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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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Top choir comes to Banchory

Top choir comes to Banchory

The East Fife Male Voice Choir will perform in Banchory East Church on Friday April 10 at 7.30pm, led by conductor Jim Broadley.

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Con Anima in Aberdeen

Con Anima in Aberdeen

Aberdeen’s Con Anima Chamber Choir will be joined by the strings, flutes, trumpets, harp and drums of the Con Anima Chamber Orchestra at St Machar’s Cathedral on Saturday March 21 for a concert entitled In Paradisum.

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Pianist to play for 50th Cults concert

Pianist to play for 50th Cults concert

A music venue in Cults is to celebrate its 50th concert by holding a special recital by pianist Joseph Long, on Saturday, March 21. The ‘Music in the Sanctuary’ series of performances in Cults Parish Church began when, in 2010, a member of the congregation presented the church with a grand piano in memory of his wife. Since then, the range of music at the concerts has covered everything from classical, to light, to folk music, with musicians including both singers and instrumentalists.

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Rotary’s round the world trip in the space of a night

Rotary’s round the world trip in the space of a night

Over 300 performers gathered at Aberdeen Music Hall last week to represent different countries at an evening of musical entertainment.

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Bothy Ballad “king” back on the local stage

Bothy Ballad “king” back on the local stage

Bothy ballad “king”, Hector Riddell from Finzean, will head up a galaxy of local talent at Banchory Rotary Club’s senior citizens’ concert.

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