Flaxman launch album at Drummonds

By Marcus MacBeath Aberdeen band Flaxman launched their new album Lambs at Drummonds on Friday night Easing into the 10-song set with the delicate title track Emma Harkins slowly caught the attention of the audience before Martin Wyllie took to the mic. He set the tone of the rest of the night with his rumblingContinue reading “Flaxman launch album at Drummonds”

John Stewart

Following the heartbreakingly untimely passing of John Stewart I wanted to air as many tributes to him that I could as there were far too many to include in a single press article. In no particular order here is what others wanted to say. Deirdre Robertson. John was an exceptional extraordinarily passionate, authentic life force,Continue reading “John Stewart”

Commando crooner sets sights on music career

A Scottish war veteran who swapped his assault rifle for a guitar released his first solo single. Former Royal Marine Nicky Aiken from Aberdeen drew on his gritty experiences in war-torn Afghanistan and gruelling commando training when writing I’m on Fire. The track is all about not giving up and pushing through barriers to getContinue reading “Commando crooner sets sights on music career”

Art is for life – not just lockdown

By Patrick Barnham An Aberdeen painter is urging people not to ditch art projects started during lockdown as rules further relax. Neale Bothwell, 56, said virtual art clubs championed by the likes of Grayson Perry opened up the world of creativity to countless people but insists it should continue post-covid. Neale said: “It was greatContinue reading “Art is for life – not just lockdown”

Green light for Aberdeen’s new mosque

Award-winning consultancy Aurora Planning has helped Aberdeen’s growing Muslim community secure permission to convert part of a former school into a mosque. The C-listed Frederick Street School was later used as office space by Aberdeen City Council but has lain empty for three years. Aberdeen Mosque and Islamic Centre (AMIC) will turn the building intoContinue reading “Green light for Aberdeen’s new mosque”

Aberdeen artist is “blown away”

By Patrick Barnham An Aberdeen artist is celebrating as his month-long exhibition approaches its final week. Neale Bothwell said he was “blown away” by the great response to his latest abstract exhibition at Castlegate Frames and Gallery. Scores of people went to Graham Fowler’s tiny gallery and frame workshop on Justice Street during September andContinue reading “Aberdeen artist is “blown away””

Planning experts call for intern action

Planning experts call for intern action By Patrick Barnham Founders of Aurora Planning Pippa Robertson and Maggie Bochel Owners of a Scottish consultancy firm are urging employers to nurture the next generation of planners to avoid a crisis in the profession.Directors of Aurora Planning Ltd in Aberdeen Maggie Bochel and Pippa Robertson insist action mustContinue reading “Planning experts call for intern action”

Saving the office party

Saving the office party By Patrick Barnham An Aberdeen funnyman plans to bring the infamous office party home this Christmas. Comedian and actor Kenny Luke spent years dishing out the mirth and mayhem at glittering events and is determined the fun must go on. “Socialising as we know it is out of the window andContinue reading “Saving the office party”