RIDAY 10 Glasgow

I 8.5. Rogie KingTut‘s Wah Wah Hut. 272a St Vincent Street. 221 5279. lilpm. £4. SF. Rogie (Sooliman Ernest tohis

mum) pioneered the Palm Wine style back

in the 50s and 60s when he played inthe seaside bars of Freetown in Sierra Leone. These days he cart draw a wider crowd -

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his mellow. rhythmic guitar and storybook g

lyrics recently went down a treat at the Glastonbury Festival.

I The Love Decree and Blue Avenue Alexandria Hotel. Lovers of the Glasgow ‘soul boy' sound will want to be seen here. I Spamborskee Minstrels. ()6 Brootnielaw. 204 3698. 9.30pm. Free. Bit of a teaser. this one ~ seems to be a gigin search of a band to play it. because Spamborskee reputedly split tip a few weeks ago. Let's hope the band were fibbing. for the sake of Minstrels and the well-being of (ilaswegian music and the planet in general.

I Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants Traders. Cilassford Street. 552 5826. 10pm. Free. Hugh and his 'Pantswere recently paid the ultimate accolade of opening Radio 1‘s Glasgow A (Jo (Jo (great show. shame about the name) with their nigh-legendary ‘Six to Wan'. lfthat doesn't ensure them immortality then I don't know what will.

I Tawaniinsuyu Cafe Bar. Glasgow's Glasgow. The Arches. Midland Street. 204 3993. 10pm. £3. Tickets front the Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. 227 5511 or on the door. Despite the name. and the

fact that the band play uptempo folk music ;

ofthe kind common in Bolivia's exotic climes. they are in fact from Glasgow— speculating wildly. I would guess somewhere in the Possilpark region. I Zenith The Studio. 12 Shuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. 9.45pm. Free.


I Something Happens \‘cnuc. Calton Road. 557 3073. 7.30—10.30pm. Like An Emotional Fish and Power of Dreams. Something Happens are an lrish guitar band. unaffected by indie dance. intent on making the 90s their own except that Something l lappens are already on their second LP. the melodious and deserving Stuck Together With God's (ilue. A good night in store here. ntethinks.

I Kith and Kin Fringe Club. Teviot Row. Bristo Square. 226 5257 (day). 667 2091 (eve). Midnight. Formed from the remnants of Swamp Trash and The Critter Hill Varmints. Kith and Kin are one ofthe most hotly tipped bands around at the moment. retaining some of the rootsier elements of their predecessors. but heading in a rockier. more mainstream direction.

I The Spooks Fringe Club. Teviot Row, Bristo Square. 226 5257 (day). 667 2091 (eve). 9pm. Edinburgh's wacky relations to The Monkees bring their multi-media Bikini Club to the Fringe. Sharp. funny pastiches oi moptoptnania. lfyou’re in the mood. they can be a delight.

I Smokestack Lightning Preservation 1 Tall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm.

I The Rivals Negoeiants.1-othian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Melodicblues- and country-influenced material. with some gently paced mainstream rock too. I Las Filipinas BB's Basement Bar. Barony Street (off Broughton Street). 556 8240. 5—7pm. 8—1 1pm. Free. Residency. all nights except Sunday. Warm. enjoyable acoustic folk from the Philippines. A variety ofinternational styles is promised.

I The Rootsies Duo ('ilobc. West Port. 229 4553. 9pm. Free. Residenchim Condie on guitar and Ron Tate on vocalsand harmonica play blues. gospel and a smatteringofjazz.

I Jive Aces Leadbelly's. South Clerk Street. 662 4731. 10pm. Free. First oftwo nights Rock'n'roll.

I BluetingetTrading Post. The Shore. 553 5153. 9pm. Free. Rock'n'roll-influenccd pop from experienced and hard-working Edinburgh band which has been a steady live draw for a couple of years now. Recently planned to release a live album.

SATURDAY 11 Glasgow

I Something Happens King Tut‘s Wah Wait 1 lot. 272a St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 10pm. £3.50. See Fri 10.

I The Love Parade Halt Bar. 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. What 1 know about The Love Parade would fit on the back of a postage stamp and still leave a space the size ofa postage stamp. so let‘s make a tenuous link with The L‘ndertones song of the same name instead -- it’s the infectious little number around which Inspiral Carpets have built their entire career todate.

I Worldogood Traders. (ilassford Street. 552 5826. 10pm. Free. Indie rock brought to you by two girls and a singercalled Dougie. A good sound they have too. One to watch.

I One World The Shelter. 7 Renfrew Court. 332 6231. 10.30pm. Free. This folk-influenced rock group attracted a sizeable crowd some weeks ago at The Shelter a good enough reason for putting them on again.

I Tawantinsuyu Cate Bar. Glasgow‘s- Glasgow. The Arches. Midland Street. 2043993. See Fri 10.

I The Zydeco Ceilidh Band The Studio. 12 Shuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. 9.45pm. Free.


It was thought that we might have seen the last oi We Free Kings, but, as their gig with Jesse Baron and The Desperadoes shows, they‘re still very much with us. Singer Joe Kingman relates to me how the band‘s extensive gigging was becoming a greater and greater hardship, as playing live was costing them more money than they could earn. ‘We concentrated on busking last yearto get away irom the pressure oi doing gigs,’ he explains. The band had a good time busking across Europe, but the theft oi their van upon their return was a severe blow. They have laced adversity beiore. The loss oi their electric guitars early in their career (coniiscated because they couldn't aiiord to pay the rent ior their

practice room), iorced them to make do -

with what they had tell, and straight away We Free Kings were being hailed as a new Scottish band blending iolk and punk in the style oi The Pogues. That pigeonholing has annoyed Joe ever since. ‘We were playing with those instruments long beiore we

heard The Pogues. The inspiration now

comes irom ourselves, it doesn't come irom any outside iniluences, but it originally came irom Patti Smith, Television, The Velvet Underground. Richard Hell, probably. Seb’s guitar

playing is more like Richard Hell records than anything else, it's just that ; nobody’s noticed. We played acoustic instruments and we played very last

and it sounded shambolic, so everyone thought, “Ah! The Pogues!“.'

Their true sound will be heard at the Queen‘s Hall. but Joe modestly points out that they‘re not headlining the show. ‘The Desperadoes asked us to play last because according to Kevin at Avalanche we're more lively than them.’ (Alastair Mabbott)

We Free Kings and Jesse Garon and The Desperadoes play the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on Wed 15. l

I Jam Session The Studio. 12 Sltuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. 3pm. Free. So jam-packed are the popular Saturday afternoon sessions with Big Sky that those jammy devils at the Studio have decided to give out free food to the punters. giving them an excellent excuse to call the whole event ‘Frcc jam at the free jam' »- a pun so awful even lshttddered.


I Tom Robinson Assembly Rooms. George Street. 226 2428. 11.45pm. £6.50 (£5.50). You can‘t keep him away from the Fringe. and this year Tom‘s brought along his TRB colleagues Danny ls'ustow and Mark Ambler. This year's show is called Mooring/11mg. which he will be doing up until Sat 18.

I No Sweat Bedrock Club. Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 9pm—-4am. (Inc of Ireland's big hopes in the rock stakes. No Sweat lean more to the melody and accessibility of Bon Jovi or Poison than modish. doom-laden thrash. Their self-titled debut LP is otlt on London Records now. Tonight they are joined by a very special guest (a much more familiar name than the headliners. apparently). who is set to play ‘a major British festival in a few day's time.

I The Beat Pack Basin Street. 1 laymarket Terrace. 337 1006. The weekly indie-or—unsigned bands continue. Future attractions include The Thames. The Radium Cats and Vatican Shotgun Scare. Support to be confirmed.

I The Shadowland (ilobe. West Port. 229 4553. 9pm. Free. Some qualities of60s songwriting hang around the shouldersof this tuneful but rough-edged local group. I Tiny Crockett and The Rocketts Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Bluesy.

I Dean Owens Negociants. 1.othian Street. 2256313. 9.30pm. Free.

I Lucy Johnstone St James Oyster Bar. Calton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. lix-lrah Haves vocalist.

I Las Filipinas BB's Basement Bar. Barony Street (off Broughton Street). 556 8240. 5—7pm. 8-1 1pm. Free. See Fri 10.

SUNDAY 12 Glasgow

I No Sweat Videodromc. 33-39 York Street. 221 0441 . 8pm. £2.50. See Sat 1 l.

I Adult Laughter and Doing the Biz

Scalini's. 51 West Regent Street (opposite the()deon). 331 1980. 10pm. £2, Without being unashamedly gothic. Adult

Laughter do play rock ofa type toappeals' to that sort of audience. though they may not thank me for saying so. Doing the Bi/ opt for sale cover version territory.

I Live Music The Studio. 12 Shuttle Street. Paisley . 889 6867 9.45pm. Free.


I Mark Stewart and The MamaCalton Studios.Calton Road. 5567066 9pm The first oi two nights licte tor the cx-l’op (irotip man. w ho lionts what islusically lackhcad ( Skip \1.icl )t-naltl. Doug

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