3rd March 2018

Kevin Carmichael

Knockentiber's Motorcycle & Car Stunt Rider You expect him to spin into a parking space, burn rubber for a few minutes, before emerging triumphantly from his car to his adoring fans. Instead I watch him pull up sedately, park neatly and climb out of his car, his Colombian-born wife emerging from the passenger side. This, after all, is the man…
3rd February 2018

Ken O’Hara

Behind the scenes with a music, art & drama creative He is seated by the window looking relaxed, his arms stretched out across the top of the half moon booth seat. Looking a little like Al Pacino from a scene in ‘Sea of Love’, he waits for me in the fading light of late afternoon. Over his shoulder through the…
31st January 2018

Jai McDowall

Looking to the future A lot of water has passed under the bridge for Tarbolton’s Jai McDowall since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2011. When we spoke recently, nearly seven years later, that memorable evening was still fresh in his mind, especially the warm welcome he received from panel members Michael McIntyre, Amanda Holden and David Hasselhoff, not to mention…
21st January 2018

Kristina Rihanoff

Go West, Strictly’s girl from Vladivostok The call goes straight to voicemail. I wait, think: ‘what if I can’t get hold of her?’ Decide to phone again in five minutes. Outside is bitterly cold, thin shafts of red and yellow streak a rapidly darkening sapphire sky. As I watch the skies, my phone rings. Her voice is clear, from the…
17th January 2018

Sydney Devine

64 YEARS OF RHINESTONE COWBOY, TINY BUBBLES & THEN MEBBE...GLASTONBURY? There is something slightly surreal about speaking to a legend. Maybe because he is so grounded and has a sharp as Sheffield steel sense of humour. His was never a direct route to the top, but rather a journeyman’s route of hard graft, of touring, recording albums, working on the…
8th January 2018

Rachel Jackson

Tales of a creative mind, acting, stand up & bunny boilers! We meet in a local Irvine Cafe. She suggests I place an Ayrshire Magazine on my table so she knows who she has to meet, no red rose between the teeth for this girl. Writer, actor, comedian Rachel Jackson makes straight for me with a wide smile and eyes…
30th September 2017

Stuart Martin

The line sizzles, I frown, strain to hear. “Yeah it’s Budapest,” he clarifies. “Probably why the line is a little bit dodgy” He is in Budapest, Hungary, filming with Sophie Rundle, Jason Flemyng, Max Beesley. They are working on the hit Sky television series Jamestown, based on early American settlers, I am sat in my kitchen. A cross border call…
17th August 2017

Chelsea Dreams

From Brazil to Australia, Japan to the USA, every kid from every corner of the globe dreams of playing in the English Premier League. Since 1992, players from 106 different nations have been signed to Premier League clubs, now a young Ayrshire lad has achieved this ambition.“My dream has always been to go and play in the Premier League,” Ardrossan…
12th July 2017

Jim Todd

Long hair, long beard - visually, he is a marauding Viking.  Off-centre impressions, however, can provide fake first takes. Reality? Is this the coolest elect in Ayrshire?Forget the politics, the party, the colours, Ayrshire Magazine talks to Jim Todd, a man who likes to hear music in raindrops, birds singing at the break of day. Jim Todd, Provost of East Ayrshire,…
10th July 2017

Craig Ward

Ayrshire-born singer-songwriter Craig Ward has spoken exclusively to Ayrshire Magazine about his time on the ITV hit talent show: The Voice. Craig, 31, made an impressive start on the sixth series appearing as the fifth contestant back in January 21, 2017. Singing Billy Joel’s ‘She’s Always A Woman’ he wowed the judges forcing Black-Eyed Peas frontman, Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale to turn…