Alex Cornish’s AAA Edinburgh

Alex Cornish’s AAA Edinburgh

Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Alex Cornish has produced four critically acclaimed albums, toured with Alison Moyet, Amy Macdonald and Starsailor, enjoyed plenty of airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, and his songs have been featured in numerous films and TV shows. Most memorable capital event? Wandering around during the Edinburgh Festival, watching the street performers, the comedians, actors, musicians and magicians all flyering for their shows, seeing the city coming alive, even without going to…

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Fish’s AAA Edinburgh

Fish’s AAA Edinburgh

Born in Dalkeith in 1958, Fish (real name Derek Dick) shot to superstardom in the Eighties as lead vocalist for prog rock band Marillion, selling over 15 million albums worldwide, before embarking on a successful solo career. What’s your most memorable Capital event? Most memorable Capital event? Hibs parading the League Cup in December 1972 after seeing them beat Celtic 2-1 at Hampden. Standing with my Dad cheering them as they raised the cup on a…

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Edinburgh Festival round-up – Part 2

Edinburgh Festival round-up – Part 2

EACH Edinburgh Festival, Evening News Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden chooses 15 productions to put on his #MustSee list. In part two of a two part feature, here he highlights the final eight on this year’s list. Follow Liam on Twitter @LiamRudden Tonight With Donny Stixx Donny has committed an act that shocked everyone. Tabloids called him The Most Hated Boy Alive. But Donny doesn’t want forgiveness. All Donny wants is… his own television show. This…

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Top five films to watch this week

Top five films to watch this week

There are loads of films to watch in Edinburgh’s cinemas this weekend – both old and new – but here’s the five currently on offer that I think you’d be silly to miss… Inside Out: Inside Out, from the studio that brought us Toy Story and Up, is an animated adventure that takes us inside the depths Riley’s mind, an 11-year-old who’s forced to move cities with her parents. As a result, her emotions – Joy,…

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Q&A with Niki King – Jazz Queen

Q&A with Niki King – Jazz Queen

Edinburgh-born jazz singer Niki King can certainly claim to have been around for a while. The daughter of revered local jazz stalwart Freddie King, she was still in her teens when her first band’s debut record was released on the iconic Acid Jazz label (Jamairiquai, Brand New Heavies). In 1997, King signed up for Fionna Duncan’s jazz vocal course, and though she’d been singing for years, the experience she gained from the the course proved…

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Bruce Findlay’s AAA Edinburgh

Bruce Findlay’s AAA Edinburgh

A legend of the Capital’s music scene and beyond, we could write a whole book about Bruce Findlay’s life (and maybe one day we will), but he’s perhaps best known as the founder of iconic music store Bruce’s Record Shop and as the former manager of Scottish rock band Simple Minds, who he guided to world domination in the 1980s. Earlier this year, Bruce was (quite rightly) honoured with an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award…

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Edinburgh Festival round-up

Edinburgh Festival round-up

EACH Edinburgh Festival, Evening News Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden chooses 15 productions to put on his #MustSee list. In part one of a two part feature, here he highlights the first seven on this year’s list. The Titanic Orchestra, starring John Hannah The original TV Rebus John Hannah makes his first Fringe appearance for 25 years in the UK premiere of Hristo Boytchev’s madcap comedy of illusion, The Titanic Orchestra. Four tramps huddle together at…

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Five Edinburgh bands everyone should know about

Five Edinburgh bands everyone should know about

  It’s always exciting to get on-board when bands are on the cusp of big things, so here are five Edinburgh bands for your attention. Have a listen and enjoy some brilliant home-grown music.   Honeyblood: A band from over here who sound a lot like they come from over there – Edinburgh/Glasgow dynamic duo Honeyblood embody the very best in American-inspired grunge and mid-90s alt-rock (think Throwing Muses, The Breeders, PJ Harvey, etc.). Signed…

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Five great bands you might never have heard

Five great bands you might never have heard

Not all great bands are household names. Here are five that you might never have heard before. Look down your nose at your ‘mainstream’ friends and get listening to some brilliant sounds.   The Go-Betweens: Australia exported its fair share of brazen macho rock in the 1970s and 80s, but The Go-Betweens were entirely different – literate, intelligent and sensitive: think an Antipodean Smiths with better songs and none (well, maybe a little) of the…

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High Five – Tony Black

High Five – Tony Black

Tony Black was born in Australia and grew up in Scotland and Ireland. A former Edinburgh resident now living on the Isle of Arran, he is an award-winning journalist, editor, and novelist. His journalism has appeared in the UK national press and his short fiction in a variety of publications. He is the author of the novels Paying For It, Gutted, Loss, Long Time Dead, Truth Lies Bleeding, Murder Mile, The Storm Without, His Father’s…

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