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When Scotland Ruled….the pop charts

Mull of Kintyre

When Scotland Ruled….the pop charts.
An epic tale of Paul McCartney, the Mull Of Kintyre and the Canadian Connection.

By Lenny Stoute

The Mull of Kintyre (formerly Cantyre) is the most southwesterly section of the long Kintyre Peninsula in southwestern Scotland, about 10 miles from Campbeltown.. The area’s significance as a cultural nexus dates back to Neolithic times. The name is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic ‘maol chinn tire’, the bare headland of Kintyre. Mull is derived from ‘ maol’ meaning bare and refers to a land formation bare of trees, such as a rounded hill, summit, mountain or promontory. It’s mostly in use in the southwest of Scotland, often applied to headlands and the tips of promontorys or peninsulas.

The area’s ancient and rugged geography pounded by the relentless North Sea is the picture book definition of “wild beauty”; travellers familiar with the region say the description is equally applicable to its women. Scotland’s mighty malt whiskies are likewise widely available throughout the region with servings the traditional ‘a full measure and a wee drop more’.

Modern Day Beatle Chris Tassone

by Bill Delingat

The wing back chairs shuffle and the conversation was on two things, #1 chicken beef or fish as the vested waiters fought to get the food drop done before the curtain call and “yes, I thinks that’s him ,could it be ,why is he here?” was #2 as the blue rinsed haired guests and their spouse argued over meals and the familiar gentlemen sitting at Table 5.

They had driven in for miles to relive their youth and see Elvis, Buddy Holly and even Marilyn live on stage!! Tribute shows were the hit of the dinner theatre business, with the ever popular legend style shows, pulling in the fans of music gone by for the chance to have one last glimpse of their youth and fond memories of their Top 10 tunes.

Cubamenco: Robert Michael

Cubamenco

By Classical Editor and Jazz contributor, Rob Tomaro

Roll Over Beethoven: Finding the new Mojo in music

The new mojo (the magic touch, the new meaning) can be found in the work of artists who are trying to break through cultural boundaries to create a new form, a real World Music, who harvest the best that world culture offers in search of something not heard before.

Canadian guitarist Robert Michaels does that on his new CD "Cubamenco", a word he's coined to describe a blend of Cuban and Flamenco music. Cuban music, which has enjoyed a new prominence since the release of the documentary ‘the Buena Vista Social Club,’ is culled from several streams of Latin American folk music. Flamenco, the Spanish gypsy dance form, is laced with the haunting minor modes of the Moors, who swept up from Morocco into Spain in the ninth century. The confluence of these two traditions gives rise to a new, fertile sound.

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