I Live band Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. 10pm. Free.


! Glasgow I I Up and The Rain Angels Vidcodrome. i 33/39 York Street. 221 0441 . 9pm. £2. A I worthy double bill. with Robert I lodgens‘ I latest attempt at chart action coupled with g the promising mixture of stadium rock and ; indie pop that is contained within the Rain Angels.


I Ice Age Moshpit. Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. That rarity. a female thrash band.

I The Primevals (TBC) Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace. 337 1006. £1. A powerhouse of a dirty raw Scottish R&B-based band who‘ve never got the profile they deserved. despite a number of releases (including a Strange Fruit John Peel session). If you're in the mood for some low-down rocking they're unlikely to disappoint.

I Avalon Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £3. See Sat 26.

I The Beatilul Suit and Kitsch and The Night Set Pear Tree. West Nicolson Street. First of a run of dates (equal billing) for two Edinburgh bands more than worth a trek across town to check out. The Suit's wistful pop has been praised often enough in these pages. and The Night Set are back in action again after a longabsence.

I Muscovado Acoustic Music Centre. Chambers Street. 220 2462. 2.30pm. £3 (£2). Combination of acoustic rock. folk and classical styles. led by David Christopher. composer-in-residencc at the Netherbow Arts Centre. who plays with a band comprising brass. wind. keyboards. strings. percussion (including bodhran). keyboards and vocals. Among the songs


Fixx Bar, 22 August.

‘I was basically the main creative input in everything I was doing, and I wasn’t happy with the way things were turning out,’ says Carol Laula, explaining her recent switch Irom vocalist in Touch to solo artist.

Touch, like Carol's previous band This Perfect Heart, were a good it unluliilled pop act, and the stripping down oi instrumentation lor the current series oi live shows serves to highlight the strength at the voice (never in doubt) and the songwriting.

’l’m a lot happier now that it’s down to me and session musicians, and down to me live as well. I think I outgrew Touch I wouldn‘t say that it Iailed completely because I progressed a lot as a songwriter during that time.‘

She reckons that the responsibility of being alone on a stage with only a guitar and a voice has greatly improved her live perlormance, something which has been tested by a number oi low key gigs, starting in Kilmarnock back in March, and continuing with a Iew dates supporting the Kevin McDermott Orchestra in England.

The current spate at live activity is designed to co-incide with the release oI an independent single, ‘Gypsy’, which comes out on the Burn label on 11 September. Backed with two other line tracks, the single has been Ilnanced with help Irom the Music In Scotland Trust, and should go some way to achieving its initial objectives: ‘The idea Ior doing a single came about

Muscovado will play are compositions David has written for his multitude of theatre scores.

I Love Decree Cinderellas Rockerfellas. St Stephen Street. 556 0266. See Fri 25. I Alter Eight Mince Palace Hotel. Castle Street. 9.30—midnight. £2.50. Jazz-funk. I Driving Sideways Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Blues-rock.

MONDAY 28 I Edinburgh

I Gavin Friday and Phranc Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Perfect timing for Friday. catching all the people who heard how good his show was a fortnight ago. and have been kicking themselves for missing it ever since. A run through Brcl. Weill and Dylan covers. with Friday'soriginals building on the mood ofthe dark. lonesome cabaret singer. Take note. though. he's also very funny indeed. when he‘s not being upstaged by the cellist.

I Avalon Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £3. See Sat 26.

I Elephant Noise ()blomov's. North Bank Street. The Mound. 2200054. Definiter developing into a rock band to be reckoned with even Punch thought so. though this is pretty far offtheir patch.

I The Beautiful Suit Pear Tree. West Nicolson Street. 667 7796. 8pm. Free. See Sun 27.

I Billy Jones Acoustic Music Centre. Chambers Street. 2202462. 6.30pm. Until 2 Sept. After a sojourn in Greece (following his gig as support act for Chuck Berry at the Playhouse and winning slot on New Faces last year) Edinburgh‘s favourite acoustic rock'n‘roller returns with A Tale of Two Cities. a show he's based on his experiences travelling alone in those warmer cIimes

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back in March,‘she explains. ‘I had some demo time last year Irom Chrysalis, and I worked at Evenload Studios, where I got on really well. So rather than just go solo, the idea was to go into Evenload and record a single.’ ‘The purpose at the single is purely promotional, in the hope that I will be able to sign this publishing deal, which looks set anyway, and to get the attention at anyone else who wants to give me lots of money. Although it‘s

early days, that has been working In terms olpress andTVand radio.‘ . ‘Gypsy‘ (which is not a Suzanne Vega/ l Fleetwood Mac cover version) coupled with the current series oi solo gigs provides a coniident base Ior a major I vocal talent to go onwards and upwards l to betterthings. (John Williamson) I

Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Spoof country.

I Ian Foster St James Oyster Bar. Calton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Dylanish folk. I Seven Eleven Oasis. Victoria Street. 8.30pm. Free. Residency. Rock and blues classics.

TUESDAY 29 Glasgow

I The King Bees and Instant Fish Saints and Sinners. 272 St.Vincent Street. 221 5279. 9pm. £1. King Bees make some reasonable attempts on demo at contemporising old blues sounds. while Instant Fish. despite an attention grabbing name. are an unknown quantity.

I Carol Laula Fixx.86 Miller Street. 248 2859. 10pm. Free. See panel.

I Uranium Rockers Napoleons. 128 Merrylee Road. 637 5238. 9pm. Free. Familiar faces from various other

Glasgow bands (past and present) dust down the leathers. gel their quiffs and rock out.

I Bobby Wishart IIaIt Bar. 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Whenever we are short of gigs. we can at least relyon Bobby Wishart for this regular'l‘uesday night slot.


I Tom Robinson Queen's I Iall. South Clerk Street. 668 2019. First of two nights for the Fringe regular. nay. institution. “is uninhibited and quite stomach-churning rendition of the Stones' ’Satisfaction‘ on Kazuko's Karaoke Klub seemed a mere hiccup in his processof growing old (or up. at Ieast)gracefully.

I Billy Jones Acoustic Music Centre. Chambers Street. 220 2462. 6.30pm. See Mon 28.

I Mojo Pep Preservation Ilall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. First of two nights for this


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