Review: Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea

Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea enlivens a piece of history that few are aware of, looking at the relationship between Frederick Engels and a poor worker from the Irish slums by the name of Lizzie Burns.

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Seán McLaughlin: The creative decisions aren’t really consciously referential

Scottish indie band Dante have released new track, Rose, from forthcoming second album, which has been produced by Frightened Rabbit’s Andy Monaghan. Playing November gigs in Inverness, Elgin and Dundee, we recommend that you check this band out.

Seán McLaughlin, vocalist for the band spoke with The Fountain about working with Andy, their influences surrounding this track and the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

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Emily Barker: When I was a teenager I fell head over heels in love with Aretha’s incredible voice

Emily plays Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh on December 16th whilst touring her latest release Sweet Kind Of Blue. She has penned and performed theme songs for BAFTA and Ivor Novello winning television dramas Wallander (starring Kenneth Branagh) and The Shadow Line as well as an entire musical score for the poignant and well-received 2015 road movie, Hector, starring Peter Mullan.

The Fountain spoke with Emily about her upcoming Edinburgh gig and her musical inspirations whilst also elaborating on the Wallander gig.

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Dong Hua: It’s very exciting to be playing with Depeche Mode

A Chinese band to make a break in the West, Re-TROS released their album last month and are promoting the record with a tour supporting Depeche Mode. Hitting Glasgow at the Garage on 16th November it will surely be a well-attended gig.

Dong Hua from the band took time out from his hectic schedule to chat to The Fountain about playing with Depeche Mode, their inspiration behind Before The Applause and the Chinese music scene.

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