I Song Recital French Institute. 1.3 Randolph ('rescent. 225 5366. 7.3l 1pm. £3.5l)(£2.5l1). Soprano Rhonda Bachmann with songs written by French composers of the late 18th century . no doubt one of many concert programmes this year to mark the bi-centenary otthe French Revolution.




I Occasionals Ceilidh Riverside. i-‘ox Street. off(‘lyde Street. 248 3144. lllpm. £3. \N'allochmor accordionist Freeland Barbour's star studded outfit breathe new life into Scottish (‘ountry Dance music. First of two nights.

I Rowantree Folk Club Row antree Inn. By Uddingston ('ross. l'ddingston. 8.3llpm. £1. lnforrnal session.

I Second Fiddle Scott's ('orncr. Derby Street. 334 4891.1ivening.


I Tonight At Noon Preservation l Iall. Victoria Street. livening. (ioodelcctronic folk based techno rock.

I Simpson Perrie/Brian Mulligan Shore Bar.'1'he Shore. l.cith. 1ivening.\'io|in and guitar. cabaret.

I Junction Bar West Preston Street. 9pm. Live music.

I North Sea Gas Platform 1.Rutland Street. Iivening. Resident pub folk band.

SATURDAY 14 Glasgow

I Occasionals Ceilidh Riverside. Fox Street. off (‘lyde Street. 248 3144. lllpm. £3. \N'allochmor accordionist Freeland Barbour’s star studded outfit breathe new life into Scottish (‘ountry Dance music. Second of two nights.

I Folk Band Blackfriars. Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. Afternoon. Instrumental session.

I Kells Scott's Corner. Derby Street. 334 4891.1ivening. Residencey.


I Hugh MacDiarmid's Haircut Bristo Refectory. Bristo Square. 9pm—2.3(1am. Late bar. £2. Tickets on the door. Fun. new blow-wave Scottish music. Students and guests.

I West End Hotel Palmerston Place. Meeting place of Edinburgh (iaels. Live music including fiddle or accordion.

I Denny Swanson Scotch And Rye. St) George IV Bridge. 225 1681. Iivening.



I Session Riverside. Fox Street. off(‘lyde Street. 248 3144. 1.30—5.3llpm. (ilasgow Irish with Pat MacNuIty and others.

I Zut! La Chute Wintersgills. Great Western Road. Evening. ()ld timey. American and cajun.


- I New Glenelg Youngs Bar. Learnington Terrace. 9.30pm. 5(lp admission. New organisers hope to keep a mix ofblues. folk and interesting semi acoustic music. asking a small admission charge and paying the performers more.

I Seannachie Green Tree. Cow/gate. Evening. Scottish songs and zippy instrumentals from resident band.

I Jim Knight/Colin Ramage/Robin Laing Ensign Ewart. Lawnmarket. Evening. Three singer guitarists.


Those dinosaurs of folk rock, Fairport Convention, are bringing their leaden pomposity to Scotland round about Burns night, but avoiding the major venues. Their tans up here can catch them at Ayr on the 25th and Kirkcaldy the next night.

STV will broadcast an informal but not irreverent programme of Burns songs, recorded last month at Dougie

MacLean‘s studios in Dunkeld, as their

contribution to the birthday celebrations ol the National songwriter, collector and poet. Archie Fisher, Dougie MacLean, Michael Marra and Rod Paterson sing songs, in various, some spontaneous, settings that vary from the traditional, to didgeridoo accompaniment, to a

compelling down-at-heel reading olAe

Fond Kiss, Mike Marra’s piano and vocals giving way to Dick Lee's sax.

Dick joins forces with Rod for an Edinburgh Folk Club concert on the 25th, and Rod solos Glasgow's Black Bull Folk Club on the 22nd. Those of you who haven’t heard Rod sing, should really do something about it. Apart from his vocal/guitar style in swing jazz numbers, his own distinctive songwriting, and his repertoire garnered from years in top tolk bands, Rod is Scotland’s leading interpreter of Burns song, marrying the melody and beauty of the Scots language in unlorced naturalness, the songs revealed as contemporary and timeless.

Blues fans and guitarists should note the two concerts of John James and Eddie Walker. At Paisley Arts Centre on

the 17th, and in Blacktriar's Downstairs

I North Sea Gas Rutland l IoteI. Rutland Street. 22‘) 3042. 9pm. Singalong.



I Victoria Bar Bridgegate. 552 ()I 14”. 9pm. (iood weekly session.


I Miro 'I'he (ireen Tree. (‘ow-gate. 1ivening.BartiIl lam. 1‘)8‘)‘sopening

I Fiddlers Arms (irassmarket. Iivening. Scottish music. Bar closesat 11pm.



I Paisley Arts Folk Paisley Arts(’entre. New Street. 887 Hill). 8pm. (ireat nightof acoustic blues and wild fingerpicking from Eddie Walker and guitar virtuosoJohn James.


I Acoustic Music Nights Milnes Bar. Hanover Street. 8.3(1-1 Iprn. Admission

free. Songs and tunes fom regular partners

Gill Bowman and Jock Brown. with guest singer and wicked humourist Bill Hill.

I Barrie Band Bannermans Bar. (‘owgate. 556 3254. Evening. Fiddle. flute. mandocello and vocals. Mainly Irish.

I Miro linsign Iiwart. Lawnmarket. topof the High Street. Iivening. Acoustic celtic music.

I Blue Blazer Bread Street. Evening. Singer guitarists including Alan Johnstone.

Rod Paterson. Bringing Burns to Glasgow, Edinburgh and a television set nearyou.

in Glasgow on the 18th, they perform a blues centred show as a duo, all at it rewarding and entertaining, but prepare to be bowled over by John James exceptional and varied technique on acoustic guitar. Edinburgh blues enthusiasts can have a good evening in a good cause on Saturday the 21 st, when Jim Condie leads his electric blues band, supported by the Donkeys and Jiveass in a benelit tor singer and guitarist Jo Ann Kelly, recovering from a serious illness but as yet unable to work. With a bartill about midnight, Old St Pauls is an atmospheric little venue, tucked down beside the City Art Gallery in Jettrey Street. (Norman Chalmers)

WEDNESDAY 18 Glasgow

I Carolina Shout Blackfriars. Bell Street. Merchant (‘ity. 552 5924. 8pm. Admission charged. The occassional Folk (‘lub in the other bar downstairs has an eveningof blues oriented songs and top rate guitar from John James and Eddie Walker.

I Scotia Folk Night Scotia Bar. Stockwell Street. 552 8681.

I Folk Session I Ialt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. livening. Instrumental music on fiddle. accordion etc.


I Jackson/Martin/Ross Iidinburgh Folk (Tub. ()sbourne llotel. York Place. 556 5577. 8pm. £2.50 1 .50). ()Id pals from ()ssian. Billy Ross supplies the (iaelic and Scots vocals. John Martin fiddles and Billy Jackson plays harp and pipes.

I Alchemy Bannermans Bar. Cowgate. 5563254. Evening. New Folk on synth. fiddle. flute and vocals.

I North Sea Gas Platform I.Rutland Street. Evening. Resident pub folk band.

THURSDAY 19 Glasgow

I lain Mackintosh Star Folk Club. (ilasgow Society Of Musicians. Berkeley Street. beside Mitchell 'I’heatre. 8pm. £1.51). Favourite folk club singer and banjoist.


I ‘Wi A Cog 0' Gude Swats An Auld Scottish Sang' Queens Ilall. (‘Ierk Street. 7.3l1pm.


17-26 MARCH 1989

SCOTLAND'S PREMIER 10 DAY CELEBRATION Of the Contemporary and Traditional Arts

Contact: EIFF BoxL1 16A Fleshmarket Close Edinburgh EH1 18X Tel: 031 220 0464

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Tuesday 17 January 7.30pm


QUARTET Quartet in E Flat major DB7 Schubert Quartet in F major Ravel Quartet No 2 in D major Borodin

Tickets £2.50, £3.50 available from the French Institute 13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh

Tel: 031 225 5366

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