Spear of Destiny’s Kirk Brandon is set to play a gig in East Kilbride’s Village Inn, playing with cellist Sam Sansbury.
The Fountain spoke with Kirk about his West coast concert, his vast history in the music scene and the differences between playing solo and as part of a band.Read More
On Wednesday 16th August Andrew O’Hagan was invited by the Edinburgh International Book Festival to deliver a keynote lecture on the future of Scotland. O’Hagan argues the question is now beyond nationalism but about the country’s potential as a progressive, enlightened, international country of the future. The Fountain is pleased to publish an extract from the beginning of the keynote.Read More
Entering the main entrance, past the ticket booths and into the picturesque garden area of Charlotte Gardens, one would be forgiven for forgetting the roaring hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh Fringe situated on the opposite side of Princes Street. But here we are now, in a quaint area of Scotland’s capital where the 70th Edinburgh International Book Festival is being held; where old and young, student and professor alike nestle captivated eyes into books big and small.Read More
Mark Thomas, Fringe veteran and activist has arranged a unique benefit at New Town Theatre tonight that aids the two legal charities supporting the victims of Grenfell Tower.
The Fountain spoke with Mark about the organisations that will receive every penny that is spent on this stellar-billed event, which includes the likes of Sara Pascoe and Stephen K Amos, and the work that he is doing back in London to support the victims of this atrocity.
Hendersons is a well-established Edinburgh vegetarian haunt, which over the last few years has grown legs and arms, most notably with it’s restaurant on St Giles Street.
The Fountain spoke with Barrie Henderson, General Manager of Hendersons about this expansion and some events that they have coming up over Fringe season.
We’re in the dim, comfortable back room of TJ Walls coffee. The last time I met Ever Dundas here it was to discuss the publication of one of her short stories, Northern Lights. Now Ever is meeting me as the author of Goblin (Freight, 2017), a critically acclaimed debut novel full of fantastic characters and not a little heartbreak.Read More
“I want this to be a poetry book for people that don’t normally read poetry.”
That’s how Michael Pedersen described his new collection in a conversation with The Fountain. Created in collaboration with Frightened Rabbit’s lead singer Scott Hutchison, Oyster is Pedersen’s second publication with Polygon Books, a tragic yet playful collection of poetry and illustrations.
As we sit down on the terrace just off the food court of Ocean Terminal, the first thing that comes to Shona Thomson’s mind is to check her MarineTraffic app. I haven’t heard of it, and she pulls out her phone to show me as it checks her location, then proceeds to provide information on the ships we can see moored in the Leith docks in front of us: a Bahamas-registered cruise ship bound for Kirkwall, and a buoy-laying vessel built in 2000. Shona’s Twitter handle is @urbantwitcher and, whether or not the Leith docks count as urban, there is a sense that these boats are in contention for becoming this moment’s rare birds.Read More
Carla Lippis is taking her show, Cast a Dark Shadow, to Edinburgh Playhouse this Fringe, deconstructing rock ‘n’ roll into a much more intimate cabaret format. Juxtaposing the vintage with the modern, this is set to be an intriguing addition to the programme for 2017.Read More
Star of BBC’s Scot Squad and award-winning comedian, Chris Forbes returns to Edinburgh with an electrifying hour of stand-up, songs and sketches.
The Fountain spoke with Chris about his 2017 Fringe show at the Gilded Balloon, Unquiet Mind, what got him into comedy and his propelled police-acting career.
Lomond Campbell has not only just signed to Heavenly Recordings (presently also with Mark Lanegan, TOY and Saint Etienne included in their roster), but will be playing Edinburgh Festivals in August as part of Creative Scotland’s ‘Made In Scotland’ initiative, performing with Song by Toad’s Modern Studies.Read More
As part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Grant McPhee’s film, Teenage Superstars, an affecting documentary about the influential bands that came out of Belshill and East Kilbride, was screened, featuring Duglas T Stewart.Read More
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