EN4 music news round up

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EN4 News brings you the top music stories of the week.

Nicola Benedetti hosts online music lesson

Acclaimed Scots violinist Nicola Benedetti helped to open the world of classical music to children by hosting an online live streaming session.

The event, hosted by the BBC, saw Nicola join the BBC symphony orchestra in performing ten pieces, whilst thousands watched online.

Benedetti, a former winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year, was joined by ten Scottish primary schools during the lesson, where they learned about rhythm and pitch using percussion.


Leading Scots musician accuses BBC of ‘burying’ folk music

Dougie MacLean, one of the nation’s best-loved singer/songwriters has accused the BBC of sidelining traditional Scottish music.

The 60 year old, famous for composing the theme song to the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans has branded BBC Scotland “useless” for trying to “bury” anything “overtly Scottish.”

He said opportunities for performers to appear on BBC Scotland TV or radio programmes were being held back by a “certain cringe factor” within the organisation about showcasing home-grown talent.

He added that BBC Alba and late night radio were the only outlets for traditional folk music.

A supporter of Scottish independence, MacLean suggested the strategy could be politically motivated.

“The referendum maybe gave us an insight into how the BBC operates,” he said, “It has not really been involved in promoting Scottish self-confidence.”

A spokesman for BBC Scotland said: “We cover a wide range of music on television, radio and online, from T in the Park to Celtic Connections.”

 

Jamie T set to play Glasgow tonight

London indie rocker Jamie T will play Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom tonight as part of a UK tour.

The 28 year old, best known for the singles “If You Got the Money”, “Calm Down Dearest”, and “Sticks ‘N’ Stones” is currently on a UK tour promoting his new album Carry on the Grudge.

Doors will open at 7pm. Kent-based punk rock band will support.

 

Edinburgh’s Stanley Odd release new album

Edinburgh hip hop group Stanley Odd return with their third studio album, A Brand New Thing which was officially released last night.

The record follows up from the group’s second album Reject, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Scottish Album of the Year.

According to frontman Dave Hook, the album will tackle the “negative issues” of hip hop’s commercialism, as well as socio-political issues facing Scotland today.

The group have announced a new winter tour in support of the album, starting in Aberdeen this weekend and ending in Glasgow on December 13.

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