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Amy Macdonald: I want to write songs that mean something

It was a very cheery Amy Macdonald that came on the phone when I grabbed her for a chat about her new upcoming album. But then, she has a lot to be happy about.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry join the Celtic Connections line up next week.

Billy Bragg’s American obsession

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie. With his friend and collaborator, US singer songwriter Joe Henry, he has made an album that focuses on the transformative part the railroad played in disseminating the songs that gave birth to the rock’n’roll era.

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Strathspey and Surreal play Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium on January 23.

Brazilian beats to warm up Celtic crowd

For most cities, January is a time to bring normality back to life after the festivities of Christmas and New Year.

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Duncan Murray who is set to release his first EP, Power of Suggestion. Pic: Gordon Fraser

Easthouses singer-songwriter releases first solo EP

After years in various other projects, a singer songwriter is going out on his own and this week releases his debut solo EP at the age of 35.

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Friday is Wear Your Old Band T-shirt to Work Day

Friday is Wear Your Old Band T-shirt to Work Day

Tomorrow (Nov 25) is Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day, so get rummaging through the closet tonight to check for armpit stains and moth holes.

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Midlothian band Fabric Bear

Band return with the bear necessities

A young Midlothian band has returned with a new sound, a new member and a new name, with an exciting early gig coming up next week.

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Midlothian band Retro Video Club rock King Tuts in Glasgow

Retro band play iconic venue

Local band Retro Video Club recently rocked the legendary King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, despite only forming around a year ago.

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Penicuik band Bellarose (Photo by  Calum Buchan -www.calumbuchanlivephotography.co.uk)

Band’s heartache in new song

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Bellarose have released their debut single Here’s to a Little Heartache, available now on their Soundcloud page.

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Ian practicing on the Isle of Skye

All that jazz coming to village

A saxophone and piano jazz duo is coming to Cousland to perform a fundraiser concert for the local hall, as part of a UK tour of villages.

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Midlothian teen rockers belittle their ages

Despite still being in their teens, Newtongrange/Dalkeith trio The Carvelles’ second release shows a maturity well beyond their years.

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Robert Vos playing with St David's Brass Band and Lasswade HIgh School Concert Band

Local bands in special concert

A renowned musician recently spent the weekend with two Midlothian bands, passing on his skills before playing a joint concert with them.

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The brass band from Hungary.

Foreign friends come to play

Midlothian’s friendships with Heinsberg in Germany and Komarom-Esztergom in Hungary will be celebrated at two free concerts this week.

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Dalkeith indie band, Rebel Westerns at Dalkeith Country Park last year

Battle of the bands to open Midlothian music festival

Midlothian music acts have the chance via a battle of the bands competition to play in front of thousands of music fans at Dalkeith Country Park.

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Organisers'Wullie Slight and Scott Gunn

Midlothian music festival takes stock

Last year’s all-day music festival at Dalkeith Country Park will return this summer with a new name and discounted ticket prices.

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VIDEO: Christmas song recorded in Dalkeith

The band behind a Christmas song recorded in a Dalkeith studio hope it will instil festive cheer in all who hear it, of all ages.

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Newtongrange singer songwriter Caroline Gilmour

Newtongrange singer back with a bang

A Newtongrange singer songwriter is looking forward to her last set of gigs in what has been a busy year back on the scene following a break.

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Organisers of the christian festival to be held in Pathhead - 'J in the Park'

Christian festival coming to Pathhead

Callendar Park in Pathhead will this Friday play host to a day of family-friendly events organised by Tyne Valley Parish Church , culminating with a music festival in the evening. A free BBQ kick-off proceedings at 12.30pm, followed by children’s fair with slides and a bouncy castle.

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Photo at Newbattle Abbey Collage of Newtongrange Pipe Band's Alex Murray using the Queen's Baton as a drum stick

Newtongrange Pipe Band steps up a grade this summer

Newtongrange Pipe Band has been busy holding its own at a higher grade this summer following promotion to grade B3 last year.

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Pathhead's 'singing butcher' Iain Hunter

Pathhead butcher prefers to sing

Despite preparing to play the Queen’s Hall this weekend, Pathhead’s ‘singing butcher’ is resigned to being known for his day job.

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Dolly Parton performing during the 75th Anniversary Rededication Event at the Rockefeller Memorial at Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Tennessee-North Carolina border. See PA Feature MUSIC Dolly Parton. Picture credit should read: Wade Payne/AP/PA Photos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC Dolly Parton. UK REGIONAL PAPERS AND MAGAZINES, PLEASE REMOVE FROM ALL COMPUTERS AND ARCHIVES BY 21/05/2014.

Dolly Parton packs in a world tour

Dolly Parton is less a singer, more a one-woman world-domination machine. You’ll most likely know her as a singer, though. You may have seen her in the odd film or two, and you might know she owns her own theme park, Dollywood.

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