Tag Archives: Music

Perfect Pop Songs

I spend a lot of time listening to music on shuffle. You know the sort of thing, where your iPod (other generic music playing devices are available) plays some Duke Ellington, followed by a Bach Cantata, then a Slade song from 1972. Every now and then, a song from the charts will turn up which… Read More »

Caught Live: Peatbog Faeries

There are some people who don’t like Scottish folk music, I know that is hard to believe, but it is true. Even more strange, there are some who don’t like the idea of Scottish folk music coupled to a driving bass section and amazing electronic keyboards. Such people are just wrong! Last night was the… Read More »

Caught Live: Peatbog Faeries

There are some people who don’t like Scottish folk music, I know that is hard to believe, but it is true. Even more strange, there are some who don’t like the idea of Scottish folk music coupled to a driving bass section and amazing electronic keyboards. Such people are just wrong! Last night was the… Read More »

Land and Identity

The British press has been full of stories about immigration, recently. Depending on the newspaper you read, you may have discovered that immigrants threaten the social fabric of the UK or that they bring nothing but economic and cultural benefits. However, you would have struggled to find much about the way in which moving from… Read More »

Capercaille at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

There are some people who don’t think that Karen Matheson is the greatest female singer in the world; they aren’t bad people, they just haven’t heard her yet. But Capercaille are not simply a backing band for their wonderful vocalist. Indeed, last night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ms Matheson often sat quietly at the… Read More »

Sound Track of My Life: Part …

I was saddened to learn, today, that Jon Lord, the keyboard player with Deep Purple has died. Heavy Rock isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve always had a great affection for ‘Purple’ since I first heard their Made in Japan album almost forty years ago. (Good grief, I feel old.) Although Deep Purple were… Read More »

The Peatbog Faeries

A couple of weeks ago, four of us went to an arts venue in north London to see the Peatbog Faeries a folk band from Skye. Now, the idea of a folk band from the north west of Scotland might put you in mind of bagpipes, fiddles, kilts and lots of reels and celidh music.… Read More »