growls Isaac Holman, the bare-chested drummer doing all the talking and most of the singing. “When me and my friend Laurie (Vincent, the heavily-tattooed guitarist in a leather waistcoat standing alongside him) wanted to start a band, no-one else wanted to join us.”
What a beautiful time of year to be outside, especially on a farm while the fluffy lambs are skipping and everything looks so green and alive. I've been hearing rumours about a farm shop being developed at North Grange Farm, close to David Lloyd and Dobbies in Monifieth, and at last it has opened its doors.