Once again Mr Scott raises a bottle to see out the old year and ring in the new and that means it’s time for Scots Whay Hae’s New Year’s Eve treat before the Bell’s, and the Bells, kick in. It’s our alternative, tiny, Hootenanny; so if there’s little you fancy on the box, this might entertain in the meantime.
Not to get too melancholy early on, but I can’t be the only one who thinks this Stewart/Gouldman composition captures the mood of many a Hogmanay; reflective and bittersweet, and easy on the sugar. Maybe it’s the whisky, maybe it’s just me. Either way, this is a great cover of a great song:
John Wagner, Alan Grant and artist Robin Smith came up with The Bogie Man, one of Scotland’s iconic graphic novels, in 1991 in part to counter and parody the city’s City of Culture image. In it, a psychiatric patient, Francis Clunie, escapes his secure hospital convinced he is Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon. In 1992 the BBC made a TV version which not only had Robbie Coltrane perfectly cast in the lead, but also featured Craig Ferguson, Fiona Fullerton and Midge Ure. All of the above is true, and there’s a lot more, so take a look for yourself:
I have proclaimed my love for Roddy Frame many times before so it comes as no surprise that the gig of the year, as it would be for most years, was his appearance earlier this month in Glasgow. Looking and sounding phenomenal, here he is with Oblivious, and if you want to know what joy sounds, looks and feels like then watch the next 3.47 mins:
Another hero of mine is Iain Banks, who passed away earlier this year leaving us books which are rightly considered classics. Here he is being interviewed, playing darts, and simply being Iain Banks on STV’s fantastic book programme Off The Page from the late 1980s-early ’90s. This is the sort of thing TV should be doing more of, and there is no reason why it isn’t. A truly wonderful 25 mins spent in the company of a truly wonderful man:
Happy New Year when it comes. 2013 has had its ups and downs, but has included great music, books and film, some of which we managed to cover. Whatever happens in 2014 it’s going to be historic and we’ll be there reviewing, commenting, and talking to some of those who are going to shape it. Everyone involved with Scots Whay Hae! cannae wait. See you next year…