bandawebPostcard: an occasional series of micro blogs.

It’s mid-January and it’s all gone tits-up. Your Dry January has turned into Intravenous Malbec and your new Yoga class has turned ugly. Your healthy eating plan has been replaced by a 24 Hour Kebab habit and your arteries are shutting down faster than your chakras. Let Bella help out with our top-ten ideas to save you…

First idle hours away with the amazing Radio Garden – rotate tour way around the globe and find the tunes you need. Second get along to The Artist Traveller exhibition at the Scottish Academy by Murray Robertson (and check out his back catalogue here). Third-up go see Philly punk band Beach Slang at Mono, their album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings is the knees of the bees.

Fourth, take a listen to the brilliant new album by Daryl Donald: Solitude. Fifth: Celtic Connection is here, and nothing will blow-away your Brexit blues like Jim Sutherland’s La Banda Europa (pictured). Described as “an inspiring model of cultural exchange and European unity. Bringing together 36 top musicians from 15 countries, each playing instruments from their own home turf – including hurdy-gurdys, nyckelharpas, the Armenian duduk, Slovakia’s two-metre fujara flute, the ancient Celtic carnyx and bagpipes from seven nations.” Nigel would hate it, you’ll love it. 

Six: listen to The Princess Forest podcast by Alec Finlay which brings back to life the mythical submerged woodland off North Uist. Seventh heaven, watch  Gangsta Paddy Destroy Trump (even if you’ve already seen it). Eight, read the Welt interview with Philip Hammond and discern a possible hint of contempt from the questioner? Nine, check out Neu! Reekie!’s Burns Blazer – if you like your Burns a little less Tam and a little more Shanter. Finally enjoy Alex Baldwin’s coverage of the Pee-Pee Party President.

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