I John Martyn Heriot Watt Theatre. Grindlay Street. 229 3574. 11.15pm. £6. The second-last of a string of solo shows for the outstanding Scottish singer/guitarist. now in his 21st yearof performing. Armed with only a guitarand his voice the man can be stunning— who cares what the purist folkies think'.’
I John Otway Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 3073. 10pm. Aylesbury can be proud ofits contribution to the lunatic fringe of rock 'n' roll. and we can benefit from it every year. when Otway does his stuff at the Festival. Lost Wild Willy Barrett alongthe way and now does TV ads for lemonade. There‘s a lesson in there somewhere.
I Amampondo Assembly Rooms. George Street. 226 2427 S. 11.45pm, £5(£41 lilgbt milsicmns. .1' TH L l.‘~ an" '1_l r ,l‘v-ls lrom the l‘ianskei homeland in South Africa. Amamponth ; stir up an intoxicating polyrhythmic brew on a huge array of percussion instruments. Their success in the 1986 Festival has resulted in a lengthy run this time around.
I Atilla The Stockbroker Edge. Drummond Street. 557 6010. £3 (£2.75). Fun.poetry and class-consciousness from the original ranter (remember them‘.’). Occasionally accompanies self on mandolin.
I The Styng-Rites Bandwagon. Morrison Street. Black leather. beautiful-looking guitars and great riffs. inspired by the best Fifties and Sixties garage pop. ('heck out their recent 'Night (‘ruising' El’ if‘n you don't believe me. Appearing for next three Fridays.
I Swamptrash Fringe Club. Teviot Row. Bristo Square. 226 5138. Midnight. Free with Fringe (‘lub membership. which basically means forking out £2.75 for the night. £6 for the week or £14 for the whole Festival. Despite rumours about their functioning stattts. this gig will hopefully still go ahead. so get into some serious hoedown tonight. I We Free Kings The Edge. Drummond Street. Another of lidinburgh's great
charged-up folk-inﬂuenced bands. the Kings' use of cello cements their individuality. Both We Free Kings and Swamptrash are just back from the Arran Rock Festival. Eec-HAH!
I Bananas Music Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. £1 after 9pm. We‘re spoilt forchoice tonight. aren‘t we? Bananas come highly recommended. being one of the few bands around who can handle African stylings well and merge them with funk. to spectacular result.
I Texas Breakfast Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 10pm. Free. Impressive demo tape arrived from this twin-guitar rhythm ‘n‘ blues outfit. (To more forthe textured. harmonic approach than Blues 'n‘ Trouble-style rockin' out.
I Stratng Lord Darnley. West Po‘t. 22‘) 4341. 10pm. l-ree. lleavy rock.
I Bluelinger Cavern. (‘ow-gate. 226 5641. Rhythm ‘n‘ blues.
SATURDAY 20 1 Glasgow
I Origin Sins and Joltlng Apart and The Burden Blues Breakers Custom 1 louse Quay Bandstand. Clyde Walkway. 2pm. Free. Free event designed for fansof Origin Sins who cannot afford the £5 for their forthcoming outing at the Garden Festival. Along with them are two semi-regulars from the pub circuit and the bit you‘ve all been waiting for. . .The Young Scot Roadshow. Should it rain. proceedings will be transfered across the road to the Drawing Room.
I Whisky Priests llalt Bar. 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. First ofa couple of gigs for a Durham based band who have folk roots and have been burdened already by numerous comparisons with the Pogues. Surely they cannot possibly be that bad '.’
I Billy Forbes La Taniere. 15 Fox Street. 221 4844. 3pm. Free.
I Dream Coyotes La Tanicre. 15 Fox Street. 221 4844. 9pm. Free.
A bit sad that this band have not really progressed above this level ofgig-mainly because they are better than many ofthe bands playing more prestigious gigs locally.
I The Big Dish Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 3073. Early start to get the place clear before Yemaya. See panel.
I Yemaya Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Midnight. Hot eight-piece salsa group from Nicaragua.
I Michael Clark and Company with The Fall King's Theatre. 7.30pm. £3. Final night. See Fri 1‘).
I John Martyn 1 le. iet \Vatt Theatre. (irindlay Street. 22‘) 3574. l 1,15pin. 1.6. Final night. See Fri 1‘).
I Amampondo Assembly Rooms. (ieorgc Street. 226 2427 ’8. 11.45pm. £5 (£4). See Fri 1‘).
I Atllla The Stockbroker Edge. Drummond Street. 557 6010. £3 (£2.75). See Fri 1‘).
I The Critter Hill Varmints Bandwagon. Morrison Street. More inspired bluegrass/cajun/hoedown music from deepest Edinburgh.
I Yes Yes Juliette Portobello Promenade. Afternoon.
I Yes Yes Juliette Portobello Town l Tall. Evening. Two chances to see this local group. inspired at an early age by Blondie and The B-52s —and why not'.’
I The Charge Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 10pm. Free.
I Pulse Beat Plus Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.
I Flaming Katie ('avern. (‘ow-gate. 226 5641.
SUNDAY 21 Glasgow I The McCluskey Brothers and Origin Sins
and Hit The Wish and Tantara Blade and Third Party Cabaret Glasgow Green (next to the People's Palace) 5pm. Free. A tribute to 100 years ofthe City Chambers— a building that has withstood more abuse from the pigeons and councillors that frequent it than most others. (Anyone remember the famous Tory up the lum 1’) Nevertheless. the cleaned up (on the outside — there's no telling about the councillors) building is a symbol of much that is good in 1980s (ilasgow. The bands here present a good mixture — The McCluskeys‘ eeltic roots rock/folk; Origin Sins verge on gothic with their straight ahead rock: Hit The Wish are unknown and Tantara Blade have a good single out which shows they are influenced by the right people Third Party ('abat'et continue what looks like a busy month. No! to be confused with the band'l‘hird Party who are not cabaret. I Burden Blues Breakers La Taniere. 15 Fox Street. 221 4844.‘)pm. Free. Regular Sunday night slot.
I John 0tway (iilded Balloon Theatre. (‘owgate. 226 2151. 5.45pm. £3.50(£3). See Fri 1‘).
I Amampondo Assembly Rooms. George Street. 226 2427’8. 11.45pm. £5 (£4). See Fri 1‘).
I Alllla The Stockbroker Edge. Drummond Street. 557 6010. £3 (£2.75). See Fri 1‘).
I The Tex Fillet Five. Sheila Graham and Malcolm Stewart. The Edge. Drummond Street. 5576010. £1 .50. l.oea1country band. singer pianist and stand-up comedy. I Lothian Soundcheck Rock Club. Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 3073. 7.30pm. £1.50. Popular heavy rock and metal club. featuring local bands. An oasis for some in the midst of all this high eulture.what'.’
I Bluelinger Marquee. Music Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. llpm—late. Rhythm ‘n' blues.
I The Last Detail Lord Darnley. West
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