I Bowentree Folk Club Rowantree Inn. by Uddingston Cross. Uddingston. 9—11.45pm. £1. Singaround.
I Ceilidh Dance Riverside. Fox Street. off Clyde Street. 248 3144. 9.30pm. £3. Go early to be sure ofgetting in.
I Victoria Bar Bridgegate. 552 6040. 9pm.
Live instrumental music.
I Scotia Folk Seotia Bar. Stockwell Street. 552 8681. 8.30pm. Live tnusic.
I Ceilidh Dance Riverside. Fox Street. off Clyde Street. 248 3144. 9.30pm. £3.
I Victoria Bar Bridgegate. 552 6040. 9pm. Session.
I Scolia Folk Scotia Bar. Stockwell Street. 552 8681. 8.30pm. Live music.
I Travelling Folk BBC Radio Scotland. 8—9.25pm. Archie Fisher presents records. news and live recordings.
I Victoria Bar Bridgegate. 552 6040. 9pm. Weekly session.
I Paisley Arts Folk Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 887 1010. 8pm. Free. Tonight Glasgow songwriter. guitarist and accordion player Alasdair Robertson.
I Merchant City Folk Club Blackfriars. 45 Albion Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. 8pm. Martinlyne.
I Folk Session Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. Evening. Instrumental music on fiddle. accordion etc.
I Scotia Folk Scotia Bar. Stockwell Street. 552 8681. 8.30pm. Live acoustic music.
I Star Folk Club Glasgow Society of Musicians. 73 Berkeley Street. beside Mitchell Theatre. 8pm. £1 .50. Women singers. including the great (‘iordeanna McCullough in Eurydice.
I Live Band Blackfriars. 45 Albion Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. 9pm. Unconfirmed going to press. check for details.
I Peanuts Hucko and Louise Tobin Quartet Society Of Musicians. Berkeley Street. 2216112. 8pnt.£6(£4). Greatclarinettist with singer. over for the Edinburgh Jazz Festival. See panel.
I Alex Dalgliesh All Stars Gillespies Jazz Club. 26 Cheapside Street. off Broomielaw. 221 7704. l—4pm. Listenor
Big Sur‘s last gig was in October 1988 at the Dominion Theatre in London, having just iinished supporting Deacon Blue on a major British tour. Since then, a series ol events have conspired to prevent lurther live performances, although this will change with their appearance at the Fixx in Glasgow on 23 Aug, a gig which precedes some English dates, including an appearance in lronl at at least 15,000 people at the annual Greenbelt FesuvaL
In spite of a quiet year, trontman Andy Thornton is able to retiect on proceedings with a mixture of irustration and optimism.
‘When we came all the tour there were a lot at things that I wanted to sort out,’ he says. ‘Some ol the songs had been in the set tor over two years and were beginning to get a bit tired. We didn't like them any more. So, whatl was doing was basically sitting down and writing our second album, it you like.’
This period at intense writing look up the best part of five months, beiore the search for new band members and summer holidays took them to the present time. The three-piece of Andy, Mil Stricevic and Frank Mciiugh have now been supplemented by guitarist Dominic Ashworth and a session keyboard player.
‘I think we are much more rocky now,‘ explains Andy. ‘We are about 90 per cent a rock band, whereas beiore we used to have much more at a souly
edge. I think the songs that we are doing now are also more direct and compact as well.’
On the verge ol signing a publishing deal with Chrysalis, and with one successful independent single behind them, Andy seems to be pinning his hopes on one particular new song, ‘Miss America’.
‘I think being realistic, we want to get something out by the end of the year. II we don’t have a record deal then we will do another indie, hopelully with some support from the publishers.’
80, ten months alterlheir last gig, Big Sur are still alive, and progressing slowly, with enough positive signs to prevent any desperate measures. Alter all, what would lttake to lorce Big Sur to work with Stock Aitken and Waterman?
‘A night with Kylie Minogue . . .' (John Williamson)
dance. Free membership.
I Ron Moore, Rikki Fernandez and Friends La Taverna. 7a Lansdowne Crescent. 339 7128. 9—1 1pm. Free. Resident guitar and bass with guest musician each week.
I Bill Fanning Orchestra Society Of Musicians. Berkeley Street. 221 61 12. 2pm. £1. Weeklyevent.
I George McGowan Orchestra Berlin Lounge Bar. 8— 10 West George Street. Queen Street Station. 335 2382. 2—5pm. Free. The Big Band repertoire.
I Paisley Arts Jazz Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. Lunchtime from 12.30pm. Stephen Coulis Duartet.
I Tim Barella Big Band Society Of Musicians. Berkeley Street. 221 61 12. 2pm. Non members £1.
I George Penman's Jazz Band Curlers. Byres Road. 334 1284. Trad from
8.30— 10.50pm. Traddies.
I Another Hairdo ()‘l lcnry‘s. Kelvinbridge. Great Western Road. 9pm till late. Young modernists.
I Mondays Jazz Gillespies. 26 Cheapside Street. off Broomielaw. 221 7704. New Orleans Music and Dancing. 9pm. Residents Klt Carey's Jazz Band and guests. 9pm. Free membership.
TUESDAY 22 Glasgow
I Bobby Wishart Group Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. Evening. Leading Glasgow saxophonist.
I Big Jazz Night Boswell Hotel. Mansion House Road. Langside. 8pm. George Ogilvie leads Trad and Dixie night.
WEDNESDAY 23 Glasgow
I Sandy Taylor/Alex Moore Duo Glasgow Society Of Musicians. Berkeley Street. 221 6112. 8.30pm. 50p. Bar.
I Live Jazz Blackfriars. Bell Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. Evening.
I Jiveass Blues and Boogie Wintersgills. Great Western Road. 8.30—11pm. Dual-vocalist R&B band.
FRIDAY 18 Edinburgh
I Desmond Dekker Amphitheatre. Lothian Road. 229 7670. 8.30pm. Two nights have already passed of this ska superstar's six-night run. as details came too late to be included in last issue. Not only as the creatorof "the Israelites‘ but as afigure who's been one of the most reveredon that scene for two decades. Dekker deserves to be caught at some time over the next few nights.
I Big George and The Business Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1. Glasgow's leading rockin‘ bluesman strokes his six strings at the Pres over the next two nights.
I Makossa Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Enjoyable. locally-based reggae. soul and African-styled group.
I Alter Eight Mince Palace Hotel. Castle Street. 9.30pm—midnight. £2.50. Jazz-funk.
I The Bootsie Tootsie Band Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. 10pm. Free. Rockin' blues.
I Twist Arkansas Halt Bar. 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. No idea what kind of music— but a name that warrants further investigation.
I Desmond Dekker Amphitheatre. Lothian Road. 229 7670. See Fri 18.
I Fringe at the Seaside Portobello Promenade. 1.30—5.30pm. Free. A host of bands playing at this event — attended by around 50.0001ast year — includingThe London Fusion Orchestra. Elephant Noise. The Clyde Valley Surfers. in fact too many bands of all kinds to mention. See Festival coverage for more details.
I Big George and The Business Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1. Plus support. See Fri 18.
I Alter Eight Mince Palace Hotel. Castle Street. 9.30pm—midnight. £2.50. Jazz-funk.
I Texas Breakfast Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Rhythm& blues.
I Bulb Cormorant Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. Afternoon. Free. Laid-back after-lunch listening.
I Main Squeeze Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 10pm. Free.
I Sal Paradise Pelican. Cowgate. 225 5413. Singer/guitarist playing self-penned songs in a variety of styles — but not a folkie. we‘re told.
I Average White Band and The Flame Pavilion Theatre. 121 Renfield Street. 332 1846. 7.30pm. One of the most interesting gigs for some time. Whether the quality associated with the AWB at their best is maintained is debatable. The Flame have just released a new single on Dave Stewart‘s Anxious Records. See panel.
I Farewell Parade and Bag Videodrome. 33/39 York Street. 221 0441. 9pm. £2.
I Desmond Dekker Amphitheatre. LOthian Road. 229 7670. 8.30pm. See Fri 18.
I Blues'n'Trouble Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £4. If Edinburgh‘s best-known R&B combo— praised by the likes of BB King— can keep up the standard set by their live album they‘ll have no trouble bringing the house down. Three nights ofblues.
I Xentrix Moshpit. Venue. 557 3073. 7.30—11pm. Popular weekly thrash club. I Alter Eight Mince Place Hotel. Castle Street. 9.30pm—midnight. £2.50. Jazz-funk.
I The Tex Fillet Five Trading Post . The Shore. 553 7164. 8pm. Free. Spoof country.
I The Custard Plglels Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. Name ofthe week. Who cares what they sound like?
I The Sour Grape Bunch Pelican. Cowgate. 225 5431. Jazz-funk.
MONDAY 21 Glasgow
I Carol Laula Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. 8pm. Top quality singer. formerly the front person in Touch and This Perfect Heart. playing acoustically to support her forthcoming (solo) single. ‘Gypsy‘. which is to be released independently. This could be the perfect venue for such a performance.
I Desmond Dekker Amphitheatre. Lothian Road. 229 7670. 8.30pm. See Fri 18.
I Blues'n'Trouble Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £4. See Sun 20.
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