Songs for Scotland

Sue Wilson previews the culture showcase that is Songs for Scotland with Dick Gaughan, Shooglenifty, Lady Alba, Ewan McLennan, Adam Ross (Randolph’s Leap), Findlay Napier; Louie (Hector Bizerk), Emily Smith, Siobhan Miller, Kathleen MacInnes, and honey-throated Gaelic sorority Mackenzie…

Chase Yirsel

This is the sound of the new Scotland this Spring, alive with questions and energy about what is an what is to be. It’s a brilliantly hard hitting EP chock with one-liners that takes Stanley Odd to new musical heights…. Read More ›

For Jon Brookes

“Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band. Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that… Read More ›

Get Out Ma Headspace

Stanley Odd & The Electric String Orchestra perform Get Out Ma Headspace at the Fruitmarket Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections 2013. Catch Stanley Odd performing with The Electric String Orchestra once more on Friday 2nd August at the Queens… Read More ›


Here’s our Top 20 of Maggie’s Jukebox… 1. Tramp the Dirt – Elvis Costello 2. Fascist Groove Thang –  H 17 3. Ghost Town – The Specials 4. Stand Down Margaret – The Beat 5. Shipbuilding – Robert Wyatt 6…. Read More ›

Marriage Counselling

Record company Solareye has just put together a wee DIY vid for ‘Marriage Counselling’, a song from Stanley Odd’s recently released ‘Reject’ album which takes in both sides of the independence debate from the point of view of a strained… Read More ›

Neu! Reekie! #23

    Aside from Bella Caledonia an arts project I’m heavily involved with is Neu! Reekie!  Neu! Reekie! is a monthly anti-cabaret now based at Edinburgh’s Summerhall arts complex.  The Neu! Reekie! ‘happenings’ on the last Friday of each month… Read More ›

Martyn Bennett, 1971-2005

“Try and find those things that make us Scottish. They are not necessarily tartan, but are no less colourful. They are in the sound of the kick drum, the bass line, the distortion, the punk guitar, the break-beat. Try and see the old ways in new surroundings.”


Terminally bored by the perennial national anthem debate. It’s Flower of Scotland, get over it. Here’s the wonderful Louis Jor­dan and his Tym­pa­ny Five play…

Marra, Gaughan and Mathieson

We kick off our Burns week (#bellasburns) with some great music from Michael Marra, Dick Gaughan’s favourite song of all time (which says everything it is possible to say about anything) and Karen Mathieson from last years Celtic Connections…

Lennon vs Bono

By Mark Engler Effective celebrity activists use their fame to bring attention and credibility to legitimate representatives of social movements. That, in a nutshell, is my standard of celebrity activism done right. Ineffective celebrity activists…well, they do all sorts of… Read More ›

Bhundu Boys

Today would have been Hugh MacDiarmid birthday. Norman MacCaig called for it to be celebrated with “two minutes pandemonium’. Enjoy the Bhundu Boys singing Hugh MacDiarmid’s My Foolish Heart…