Minstrel in the Gallery was the eighth LP by Jethro Tull and the last to feature the longtime line up of Dunfermline-born Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evans, Barrie Barlow and Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond. To celebrate the classic rock album’s 40th anniversary it has now been remastered and expanded. The new version features b-sides, live recordings, studio outtakes, session material and footage of the band performing in Paris in 1975. The presentation case
This very pretty original song, Ladylike Ways, was written for the play Thieves of Dunfermline which was performed over five nights in December 2014 in Abbot House, Dunfermline. Thieves told stories of Dunfermline’s long history and this was the play’s tribute to the women who worked as miners in Fife. The track, which features well known Fife musician Sandie Forbes on vocals and violin with Jonathan Cairney on guitar, was
I really didn’t know that what was missing from my life was a brand new disco album from Jimmy Somerville. How wrong I was.
Fancy a couple of cheery new tunes for your Monday morning? Here is The Party Line from Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, the 9th studio album by Belle and Sebastian. The band are touring in May and play Newcastle City Hall on the 16th and The Hydro in Glasgow on the 22nd. The Waterboys too are back in action. Listen below to November Tale from Modern Blues which is out next week.
Here is Matthieu Saikaly, recent winner of France’s version of Pop Idol, singing some Velvet Underground with ‘Pauline’ – just a little bit cooler than Gareth Gates…
Four piece band from Dunfermline featuring Chris Easton, Mikey Pollock, Reece Dobbin and Matthew Steven. Here they are in the ‘Heart and Sound’ live lounge with their original song ‘Walking on the Moon’. https://twitter.com/TheSpiresMusic
Something lovely for a Friday morning. Canadian Alfie Jurvanen, otherwise known as Bahamas, does his gentle thing with this great track Lost in the Light from 2012. You might also want to check out this version which features the mighty kd lang on backing vocals.
Now and again towns the size of Dunfermline are lucky – or smart – enough to catch great bands on the ascendant: Catfish and the Bottlemen played PJ Molloys last night and they were brilliant. A sturdy set of hook heavy songs delivered with plenty of attack and the funny, slight, charismatic Van McCann all you could want in a frontman. Go see before they turn into the Arctic Monkeys. (photo
That intro to Wichita Lineman that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, Good Vibrations and the seminal Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, Sam Cooke’s Wonderful World – all of them graced by the impeccable bass playing of the most recorded bassist of all time – who just happened to be a woman. Why is Carol Kaye not better known? From the 1950s and into the