Bay City Rollers stars getting ready for new royalty battle

Nobby Clark says he is owed money for the songs used

By Oliver Farrimond

STARS from the Bay City Rollers are gearing up for a fresh battle over unpaid royalties.

Pat McGlynn, 52, and Nobby Clark, 59, are currently embroiled in a court worth millions of pounds with Sony Music, who own the Rollers’ former record label Arista Records.

And now the pair are readying themselves for more conflict after the label released two new compilations last month.

The CDs, a Greatest Hits and a Best Of compilation, feature Clark’s vocals and McGlynn’s guitar playing and backing vocals on a number of tracks.

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Sherlock violin finds home in museum

By Oliver Farrimond

A VIOLIN carved from a tree from Arthur Conan Doyle’s home has gone on display in a prestigious Scottish instrument collection.

The violin, which has been named “The Sherlock Violin” by creator Steve Burnett, was carved from a 170-year-old sycamore tree from the author’s childhood home in Edinburgh.

In Doyle’s celebrated novels, the super-sleuth would famously play the violin while solving cases.

Steve Burnett, who carved the violin from the sycamore, said that having the violin added to the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments was a “real honour”.

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Edinburgh Festival ready to go out with a bang

By Amanda MacMillan

THE Edinburgh International Festival is all set to go out with a bang as the annual fireworks display gets ready for take-off.

The spectacular event tomorrow night will see live music by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and fireworks by Pyrovision.

Over 100,000 fireworks, four tonnes of explosives, and hundreds of firing sequences, including the famous waterfall cascading from Edinburgh Castle, will be used during an unforgettable 45 minutes.

Last year the event attracted over 220,000 people viewing from vantage points across the capital and is the biggest annual event of its kind in Europe. Continue reading

Festival of meditation and prayer to take place in the city

By Amanda MacMillan

A FESTIVAL of meditation and prayer has been organised by an Edinburgh church to encourage people of all faiths to explore their spiritual lives.

A programme of music, lectures, workshops and worship will run from 3-26 September at Mayfield Salisbury Church.

The festival draws on visiting musicians, preachers and speakers from a variety of faiths including Episcopalian, Reformed, Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions.

It will focus on themes such as children’s spirituality, opera and faith, icons and visual theology. Continue reading

Bay City Rollers guitarist to re-release albums in Japan

By Christine Lavelle

FORMER Bay City Roller Patrick McGlynn is to re-launch his music career – in Japan.

The guitarist is re-releasing five albums he made during the 1970s, and also has plans to write and record a new album.

Working closely with producer Iain McKinna of Offbeat studios in Edinburgh, Mr McGlynn said getting back on the road is the most important thing to him now. Continue reading

Buskers, comedians and serious artists united in Ukulele love

By Christine Lavelle

A REVIVAL of the ukulele was celebrated in Edinburgh today by miniature guitar lovers from across the world.

The traditional Hawaiian instrument has rocketed back to the top of the charts thanks to pop’s hottest new artists including Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, and Noah and the Whale.

Its resurgence is reflected in this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival programme, with a string of performers picking up their dainty instruments to entertain crowds through song and comedy.

Dozens of ukulele-playing festival acts came together to celebrate their love for the mini acoustic guitar, grinning wildly while strumming along to the tune of “You are my Sunshine.”
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Revellers gear up for Scotland’s biggest music festival

Becky Cutler, Lauren Gibson and Zoe Kinnaird arrive at the festival ready to party

By Cara Sulieman

THOUSANDS of excited music fans started to descend on the small town of Kinross today as T in the Park got underway for the 17th time.

The festival – which grew from a humble 17,000 capacity back in Strathclyde Country Park in 1994 – will see 85,000 people gather to listen to live sets from headliners Eminem, Muse and Kasabian.

And although most of the revellers will congregate from Friday an advance guard of some 30,000 were pitching their tents today for an evening of fun before the full festivities.

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