A curious double bill for this midweek gig. It seems churlish to describe Sweet Billy Pilgrim as the “support act”, particularly as how their recent “Twice Born Men” album was nominated for this year's Mercury Music Award.
Live Music in Edinburgh
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's concert at the Queen's Hall, part of their regular autumn series, began with a Webern piece. A student of Schonberg, his music challenges people to listen in new ways.
The One Ensemble & Sarah Kenchington will perform the world premiere of a suite of works inspired by the story of James Duthie. Duthie, a profoundly deaf Aberdeenshire man, cycled solo on a 3000 mile return trip to the far north of Europe in 1951. Sadly he was killed in a mysterious road accident in 1965.
Bat for Lashes has a responsibility to the outside world to be so cool that it makes everyone a bit sad. But Bat (AKA, Lisa Khan) doesn’t see it like that.
Henri Dutilleux, born in 1916 in Angers, is one of France’s most important twentieth century composers. His Symphony No 1 was written in 1951. The full orchestra started the evening with its four mono-thematic movements.
Scottish Ensemble's touring programme to commemorate their 40th Anniversary.
So it turns out that Basshunter has quite an extensive repertoire. Having assumed that the one song everyone had turned up for- would simply be stretched out over the necessary period of time, with intermitted “I love Scottish girls” and “Are you ready to party?” It actually turns out he has a least four more.
San Francisco’s Girls seem to be so named after their unreachable objects of desire that just might make them whole. The duo of Christopher Owens and Chet J R White have recently released their first album, the invigoratingly titled “Album”, and filled it with anthems of almost grief-stricken longing set to music steeped in both the upbeat jangling of 60’s garage pop and the frazzled numbness of early 90’s shoegazing.
An innovative new project at the Usher Hall will offer up to 20 young people aged 16 and over the chance to test their music and event promotion me