DOUGIE MacLean pauses to glance at the stone doorway that leads to the place where he makes his music. “Look,” he says suddenly, “you can still see the names of the kids carved into it.” You look closely, and then you see them, worked deeply into the stone. The carvings are many decades old. For this room was once the schoolhouse that served the rural community of Butterstone, near Dunkeld. It was where MacLean, and before him his father, were taught. “It’s a wee bit uncanny that my dad went to school here, and I went to school here,” MacLean continues. “This was my first school.” Twenty yards away stands the schoolteacher’s house. It, too, forms part of the striking home and business setting that MacLean has painstakingly put together over the decades with his wife, Jenny. Loading article content MacLean writes all his songs here and records them in his studio with the aid of his son, Jamie. It’s here that he … [Read more...] about Celtic Connections star Dougie MacLean on music, family and Caledonia: the song that became a legend
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PUBLISHED: 08:27 29 January 2018 Louise McEvoy Rhiannon Porter, Aimie Atkinson and Helen Kurup have their sights set on representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Picture: Gabriel Mokake. Archant A singer from Stevenage is set to compete in BBC’s Eurovision: You Decide in a bid to represent the UK in the notoriously outlandish song contest. Goldstone performing at Amsterdam Pride. Picture: Genesis Lynea. Aimie Atkinson, who grew up in Stevenage and was a pupil at Collenswood School, is part of girl group Goldstone – along with Helen Kurup and Rhiannon Porter – and will compete against five other acts on Wednesday, February 7, in a bid to be chosen to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Aimie’s love for the performing arts first began when she was 13 years old, when she was drafted in to play the leading role in Cinderella at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage because the original actress had been in a car … [Read more...] about Stevenage singer set for BBC’s Eurovision: You Decide in bid to represent UK in song contest
POLDARK is one of Britain's best loved period dramas - and the music is just as iconic. Here's everything you need to know about the show's orchestral theme tune as we look forward to the fourth series... What is the Poldark theme song? The Poldark theme song is an orchestral arrangement composed by Anne Dudley which entered the classical charts at number two. Anne says on her website: "The music needed to underscore the sweeping Cornish landscapes and passionate love story. "Featuring the solo violin, it is based (loosely) on the modality found in Cornish folk music. "Orchestrated for violin, harp, piano and string orchestra with occasional electronic elements, this is a dream job!" What is Demelza's song from Poldark? Demeza's song is a tune called The Wild Red Rose which Demelza, (Eleanor Tomlinson) sings to express her love for her husband Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner). The lyrics are... I'd a pluck a finger on a thorn I'd a hold a finger to my tongue MORE ON POLDARKONE EL OF A … [Read more...] about Poldark theme song – what is the tune composed by Anne Dudley and what is Demelza’s song?
BRADLEY Walsh is a regular on our teatime TV screens, with the popular ITV star hosting The Chase as well as other TV quiz shows - and he's also preparing to enter the Doctor Who universe. But what do we know about Bradley, what else has he been in, who is his wife and just how did he become famous? Who is Bradley Walsh? What is his age, height and family background? Bradley is 58 years old and was born in Watford, Hertfordshire. He's not the first to mention his working-class background and his life growing up in a single parent family. Bradley married choreographer Donna Derby in 1997 and they have a son, Barney, together. The Chase host also has a daughter, Hayley, from a previous relationship. He comes in at a modest 5' 8.5" tall and often takes part in Soccer Aid, the all-star charity football match. Is he the new Doctor Who companion? Yes - on October 22, 2017, Bradley was photographed alongside new Doctor Jodie Whittaker and two other companions on set. He will play … [Read more...] about How old is Bradley Walsh, who is The Chase host’s wife Donna Derby and will he play Doctor Who’s new companion?
Martin Kemp on Spandau Ballet and his penchant for playing villains BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Martin Kemp clearly relishes playing the villain - after a long stage and screen career playing bad boys, he couldn't resist reprising another old favourite as Peter Pan's nemesis Captain Hook in a spectacular arena panto adventure coming to Belfast this Christmas. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/martin-kemp-on-spandau-ballet-and-his-penchant-for-playing-villains-37334954.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37334951.ece/de04c/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-09-20_lif_44230712_I1.JPG Email Martin Kemp clearly relishes playing the villain - after a long stage and screen career playing bad boys, he couldn't resist reprising another old favourite as Peter Pan's nemesis Captain Hook in a spectacular arena panto adventure coming to Belfast this Christmas. Of course, the past three decades have seen the star, who first found fame as bassist in Eighties band Spandau … [Read more...] about Martin Kemp on Spandau Ballet and his penchant for playing villains