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Once more Into The Valley...

We don’t want to take fans on a nostalgic trip back to 1977,” Richard Jobson said speaking of the Skids’ anniversary tour, when I caught up with him for a chat.

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Things will be going swimmingly for performance at Aboyne Swimming Pool

Things will be going swimmingly for performance at Aboyne Swimming Pool

Banchory-based new music organisation sound will be going to great lengths for a special performance at Aboyne Swimming Pool this week.

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John de Simone current Composer-in-Residence at sound. The Composer-in-Residence programme is part of soundcreators which has been recognised with three-year funding from Help Musicians UK.

Banchory-based music organisation secures funding

A Deeside music organisation has been awarded three-year funding from Help Musicians UK it was announced today (Monday, February 27).

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Curtis channels Ol’ Blue Eyes

Curtis channels Ol’ Blue Eyes

The timeless cool of Frank Sinatra met the robust swing of the Count Basie Orchestra on the classic album, ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ and it has remained a beloved classic ever since, the perfect marriage of old-school pop and big band jazz.

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The Stranglers are embarking on a tour of Scotland.

Baz: Come and see our ugly mugs!

The Stranglers’ story, which began way back in the early 1970s, is both long and complex. And it’s one that is still being written.

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Mairi Campbell

Trad musician Mairi Campbell visiting Banchory and Tarland on Scottish tour

Musician Mairi Campbell is touring her critically acclaimed one-woman theatre show Mairi Campbell: Pulse around Scotland from March.

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Roisín Walsh, Elgan Llyr Thomas and Adam Gilbert in rehearsals for Opera Highlights 2017.

Opera Highlights 2017 to visit Banchory

Scottish Opera’s annual Opera Highlights tour to smaller, more remote venues the length and breadth of Scotland kicked off this month.

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Amy Macdonald releases her new album on February 17.

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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Ben Watt – stripped back, fresh and alive

Ben Watt – stripped back, fresh and alive

Following sell-out shows with his band in 2016, Ben Watt returns in early 2017 with a new stripped-back approach.

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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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Rufus Wainwright. Pic: Matthew Welch

Rufus Wainwright’s very special dates in Scotland

When we heard that singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright was heading to Aberdeen and Perth as part of a three-date Scottish Highlands tour, of course we were excited.

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Pupils from Gilcomstoun School, Quarryhill School and Bramble Brae School, who are young ambassadors for the Music Hall Transformation.

Emeli Sande revealed as face of Music Hall Transformation

International superstar Emeli Sande has pledged her support to the multi-million pound redevelopment of Aberdeen’s historic Music Hall.

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Anna Barton, winner of NEX Factor 2015 (JN Photography).

Banchory teen wins NEX Factor singing prize

A Banchory schoolgirl has set her sights on global stardom after winning the north-east’s largest youth singing contest, the NEX Factor.

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Big boost for new Banchory Pipe Band Competition

Big boost for new Banchory Pipe Band Competition

A piping event to be held in Banchory has received a boost after being promoted to the “North of Scotland Pipe Band Championship”.

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Wonderful show of musical talent from Aboyne pupils

Wonderful show of musical talent from Aboyne pupils

The Rotary Club of Aboyne & Upper Deeside supported Aboyne Academy in their third Young Musician of the Year Competition last week.

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LESSON: Expert tuition

Fiddle me this: learn with Paul

Renowned Deeside fiddler, Paul Anderson is planning a new venture by beginning regular fiddle classes in Banchory, birthplace of the legendary “Strathspey King” James Scott Skinner.

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Durris accordion and fiddle club opened proceedings with a toe-tapping selection of Scottish dance music

An afternoon of music and nostalgia

Banchory senior citizens were entertained by local artists to an afternoon of Scottish song, music and dance on Sunday at Banchory Rotary Club’s biennial concert in the Scout Hall, Dee Street.

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Musical talent on display at Westhill competition

Musical talent on display at Westhill competition

A total of 15 talented young performers from Westhill Academy took part in the Young Musician of the Year competition on March 4.

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