Music News Round-Up

Baker Street sax player dies at 60

Raphael Ravenscroft, the English musician behind the most iconic saxophone solo in history – Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 hit Baker Street has died, aged 60.

The musician passed away at a hospital in Exeter, England on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He had been recovering from a stroke that he suffered several months earlier.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Ravenscroft shot to fame following the release of Baker Street in the late 70s.

He went on to work with artists including Pink Floyd, Abba, Marvin Gaye and Mike Oldfield, while he also enjoyed a brief but successful solo career. In recent years, he worked with soul singer Duffy and electronic duo Daft Punk.

In 2012, he retired from the music industry due to health problems.

Nominations open for Creative Edinburgh awards

Creative Edinburgh have opened nominations for their third annual awards, which aim to promote the capital’s creative talent.

There are eight awards up for grabs, with nominations open to anyone working within Edinburgh’s creative scene.

The awards include categories for best student and best commercial contributions, as well as awards for outstanding new start-up and the City Award for “outstanding creative contribution or activity that has promoted Edinburgh nationally or internationally.”

The awards ceremony will be held at Assembly Roxy on 13 November at 7pm, with music curated by Edinburgh record label Song, By Toad.

Find out more about the event and how to get involved here.

New contemporary orchestra details revealed

A new contemporary youth orchestra will launch today with the aim of bringing together young people around Edinburgh.

The orchestra is open to young people aged 11-25, and will combine traditional instruments, samba drums and electronic samplers to create a band “unlike anything the city has seen before,” according to their website.

The orchestra, funded by Creative Scotland and organised by Tinderbox Project, will be led by a variety of professional musicians, bandleaders and community music specialists.

Withered Hand get ready to play Electric Circus

Rising indie rock star Withered Hand is set to play Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on Thursday as part of a short UK charity tour.

The Edinburgh-based singer/songwriter – also known as Dan Wilson – announced the show in September and will be joined by Scottish folk artists Sarah Hayes and Blue Rose Code.

The Edinburgh-based singer/songwriter announced in September that Edinburgh Carers Council, a charity that supports carers of people with mental health problems, will curate the event.

New Gods, Withered Hand’s second album, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim.

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