or twenty loony Scottish violinists. O Kells Scott‘s Corner. Derby Street. 334 4891. Evening. Irish sounds.

0 Scottree La Taniere. Fox Street (off Clyde Street). I—3pm. Two guitars and a fiddle. Buskcrs in residence.

0 Steep the Feet Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow (‘ross. 552 4149. Evening. Music and song about Glasgow.

0 Ceilidh with Jimmy McHugh and Friends Riverside. Fox Street. off (‘lyde Street. 10pm—2am. Bar. £2. Go early or you won‘t get in.


0 Stramash with Sileas St (‘ecilia's Ilall. Cowgate. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Fund raiser for this year‘s Harp Festival which runs during the Edinburgh Folk Festival 10—15 April. Patsy and Mary on the wire and gut strung harps are joined by Stramash. the informal ensemble of traditional singers and musicians from round about in Glasgow.

0 Friends of the Earth Ceilidh Walpole IIall. Chester Street. 8—12pm. Late Bar. £1.50. With the inimitable Dancing Feet and organised in conjunction with Spokes the l.othian (‘ycle pressure group. Stop Scotland being covered by a blanket ofsitka spruce. support the FOE. Tickets from Edinburgh Bike Co-op. Alvanley Terrace; (‘in (.‘ycles. Rodney Street: Cycles. West Preston Street; FOE. George IV Bridge.

0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Late bar and late sessions.

0 This ’n‘ That (‘entral Hotel. Royal Terrace. Evening. Folk and Country. singalong.



0 Paisley Folk Club Ardgowan Ilotel. Blackhall Road. 8pm. £1.50.

0 Black Bull Hotel Folk Club Milngavie. Spin. £1.50. Tobe confirmed.

0 Steam Jenny Scott‘s Corner. Derby Street. 334 4891. Folk trio.


0 Battlefield Band with Pete Nardini Lyceum Theatre. 8pm. £4 (£3). Scottish Pop Folk and homegrown singer songwriter. See panel.

0 Youngs Hotel Leamington Terrace. 9—12pm. Music from folk to jazz.

0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Evening. Sessions downstairs.



0 Country Dawn The Trading Post. (.‘arlton Place. 429 3445. Evening. Country and Western venue.

0 Shades Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. 552 4149. Evening.

' 0 Irish Session Stage Door Bar. Gorbals Street. next to (‘itizens‘ Theatre. 429 0922. Evening. Jimmy McC‘ue. legendary fiddler and friends.

0 Bopcats Wintersgills. Great Western Road. Evening. Three of the Busketeers in the big back room.


0 Reverend Brothers The Green Tree. Cowgate. Evening. Acoustic instrumental music.


The Battlefield Band are back in the studios outside Edinburgh rehearsing a new album, squeezed in between Scottish concert dates (Edinburgh 22 Feb). Brian McNeil, with liddle in photo, is led up being asked about synthesisers in lolk music, a legacy at having sold themselves as the band that broke down barriers, mixing bagpipes with guitar and bringing in synths and drum machines. Nowadays a DX7 is a traditional instrument, and will be titted in between solo accordion and tiddling at this year’s Auchtermuchty Festival Competitions. Battlelield sell their pop/lolk music well, America proving their biggest market, and they are all there in March, starting the yearly round at international dates. Their audience is increasing in Australia, and Brian looks forward to the group’s tirst trip to Finland later this year. Moves are also atoot to take the band into the Soviet Union. but the wheels grind slowly.

Though still rooted in traditional

lorms, the group’s music continues to change, Dougie Pincock playing saxophone onstage some at the time instead ol the bagpipe, and keyboard playerAlan Reid is singing more of his own compositions. Brian too has been writing a lot, andnotiust songs. He has completed a novel.‘ . . . my agent is taking it round publishers at the moment.’ Would it have anything to do with the talk scene? ‘Well, the main character plays the riddle, but he's a busker— it’s called The Busker, but it’s a thriller.’ Now there’s a constructive use at all that time spent hanging around airport departure lounges. Last year a song written by Brian came second in a British songwriting competition judged by among others Melvyn Bragg. It is being arranged at the moment tor the new album. The title? The Roving Dies Hard.

(Norman Chalmers)

O Nobody’s Business Bannermans Bar. Cowgate. Evening. Blues in a kilt.

O Fiddlers Arms Grassmarket. Evening. Regular Scottish music session. Bartill 11pm.

O Gill Hewitt Royal Oak. Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Evening. Songs with 5-string banjo. Bar till 1.30am.

TUESDAY 24 Glasgow

0 Steep The Feet Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. 552 4149. Evening. Glasgow in song.

0 Naitan Victoria Bar. Stockwell Street. Evening. Fiddle and accordion music.

0 Covers Wintersgills Great Western Road. Evening. Mainly Sixties folk songs.


0 Poetry and Folk Music Penicuik Folk Club. Navaar Hotel. 8pm. £1.50.

0 Bannermans BarCowgate. Evening. Assorted traditional music in the backroom.

0 Kenny Grier Royal Oak. Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Evening. Guitar and songs. mainly folk.

WEDNESDAY 25 Glasgow

0 Naitan Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. Evening. Fiddle and accordion at the centre of a traditional instrumental session.

0 Limited Edition Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. 552 4149. Evening. Folk and country blues.


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

0 Reverend Brothers Shore Bar. Shore. Leith. Evening. Irish session music.

0 Bob Hownslow and Friends Green Tree. Cowgate. Evening.

THURSDAY 26 Glasgow

0 Scotland Yard Star Folk Club. Calton Place. 8pm. £1. 3-piece. contemporary and traditional material.

0 Red Neck Mothers Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. 552 4179. Evening. Blues and Country.

0 Bopcats Wintersgills. Great

Western Road. Evening. Ex Busketeers with a mix of popular music.


0 Chapter Four Balerno Folk Club. Kestrel Hotel. Harlaw Road. 8pm. £1.50.

0 Shetland Fiddlers West End Hotel, Palmerston Place. Evening. Regular scrape and bow.

0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street, 557 2976. Evening. Music in late night basement bar. Informal sessions.

0 Women's Traditional Music Session Green Tree, Cowgate. 8.30pm.


0 Old Hickory The Trading Post. Carlton Place. 429 3445. Evening. Folk and Country. fiddle. banjo and bass.

0 Steam Jenny Scotts Corner, Derby Street. 334 4891. Evening. Easy entertainment.

0 Nailan Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross, 552 4149. Evening. Fiddle and Accordion duo, Irish and Scottish tunes.


0 Thistle and Shamrock Ceilidh Wilkie House. Cowgate. 9.30pm—1am. Bar. The unique combination of instruments takes the dancing away. Scottish. Irish and sometimes Macedonian Music with a caller. Usually at least a dozen in the band. 0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Evening. Late bar and sessions.

SATURDAY 28 Glasgow

0 Ray Fisher Glasgow Arts Centre, Washinton Street. 8pm. £2 (£1). One ofthe famous Fisher family. Ray is married to Colin Ross, the Northumbrian piper and pipe maker and lives over the border. She brings a vast repertoire ofsong and the usual remarkable Fisher voice.

0 Tolbooth Bar Glasgow Cross. Evening. Music in the Bar.

0 Kells Kelvin Park Lorne Hotel. Sauchiehall Street. Evening. Regular acoustic/electric.

0 Scottree La Taniere. Fox Street (offClyde Street). l-3.30pm. Two guitars and a fiddle. buskers in residence.

0 Ceilidh Riverside. Fox Street. l0pm—2am.


0 Tom Robinson Band with Alexander Sisters, Liz Lochhead, Easy Club and others. Assembly Rooms. 8pm. £2. Concert tor Peace.

0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Late session bar.

0 This ’n' That Central Hotel, Royal Terrace. Evening. Folk and Country.


0 Steam Jenny Scott‘s Corner. Derby Street. 334 4891. Evening.


0 Scot Free Youngs Hotel, Leamington Terrace. 9.30pm. Free.

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