12th July 2019

Ben Haenow

From Van Driver to X Factor Sensation Maybe it was an idea he had while driving around London in his van? Something might have crossed his mind while singing along to Ain't No Sunshine as it played on the radio? Maybe he just had a dream about this being the only life we have, and knew, in that instant, that…
9th July 2019

Mark Sherry

How Dance Music Came to Rule The World New York, Las Vegas, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Buenos Aries, Amsterdam, and Ayr – and its summer sizzle. With a travel itinerary like that you would be forgiven for thinking that I was interviewing some well seasoned adventurer – Simon Reeve or Bear Grylls, perhaps. You would be wrong, these global locations are…
24th May 2019

Craig Forsyth

Ayrshire's Voice Is Aiming to Live The Dream It was tense. The audience on their feet, cheering, urging the judges to push the big red button in front of them. The atmosphere electric with anticipation, expectation, as the final notes of his wonderful rendition of the standard, The Impossible Dream, filled the arena. At last, in the microseconds before the…
9th March 2019

Francis Rossi

Life, Fame, The Universe & Other Places We wait. Told we are allotted a space for the interview at 12.30, and will have 25 minutes. I phone several times, the number is engaged. I call his PR, he assures me he will get him off the phone and asks me to ring in 30 seconds.The wait and anxiety, is worth it. Francis Rossi is a rock legend – he would hate 'national treasure' and might even baulk at 'legend', but that's what I am settling on. He founded the band with Alan Lancaster in 1962 when both attended Sedgehill Comprehensive School, Catford, London. Originally known as the Scorpions, and in other incarnations The Spectres, Traffic Jam and 'The' Status Quo,…
13th November 2018

Saskia Giorgini

Virtuoso The Manic Street Preachers' 'Motorcycle Emptiness' plays on the radio as I drive to Cumnock. Ironic, I think, because I am on my way to interview a professional, classical pianist. Later, I find her standing at the top of the stairs as I walk across the lobby of the Dumfries Arms Hotel (where she is staying). She smiles and…
30th September 2018

Jake Bugg

Ayrshire Bound Jake is a major, global performer whose music could be described as a fusion of acoustic and electric, compelling and melodic. A high-powered enigmatic mix of folksy guitar and indie rock riffs, with mean lyrics set around a soulful voice. The total package, producing memorable, catchy songs including 'Trouble Town', 'Lightning Bolt', 'Two Fingers' and 'What Doesn't Kill…
26th July 2018

Born Under A Bad Sign?

The life & times of Alabama 3 Digging a rich seam of post-modern, musical super-fusion, the band, Alabama 3, are a heady mix of eclectic beat cocktails. Simultaneously as explosive as a Molotov, and at...times, as soothing as sunlight on skin."You can't be too careful sometimes," Larry Love (AKA Rob Spragg) Alabama 3 vocalist pointed out when he spoke to…
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…
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…