Calvin Harris biography extract + exclusive foreword by author Douglas Wight

Calvin Harris biography extract + exclusive foreword by author Douglas Wight

Calvin Harris is a phenomenon, writes Douglas Wight, whose biography of the Scot has just been published (read an extract below). A Dumfries lad who wrote and produced his first album from his bedroom while stacking shelves in Marks and Spencer, he is now the most successful DJ in the world and the go-to producer for some of pop’s biggest names. He first came to my attention in 2007 when posters started spreading around London heralding…

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Tony Black’s AAA Edinburgh

Tony Black’s AAA Edinburgh

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. Tony 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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Dean Owens’ AAA Edinburgh

Dean Owens’ AAA Edinburgh

Hailed as one of Scotland’s best troubadours, Dean Owens was formerly lead singer of the much-loved Americana band The Felsons before going on to forge a successful solo career. The Leith singer counts Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand among his fans, and his music has been described as “Celtic Americana with a rocky pop edge”. Owens’ solo career has seen him tour far and wide, including in Europe, USA and Australia, and he has played shows and toured…

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Dan Willson (AKA Withered Hand)’s AAA Edinburgh

Dan Willson (AKA Withered Hand)’s AAA Edinburgh

Withered Hand, aka Dan Willson, is a jewel in the crown of Edinburgh’s music scene. A great lyricist who can effortlessly tell a story, he’s frequently compared to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Conor Oberst and, perhaps most often, Daniel Johnston. Truth told, there are myriad ways to describe this talented troubadour, but we think music writer Nicola Meighan’s description sums him up best, so we’ll go with that: “Willson is a curious pop disciple: a deadpan bard eternally vexed by the…

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Carrie Mac’s AAA Edinburgh

Carrie Mac’s AAA Edinburgh

Like any young girl with dreams of becoming a pop star, Carrie Mac started off singing in her bedroom in front of the mirror “with the hairbrush and stuff”. She says she used to have two tape recorders set up in her room – “one playing the Spice Girls, the other to record me singing along to them singing”. As a teenager, she enrolled on a full-time music course at Jewel and Esk Valley College – and it…

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David Greig’s AAA Edinburgh

David Greig’s AAA Edinburgh

Scotland’s most successful playwright, Edinburgh’s David Greig has had his work performed in every major British theatre since starting his career in the early 1990s. A highly regarded theatre director, too, his work has been produced Internationally, winning many awards along the way. Now living in Fife with his wife and two children, Greig has gone on to become a chief political commentator where the arts is concerned. A leading voice on the Scottish Independence…

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Nina Nesbitt’s AAA Edinburgh

Nina Nesbitt’s AAA Edinburgh

It’s fair to say that former Balerno High pupil turned pop princess Nina Nesbitt has come a long way since being discovered by Ed Sheeran at the age of 16. Now 21, she’s firmly established herself as one of the brightest young talents around. Having stormed on to the scene with some impressive early singles and EPs, the half Scottish, half Swedish singer released debut album Peroxide last year to rave reviews. It reached a very credible No.11…

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Top five films this week

Top five films 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… 45 Years For a second week, Andrew Haigh’s beautiful and devastating 45 Years is sitting comfortably at the top. A big winner at several film festivals to date, this drama deserves every single accolade. And the fact that the box office receipts…

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Five More Edinburgh Bands Everyone Should Know About

Five More Edinburgh Bands Everyone Should Know About

A few weeks back, we featured five Edinburgh bands everyone should know about, with the aim of flagging up a few of the local acts who we believe to be worthy of your attention. As recently as a few year’s back, Scotland’s Capital was considered the poor cousin of Glasgow when it came to producing quality bands – but that’s no longer the case. Indeed, after a long, long wait, Edinburgh’s music scene is now…

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Top five films this week

Top five films 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… 45 Years Likely to be atop many film of the week lists, 45 Years is director Andrew Haigh’s follow-up to the sensational Weekend, which explored the intense relationship between two men over a single weekend. 45 Years, featuring career-best performances from Charlotte…

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