As Dundee celebrates its 38th Jazz Festival, Caroline Lindsay discovers that a whole raft of talent – homegrown and international – will be descending on Courier Country next week
Once upon a time a little girl called Nicola Benedetti started learning to play the violin, never dreaming that one day she would become one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation.
Like every other teenage girl in the early 1970s, a young West Lothian lass called Susan Boyle enjoyed nothing more than putting her Donny Osmond records on repeat, and singing and dancing with a hairbrush in front of the mirror.
When Olly Murs auditioned for the sixth series of The X Factor back in 2009, performing Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, Simon Cowell said it was “the easiest yes I’ve ever given”.
Barbara Dickson remembers as if it was yesterday the defining moment in the 1960s when her life changed.
Friday night and the lights are low and Rothes Halls is the place to go: celebrate the Swedish super group’s biggest selling hit Dancing Queen’s 40th anniversary in sequin-spangled style.
Fife gets a swing in its step as the 11th Fife Jazz Festival comes to venues, big and small, across the Kingdom. The impressive line-up includes something for all tastes, from jazz enthusiasts to those looking to dip into jazz for the first time.
In the four years since former prison guard Sam Bailey won X Factor she’s never been afraid to say that she wouldn’t be where she is today without the push the show gave her.
Tolbooth Stirling, September 27, 8pm; Birnam Arts September 28, 8pm; Beat Generator Live! October 6, 8pm
One of the highlights in Scotland’s cultural calendar, Perth Festival of the Arts opens on Monday.