New outdoor music festival to be staged in Inverness city centre

A new annual outdoor music festival is to be staged in the capital of the Highlands.

A new annual outdoor music festival is to be staged in the capital of the Highlands. The Northern Meeting Park in Inverness will play host to The Gathering, which organisers say will showcase the best music, food and drink from across the Highlands.

It will be launched as a one-day festival in June but is already intended to expand into a two-day event the following year if there is enough public demand.

The “family friendly” event, which will be held in an 8000-capacity arena near the River Ness, is being masterminded by the same organisers behind the long-running Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, near Beauly.

Trad music festival favourites Tide Lines, The Vatersay Boys, Elephant Sessions. Torridon, Hò-rò and Siobhan Miller are already lined up for next year’s event [ . . . ]

Read more at: New outdoor music festival to be staged in Inverness city centre – The Scotsman

Joe Strummer’s Legacy Lives On in This Commemorative Album 

Joe Strummer will always be known first as the fire-breathing frontman of the British punk quartet The Clash, but he also led a richly productive creative life apart from that great band. Collecting nearly three dozen tracks from before and mostly after the group, “Joe Strummer 001” offers highlights of his solo efforts, including film and TV work (such as “South Park”), collaborations (with Johnny Cash and Jimmy Cliff), and a generous helping of obscurities and previously unreleased recordings. The range is dazzling, from foot-stomping rock and roll to Latin-shaded dance grooves to reggae (a Clash staple) to folksy acoustic ballads—and much more. For all the stylistic variety, his familiar sandpaper voice, capable of gruff urgency and tender reflection in the same breath, is consistently electrifying. Joe Strummer died in 2002, but his mighty legacy remains. [ . . . ]

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New release: KT Tunstall “Wax”

Sometimes the middle of the road is no bad place to be… CD review by Joe Muggs

It’s a little hard to compliment KT Tunstall without seeming a little snitty. Her music is familiar, it’s grown-up, it’s Radio 2, it’s full of lashings of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, The Pretenders, Springsteen, Nashville, Laurel Canyon. The closest this album really comes to modernity of sound is a little dose of Goldfrapp’s glam-pop-synth-rock in the odd track like “Human Being”, and even that of course is heavily indebted to the 1980s and a very classicist songwriting style. Her voice sounds older than her years, husky and lived-in, and always has done; lyrically she can touch on bitterness, loss and sorrow and somehow feel comforting. All the best qualities of her music – the qualities that earn her Ivor Novello awards and Grammys – are also the most middle of the road [ . . . ]

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Concert Review: Olivia Chaney

Olivia Chaney begin this concert with a disclaimer. Most frequently described as a folk-singer – and with award nominations to prove it – she sweetly explained that she had no intention in her music of being limited by labels.

Folk music is certainly there in the repertoire, but as this wonderful performance vividly illustrated, there is much more to Chaney than that.

Brought up on her parents records of Fairport Convention, Dylan and Joni Mitchell, trained at the Royal Academy of Music, and with a background working in Shakespearean theatre and jazz, she is a singer, writer and multi-instrumentalist who has produced two exquisite solo albums, as well as collaborating with the Kronos Quartet [ … ]