MONDAY 5 Edinburgh
0 International Lunchtime Concert Assembly Rooms. George Street. Tickets: 225 5373 (P 8; 0 Travel). 1pm. £3 (£2). In the first concert of 1987 in this series. the Northern Sinfonia is conducted by Grant Llewellyn in Mozart's 40th Symphony and I-Iaydn's Cello Concerto in C with soloist Caroline Dale.
WEDNESDAY 7 Edinburgh
0 Fiddler on the Root Playhouse. Greenside Place. top of Leith Walk 557 2590. 7.30pm. Extra dates: Thurs 8 (2.30 and 7.30pm) and Tue—Sat until 24 Jan. £4.50—£6.50 (concs available). See Fri 12 Dec. Glasgow for full description.
THURSDAY 8 Edinburgh
0 Scottish Chamber Orchestra Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. Tickets: 228 l 155 (Usher Hall). 7.45pm. Extra date: Fri‘). Glasgow. £3—£8.50. Only one work in the SCO's first concert of the new year. but it's enough —Hande1‘s Belshazzar. A fine line-up of soloists. the Scottish Philharmonic Singers. conductor Nicholas Kraemer.
o Fiddler on the Root Playhouse. Greenside Place. top of Leith Walk. 557 2590. 2.30 and 7.30pm. Extra dates: Tue-Sat until 24 Jan. £4.50—£6.50 (cones available). See Fri 12 Dec. Glasgow for full description.
FRIDAY 9 Glasgow
0 Scottish Chamber Orchestra ( ‘ity Hall. Candleriggs. 552 5961. 7.30pm. £3—£7.50. See 'I‘hurs 8 Jan. Edinburgh for full description.
0 Nailan Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. 552 414‘). Evening. Fiddle and Accordion duo. Irish and Scottish tunes.
0 North Sea Gas Platform 1. Rutland Street. Evening. ()versubscribed but reliable.
0 Tim and Steve Royal ()ak. Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Evening. Late bar and songs with guitar.
0 Tam White and The Dexters St Brides. Orwell Terrace. 8.30pm. The Glenelg/Youngs annual bash.
SATURDAY 13 ‘
0 Kells Kelvin Park Lorne Hotel. Sauchiehall Street. Evening.
A Christmas present of an album or cassette is always welcome, so here is a selection from the best Scottish releases olthe year. Ossian’s (see photo) ‘Light On A Distant’ Show is an unsurprising smooth blend of the Celtic sound that has become their own; the Boys OlThe Lough’s two records ‘Welcoming Paddy Home’ and ‘Far From Home’ represent two eras in the band’s history and line-up and reward the listener as do liddlerAly Bain’s ‘Down Home’ albums from the Channel 4 series and with a heap of brilliant tiddlers lrom Shetland to North America. ‘Whistlebinkies 4’ has dramatic llair in the instrumental arrangements and is emphatically Scottish. Sileas’ ‘Delighted With Harps’ for those interested in the clarsach; the MacCalmans‘ ‘Peace And Plenty’ torthe folk clubber and Dick Gaughan’s opus lorthe miners ‘True And Bold’ as ample proof at his stature
Regular acoustic electric ('eltic entertainers.
o Steep The Feet 'l‘ollmoih Bar. Glasgow Cross. 552 417‘). Evening. Music and song about Glasgow. Approx 4 members.
0 Royal Oak Infirmary Strch. 557 2976. Late bar and late sessions. all welcome.
0 This 'n’ That (‘entral Iiotel. Royal 'I'errace. Evening. Folk and Country. singalong.
0 Amos And ROCkS Paisley Folk Club. Ardgowan Ilotel. Blackhall Road. 8pm. £1.50. Singer songwriting duo of note. one ofthe most popular performances in the clubs.
0 Schiehallion Kelvin Park Lorne Hotel. 334 4891. Evening. Wild roving duo.
0 Eddie Klimek and Mike Ormsby Youngs Hotel. Learmonth 'I'errace. Evening. Guitar and lute music. blues and baroque.
0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Late night bar and informal session.
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as Scotland’s premier folk singer. Cassettes just released include one from Christine Kydd and Janet Russell, full at their delicate vocal harmony; one from Rua, a trio with high energy and some good ideas; and Rod Paterson’s long-awaited solo ellort. Rod’s remarkable voice and guitar style take on love songs from Burns to Cole Porter, the bawdy to the wittin romantic, with great assurance, and reedsman Dick Lee in attendance. Two beauties away from the mainstream are the lunky iconoclasm ol the Polkemmet Pipe Band with synthesiser etc and Andy Munro, alias the one man band Mr Boom whose cassette ol kid’s songs at 22.99 is a must for children or all ages. All these can be lound at The Folk Shop, Canongate Music, Blacklriars Street, Edinburgh, or Discount Folk Records, Morven Street, Edinburgh.
MONDAY 15 Glasgow
0 Shades 'I‘olbooth Bar. Glasgow ('ross. 552417‘). Evening.
0 Irish Session Stage Door Bar. (iorbals Street. next to Citizens‘ Theatre. 42‘) 0922. Evening. Jimmy McCue. legendary fiddlerand friends.
0 Bopcats Wintersgills. Great Western Road. Evening. 'I'hree of Busketeers in the big back room. Good pop rock folk.
0 Reverend Brothers The Green Tree. (‘owgate Evening. Acoustic instrumental music and a real fire.
0 Nobody's Business Bannermans Bar. Cowgate. Evening. Swing blues and bagpipes.
0 Fiddlers Arms Grassmarket. Evening. Regular Scottish music session. Bar till I lprn.
0 Gill Hewitt Royal Oak. Infirmary S'I'reet. 557 2976. Evening. Songs with 5-string banjo.
0 Steep The Feet 'I'olbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. 552 417‘). Evening. Glasgow in song.
0 Nailan Victoria Bar. Stockwell
Street. Evening. Fiddle and accordion music mainly from across the radioactive sea.
0 Covers Wintersgills Great Western Road. Evening.
0 Bannermans Bar (‘owgate. Evening. Assorted traditional music in the backroom.
0 Kenny Grier Royal Oak. Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Evening. Guitar and songs. mainly folkish.
0 Naitan Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. Evening. Fiddle and accordion at the centre of a traditional instrumental sessuin.
0 Limited Edition 'I'olbootb Bar. Glasgow ('ross. 552 417‘). Evening. Folk and country blues.
0 Reverend Brothers Shore Bar. Shore. Leith. Evening. Green and Blue music. pink drum and interesting pendles in the lug.
0 Edinburgh Folk Club ( )sbour'nc Hotel. York Place. 8.30pm. £1.50. 0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. Evening. Late bar and general session.
0 Bob Hownslow and Friends Green Tree. Cowgate. Evening.
0 Star Folk Club (‘alton Place. Rpm—midnight. £1. Christmas Party including Worst Singer Competition.
0 Red Neck Mothers 'I‘olbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. 552 417‘). Evening. Blues and Country.
0 Bopcats Wintersgills. Great Western Road. Evening. Ex Busketeers with a mix of popular music from the last few decades.
0 Shetland Fiddlers West End Hotel. Palmerston Place. Evening. Regular scrape and bow.
0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. 557 2970. Evening. Music in late night basement bar. Informal sessions.
0 Women’s Traditional Music Session Green 'I’ree. CowgaIe. 8.30pm. Anyone with a song or a tune welcome. preferably but not exclusively ofthc above gender.
0 MacCalmans Balerno I’olk (‘Iub‘s Christmas Beano. Kestrel I Iotel. b’pm. £2.50. With support from the Balerno Roadshow. Always a sell out. Tickets from M. Dunbar 44‘). 5014.
FRIDAY 19 ' Glasgow
0 Nailan 'I‘olboolh Bar. Glasgow Cross. 552 414‘). Evening. Fiddle and Accordion duo. Irish and Scottish tunes.
0 Steam Jenny Kelvin Park Lorne Hotel. Sauchiehall Street. Evening. Popular folk.
0 North Sea Gas Platform 1. Rutland Street. Evening. Old fashioned folkics.
0 Tim and Steve Royal Oak.
The List 12 Dec — 8 Jan 35