Life with: Spirit of Glasgow Award winner, Susie McCabe

Rosie Morton chats with comedian and ‘Spirit of Glasgow Award’ winner about her childhood, career and her best ever heckle. Why is it that so many comedy greats come from Glasgow? I have this theory. You have your working class, your heavy industry and your Irish immigration, and you get really good art from that.…

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Glenmorangie launch A Tale of Tokyo

From Tain to Tokyo, via London’s Shoreditch. It can only mean one thing to fans of Glenmorangie whisky. The latest in the Highland distillery’s limited edition ‘Tale of…’ single malts series was launched at a brightly-coloured and Japanese-inspired extravaganza in London last week in the presence of the inimitable Dr Bill Lumsden and Master Blender…

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Martin Compston’s Scottish fling up for top TV award

Martin Compston and Phil MacHugh have been shortlisted for a TV award for their BBC travel series. Scottish Fling has been nominated for ‘Best Factual Show’ at the TV Choice Awards next year, which will take place in February at The Hilton on Park Lane in London. The programme, which aired last year, saw Greenock-born…

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Comedian uses family connections to explore Aberdeen’s links to the slave trade

He is well known for his routines with irreverent presentations of traditional Scottish history and culture. But now standup comedian Bruce Fummey is using his own family connections to explore Aberdeen’s links to the slave trade. During the Covid lockdowns the comedian turned his attention to YouTube filmmaking, creating popular Scottish History Tours videos. The…

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Fringe Review: Trash Test Dummies

Alister Tenneb reviews Trash Test Dummies at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. THIS acrobatic/circus/slapstick performance essentially revolves around three wheelie bins – doesn’t fill you with delight? The show is geared towards kids ten years and under and judging by the near constant shouts, shrieks, squeals of laughter from their younger attendees they certainly know their…

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Fringe Review: Kokoon

Megan Amato reviews Kokoon at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. K-POP fans who don’t take themselves too seriously were in for a treat earlier this month as comedy-boyband Kokoon did their run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Combining classic choreography with comedy skits and lip syncing to both K-Pop giants and their own singles, Kokoon had their…

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National Theatre unveils Dracula and Mina

THE National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) has today unveiled the first look at its production of Dracula: Mina’s Reckoning. The play was written by Morna Pearson and shifts Bram Stoker’s narrative to the North-East. The NTS has assembled an all-female and non-binary cast for the production, which will tour Scotland, Liverpool, and Coventry in September…

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Women’s piping and drumming survey extended

THE National Piping Centre has extended the deadline for women to take part in its survey about their experiences of piping and drumming. The survey, which was launched in April, has received 240 responses so far. The centre has now extended the deadline for submissions until 8 September. News of the extension came as the…

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Fringe review: My Neighbours Are Kind Of Weird

When entering a venue for an hour-long self-proclaimed witty and wry look at millennial culture, with a side salad of hypocrisy and narcissism, one arrives with a heavy heart. One was wrong though. This was a thoroughly enjoyable comedic excursion that fused universally good performances from all five young actors, and some admirably taut script-writing…

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Il Wol Dang on traditional Korean music at the Fringe

Megan Amato talks to band Il Wol Dang about traditional Korean music, jazz and the message they hope to spread. ‘Do you know BTS?’ asked Lee Ju-hang, her question followed by the immediate laughter of her three band members, manager and myself.  Indeed, it would be more of a challenge to find someone who hasn’t…

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