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‘I like to wallow in my work like a hippo’

August 25, 2015

Approaching 60, with butter ads and a stint in the celebrity jungle now on his CV, is John Lydon still as outspoken and unruly as ever? Andy Welch talks opinions, humour and the joy of working with people you like with the former Sex Pistol It’s unlikely you could find a subject on which John Lydon doesn’t hold an opinion.

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Working 9 to 50+

August 20, 2015

Dolly Parton, a film festival and so much more. Cheryl Livingstone explores what you can look forward to at the 50+ Festival in Aberdeen

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My Weekend: Aly Bain

August 13, 2015

When does your weekend start? Weekends are a busy time for us, most of them are spent travelling and playing.

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Q&A: Alan Howell

August 13, 2015

Cheryl Livingstone speaks to Alan Howell about returning to the land of Dreamboats and Petticoats – and playing one of the most famous musicians in the world

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Sing your heart out for fun and friendship

August 7, 2015

We’ve all heard the term sing your heart out, but did you know singing is actually good for your heart, lungs, mind and overall health? Medical experts who have studied all aspects of singing say it can also reduce stress levels and improve our emotional sense of wellbeing. It’s also a huge amount of fun, as people from the north-east who have joined Rock Choir, the UK's largest and most popular contemporary choir, can testify.

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Q&A: Craig Reid

August 6, 2015

Scotland’s best-loved twins, The Proclaimers – aka Craig and Charlie Reid – have enjoyed worldwide success thanks to their fantastic musical repertoire, which includes songs filled with emotional honesty, political fire, wit and singalong raucousness. Susan Welsh chats to Craig ahead of the duo’s headline appearance at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival near Beauly tonight, August 6.

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Bring on Bella!

August 6, 2015

The excitement has been building for months, but at last the 12th Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is under way, writes Susan Welsh

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Full line-up for this weekend’s T in the Park

July 10, 2015

Some of the biggest names in music are heading for Scotland this week to play T in the Park, which takes place at the new venue of Strathallan Castle, home to a sprawling 1,000-acre Perthshire estate.

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Q&A: 9 to 5: The Musical

June 25, 2015

In its 75th anniversary year, Aberdeen Opera Company returns to HMT with the UK amateur premiere of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical. It is a hilarious musical comedy based on the hit movie that centres on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist boss. Here, Cheryl Livingstone meets the three women who are taking care of business

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Follow the pipes to Forres

June 25, 2015

Set to hit the right note with visitors is Piping At Forres, a spectacular musical day out for all the family, writes Susan Welsh

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Q&A: James Mackintosh

June 18, 2015

Scottish favourites Shooglenifty celebrate their 25th anniversary year and 20 years since playing the first HebCelt Festival. Drummer James Mackintosh looks back over the years

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Alyth set to ‘Shine’ at hebcelt

June 12, 2015

Home for Alyth McCormack is two distinct places. There’s Lewis, where she was born and raised, and there’s County Wexford in Ireland, where she has lived with her husband, musician Noel Eccles, for the last three years. Despite having moved to Ireland eight years ago, it’s only since settling in the country, an hour from Dublin, that her native island of Lewis has had a rival for what she regards as “home”.

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And all that jazz

June 11, 2015

For two decades, Tommy Smith’s efforts have helped make the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra one of the best in the world, while Eddi Reader is one of the nation’s favourite singers. Bring them together and the result is an unforgettable musical collaboration, writes Susan Welsh

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Q&A: The LaFontaines

June 5, 2015

The LaFontaines are a five-piece rap-rock band from Motherwell. They release their debut album, Class, on Monday, June 8, and have already kicked off their UK tour. Andy Welch spoke to frontman Kerr Okan to find out more about recording their new record, getting time off work and plotting a jailbreak in Morocco

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Music: Emily Smith

May 29, 2015

Having been named Scots Singer of the Year last year, Emily Smith is back on tour once more, and visiting Aberdeen and Portsoy this week.

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Music: Simple Minds

May 29, 2015

Iconic Scottish band Simple Minds are to put a sparkle in Aberdeen’s pre-festive celebrations by playing a gig at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, when they will be supported by special guests The Stranglers.

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Welcome to Scotland’s Dolphin Coast

May 22, 2015

The Banffshire Coast is breathtakingly beautiful, and it is not just the local residents who say it: National Geographic magazine voted it one of the top coastline destinations in the world.

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