Dunedin Consort shortlisted for top awards
Scotland Dunedin Consort has been shortlisted in two categories in the 2014 Gramophone Awards. The awards are the most prestigious annual competition in the international record market. Five Dunedin discs, all with Linn Records and directed by John Butt, have been shortlisted in recent years, with the Baroque Vocal award in 2007 going to the group's reconstruction of the original Dublin premiere of Handel's Messiah. This year the Dunedin Consort recording of the Bach Brandenburg Concertos has been shortlisted for the Baroque Instrumental award and the Mozart Requiem recording for the Choral award. These two nominations, together with one for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with pianist Ingrid Fliter, are the only Scottish recordings shortlisted this year.
Sitcom about Louise Quinn
Currently appearing at Summerhall in the Made in Scotland Fringe showcase revival of Biding Time (remix), singer Louise Quinn of A Band Called Quinn is soon to be portrayed by Ana Mantronic of New York's Scissor Sisters in a new Stateside sitcom. The TV show, Grossmalerman, is set in the New York City artworld and will feature a gallery owner called Louise, based on Quinn whom writer Guy Richards Smit met when his band played ABCQ's Club Tromolo at Glasgow's Classic Grand.
Bob Malone at the Green Hotel
New Orleans keyboards master Bob Malone becomes the latest American musician with a big reputation to play at the Green Hotel in Kinross on Tuesday August 26. Malone, who currently works with former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, is a much in-demand session player, having appeared alongside Bruce Springsteen, Rickie Lee Jones and The Neville Brothers, among many others. He arrives in Kinross to promote the seventh album, Mojo DeluxeHis UK tour brings him back to Scotland in September for a date at the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (Wednesday 10) en route to Shetland Blues Festival, which takes place from Friday 12 to Sunday 14.
App to teach pipers' code
Wee Pipes Ltd, the company that developed a bagpipe tutor app for use with mobile phones, has produced a follow-up that introduces beginners to the ancient codified pipers' language, canntaireachd. Featuring the renowned piper, teacher and Gaelic singer Allan MacDonald, the Canntaireachd Tutor allows users to become fluent in this unique teaching system and provides self-testing games. It also includes an introduction to canntaireachd and the Gaelic terminology used by the pipers.