THURSDAY 13 Glasgow

0 BBC Invitation Concert Concert Hall. Glasgow University. Free at door. 1.15pm. You’re invited to hear the Edinburgh Quartet give the first performance of the 1986 McEwen Commission. John McLeod‘s String Quartet. Completing this lunchtime concert is Haydn‘s Quartet in G Op 77 No 1.


0 Symphonium St George‘s West Church. Shandwick Place. Tickets at door. 12.45pm. £2.50. Undeterred by a small Edinburgh audience the last time they played here. this talented group of Scottish opera instrumentalists is back with the Cantata No 56 by Bach and the Serenade by Dvorak. Soloists: Elizabeth Fyffe (oboe) and Thomas Hemsley (baritone).

o Intermezzo King's Theatre. Leven Street.229 1201. 7.15pm. £3—£15 (series discount available). A new Scottish Opera production ofthe autobiographical opera by Richard Strauss about a wife checking up on the supposed misbehavings of her composer husband.

0 SCO Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. Tickets: 228 1 155 (Usher Hall). 7.45pm. Extra date: Fri 14. Glasgow. £3—£8.50. Peter Maxwell Davies‘ entertaining new work. An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise. gets its second SCO performance complete with piper in full rig-out. Music by Haydn. Stravinsky and Mozart completes the programme. which is all conducted by Max (as he’s apparently known in the trade).



0 Concert for Iona The Briggait Centre, Clyde Street. 8pm. £4. Support for the new McLeod Centre. See Panel.

0 The Fureys and Davey Arthur Theatre Royal. Hope Street. 8pm. £6.50—£4.50. Middle ofthe road folk music. Finbar remains a superb uillean piper. but the group are much more commercially oriented since the success of When You Were Sweet Sixteen.

O Naifan Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. Evening. Varied numbers of musicians with fiddle and melodeon in the middle.

0 Kelvin Park Lorne Hotel Sauchiehall Street. Evening. Folksy music in the bar. Duo called Schiehallion.


0 Le Rue St Brides, Orwell Terrace. 8pm. Late bar. food available. £3 (£2). Concert and Dance! Fantastically talented and experienced Californian band who play fiddle and banjo, in the hands of Pierre and Phillipe Le Rue; and four


‘Roots music' of disparate traditions and cultures is performed in the two cities overthe next fortnight. The virtuoso Guo Brothers (Edinburgh 8 Nov) are from China and trained in the closely aligned Chinese classical and folk idioms. One of the three brothers is the world's leading exponent on the cheng, the precursor of the mouth organ by many centuries. This wondrous bundle of tubes unites with the erhu, a bowed fiddle, and the Chinese flute to produce an amalgam of music from all parts of their country. Andy Irvine (Edinburgh 12 Oct, Glasgow 13 Oct) is a consummate interpreter of Irish folk song and shone for years in the constellation of Planxty. His love of a good tune on his variously strung mandolins, guitarras and bouzoukis have taken him on various trips to the countries of Eastern Europe and his instrumental performances are peppered by compound time pieces that defeat the

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“t a. . __ a song is exemplified in the Gaelic tradition of Flora McNeill of Barra in the fine line up of performers in the Concert for Iona (Glasgow 31 Oct), hosted by Jimmy MacGregorwho will, I suppose be playing old recordings of himself and Robin Hall between sets! -

Electric amplifiers are traditionally used by two American outfits. Le Rue - see photo— (Edinburgh 31 Oct) are a delightful melange of folk/roclt/ caiun/zydeco/blues. . . with fiddle and squeeze box to the fore this is high energy Californian melting pot music you can dance to. Blues guitarist and singer Robert Gray brings his group back to Edinburgh (1 Nov) and Glasgow (2 Nov). The blues band of the eighties and becoming ever more successful in the charts and at the box office, the Cray sound has moved from that which won a handful of National Blues awards two years ago, now with a line up of keyboard, bass and drums topped with his uncannily eloquent and last guitar work. (Norman Chalmers)

others who handle accordian. guitar. bass and drums. They fuse cajun and zydeco with any other ‘roots‘ style that takes their fancy. Superb musicians all. this group must not be missed.

0 North Sea Gas Platform 1. Rutland Street. Evening. Folk entertainment. Wild rovers.

0 Colin Ramage Royal Oak. Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Late night sessions and singing. Crowded downstairs bar. Till 2am.

SATURDAY 1 Glasgow

0 Mara! Glasgow Arts Centre. Washington Street. 8pm. £2 (£1). Australian exiles with Danny Thompson on bass. See panel.

0 Kells Kelvin Park Lorne Hotel. Sauchiehall Street. Evening. Electric soft folk/rock band.

0 Ceilidh Riverside. Fox Street (off Clyde Street). 10pm—2am. Late bar. Dancing and floor spots. £2.

0 Steep The Feet Tolbooth Bar, Glasgow Cross. Evening.


0 Ceilidh for Save The Children Fund Kestrel Hotel. Balerno. 8pm—lam.

Late bar. £4 includes Buftet. With the Balerno Roadshow (Balerno Folk Club regulars).

0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Evening. Late bar. Informal sessions way past midnight.

0 This ’n' That Central Hotel (formerly the Raeburn). 4 Royal Terrace. 9:12pm. (.‘ountrv/Folk.

SUNDAY 2 Glasgow

0 Eric and Marilyn Paisley Folk Club, Ardgowan Hotel. Blackhall Road. Paisley. 8pm.

0 Mara! Dance workshop. Glasgow Arts Centre. Washington Street. 2pm. £1 . See panel.

0 Riverside Concert Riverside. Clyde Street. enter by Fox Street. 7.30pm. £2.50.

0 North Sea Gas Kelvin Park Lorne Hotel, Sauchiehall Street. Evening.


0 Knowe 0' Dell band Youngs Hotel, Leamington Terrace. 9pm. Orkney originals.

0 Nancy Nicholson Royal Oak. Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Evening. Singer and melodeon player.

0 Salt 'n’ Sauce Thistle Hotel. Manor

Place. Evening. Concertina. fiddle. whistle and some songs.



0 Irish Music Stage Door Bar. Gorbals Street. 4290922. Evening. Regular Glasgow Irish night.

0 Limited Edition Wintersgills. Great Western Road. Evening. Folk and Country Blues.


0 Nobody's Business Bannerman‘s Bar. (.‘owgate. Evening. Now five-man lineup and looking for tambourine players for rhythm section.

0 Fiddlers Arms (irassmarket. 229 2655. Evening. Old established Scottish music session. whistle. fiddle and box.

0 Gill Hewitt Royal Oak. Infirmary Street. Evening. Banjo and vocals. with other singersjoining in.



0 The Albannach Moir Hall. Mitchell Theatre. 7:84 on the power of Scottish music. See Theatre.

0 Steep The Feel Tolbooth Bar. .Glasgow Cross. Evening.


0 The Barrie Band Bannerman‘s Bar. Cowgate. Evening. Session in the back room. Moderate amplification. 0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. Evening. UsuallyJim Knight on guitar and vocals



0 Naifan Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. Evening. Popular meeting place. Traditional instrumental music.

0 Limited Edition Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. Evening. Contemporary folk ‘n‘ country.


0 Ceilidh Edinburgh Folk Club. Osbourne Hotel. York Place. 8pm. £1.50.

0 Lothian Morris Men Leith Community Centre. 7.30pm. New dancers and musicians sought. Phone John Green. 668 2754.

0 Reverend Brothers Shore Bar. Leith. Evening. Anti-musicians booze up.

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0 Old Hickory Star Folk Club. (‘alton Place. 8pm. £1. Country. bluegrass and folk band from around these parts.

0 Red Neck Mothers Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. Evening. (‘ountry blues outfit.


0 Shetland Fiddlers West End Hotel. Palmerston Place. Evening. All welcome. with or without a fiddle.

0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Evening. Very late bar. Music and singing till way past midnight.

FRIDAY 7 Glasgow 0 Nalfan Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow

32 The List 31 Oct— 13 Nov