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 … Continue reading Caught Live: Peatbog Faeries

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 … Continue reading Land and Identity

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 … Continue reading Capercaille at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

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 … Continue reading Sound Track of My Life: Part …