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Sounds Sentinel

Wester Hailes Festival Association 1981

The battle for the Christmas Number One spot is gearing up with the might of Little Mix and the X Factor taking on the feel good factor of the Military Wives Choir.  Other contenders that can’t be discounted include Michael Buble, Joe McElderry and Justin Bieber, a list that will either make you cheer or despair!  The Sentinel’s regular music column appeared in different formats over the years and sometimes missed out any reference to Christmas at all.  Here are four columns from across the years taken from Christmas editions. 

 Sentinel December 1981: A review of bands that played in Edinburgh in 1981 including the Damned, UB40, Simple Minds and Altered Images.  The column also features local band, First Priority.

 Sentinel December 1985: The paper looks at the negative and positive states of the music world in 1985.  It also reviews Donna Summer’s Greatest Hits collection.

 Sentinel December 1987: The paper included a section called Young Sentinel for a while and music was part of their remit.  In this edition they interview local band Never In The Field and review Eric Clapton, Duran Duran and China Crisis.

 Sentinel December 1997: Number one contenders in 1997 were Aqua- Barbie Doll, Various- Perfect Day, and the Teletubbies- Eh Oh. 

 If you would like to hear a Christmas song that’s more local, then click here on A WHALE Of A Christmas Time.  The song was written and recorded at WHALE Arts by local musicians as part of the South West Sounds project led by Musician in Residence Rod Jones (Idlewild).

Wester Hailes Festival Association Christmas Card Winner 1981


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