From Labour and Iraq to indyref: How Richard Walker became a pioneering Scottish editor
Jonathan Rimmer talks to The National’s founding editor about plurality of opinion and the need for less antagonism between pro-independence supporters and the Scottish media
AT first glance, Richard Walker is like most senior Scottish newspaper journalists: white, male, middle aged and well spoken.
Musician Law Holt interview: "This country still has a problem with accepting people’s backgrounds"
Jonathan Rimmer chats to Edinburgh-based experimentalist Law Holt about her new album, the EU referendum and being pigeonholed as an R&B singer
WHEN I’m chatting to Scotland-based songwriter Law Holt about genres she tells me something interesting: "I tend to get called an R&B or soul singer because I’m brown even though I listen to all sorts."
Essential new music release: Randolph’s Leap – Cowardly Deeds
CommonSpace music writer Jonathan Rimmer gives us the low down on the new album from Randolph's Leap
I'M always impressed when a pop ensemble of seven members or more manages to create a sound that’s driven by subtlety or delicacy. A crude assessment would be that more members means more noises, but plenty of bands disprove this logic.
Jonathan Rimmer: We need to talk about Wings Over Scotland
In the wake of blogger Stuart Campbell's reiterated remarks about the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, Jonathan Rimmer questions why he continues to be championed by the pro-independence movement
WINGS OVER SCOTLAND is arguably the most recognisable example of citizen journalism in Scotland today. Primarily designed to challenge inaccuracies in the mainstream media, the site has featured a diverse set of contributors, even giving platform to those with opposing views such as Ukip MP Douglas Carswell and discredited former Labour MP Eric Joyce.
New Scottish music picks: Jarlath Henderson; The Insomniac Project; AmatrArt; Man of Moon + more
Jonathan Rimmer rounds up the best new tracks from Scottish artists, or at least artists who are Scotland-based or on a Scottish label - he doesn't judge
Jarlath Henderson - Courting Is a Pleasure
Genre: Traditional, Folk, Singer-Songwriter
County Tyrone-born but Scotland-based songwriter Henderson is a quite sensational vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who deserves to make a big impact this year.
Live music reviews: Tuff Love; JR Green; Bigg Taj; Spee Six Nine; Ciaran Mac; Milla
Jonathan Rimmer rounds up some of the best live sets around Scotland in February
FEBRUARY is a traditionally quiet month in the Scottish musical calendar, but resident live music junkie Jonathan Rimmer still found a few gems. Here are his picks for gigs of the month.
5 February 2016, Stereo, Glasgow
We Came From Wolves join line-up at new Edinburgh music festival The Big Discovery
CommonSpace's chief music writer Jonathan Rimmer reports
ANOTHER round of acts have been announced for the new Edinburgh city music festival The Big Discovery 23 April 23, a multi-venue event set to feature a host of promising young Scottish bands, CommonSpace can reveal.
We Came From Wolves, who won Best Rock Act at last year's Scottish Alternative Music Awards, are set to headline Sneaky Pete's, joining already announced headliners The Rising Souls and indie rockers Jakil.
Live gig reviews: Trongate Rum Riots; Monogram; AmatrArt; A Mote of Dust
The dreary weather couldn't prevent resilient gig-goers from packing out shows in January. Jonathan Rimmer reviews a few of the month's Scottish performers
Trongate Rum Riots
23 January 2016, Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
Interview: The Trongate Rum Riots talk music, death and Roman orgies
CommonSpace's music writer Jonathan Rimmer caught up with the Trongate Rum Riots at a recent gig
GLASGOW'S premier sea shanty 'speed-folk' collective the Trongate Rum Riots are nothing if not theatrical.
One of the city's most exciting live bands, the Rum Riots incorporate more styles and influences into their energetic sets than you could list off the cuff.
Grabbing them before their set at Nice N Sleazy, our resident music writer Jonathan Rimmer chatted to them about everything from their energetic sound to their musings on Roman orgies...