26 June 2018
Sunday Afternoons from 15.00 – 17.00 on BBC Radio Scotland
Over the past few weeks I’ve been tuning into Radio Scotland on a Sunday afternoon to catch Grant’s excellent show about all things vinyl. Filling the summer gap, left by football, this is the second year the show has been aired, and the content has remained as varied this year as it was last. As the name of the show implies, all the music played on it is on vinyl. Sometimes the records are from Mr Stott’s every increasing personal collection, and sometimes they are sourced from the BBC’s library and archives. There’s something quite therapeutic about hearing the crackles and imperfections of other people’s vinyl being played. I’m sure from the DJ’s perspective there is also great satisfaction in lining up tracks ready to play. That’s a skill in itself, and more substantial than just pressing buttons.
4 May 2018
John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic : Live In Concert
I was totally amazed when I received this unexpected gift. I’ve been a fan of John Grant and his music for several years now, but have never had the opportunity to see him perform live. That changes at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival in August, because I have a ticket to see him then. I’d mentioned this to my friend Jeff, who is also a fan of Mr Grant and has seen him live several times I think. Not long after our correspondence, this sumptuos piece of grey-green vinyl arrived. I hurriedly unwrapped it and put on to my turntable.
15 April 2018
Usher Hall, Edinburgh – 14 April 2018
On Saturday 14 April I wandered along to the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, with my regular gig-partner Patrick, to see Public Service Broadcasting. I was rather intrigued to see this band live, as I couldn’t envisage how they would replicated their music live. But before the main event started, we were treated to an equally enthralling set by Jane Weaver and her band. I didn’t realise that she was supporting them. So it was an evening full of surprises.