New Horizons (Part 1) by John Foster

A couple of years ago I wrote a book about music. The first pandemic lockdown was a month old; no one had any idea as to how long it might last, nor how it might end. We all shared similar fears, worries and concerns. But now that I was working from home, I found that … Continue reading New Horizons (Part 1) by John Foster

Snag Tights

*All images used within this article were taken by Jenna Laird of J.H Laird Photography, and are of Jenna, they cannot be used externally without express permission of the owner. So Snag Tights is an online-only clothing retailer, based in Livingston, Scotland who ship their products worldwide. They focus on creating clothes which are ethically … Continue reading Snag Tights

Album Review: Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut (Reviewed By Me, Big G)

Un-shiver those timbers! De-Batten your hatches! And that mainsail better get hoisted. Such Sea-fairing sayings can only indicate one thing; a new Alestorm album has been announced!  What better time than to take a look at the Scottish Pirate Metal outfits 2020 release – “Curse of the Crystal Coconut''.  So, I ask you to sign … Continue reading Album Review: Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut (Reviewed By Me, Big G)

Single Review: The Eves – Big Love

The Eves are an Edinburgh based pop duo made up of Caroline Gilmour and Marissa Keltie. Today, I will be reviewing their single ‘Big Love’ which was released on April 1st 2022.  ‘Big Love’ opens with a sonorous and reverbed build that flows into a heavy bassline which perfectly supports the vocalist. They have rich … Continue reading Single Review: The Eves – Big Love

Single Review: Logan Gilmartin – Magaluf

Logan Gilmartin is an indie singer/songwriter from Perth, for this track he is joined by guitarist Tom McGregor, and the track is being released under the banner of the Scottish music collective and label Mi Familia. It tells the story of a visit to the titular Spanish town, and it captures the energy and vibe … Continue reading Single Review: Logan Gilmartin – Magaluf

Dearest, Darling, Decay by J.H. Laird

So this short story was written by our very own Jenna Laird for Ravenfest, a two day festival which took place on October 29th and 30th 2021. This event celebrates famous American author and poet, Edgar Allan Poe and so entrants were encouraged to write a piece of fiction, approximately 500 words in length in … Continue reading Dearest, Darling, Decay by J.H. Laird

EP Review: James McLaughlin – Desuetude

James McLaughlin is a freelance producer, sound designer and audio engineer from Scotland who has been playing and composing music for over 20 years. He has experience working with a variety of different clients over the years and is available for hire now, if you have need of his services head on over to his … Continue reading EP Review: James McLaughlin – Desuetude

Single Review: Lonely Lost Boy – Don’t Be A Fool

Gordon Hennessy who is performing as Lonely Lost Boy is a singer/songwriter from Dundee, who has been involved in music since he was fourteen. Over that time he has supported a variety of other acts such as The Twang, The Sherlocks and Gerry Cinnamon. Today I will be reviewing his debut single ‘Don’t Be A … Continue reading Single Review: Lonely Lost Boy – Don’t Be A Fool

Single Review: Caroline – Don’t You Know Me?

Caroline is a singer/songwriter from Scotland and today I will be reviewing their debut song ‘Don’t You Know Me?’ which was released on the 7th August 2020. 'Don’t You Know Me?’ has a heavy, atmospheric bassy opening, punctuated by light percussion that all blends together beneath her soft, emotional and angelic vocals. You just get … Continue reading Single Review: Caroline – Don’t You Know Me?

Top 10: BBC The Social Creators

The Social is a project developed by the BBC to give young Scottish voices a platform. They aim to support content creators across a variety of subjects including comedy, music, gaming and life issues. They are based in Glasgow but encourage and develop new creative talent from all across Scotland.  So that’s just a little … Continue reading Top 10: BBC The Social Creators

Single Review: Maya Jane – Everyday’s the Same

Maya McCrae, who performs as Maya Jane is a teenage Scottish singer/songwriter and today I will be reviewing their debut single ‘Everyday’s the Same’ which was released on the 12th October 2020. The track was written by Maya to help better understand mental health, specifically because one of her friends had depression, and she wanted … Continue reading Single Review: Maya Jane – Everyday’s the Same

Samhain – Witches New Year

The 31st October and the surrounding days are a special time for many cultures, from the Día de Muertos (The Day of the Dead) in Mexico to the Christian All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows' Day) and of course the secular Halloween celebrations.  The pagan wheel of the year celebrates Samhain from sunset … Continue reading Samhain – Witches New Year

 The Origins of Killieween

The town I grew up in, Kilmarnock, located in the West of Scotland has many strange and interesting traditions, from the paper roses that the bride to be wears before marriage to the ‘Paper Roses’ that are sung at Rugby Park (the home of Kilmarnock F.C), to the obsessive cleaning of EVERYTHING before the bells … Continue reading  The Origins of Killieween

Why I Celebrate the Green Witch

Many modern witches hate the cartoonish stereotypes of the green-faced witch. Look at her as she stoops, cackling and green-faced, with blackened broken teeth, a hooked nose and gnarled fingers, her hair hanging in knots. The picture of terror and evil, that is so removed from my own path of love, nature, healing and beauty.  … Continue reading Why I Celebrate the Green Witch

A History of Jack-o’-lanterns

I wrote yesterday about how Trick or Treating originated in Scotland and Ireland and has been repackaged and returned to us in modern times with an American slant. Today’s Halloween tradition has also made the same journey.  The carved pumpkin is a tradition which is now strongly associated with Halloween, but the tradition of the … Continue reading A History of Jack-o’-lanterns