Story of modern Britain through records

Stuart Maconie
Stuart Maconie

‘The People’s Songs’, a social history of modern Britain told through pop singles, will be presented at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee next month.

It will be fronted by TV and radio presenter Stuart Maconie.

The audience is invited to spend the evening of Tuesday, February 18 in the company of this popular journalist, columnist and author as he talks about his new book and epic radio series.

It’s a project that Stuart is both proud of and passionate about which tells the story of modern Britain through the records that we listened to and loved during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from the Second World War right through to the present day.

Known as co-host of the ‘Radcliffe and Maconie Show’ on BBC Radio 6 Music, as well as ‘The Freak Zone’ and ‘The Freakier Zone’ on 6 Music, Stuart has also written and presented dozens of other shows on BBC Radio and TV.

As well as being the author of acclaimed official biographies of bands Blur and James, he is also one of the UK’s top-selling travel writers, with ‘Adventures on the High Teas’ bringing comparisons to Bill Bryson and The Times calling him a “national treasure”.

The evening begins at 7.30 p.m.

On Saturday, March 1 The Gardyne will welcome Kan, a union of four of the finest, most influential, award-winning, in-demand artists of the 21st century traditional music world.

Uniting Brian Finnegan (Flook) on flutes and whistles, Aidan O’Rourke (Lau) on fiddle, Ian Stephenson (Baltic Crossing) on guitar and Jim Goodwin (LSO) on drums, Kan’s music draws influences from far beyond the respective traditions of Ireland, Scotland and England.

All four are consumate composers, and their debut album ‘Sleeper’ is the first fruits of the band’s intention to create what they call “a homogenous quartet of lead instruments”.

There’s a mutual admiration between the four that makes them compelling and joyous to watch.

The supersonic buzz is out about Kan – with hard-hitting festival performances across the world from Glasgow to Tokyo and Cambridge to Mumbai.

For ticket details contact the box office on 01382 434 940.