Aberdeen Ripper

ABERDEEN’S award-winning music festival True North has announced the full festival line-up for 2019 which includes a concert celebrating the very best of Scottish pop music.

Rip it Up Live – A Celebration of Scottish Pop, has been commissioned by Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Guest singers will include Claire Grogan of Altered Images, King Creosote, Emma Pollock from The Delgados, Richard Jobson of The Skids, Fay Fyfe and Eugene Reynolds of The Rezillos, Aberdeen’s own Kathryn Joseph, Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale, C Duncan, and Ross Leighton (Fatherson) performing some of their favourite songs from seven decades of Scottish pop.

The event will be curated and hosted by BBC broadcaster Vic Galloway. “Being involved in the ‘Rip It Up - The Story of Scottish Pop’ exhibition, book, TV and Radio Series was such a pleasure and an honour for me in 2018,” he said.

“The reaction at home and abroad was astonishing, and just showed how many talented musicians this country has created over the years. Taking the concept onstage as a live concert at ‘True North adds a whole new dimension.”

He adds; “With names from the past, present and future of Scottish pop it’s going to be a unique, one-off event celebrating seven decades of homegrown music at the festival. “

Rip It Up, the Music Hall, September 22.

Hi-flying farce

CLASSIC airline farce Boeing Boeing is set to return to Scotland.

Susie Blake and Emily Head are part of the cast of Boeing-Boeing, the West End and Broadway comedy.

Marc Camoletti’s stage plays tells the story of Boeing pilot Bernard, who has managed to keep his three fiancés blissfully unaware of each other – until now.

We learn his flight plans have gone awry and chaos ensues.

If it all seems rather misogynistic that’s because it is, but remember this play is set in 1965 and as such offers an entertaining insight into the sensibilities of the time and what was deemed to be acceptable practice.

Susie Blake is currently playing Hilary Nicholson in BBC1’s Mrs Brown’s Boys. Emily Head is best known as for her role of Carli in The Inbetweeners.

The Theatre Royal, Glasgow, September 10-14.

Fishy tale

A CONTROVERSIAL new documentary which follows the fortunes of Scotland’s last family of traditional salmon netters is set for cinema release.

Of Fish And Foe looks at the how the “hated” netters find themselves a target for activists, conservationists, anglers and river owners.

The film - which strives to present a neutral picture of an incredibly controversial and divisive topic- follows the tense, real life skirmishes of the Pullar family from Angus who have been fishing the North and East coasts of Scotland for generations.

However animal and conservation activists have declared war on the fishermen because they shoot seals if they steal salmon from their nets. “We are one of the most hated families in Scotland,” says John Pullar.

The river owners and the anglers have also joined the fracas because they want the net fisherman out of the way so that more valuable salmon will come up their rivers, offering a prize haul to those wealthy sportsmen able to pay thousands for the privilege.

Fife-based co-directors Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier said; ““We had always found the traditional way of net fishing for salmon very beautiful - but we also knew it was very controversial. We wondered if the fishermen were really were as bad as their enemies made out.”

Of Fish and Foe tours UK cinemas from July 26.