I Llani D’Flynn Band/Maire Hi Chatiiasaigh and Chris Newman Strathciyde Suite. 8pm. £8.50. O‘Flynn is the prince of pipers. Planxty‘s master of the uillean pipes and their repertoire. Support from Ireland's leading harpist and singer. with Newman‘s virtuoso guitar work.

I My Ain Country Barony Hall. 8pm. £|2.50. £I0.50. All-women Scottish concert features the voices of Gaelic singers lshbel MacAskill and Karen Matheson; the Scots singers Sheena Wellington and Christine Kydd; Orkney's instrumental wizards the Wrigley Sisters; ace harp player Corrina Hewat; dancer Sandra Robertson and, we’re assured. a few surprises!

I Bainain House Workshops Various classes on instrumental. dance and vocal styles of traditional music. Information 353 4137.

I Green Linnet Festival Club Central Hotel. 10.30pm—lam. Free.


I Master Class Exhibition Hall.

l2.30 m. Tickets free from box office. With Bonny Golden and others from Cherish the Ladies. on Irish traditional music and dance.

I Celtic Conversation Pieces Strathclyde Suite. lpm. £3.50. Jimmie MacGregor. An illustrated talk on the Southern Upland


I The Big Debate Buchanan Suite. 2.30pm. Tickets free from the box office. ‘Scottish Travel and Tourism' is discussed by John Munro of Scottish Arts and Tourism. and Protessor Eddie Friel.

I Chieftains/Natalie MacMaster Group Main Auditorium. 7.30pm. £15. £l2.50. The seminal Irish traditional music'band. a tightly wrought sound. with some amazing players including Matt Molloy and Sean Keane on flute and fiddle. Support from the young. vibrant trio from Cape Breton. MacMaster fiddles and step- dances simultaneously!


I Sinead Lohan/James Malcolm Strathciyde Suite. 8pm. £8.50. Emerging songwriters from Ireland and Scotland. respectful of their roots but determinedly contemporary. See preview.

I Balnain House Workshops Various classes on instrumental. dance and vocal styles oftratlitional music. lnforrnation 353 4137.

I Green Linnet Festival Club Central Hotel. 10.30pm-Iam. Free.

TUESDAY 16-. ._ i f

I Community Concert Main Auditorium. IO. 15am. Tickets free from the box office. I Master Class habitation Hall. it‘nl.

i Tickets tree from i‘ll.‘. lattice. Small llalp. 3 with Savourna Stevenson. I Celtic Conversation Pieces Strathciyde

Suite. lpin. £3.50. Writer Janice

I Galloway. j I University oi Strathciyde Lecture 3 Buchanan Suite. 2.30pm. Tickets free

from the box office. I’oet. playwright and

1 performer Liz Lochhead offers a personal


I Cherish the Ladies/Alasdair Fraser

Band Main Auditorium. 7.30pm. £l2.50. £l0.50. Entertaining Irish-American

music. song and dance troupe includes the odd male. Scots fiddler Fraser's American band lyrically explore a rootsy Celtic/baroque fusion.

I Cauld Blast Orchestra/Corrina Hewat

i Strathclyde Suite. 8pm. £8.50. Evolved in

Scotland. the award-winning Cauld Blast

? throw everything in the musical melting- pot. See Music preview. Support front

young jazzy Scots harp player. I Simon Thoumire Trio/Martin Hayes

5 Adelaide's. 8pm. £5. Two youthful. brilliant exponents of concertina and Irish i fiddle respectively; 'l‘houmire with a

jazzier. innovative edge.

I Balnain House Workshops Various

classes on instrumental. dance and vocal 3 styles oftraditional music. information

3 353 4137.

I Green Linnet Festival Club Central

5 Hotel. 10.30pm—lam. Free.


I The clean, clear voice at Scots singer Sheena Wellington can be heard in very tine

company in ‘My Ain Countrie’, a concert - or more,

perhaps, like a concert party -

that, in Sheena’s words, ‘celebrates Scotland, by concentrating on its songs. The tact

that it's all women is by choice,

but it‘s the songs and the singing that matter.’

The charmed and spectacular instrumental talents oi Orkney’s twin sisters, Jenniier

and Hazel Wrigley, and the percussive Sheena promises to

the original, [any approach oi Corrlna Hewat on harp and vocals, step-dancing oi Sandra Robertson are also incorporated in what be a show iull oi “musical surprises. I mean, there’ll be no dry

ice, but it won’t be just a straight stand-up-and-sing concert. We’re all going to stay on stage, sing harmony, loin in each other’s periorrnances. It‘s been dliiicult to organise, but we’ve managed a tow rehearsals.’

Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson, here unusually without the piano keyboard skills oi

husband Donald Shaw,

admits to being a great ian oi the other representative of

Gaeldom, the great Lewis singer lshbel Machsklll, and Edinburgh-based singer Christine Kydd completes the line up oi strong vocalists representing all varieties of Scottish song. As Sheena says ‘We’re going to do whatever ieels comiortable. Everything iromthe unadorned to very modern arrangements.’ (Norman Chalmers)

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I The main auditorium line-up has a rather iamiliar look, but The Song Field is something of an exception. As well as providing a new context ior Michael Marra and Dougie MacLean, it offers a plationn for two great Irish songwriters, the incomparable Mick Hanly and Jimmy MacCarthy, and a highly promising newcomer, Sinead Lohan.

Lohan is no stranger to the venue after opening for Joan Baez in October. Prior to that, she appeared on the successful A Woman’s Heari2 album and tour, and released her own debut, Who Do You Think IAm, produced by ionner Mary Black band mainstay Declan Sinnott. Despite all that, she does not see herseli as a iolkie. ‘I don’t have a iolk background at all, to be honest. My dad was a part-time musician

in the showbands, and i grew up listening to my brother’s John Lennon albums. I

consider the songwriting to be the main part at what I do, although I always knew I could sing, and I guess I really want my work to be seen more in a rock context than a traditional one, and in that respect I ieel closer to people like Sinead O’Connor or Dolores O‘Riordan.‘

Lohan also plays in the Strathciyde Suite on Mon 15. (Kenny Mathieson)

The Song Field, Main Auditorium, Wed 17, 7.30pm.

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I Supporting young Beltast star singer/songwriter Brian Kennedy, is the Scottish debut concert of an intriguing fusion at British - mainly Irish - and Swedish music, played by a quartet who have titled themselves Swap.

Hugely admired Newcastle-based acoustic guitarist Ian Carr admits ‘We put a little accent above the ’a’ so that the Swedes will pronounce it as in English. But it lost means Swap, exchange.’

Poozies’ accordionist Karen Tweed is looking forward, alter the Glasgow gig, to a little tour tor the band that includes Lauder in the Scottish Borders, and describes how the band came together. ‘Ian and I heard the two iiddlers, Carrina (Hormannson) and Ola (Blackstrom), when we went to play in Sweden at the Falun Festival. We were gobsmacked, and just bad to get together, which we did, and keep doing! We’ve played one concert in Sweden and halt a dance and it's great tun.

‘They have such an unusual, to our ears, sense at rhythm and time, and scales that use quarter tones, so the combination took a while to work out, but it's really interesting,’ (Harman Chalmers)

Swa'p support Brian Kennedy in the Strathclyde Suite on Wed 17.

I Community Concert Main Auditorium. II). I 5am. Tickets free from the box office. I Master Class Exhibition Hall.

12.30pm. Vocals with Scots singer Christine Kydd.

I Celtic Conversation Pieces Strathciyde Suite. Ipm. £3.50. Bill McCue and Proiessor David Daiches.

I University oi Strathciyde Lecture Buchanan Suite. 2.30pm. Tickets free from the box office. Producer. broadcaster and poet Donny O’Rourke.

I The Song Field Main Auditorium. 7.30pm. £12.5().£l0.50. Some of the best songwriters from Scotland and Ireland. Mick Hanley. Jimmy MacCarthy and Sinead Lohan from the latter; Dougie MacLean and Michael Marra play at home. See preview.

I Brian Kennedy/SWAP Siratliclyde Suite.