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Colin MacIntyre – The Origins of Ivor Punch

Colin MacIntyre was standing in the doorway outside Oran Mor when he came up with the idea of calling himself The Mull Historical Society, the name he has gone under for all musical ventures bar two albums over the last two decades. Since reclaiming himself as Mull Historical Society once more, there have been three new records, including last year’s Bernard Butler-produced Wakelines album.
For MacIntyre to have his first stage play, The Origins of Ivor Punch, on at the venue where he made such a momentous decision feels poetically fitting. Presented as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint, the phenomenally successful lunchtime theatre strand which has become a Glasgow West End fixture, the play is inspired by the Mull-born writer’s fantastical debut novel, The Letters of Ivor Punch, which won the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award in 2015. All of which makes it something of a homecoming of sorts.
“I’d sent out all my demos under my own name, but then I wrote the song …

Alexia Holt - Cove Park – Room with a View

The views are great from Cove Park, the rural artists’ residency centre based on Scotland’s west coast. Any of the more than 1,500 artists who have stayed in the centre since it was founded in 1999 by Peter and Eileen Jacobs will have been able to gaze out on Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde, with Arran and Bute within sight. This will probably have been the case too for 2018 Turner Prize winner Charlotte Prodger when she was awarded a Cove Park Emerging Artist residency care of the Craignish Trust back in 2010.
Nine years on, Cove Park and curator Linsey Young have commissioned Prodger to represent Scotland at this year’s Venice Biennale. With a major new single channel video work developed over a series of research and production residencies at the centre.  “When Charlotte first came in 2010, she was here for a month,” says Cove Park’s associate director and visual arts programme producer, Alexia Holt. “It was the end of the summer season, and was a relatively solitary time for her, b…

Vic Godard and Robert Lloyd - Commercial Suicide Men

A day at the races with Vic Godard and Robert Lloyd was always going to be a winner. A night at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, where these two elder states-people of what we now call post punk appear tomorrow night with the latest incarnations of their respective bands, Subway Sect and The Nightingales, looks like a pretty safe bet as well.
“The CEO of the Jockey Club is a big Nightingales fan, and he invites us every year,” says Lloyd of the dynamic duo’s day out at Sandown Park last year, “and we always get to go in this private enclosure.”
“It turns out the bloke from the Jockey Club lives round the corner from me,” says Godard, “and I got picked up in this chauffeur-driven car.”
While this was Godard’s first experience of watching from a private box, he is no stranger to the track. Like Lloyd, he has long been fond of a flutter.
“Rob’s a bit of a tipster,” says Godard. “He e-mailed me this morning and gave me a dead cert at Kempton.”
The horse in question, You Little Ripper, ends up …