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Once more Into The Valley...

We don’t want to take fans on a nostalgic trip back to 1977,” Richard Jobson said speaking of the Skids’ anniversary tour, when I caught up with him for a chat.

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The Time Frequency (left) will headline the main stage

First festival of the summer 
is live and in Stereo(funk)

After the huge success of last year’s event the first festival of the summer returns to Strathclyde Park this month.

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Teenage DJ Ian Buddie performs at Sterofunk this month

Motherwell DJ ready to hit the decks as Stereofunk returns

A Motherwell mechanic will swap his overalls for a set of decks to appear at the first music festival of the summer.

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Keith Duffy (left) of Boyzone and Brian McFadden of Westlife have joined forces to form Boyzlife

New boyband supergroup are heading for Lanarkshire gig

Two of the biggest boyband stars of the 90s and noughties will leave music fans in a World of Their Own as they perform Lanarkshire this summer.

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Celebrate Easter at new Carfin church

Celebrate Easter at new Carfin church

A Carfin church is organising an Easter Arts Weekend to mark one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar.

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The Banter Thiefs, including Motherwell Makes Music organiser Derek Watson (nearest the camera), top the bill at JDs Bar. All pics courtesy of Ewan McCunn Photography

New music festival is a big hit

The first Motherwell Makes Music festival took place last month and proved a huge success.

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X-Factor star Honey G will be among the acts appearing at Hamilton Park on July 15.

Stars coming out for family X-travaganza at racecourse

Enjoy the ultimate family day out at the Sunday Mail Highland Show Racenight at Hamilton Park this summer.

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Some of the bands appearing at Motherwell Makes Music: (clockwise from top left) Caulder, Alburn, Weekend Debt, Dogtooth and The Begbies

Anticipation is nearly over as town gets ready to rock

After weeks of anticipation Motherwell Makes Music takes place this weekend bringing an eclectic mix of bands and artists to the town.

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Bloodlines new single Mothers Misery is out now on all the usual platforms including iTunes and Spotify

Award-winning group bring some chaos to Motherwell festival

Bloodlines lead singer Jamie Coltart left his home in Fort William in search of a music scene so is only too happy to help give Motherwell’s a boost.

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Mesmerene performing at King Tut's

Good timing is everything as Mesmerene come home for Motherwell music festival

The timing of Motherwell Makes Music couldn’t come at a better time for Mesmerene.

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Curtis channels Ol’ Blue Eyes

Curtis channels Ol’ Blue Eyes

The timeless cool of Frank Sinatra met the robust swing of the Count Basie Orchestra on the classic album, ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ and it has remained a beloved classic ever since, the perfect marriage of old-school pop and big band jazz.

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The Stranglers are embarking on a tour of Scotland.

Baz: Come and see our ugly mugs!

The Stranglers’ story, which began way back in the early 1970s, is both long and complex. And it’s one that is still being written.

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The Vistas are quickly building a strong reputation across the UK

The Vistas are all aboard The Last Train to success

The Vistas have released their third EP The Last Train ahead of appearing at Motherwell Makes Music next month.

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Motherwell Makes Music organiser Derek Watson (left) is a member of The Banter Thiefs.

Time for a new generation to shine at Motherwell music festival

Motherwell is set to host a new music festival which aims to promote the best local musicians and some of Scotland’s hottest emerging talent.

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Rule The World  (l-r) Matt Hall, Gabriel Keogh and Dan Maines

Tribute act given thumbs up to continue ruling the world

A top Take That tribute band admit they were worried they’d be told to stop their act when they came face-to-face with the real group.

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Amy Macdonald releases her new album on February 17.

Amy Macdonald: I want to write songs that mean something

It was a very cheery Amy Macdonald that came on the phone when I grabbed her for a chat about her new upcoming album. But then, she has a lot to be happy about.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry join the Celtic Connections line up next week.

Billy Bragg’s American obsession

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie. With his friend and collaborator, US singer songwriter Joe Henry, he has made an album that focuses on the transformative part the railroad played in disseminating the songs that gave birth to the rock’n’roll era.

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Scotland's Makar Jackie Kay is making her debut at Uddingston Musicfest this year

Countdown to annual village music festival

There is exactly one month until the annual Uddingston Musicfest gets underway on Saturday, February 11.

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Strathspey and Surreal play Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium on January 23.

Brazilian beats to warm up Celtic crowd

For most cities, January is a time to bring normality back to life after the festivities of Christmas and New Year.

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The Banter Thiefs perform at the St Enoch Centre

The Banter Thiefs are ready to steal the show once more

Motherwell band The Banter Thiefs will perform a rare home town gig on Monday at The Electric Bar.

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