Just back in the country alter a six-week Australian tour, roclt legend Steve Marriott brings his band to the Edinburgh Venue on Monday 20 July and Glasgow Rooltops on Wednesday 22 July.
With The Small Faces in the Sixties, Marriott was the ace mod, his authenticity appreciated by the mods who spurned The Who. As the writer at classic songs like ltchycoo Park, Whatcha Gonna Do About It, and the beautilul All Or Nothing, his place in history was aSsured. Just ask Paul Weller, who, belore he tancied himselt as the next Curtis Maylield, based his whole image on Marriott.
When The Small Faces ground to a halt, Marriott joined up with Peter Frampton to lorm Humble Pie, whose rootsy boogie drew a large audience throughout the Seventies belore they, too, split up and Marriott went solo.
Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Definitely the next Edinburgh band (with the possible exception of Rote Kapelle. with whom they share members). to catch the national attention. A wall of (mainly acoustic) guitars and some extremely tuneful songs. With Andrew‘s self-deprecating wit between songs. how can they fail'.’
0 BMX Bandits The Cavern. Cowgate. Guitar-based nursery rhymes. with the irrepressible Duglas at the helm. The novelty may be wearing off. but has anyone told him yet‘.’
0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 9pm. Free. See Sun 12.
0 Lisa Scott and East Coast Rock Preservation Hall. Victoria Street.s 226 3816. 9pm. Free. A run through some rock and country-rock classics.
FRIDAY 17 Glasgow
0 Talulah Gosh Weavers. Maxwellton Road. Paisley. 9pm. Mini-tour continues.
0 Peristalsis Brothers Bar Luxembourg. Pitt Street. 9pm. Free. 50s‘-ish jazz. featuring the ()MD brass section!
0 Comedy oi Errors Shadows. Bath Street. 332 81 l 1. 9pm. Free. Comedy of Errors have just released their debut mini album. They wear Genesis T-shirts on their publicity photographs. and judging by the music think they are (ienesis. It is safe to say that ifyou like Genesis. you will like this scaled-down cloning.
0 Connie and The Bandits Riverside Tavern. Gorbals. 9pm. Free. Residency.
0 Jamie Barnes and Cochise Platini‘s at Furlongs. West Nile Street. 9pm. Free. Residency.
0 Hungry Years, The Headlamps and The Mustard Jive Calton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066. 9pm—3am. £1.50.
0 Avalon Preservation Hall. Victoria
His gigs in the Eighties tend to attract a bizarre cross-section, trom mail-order mods, lartoo young to remember the hits the tirsttime around, to ageing hippies, and usually end up as joyous celebrations ol the music. Marriott has developed into a
Street. 226 3816. £1 after‘).30pm. Folk-rock. once called The Medium Wave Band.
0 Ammo Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free. Hard rock.
0 Wasted Days (to be confirmed). Rolling Stone. 558 1270. 9.30pm. Free. Appearance depends on availability ofvenue.
SATURDAY 18 . Glasgow
0 Kevin McDermott Orchestra Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. Free. The ‘()rchestra' sound at their best in this kind of environment — so try and see it.
0 Soul Doctor'I‘hird Eye Centre. Sauchiehall Street. 7.30pm.
0 Mariner Riverside Tavern. (iorbals. 9pm. Free.
0 Jamie Barnes and Cochise Montego Bay. Jamaica Street. 2pm. Free. More geriatric grinding!
0 Talulah Gosh Speed 3. The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Coy girlie vocals. tambourines. the simplest of tunes. their new self-named single has all the characteristics of their last one. But. confounding expectations. they actually seem to be getting better. I‘ll be keeping a closer eye on them than 1 have up till now.
0 Bald Cormorant Lord Darnley. West Port. 22‘) 4341 . 3pm. Free. See Sat 11.
o Toto and The Bostons and Tonight At Noon Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. As usual. Toto will be on between 2 and 4pm. but to see Tonight At Noon will cost a quid if you turn up after 9pm. Apparently very odd. the latter combines traditional Scottish music with modern synths and pounding drums. 0 Back Beat Clowns. High Street. 9pm. See Fri 10.
0 Twang BC Calton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066.
Glasgow 0 Terence Trent D'Arby Barrowlands.
line bluesy singer and guitarist, and live sets are steeped in the blues and soul he loves. In this he is served ably by his band, which includes musicians who have played with Frankie Miller and Joe Cocker, as well as lormer members oi Humble Pie. (Mab)
London Road. 7.30pm. £5. Eh well. Terence has had two top ten singles and a high opinion ofhimself. But if you are looking for the future of British soul. I think you may find that his labelmate. Paul Johnson is more worthy of the hype.
O The Big Sur (to be confirmed) Fury Murry‘s. Maxwell Street. 10.30pm. Formerly called the Shift. they have an excellent debut single/‘EP just about to be released. Recommended.
0 Talulah Gosh Vicky’s. Kilmarnock. 10pm.
0 Straight Men Briggs Bar. Bishopbriggs. 9pm. Free.
0 Scheme MeKinIay‘s Place. Shettleston. 2pm.
0 Street Talk and Machine Gun Smith Soundcheck Rock Club. The Venue. Callon Road. 556 7066. 7.30pm. £1.50. Heavy rock night.
0 The Ambassadors The Cavern. Cowgate. Up-and-coming reggae band.
0 Tam White and The Dexters Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 2263816. £1 after9pm. See Sun 12. 0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 9.30pm. Free. See Sun 12.
MONDAY 20 Edinburgh
0 The Steve Marriot Band The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. See panel.
0 Band Contest The Mission. Victoria Street. 225 656‘). £1 (50p). First heat of the first week ofthe mammoth competition run jointly by Random Promotions. Sound Control and The ('m. This week are beats for bands playing blues. R&B and traditional rock ‘n’ roll/rockabilly. Five or six bands will be on tonight. and there are further heats on Tuesday and Wednesday. The winners and runners-up will be supporting Mr Rhythm on Saturday 25. at an as-yet-unconfirmed venue. Next week‘s heats are for soul funk reggae jazz bands.
0 Driving Sideways The Canny
Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484.
8.30pm. Free. Blues/jazz and rock 'n' roll.
0 The Nick Robertson Band Negoeiants. Lothian Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free.
0 The Medusa Touch Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free.
TUESDAY 21 ‘
0 Bobby Wishart Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 9pm. Free. 0 Mariner Riverside Tavern. Crorbals. 9pm. Free.
0 Band Contest The Mission. Victoria Street. 225 6569. £1 (50p). Second heat of the week. See Mon 20.
0 Double Trouble The Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.
0 The Peristalsis Brothers Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.
0 The Big Wheel Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free. Rock band. previously known as Bennington Heights. who finished 3rd in last year‘s Sony National Rock and Pop Challenge.
WEDNESDAY 22- Glasgow
0 Steve Marriott Rooftops. Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. 10pm. £4. Veteran omeall Faces and Humble Pie. still capable ofan excellent live performance. Worth seeing.
0 Nailan Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 9pm. Free.
0 Band Contest The Mission. Victoria Street. 225 6569. £1 (50p). Third heat. See Mon 20.
0 Billy Jones The Canny Man's. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. See Sun 12.
o The Persistalsis Brothers Boston Bean Co. St James Centre. 55601 1 1. 8.30pm. Free. SeeTue 14.
o Kitsch and The Nightset The Cavern. Cowgate. Long time no hear. Shall be investigating this one.
THURSDAY 23 . Glasgow
0 Stranger Shadows. Bath Street. 332 81 1 1. 9pm. Free. better than most hands you will see at Shadows.
0 Scheme McKinlay‘s Place. Shettleston. 9pm. Free.
0 Locomotive Latenight The Cavern. Cowgate. Four-piece guitar band from Kirkcaldy with a single released on KDY. At one time they would have been called ‘new wave‘. but life was simpler then.
0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 22‘) 4341 . 9pm. Free. See Sun 12.
0 Future World Moves Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free.
0 Juke Box Ewan Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free. All the way from Sweden apparently.
30 The List 10 — 23 July