music, different players.

0 Capital City Jazz Band Crest Hotel. Queensferry Road. 24.45pm. Trad. 0 Driving Sideways Traverse Theatre Bar. Grassmarket. 11pm-1.30am. Bluesy.

MONDAY 11 Edinburgh

0 Celsius Negociants. Bristo Square. Evening. Loosely improvised music. 0 Jim Petrle Jazz Band Starbank Inn. Newhaven. Evening. A fine pub by the edge ofthe sea.

0 Sophie Bancrott Trio Malt Shovel. Cockburn Street. Evening. Youngish group. mainly song standards.

0 East CoastJazz Band Blue Lagoon. Angle Park Terrace. 331 9922. Evening.

0 St Stephen Street Stompers Basin Street. Haymarket. Evening. Trad.

TUESDAY 12 Glasgow

0 Avon Jazz Quartet King‘s Park Hotel. Rutherglen. Evening. Mainstream and modern. Players join in during second half.

0 Ron Finlay Trio Partick Tavern. Dumbarton Road. Evening.

0 Bobby Wishart Quartet Halt Bar. Woodlands Road, 332 1210. Evening. Great saxophonist and band.


0 Sweet Honey in the Rock Assembly Rooms. George Street. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2). America‘s premier female a cappella quintet. Superb. See panel.

0 Liz McEwan and the Brian Kellock Trio L‘Attachc. Shandwick Place. Evening.

0 Louisiana Ragtime Band Navaar House Hotel. Mayfield Gardens. 667 2828. Evening.

0 Swing ’87 Malt Shovel. Cockburn Street.225 6843. Evening. Hot club with reeds.

0 West End Jazz Band Basin Street. Haymarkct. Evening. Solid trad band.

0 Delta Devils Shore Bar. Shore. Leith. Evening. Boogie and blues piano/guitar.

WEDNESDAY 13 Glasgow

0 Sandy Taylor/Alec Moore Society of Musicians. Berkeley Street. Evening.


0 Charlie McNair’s Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. Evening. Edinburgh‘s original jazz band.

0 Louisiana Ragtime Band Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace. Evening. New Orleans.

0 Take Three Maxies Bistro. West Nicolson Street. 667 0845. Evening. Modern jazz in bar/restaurant.

THURSDAY 14 Glasgow

0 Swing the Cat Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. Progressive blues/jazz.

O The Gin Halt Bar. Woodlands

Road. Evening. Blues and Jazz night.

0 George McGowan Quartet Berlin Bar. Queen Street Station. Evening. With songs from youthful Linda Fletcher and Bruce Adams on trumpet.


0 Templehall Stompers Temple Hotel. Esplanade. Joppa. Evening. Trad band.

0 Spirits of Rhythm Basin Street. Haymarket. Evening. Dixieland.

FRIDAY1 ' ' " Glasgow

0 Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction QMU. University Gardens. 339 9784. £3.50. Poor old Zode: failed cartoonist. failed musician. Support is provided by the Battish Boys.

0 The Fall Stirling University. Stirling. 9pm. Prornotingtheir new single a cover version of ‘There‘s No Ghost In My House‘. Not normally ones to follow trends are the Fall so this is an alarming sign. 0 Trident Shadows. Bath Street. 332 81 l 1. 9pm. Free. Heavy metal and in that field Trident are no beteer or no worse than anyone else.

0 Ghost Dance Rooftops. Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. 10.30pm. £3.

Lyin’ Rampant Boulevard 1 iotel. Great Western Road. Duntocher. 377 2381. Sexist. rockist drivel. Not

BAND PROFILE Last October, with therelease ottheir tirstsingle,The Rattler, on the ' Precious I Organisation

label, Edinburgh’s Goodbye Mr MacKenzie seems to have the world at theirteet and a major contract virtually in their pockets. However, their plans were spoiled by setbacks that would try the patience ot a saint. First a row with Radio One over the lyric content ot the song, specilically the precise use 01 the word ‘beaver.

Explains singer Martin Metcalle, ‘I had to send them a letter saying there was no sexual innuendo or content or anything pervy about this record whatsoever. And I’d to write at the bottom “l Promise”, and sign it.’

‘lt’s ridiculous,’ chimes in keyboard player/backing vocalist Shirley Manson. ‘Some oi the records they have on Radio One. What about all that "I like a man with a slow hand,” that sort oi stutt never gets banned.‘

Even with Martin’s disclaimer, they still only got a handtul (no pun intended) or radio plays, despite the excellence otthe record. Since then they have parted with Precious. Though Martin isn’t keen to discuss the situation, he will say, ‘Basically, our aim was to get a major record deal, and . . . something wasn’t happening. The

iRattlershould’ve been in the Top 20—

much more 1 can say . . .

O Tribe ol Benn Curley‘s. Wishaw. 9.30pm. Soon to embark on a tour of Belgium and Holland. they seem to be getting a fair amount of attention at the moment from the right kind of people. That is no excuse for the music though.

0 Straight Men Riverside Tavern. Gorbals. 429 3891 . 9pm. Free. Residency for fans of pub rock only.

0 Preacher Bowlers. Tullis Street. Bridgeton. 9pm. Free. More pub rock.


0 The Blow Monkeys Playhouse Theatre. (ireenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £5. Looks like their 15 minutes is up. with every release of this unwieldy pop mock-soul combo following the pattern of their first hit. Digging Your Scene. Latest album. She Was ()1in A Grocer‘s Daughter. picking up extremely cool reviews.

0 The Weather Prophets The Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7pm. The band of head Weatherman Pete Astor. formerly of'l'he Loft. and responsible for the brilliant 1 Almost Prayed 45 and the slightly less wonderful follow-up. Naked As The Day. Now with their first 1.1’ out. the Prophets are one of the most valuable bands on the indie scene. mainly due to Astor‘s songwriting talents.

o Wasted Days (to be confirmed). The Rolling Stone. (ireenside Place. 558 1270. 9.30pm. Free. Restrained duo with bass and drum machine. Will appear ifStone hasn‘t been booked for a function.

most people agree with that.’

The band admit that maybe the seen-it-all syndrome in Edinburgh has hindered them a bitas well.

‘People in Edinburgh don’t like to see anybody being successful,’ claims Shirley. ‘lt’s the middle-class city with middle-class aspirations, whereas in Glasgow they’re a lot more encouraging. And things happen so slowly up here. People get excited about bands, and nothing happens and they lose interest.‘

Still, things are coming togetherior the band, who have been going in one form or another for six years now, around the core ol principal songwriters Metcalte and drummer

o Speakeasy Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free.

0 The Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band The Auld Smiddy. Pencaitland.

O Roadrunner Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9.30pm.

0 First at May Benetit Moray House. l-lolyrood Road. 556 8455. 8pm. £3 (£1.50). To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the First of May Bookshop. a collection of talent including Leaps And Bounds. Merry Mac Fun (‘0. two of the Cajun Aces. Furious Fiddlers. stand-up comic Bruce Naughton and various other surprises.

SATURDAY 2 Glasgow

0 The Blow Monkeys/Goodbye Mr Mackenzie Barrowland. London Road. 552 4601. 7.30pm. £5. 1 have always liked the Blow Monkeys a little and the new album is a fair mixture of good pop and complete dross. Unpredictable as are the support band Goodbye Mr Mackenzie‘s recordings are excellent. but their live shows are either great or terrible. No half Measures.

0 Suzanne Vega Pavilion. Renficld Street. 7.30pm. £5. A new album out soon ‘Solitude Standing'. Quality songs will always stand out. and her debut album had plenty ofthose.

O The Fall Strathcylde UU. John Street.552 1895. 10pm. Scottish tour continues.

0 The Crows Weavers. Maxwellton Road. Paisley. 887 5143. 10pm.

0 Kevin McOermott Orchestra Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210.


Kelly (both originating from Bathgate), and whose real tirst single came about with the help at an SDA grant a lew years back. The day i met Martin and Shirley they were recording new demos in the hope of securing a major deal, with a permanent line-up of themselves, Kelly, Rhona (keyboards and vocals), Jimmy Anderson on lead guitar and bass player Fin. A publishing deal is in the air, but there’s no suggestion of selling out.

‘We do what we like, whatever we feel at the time,’ says Martin. ‘The new songs are dead rackety, rock with pop elements.’ This is one listener who hopesthat all thelrwork and determination starts to pay on real

soon. (Mab)

50 The List 1— 14 May