Category Archives: Interviews

Essay: Somewhere Only We Know (BBC Radio Scotland)

It’s funny, the way you remember things. If you asked me what I thought I’d recall from a recent radio adventure that saw BBC producer Debbie McPhail and I embark on a sailing trip round the Morvern Peninsula with best-selling … Continue reading

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Interview: Barbara Dickson

This interview originally appeared in The Herald Magazine on February 2, 2019. I can see two Barbara Dicksons in front of me. The first one’s drinking coffee on a winter’s day in Edinburgh’s New Town, reflecting on the sisterhood, pop … Continue reading

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Interview: Shirley Collins

This interview originally ran as the cover feature of the Herald Arts Magazine on January 28, 2017, under the heading: THE RETURN OF FOLK’S GUIDING LIGHT… For almost 40 years, it seemed as if Shirley Collins had gone to ground. … Continue reading

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Interview: Pixies

This interview originally ran as the Herald Arts Magazine cover feature in September 2016… There is a new photograph of The Pixies, in which they’re flanked by a baying wolf. You wonder whether the creature is fearful, or fiercely protective, … Continue reading

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Interview: Carla Easton (Teen Canteen / ETTE)

This feature originally ran in The Herald Newspaper in January 2017. There’s a state-of-the-art recording studio in an old Leith warehouse. It’s called Tape. The building used to be a brothel, a cork factory and a whisky bond, and in … Continue reading

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Interview: King Creosote

This feature originally ran in The Herald Newspaper (Scotland) on August 25, 2016. Elton John was bang on, as usual. It really is lonely out in space. Take Major Tom’s solitary tin-can odyssey, or Lou Reed’s forlorn Satellite of Love. … Continue reading

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Interview: Anna Meredith

This interview originally ran via The Quietus in April 2016 South Queensferry is a picturesque old town on the banks of the Firth of Forth. Stationed between the river’s iconic road and railway bridges, it’s a realm of blurred and eddying boundaries … Continue reading

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