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Jamie McDonald

Student Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

BA (Hons) Journalism student at Edinburgh Napier University
Full time critic, reporter and content manager for arts website -
Contributor to The Skinny magazine
Contributor to The Edinburgh Reporter
Online Editor at
Social media strategist for FOTS Records
Station Manager at
Live music coordinator at BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals

Channel 7A
Simon Thacker and Justyna Jablonska: Karmana - album review

The debut album by Edinburgh guitarist and composer Simon Thacker, in duo with the highly regarded Polish cellist Justyna Jablonska, is a multifaceted exposition into a staggering range of musical styles and traditions. Thacker's passion for discovery has led to him immersing himself in the Roma gypsy culture, Indian classical music and his native Scotland's folk scene, to name but a few.

Channel 7A
Magnus Öström gives all at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is now very much underway. After the opening Mardi Gras on Saturday at the Grassmarket, the series of eclectic shows over the next ten days has officially begun. On Sunday night, one of the biggest artists in European jazz, Magnus Öström, gave an extraordinary concert at The Queen's Hall as part of the festival.

Social Enterprise Scotland Annual Awards

The winners of Social Enterprise Scotland's annual awards were announced at The Scottish Parliament last week. Homes for Good, a letting agency which offers an ethical service for tenants and first class property management for landlords won Social Enterprise of the Year.

Did IDS Jump Before He Was Pushed?

Was Iain Duncan Smith's resignation the best example of spin since the days of Blair's babes and the Armani clad cabinet? Alistair Campbell is in the spotlight again with his latest rant on Brexit in The Observer. When Iain Duncan Smith handed in his notice a few weeks back, I was instantly reminded of scenes...

Channel 7A
Deap Vally play The Electric Circus, Edinburgh. Support act The Velveteers

A brimming Electric Circus played host to a night of raunchy Californian grunge on Monday night with the Edinburgh date of Deap Vally's UK& European tour. The L.A. born duo are in the throws of promoting their recently released second record, the sardonically titled Femejism.

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