Hall and Dates: promoting safersex. Saturday 1 . as you may already be aware. is World Aids Day. and Scottish Aids Monitor (SAM) are organising a mixed bag of educational and entertaining events throughout the day in Glasgow and Edinburgh to raise awareness and increase funds. This is a chance for everyone to ‘Act Up‘. so go along. learn and enjoy.
In Glasgow. events kick off on Friday 30. with a seminar on Women and HIV/Aids. For further information. contact Liz Byrne on 041227 2856. On the same day. the Safer Sex Roadshow will be at Tin Pan Alley from 11pm.
A church service will be held on Saturday at noon in the Gorbals Church. with creche facilities available. A somewhat lighter affair is the balloon race at George Square. A prize will be given to the balloon that travels the greatest distance. Funds will also be generated by the sale of a health-conscious recipe book compiled by the Body Positive group. The Safer Sex Roadshow will be doing the rounds at the World Aids Day Health Fayre from 2—5pm. St Ninian‘s Hall in Paisley and will round off the day‘s events at the Tunnel Club.
Across in Edinburgh. there are a variety ofactivities for adults and children alike. Lots of freebies will be on offer at the Mound when Catch Theatre Company host the kiddies‘ educational game Choices. from ltlam—noon. The Amphitheatre plays host to its usual lunchtime concerts in association with Radio Forth. Hall and Oates will be there. with Horse as support. but the Safer Sex Roadshow will be in attendance too. Tickets are free. but do give generous donations. There is a slight hitch: to get ticket information. you will have to listen to Jay Crawford on Radio Forth. In the evening. SAM are hoping to get The Christians to pose for a photo promoting safer sex.
The focal point of the day is St John's Church. From 9am—6pm a non-denominational vigil will take place. and as part of the Names (Aids Memorial Quilt) Project. there is a quilt-making workshop. The 30-minute video ‘We Bring a Quilt‘ will be on show at 1 lam. 2pm and 4pm. (Jane Humphries)
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MUSIC PREVIEW LISTINGS
38 The List 23 November— 6 December 1990
Cud are Tank Girl’s favourite band — a hefty recommendation, even before you consider that their singer once modelled underwear on ‘The Clothes Show’. They have been known to wear flares and they write barbed funky pop songs embellished with the distinctive sound of Carl's theatrical baritone, yet they have a closer affinity with the
l moon than with Manchester. Not
j surprisingly, the press have long been
: eagerto pick up on their interplanetary
? potential. ‘They cross us off as wacky art . students,’ sighs bass playerWilliam, I ‘but every band's got its own ‘ personality. Ithink it means we‘ve got j something special if they think we‘re a biteccentric.‘ Their reputation for wigged-out i lunacy has in the past been compounded by theirdistant involvement with the Church of the ' Subgenius — a sort of American ; anti-cult hinged on the admittedly ; compelling notion of ‘slack', a , do-nothing doctrine that allows you to ' acquire wads of lucre without lifting a
i The combination of Pat Kane with the . excellent John Rae Collective will not ! be the Hue & Cry singer‘s first venture
i into jazz. He has already performed in a
jazz context on stage and on television
with saxophonist Tommy Smith (who is
a member, along with Collective duo i Phil Bancroft and Colin Steele, of Hue & Cry’s horn section), while the Collective have cut a couple of tracks with the singer for the next Hue & Cry album.
Pat did not sound entirely comfortable in the idiom on those occasions (Monk‘s ‘Round Midnight‘ gave him particular problems), but the band’s ‘Bitter Suite' album underlined his willingness to step out from behind the aural battery of Hue & Cry's elaborate pop sound and give it a try.
The singer declined to share his thoughts on the subject with us, citing studio commitments, but Phil Bancroft ‘ acknowledged that the experience of 3 working with Hue & Cry had posed a 3 ratherdifterentchallengeforthe ! Collective members, in which ‘we had I to adjust to playing in a much more
disciplined way than we would
normally do in our own music.‘
How the liaison will work out on stage
Fade to graze
,Kane and able?”
finger to earn it. All that is well behind them now, they’re keen to point out, but the lilestyle of the idle rich remains an attractive proposition.
‘We’re doing this really to avoid proper jobs, but now it's becoming a proper job and we‘re wondering, ‘Did we make a mistake somewhere? I thought it was meant to be easy!" ’
The lack element remains something of a permanent fixture as well. William reveals that Cud would ‘love to tour with Deee-Lite, and we’re really interested in getting Bootsy Collins in on our next LP actually. He‘s in the country, so we‘ll send our manager with a copy of the LP.’
Ah yes, ‘Leggy Mambo’. Still vying with The Brilliant Corners for the Wackiest Song Titles In Pop accolade, William affirms that despite their new-found efficiency and togetherness, ‘we still retain a sense of humour and a sense of the abstract. We’re not going to be too normal.‘ (Fiona Shepherd)
Cud play King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow on Sat 24.
Pat Kane: contemplating jazz
remains to be seen, but it is an intriguing prospect, and likely to produce an evening of contrasting music. Kane will guest on selected tunes with the group, who will also be out to demonstrate once again why they are widely regarded as the best jazz outfit working this patch. (Kenny Mathieson)
Pat Kane with The John Rae Collective, Queen‘s Hall, Edinburgh, 31 Nov;
' Chick Lyall tilts the k
..~ '2’. v eyboard The idea behind ‘The Tilting (iround'. (‘hick Lyall's evocative composition which provides the title track of his debut album with Norwegian saxophonist Tore Brunborg. was that it should represent the way in which the weight of innovative music had tilted from London back to Scotland. (‘hick himself feels it is now a little overused. but the notion getsanother ﬂing in a concert of new Scottish music in Edinburgh.
While all three bands involved comfortably justify the original connotations of the title. it could just as readily stand for the way in which musical boundaries are currently being not only tilted but actively demolished in much of the music now emanating from jazz. folk. and even contemporary ‘classical' sources in Scotland.
(‘hick [.yall's Quartet. featuring Phil and Tom Bancroft. is the only conventional jazz group
7 on the bill. although
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 1 Dec.
‘conventional' does scant justice to the invention of their music. (‘hick also plays at the Tron on (3 December with the group‘s bassman (ieorge Lyle. and will be touring in February for the Scottish Jazz Network. while the stellar Norwegian band Masqualero will record some of his compositions on their next IiCM album. The remaining two acts
are indicative ofthe kind ofcross-fertilisation of idioms which currently constitutes one of the most intriguing developments in Scottish music. The eight-piece Cauld Blast ()rchestra’s hybrid creations have been praised in these pages before now, while saxophonist Dick Lee will perform in a duo with piper Nigel Richard. (Kenny Mathieson)
The Tilting Ground. Queen '5 Hull, Edinburgh, 23 November. 8.30pm.