Scottish Student Journalist of the Year 2017. Been published by local/national news, magazines and others. Editor of conter.co.uk + scotlandstandup.co.uk.
What is most noticeable is the upsurge in young representation at local level. In this month's council elections every major party had several candidates aged under 30 elected, some barely out of school.
Work has begun on a new 'social' restaurant in Ayr, which is aiming to fight food poverty and promote community spirit.
The restaurant, named Unity Grill, is the brainchild of Angela McNay, who has pledged 100% of the profits will be invested into fighting food poverty.
OBAN rapper Rory O’B is set for a busy summer after announcing his new EP, ‘Quit Rapping’, and a number of gigs and festivals. He’s set to release the project on an undisclosed date after his performance at the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on July 18.
MARKIES Music Festival revived Oban Live’s party atmosphere last weekend, drawing huge crowds. Audiences enjoyed a stacked bill of free music on one of the hottest weekends of the year so far.
LOCALS have never had to look far for quality traditional music. However, Markie Dans played host to a different sort of ceilidh band last Friday. Inspired by ska and funk, Inverness and Speyside trio Tweed brought a whole new level of energy to the Oban venue.
WHILE much of the town was living it up at Oban Live last Friday, Cuan Mor hosted a more intimate affair. Local music producers Kevin Burton and Aaron Fortson, known as Disposable Frequencies and Global Beat Initiative respectively, played extended sets at what organisers called ‘the first electronic music showcase in years.’
OBAN rockers The Signal Fires have begun work on their new EP at Dunbeg Studios. Having played their last Oban show of the year at Markie Dans on Saturday, the band say that they’re turning their attentions towards recording over the next few months.
YOUNG singer-songwriter Iain MacLeod made his first collection of recorded songs available online this week. He believes that ‘The Expired Highland Railcard EP’ shows he’s heading in the right direction.
Today in The National newspaper, with the help of a select panel, Stefan and I selected our favourite Scottish albums of the year. However, there are many albums that I loved that didn't make the final cut which I'd like to pay tribute to.
OBAN rapper Kevin ‘K9 Kev’ Irvine brought the house down with a sold- out show at Cuan Mor on Saturday, funding a trip for disabled children in the process, writes Jonathan Rimmer.
Glasgow venue-cum-record label Bloc+ hosted a celebratory end of year showcase two weeks ago, featuring performances from experimentalists Kill the Waves, grunge outfit The Van T’s and indie four-piece Cherri Fosphate.