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Scots Whay Hae! is the place to discuss modern Scottish Culture whatever and wherever that may be.

Scots Whay Hae‪!‬ Alistair Braidwood

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Scots Whay Hae! is the place to discuss modern Scottish Culture whatever and wherever that may be.

    Edinburgh Fringe 2024 - Jo Mango & Liam Hurley - A Giant On The Bridge

    Edinburgh Fringe 2024 - Jo Mango & Liam Hurley - A Giant On The Bridge

    For the second of our Edinburgh Fringe 2024 podcasts Ali spoke to musician Jo Mango and theatre-maker Liam Hurley to talk all about A Giant On The Bridge, which is part of the prestigious Made in Scotland showcase, and will be at the Assembly Roxy Central between 2nd-18th August, 10.40am.

    Jo describes how A Giant On The Bridge came about, emerging from the work of Vox Liminis and their Distant Voices project which explores crime, punishment and reintegration through songwriting and other forms of creative expression, and pairs some of Scotland’s best songwriters with people who’ve experienced the criminal justice system from different angles.

    Liam then talks about his role with A Giant On The Bridge and the collaborations which are vital to the whole. The two then discuss the nature of the collaborative process, making each story individual, why having multiple musical genres is key, the challenges in making live music theatrical, what audiences can expect, and how their involvement, and reaction, is essential.

    Described as a gig-theatre event (and for an explanation of that, you'll have to listen to the podcast) it features some of Scotland's finest musicians. As well as Jo herself they include Admiral Fallow's Louis Abbott, Raveloe, Solareye and Louise McCraw (AKA Goodnight Louisa).

    A Giant On The Bridge promises to be a very special production of music and theatre (but, importantly, not musical theatre), and is shaping up to be one of the highlights of this year's Fringe.

    For further details, and all the ways to listen, go to https://www.scotswhayhae.com

    • 41 min
    Graeme Thomson - Kate Bush, John Martyn, Simple Minds & More

    Graeme Thomson - Kate Bush, John Martyn, Simple Minds & More

    For the latest podcast Ali caught up with previous podcast guest Graeme Thomson to talk about Under The Ivy, his biography of Kate Bush which has been updated as part of Omnibus Press' Remastered Series.

    Graeme explains the challenges in writing about such a well-loved, and private, person, the reaction of those interviewed, the formative years of her seemingly idyllic childhood, the questionable press coverage of the artist and her career, and the renewed interest in her career due to Netflix' Stranger Things.

    The two then discuss Small Hours, Graeme's book about the enigmatic, and problematic, John Martyn, and you could hardly get a more different subject from Bush than Martyn. Graeme discusses the difficulties in writing about controversy, the levels of research required, needing to admire your subject, and keeping the music to the fore.

    The conversation also touches upon the differing approaches to writing biographies, the importance of being respectful, how the procedure varies depending on the subject, and his hopes for future projects. Graeme also talks about the warm reception to Themes for Great Cities: A New History of Simple Minds which is now available in paperback, and which was the subject of our previous SWH! podcast with Graeme.

    One of the finest music journalists and writers around, Graeme Thomson is always a pleasure to talk to as he offers further insight into his books and their subjects, and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we did recording it.

    For full details, and all the ways to listen, head to https://www.scotswhayhae.com

    • 1 hr
    East Neuk Festival 2024 - Svend McEwan-Brown & Esther Swift

    East Neuk Festival 2024 - Svend McEwan-Brown & Esther Swift

    For the latest Scots Whay Hae! podcast Ali spoke to festival director Svend McEwan-Brown and composer, harpist, and singer Esther Swift to hear all about this year's East Neuk Festival - the 20th anniversary no less - which runs from 26th-30th June.

    Svend tells us about the history of the festival, it's aims and how it has developed and grown over the years, before giving details of this year's lineup, and just some of the highlights to come.

    One of those highlights, undoubtedly, will be Zulu which sees Esther creating an atmospheric evocation of the story of the Zulu fishing fleets, once ubiquitous in East Scotland.

    This year's Big Project for the festival, Esther takes us through the inspiration and process behind this collaboration, which brings together community and professional musicians to evoke the boats and the communities that depended on them.

    She also talks about her wonderful new album Expectations of a Lifetime which is out now.

    The East Nuek Festival is one of the musical highlights of the year, and 2024's could just be the best yet.

    For full details, including all the ways to listen, go to https://www.scotswhayhae.com

    • 33 min
    Edinburgh Fringe 2024 - Craig Barclay & Tony Voller - Addict

    Edinburgh Fringe 2024 - Craig Barclay & Tony Voller - Addict

    The latest Scots Whay Hae! podcast is the first of this year's Edinburgh Fringe specials (yes, it is that time already!) and Ali spoke to actor Craig Barclay and writer Tony Voller to hear all about their show Addict, which is on at The Space on the Mile. Craig and Tony talk about how they came to work together, the history of Addict, a synopsis of the show, what it's like to work together - and collaborate with others - the importance of the rehearsal process, and their hopes for the Fringe.

    The conversation also touches upon writing, and then performing, multiple characters, the process of bringing the show to the stage, the unique demands of an Edinburgh Fringe run, and why Addict will resonate with audiences. It's a great conversation to kick off SWH!'s coverage of this year's Fringe, and there will be plenty more to come.

    For full details, including all the ways to listen, head to ⁠https://www.scotswhayhae.com⁠

    • 33 min
    Doug Aubrey - Legacy of an Invisible Bullet

    Doug Aubrey - Legacy of an Invisible Bullet

    For the latest Scots Whay Hae! podcast Ali was joined by BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Doug Aubrey to talk about 'Legacy of an Invisible Bullet', which is described as "an immersive 10 ½ hour cinematic experience" compiled of 170 short films shot by Doug, which is going to be shown over six days at the Glasgow Film Theatre, culminating in a UK premiere of the feature-length cut, which he describes as an "existential surf movie."

    Doug goes into detail about the project, which ranges from his early days capturing the 1970s punk scene through his time documenting disaster zones across the world, as well as his own personal disaster following a thyroid cancer diagnosis, piecing together a cinematic mosaic 50 years in the making.

    The two also talk about the importance of sound as well as vision, the effects of people's changing viewing habits, the importance of the short film as a medium, who has inspired him over the years, and a whole lot more.

    It's an insightful and inspirational conversation with someone who is steeped in film, and whose longevity gives him an overview of filmmaking which is rare. Hopefully it will convince you to visit the GFT and experience Doug's work for yourself.

    For further details, including all the ways to listen, go to https://www.scotswhayhae.com

    • 40 min
    Douglas Skelton - The Hollow Mountain & A Grave for a Thief

    Douglas Skelton - The Hollow Mountain & A Grave for a Thief

    For the latest Scots Whay Hae! Ali spoke to crime writer, and returning guest, Douglas Skelton to talk about the latest entry in the 'Rebecca Connolly' series of crime thrillers, 'The Hollow Mountain' which is out now, published on the Polygon imprint of Birlinn Ltd.

    Douglas talks about the origins of Rebecca Connolly and the inspiration behind them, the importance of place and returning to Glasgow as a setting, the true stories which are central to each novel, constructing and developing memorable characters, having a strong supporting cast, the pleasure taken in cultural referencing, and more.

    The two also discuss Douglas' other current series, the 'A Company of Rogues' books (the latest of which is 'A Grave for a Thief', published by Canelo), the challenges, and the freedom, that comes with writing historical fiction, and the inspirations, (literary and otherwise) behind these books.

    He is also very honest about the highs and lows of writing, and what's coming next. Douglas has long been one of our favourite writers, and it's always a treat to have a conversation with him. If you don't know his work then we hope this podcast will persuade you to investigate further.



    For full details, including all the ways to listen, go to ⁠https://www.scotswhayhae.com⁠

    • 46 min

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