Alex Harvey, the man, the legend: there are several ways to describe him, ‘wunnerful’ being another that comes to mind. One thing that strikes me about him today is that he only seems to be known to an older set of fans. On the whole, mention him to anyone in my age ground and younger, and the response is more than likely going to be a blank face. Ah, but aren’t they in for a treat!
Nestled in a corner of Auchinlea Park, next to the Forge Retail Park, Provan Hall adds some welcome quirkiness to the relative uniformity of the Easterhouse. Provand’s Lordship has the official title of the oldest house in Glasgow, but it’s a mere contender to the throne. Provan Hall, a fortified country house is believed to have been built in the 1460, whilst Provand’s Lordship was constructed in 1471.
There is nothing quite like finding new music that lightens up the world a little. When this happens while stuck staring at the same four walls for weeks on end during a lockdown in the middle of a depressing global pandemic, finding good new music helps take the edge off the mind numbing combined boredom and fear is like striking a particularly nice seam of gold. This is what you might experience with the second album by Blank Spaces ‘A Home Away From Home’, released on 1 May 2020, via bandcamp, pointing to some musical talent that the world should hear more about, and in this interview with Daniel Gallagher, singer, songwriter and guitarist, we will do just that.
I remember it well before. It's only been 3 months, but it feels a lot longer. The world was this shape of expectations, norms, and behaviour. Defined as normal stuff. Going to the shops, going into town (with the crowds), school runs, cafes, walks in the park, family events, appointments - you name it, it was busy.
In Edinburgh, one wag claimed, there are about twenty ghosts per square metre. The Mackenzie Poltergeist is one of the city's most renowned and is described as the best documented modern haunting. Its story is closely linked with the Covenanting Wars, which resulted from Charles I attempting to make himself head of the Scottish Kirk in 1637, with the introduction of the Common Prayer Book. This went down like a lead balloon, as only Jesus was acceptable in Scotland as head of the Kirk. It sparked a massive revolt, leading to the signing of the National Covenant in Greyfriar's Kirkyard on 28 February 1638, which argued for the preservation of the status quo. The signatories, adherents of the Presbyterian Church, became known as Covenanters, fought for their cause for the next 50 years, known as The Killing Times.