Two big hands. enthusiasts and friends. over the afternoon.
I Ron Moore. Rikki Fernandez La Taverna. Lansdowne Crescent. 339 7128. 9.30— 12 midnight. Free. Music in the bar.
I Duncan Whyte's Jan Band Studio One. Grosvenor Hotel. By'res Road. Afternoon.
I Bill Fanning Big Band Society Of Musicians. Berkeley Street. Afternoon. I Society Quartet Society ()1 Musicians. Berkeley Street. 221 61 12. 8pm. Music and dancing.
I Barony Jazz Barony Bar. Broughton Street. 557 (1546. Two sessions. 2.30—5pm; 9—1 1 .30pm. Two groups.
I Alpha Jazz Quartet Ellcrsley House Hotel. Ellersley‘ Road. (‘orstorphine. 337 6888. 8—1 1pm.
I Alex Shaw Trio Platform 1.Rutland Street. 225 2433. Lunchtime.
I Peristalsis Brothers (.‘are Biarritz. 61 Frederick Street. 225 5244. 9pm—midnight.
I Alex Shaw Trio Coppers. (‘ockburn Street. 225 1441. Evening.
I Toto And The Jan Bostons Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 2—4pm.
I Doctor MacJazz Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace. 337 1006. Evening. Trad band.
SUNDAY 11 Glasgow
I Paisley Jazz Festival Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 887 1010. Lunchtime Jazz Live groups. 12.30—2.30pm. Free. Today Scotbop.
I Paisley Jan Festival Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 887 1010. Martin Taylor 8pm. £4 (£2). World class guitarist. See panel.
I Jack Emblow and John McLevy Society Of Musicians. Berkeley Street. 221 61 12. 8pm. £4.50 (£3).
I Harpin and Barr Blackfriars. Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. Evening. Piano and bass.
I Dave Wilson And The Uptown Shultlers Bonhams Wine Bar. Byres Road. 357 3424. Lunchtime.
I Frank Bolan Quintet The Bar. Tron Theatre. Parnie Street. 552 4267. £1 .50 (£1). 1.30-5pm. Tron‘s weekly jazz scene.
I Barony Jazz Barony Bar. Broughton Street. 5570546. 8—11pm.
I Live Swing Jazz Cafe Biarritz. 61 Frederick Street. 225 5244. 9—12pm. Phone for details.
I Ronnie Rae Trio Platform 1. Rutland Street. 225 2433. Lunchtime.
MONDAY 12 Edinburgh
I Texas BreaktastLord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. Evening. Blues.
I Suave Maxies Bistro. Nicolson Street 667 0845. Clarinet. sax and guitar.
I East Coast Jazz Band Blue Lagoon. Angle Park Terrace. 331 9922. Evening. 9—12pm. Resident Trad band.
TUESDAY .13 Glasgow
I Bobby Wishart Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. Evening. Leading saxophonist‘s jazz and fusion band.
I Swing '88 Malt Shovel. Cockburn Street. 225 6843. Evening. Two guitars. Hot Club sound with reeds.
I Louisiana Ragtime Band Navaar House Hote1,Mayfield Gardens. 667 2828. Evening.
I West End Jazz Band Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace, 337 1006. Evening.
I King Biscuit Time Negociants. Bristo Square. 225 6313. Evening. Blues.
WEDNESDAY 14 Glasgow
I Sandy Taylor/Alex Moore Duo Glasgow Society Of Musicians. Berkeley Street. 2216112. 8.30pm. 50p. Bar.
I Charlie McNair's Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. Evening.
I Riverside Blues Riverside. Fox Street. off(‘ly'de Street. 9pm—midnight. Bo Weevil.
I Blacktriars Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. Evening. Live jazz music.
I Bill Kyle’s Jan Pool L‘Attache. basement of Rutland Hotel. West End. Princes Street. 9pm. Free. A group from a large pool of youngish musicians. usually pianoxkeyboards. bass. Bill Kyle on drums. guitar. and brass and or reeds. Modern. bop. some mainstream. blues. I Cale Biarritz 61 Frederick Street. 225 5244. 9—12pm. Live swing.
I Edinburgh Jazz Quartet Coppers. Cockburn Street. 225 1441. Evening.
I Graham Blamyre Jauers Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace. 337 1006. Evening. I Templehall Stompers Temple Hotel. Esplanade. Joppa. 669 4264. Evening. Trad and dixie residents.
I Texas Breakfast Ryries. Haymarket. Evening. Blues.
THE STEEL CHAIN
Any encounter with the music of The Steel Chain has convinced listeners that they are certain to be the next big signing to come irom Edinburgh. in tact, they almost were earlier in the year, when no iewerthan nine record. and publishing companies came up to see them play live. The anticipated otters never arrived, as singer Colin McMaster collapsed with a serious illness three weeks after recording theirdebut EP, and previously interested parties drifted away. Happily, Colin is said to have recovered iully, but the experience has made the band wary oi the industry people who shelved plans tor the band due to worries over Colin’s health.
The ‘Restless’ EP is now out on the independent Nightshiit label, and as guitarist Ross says, ‘We’re perfectly happy to stay independent. We might be recording an LP next year, and it no major company picks up on us we’ll do it ourselves. We’re doing it lorthe music, not lorthe money. That’s the bottom Iine.’
Ross termed the band last year, after a while spent playing guitar tor both Billy McKenzie and Paul Haig, and with Simon Fildes on bass, Simon McGlynn on drums (missing from photo, and taking overlrom original drummer Keith Burns who is now iilling the drumseat in the Proclaimers‘ new band) and second guitarist George Hutchinson, The Steel Chain make a compelling new pop noise, over which Colin sings in a strong resonant voice. Keyboards are out. All the textures on ‘The Restless’ are tormed with guitars,
RIDAY 2 Glasgow
I FurtherThought Rooiiops. t): Sauchrehall Street. 333 5883. 10.30pm. 1 ast year it yyould be larrly sate toassunie that a l'riday night Roottops band yyould be some sort ol gothic monstoi'srly . btit this year things seem to be more dryer'se .. although detailson Mother '1 houglit are patchy. I Come Ahead l.;t 'l'aniei e. l 5 l'tl\ Street. 2214814 9pm. l-ree. .-\nd yye all thought that ( ilasgoyy’s image as a hard rocking city “as changing 1 mean. Wet Wet Wet and Deacon Blue are a lot less threatening than '1 he Sensational .-\le\ llaryey Band or l'rankie .\lrller . btrt along come thislot and call lliemscly es .(‘ome .'\lieadl
I Ryodogumi Playhouse 'l'lieatr'e. (ireenside Place. 55" 2590. "..3llprii. £3. ()nly appearance lli this country ol Japan's leading rock band. and at only £3 a seat. probably yyorth investigating. l’layinga 1111\1111L‘ ol'big-sounding rock and Japanese tolk music. Ry odogtiiiii hay c been together lor‘ only three years. We're told to look otit tor the huge ( )darkodruni. prominently leatured in the music.
I Eric Bogle ()ueen's l lall. South (‘lerk Street. (itib 345“ “.311pllt. £5 (£31. 'l-lie soiigys riter responsible lor‘ the classics "The Band l’lay ed Waltzing Matilda. and ‘( iteen l'Ileltls til l'ranec' llt'L‘tl til ll118
cleanly-strummed acoustics or drinlng echoey electrics. The band’s skill with arrangements and dynamics means that they can include two versions of the same song on the record and get away with it, so radically dinerent do they sound.
The Steel Chain have managed to concoct a shiny sound which would slip easily into place among the best modern pop, but resists temptation to sink to the lowest common denominator. Big things are detinitely in the oiling. Untortunately, the only time when the curious can see them this fortnight is at the Rock Against the Poll Tax gig in Wilkie House, Edinburgh, on Thursday 15. There are, however, three chances ior anyone who happens to be in Aberdeen on October 8, when they’ll be playing at HMV Records, busking and headlining an Aberdeen Alternative Festival show inthe evening. (Mali)
country some years back and decainped to warmer Antipodean chines An album last year shoys ed there's still lite tn the olddog yet.
I Tom Robinson .-\ssernb|y Rooms. (ieorge Street. 226242" 8. 11 45pm to (£4.50). When yyas the last time lom wrote a really good song" lhe anti-cocaine single unsurprisineg bombed. along yyith most things he‘sdone since ‘Wai' Baby '. Still. his l'i‘rrige slloyy s are Usually good. occasionally ioyial al'lairs.
I DealHeights Cajun Aces l-ringet'lol». 'l‘ey‘iot Royy . Bristo Square. 2265 l 3.8 Midnight. llomc-groyy n cartin. busy group. Recommended,
I Ben Badoo Venue. ( 'alton Road. 557 3(173. 8pm. .-\s the l'iL‘\li\ ill peters titll . .Illtl Venue stall l'lop in exhaustion. a trnal chance to see ( ihanaian master dr tnnniei ysith his rhythmic and eclectic band. based in Bristol btit hailing limit as lai .oyay as .lamaica and :\tislt'alia.
I Hank Wangtord Venue. (‘alion Road. 55731173. Midnight. ()bligatoiy l'estiyal appearance loi‘ cult coyy boy hero and star (it (is “the :\-/. o1 ( ~tk \V'
I Jools Holland .-\inphithe.itrc.l othian Road. 228 4373.8.l5pin.£51£~ll .la//. bluesand related antics born 1\ ‘sniost foul-mouthed presenter _
I Alto Cirrus and The Dancing Bears .»\\\'()l.(’lub.'l‘he11dge.l)rummond Street. 5576010. 'l'yyo interesting local groups. though completely dillerent in
sty le. Alto ( ‘irrus appear to be a throwback toearly Seyenties progr‘essiye music. btrt are still actually ysoi'thchecking out. Dancing Bear‘s re-emerge alter one single and a long break.
I Makossa l’resery ation l lall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 alter930prn. Six-piece. lidinburgh-based reggae band. with touches ol ltllils'. soul and Alrican inusic.
I The Block Brothers lord 1);” nley . \Vcsl Port. 2294341. 10pm. l'iree.
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