Dates listed below are for one-off and ticketed shows. Gigs are listed by date, then by city. Performances will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least ten da s before publication. Folk 8: Worl listings compiled by Norman Chalmers.



I Solstice Party New Dawn Folk Club, Riverside Club, Fox Street, 445 6271. 8.15pm. £5 (£3). Festive open stage. There‘s a prize for anybody coming naked, whiclt has never yet been claimed. . .


I Ceilidh Dance Riverside Club, Fox Street. 248 3144. 7.30pm. £6. Music front 'l'apsalteerie.


I A Winter's Night Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street, 668 2019. 8pm. £8—£11 (£5). Annual celebration of Christmas and mid-winter featuring music, story and song. A collalmration between harpist Corriita llewat, pianist David Milligaii, guitarist Dave Francis and Simon Thoumire‘s small pipes and concertina; actress Gerda Stevenson provides the narration.

I Guid Crack Club Waverley Bar Upstairs. 7.30pm. £2.50. Monthly storytelling Club with guest talespinner David Campbell.

I Ceilidh Dance Assembly Rooms, George Street, 225 2131. 8pm. £8 (£5). Music from the Robert Fish Band.


Glasgow I Ceilidh Dance Riverside Club. Fox Street, 248 3144. 7.30pm. £6. See Fri 17.


I Ceilidh Dance Caledonian Brewery, Slateford Road, 623 8066. 7.30pm. £8. Fund-raiser for Lotltian Divers BSAC, but non-scuba divers are also very welcome. Tickets on the door or 661 ()044 (day), 665 3456 (eve).


I From Russia With Lev Cafe Cossachok, Russian Cultural Centre, 10 King Street, 553 0733. 8.30pm. Violinist Lev Atlas joins accordionist Vladimir Skiba for a night of popular Russian lyrical music.


I A Concert For Christmas Magnum Theatre, llarbourside, 01294 278381.

Hippy Hogmanay: The reformed Incredible String Band play St Mary's Cathedral.

7.30pm. £10 (£8). A festive event with the London Community Gospel Choir.



I Sunhoney and the Alyth MacCormack Band Bongo Club. 14 New Street, 558 7604. 9pm—3am. £5 (£4). Celebrating the launch of her new CD, Alyth MacCormack’s Band, 10pm, features Mary MacMaster on harp and vocals, Dave Troughton, keys, and Tom Bancroft, drums, performing a mix of traditional and contemporary Gaelic vocals. Sunhoney, 11.30pm, fronted by Deaf Blazing Fiddler Aidan O’Rourke has kit drums and percussion from Fergus McKenzie and Donald Hay, Swirler’s bassist John Spiers and Old Blind Dog fiddler Jonny Hardie on guitar. Support from Harp Voices. DJ Dolphin Boy follows with roots sounds and urban grooves.



I Alan Tall Clutha Vaults, Stockwell Street. 9pm. Free. New songs from the ubiquitous West End guitarist.


I Edinburgh Songwriters Showcase The Tron, 9 Hunter Square, High Street, 2260931. 9pm—midnight. £1. An acoustic showcase for up and coming singer-songwriters. To book an open-mic spot arrive by 8.30pm.



I Ceilidh Dance Henry Wood Hall, Claremont Street. 8pm. £7 (£5). Tickets and information 07887 620 594. Music from the Marmalade Ceilidh Band.


I Offbeat Records Christmas Party Bongo Club, 14 New Street, 558 7604. 9pm-1am. Folk and world music from Jimi the Piper, Hamed Kane playing Senegalese drums and traditional Scottish folk from John McNairn.


I Christmas Ceilidh Dance Howdert Park Centre, Ilowden, 01506 433634. 8pm. £7 (£5). Fiddle-driven music from Bella McNab‘s Dance Band.



I Christmas Eve Ceilidh Dance Riverside Club, Fox Street, 248 3144. 7.30pm. £8. Music provided by Coila.


Glasgow I Boxing Day Ceilidh Dance Riverside Club, Fox Street, 248 3144. 7.30pm. £6.

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Edinburgh, Thu 30 Dec

Music from the Black Rose Ceilidh Band.

I These Timeless Classics Cafe Cossachok. Russian Cultural Centre. 10 King Street. 553 0733. 8.30pm. A programme of world classical masterpieces performed by violinist Lev Atlas. accordionist \"ladimir Skiba and master of the Russian balalaika, Anaton Potzeluev.


I Bachue The Hub, Castlehill, Royal Mile. 473 2000. 2pm. £8. Corrina Hess at on harp/vocals and David Milligati on piano share a jazz background and art eclectic, rootsy repertoire. Part of Edinburgh '3 Hogmunay.

I Ossian The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile, 473 2000. 7.30pm. £10. The current line-up features the tried and tested talents of founders Billy Ross (vocals) arid William Jackson (clarsach), plus Stuart Morison on fiddle and Iain Maclnnes on pipes. Part of Edinburgh 's Hug/nanny.

I Home For Hogmanay Festival Theatre. 13—29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. 8.30pm. £15-£22. The opening gala of [Edinburgh‘s millennium celebrations is hosted by Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham with guests such as Karen Matheson, F.ddi Reader, Dick Gaughan and Michael Marra. Part of Edinburgh is I Iugniunuy. See llogmana y preview.


I Ceilidh Dance (iolden Lion Hotel, King Street. 01786 475351. 8pm-lam. £8. Stirling Folk Club present their annual ceilidh dance featuring North Sea Gas, Itchy Fingers and the Stuart McKeowii dance band.



I Archie Fisher The Hub, Castlehill. Royal Mile, 473 2000. 2pm. £8. BBC Radio Scotland‘s Travelling Folk presenter. Fisher is also a renowned guitarist, songwriter arid interpreter of traditional song. Part uflidinbu/gh 's Hog/nanny.

I Davy Steele The Hub, Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. 7.30pm. £10. Solo show frotn the lead vocalist of the Battlefield Band. I’itrt ()j’l'.‘dinburgh Ts Hog/nanny.



I Loyko Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. 8pm. £9 (£6). Virtuoso trio of twin fiddles and guitar with vocals, drawing on a 300-year-old Russian gypsy family heritage.


I The Cast The Hub, Castlehill. Royal Mile, 473 2000. 2pm. £8. Just back from serenading Sean Connery at his Stateside celebration with Clinton, guitarist Dave Francis and singer/fiddler Mairi Campbell create a distinctive acoustic sound, part traditional Scots. part scl penned. Part of Edinburgh ‘5 Hog/nanny. I lock Tamson's Bairns The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile, 473 2000. 7.30pm. £10. Legendary among grass- roots folk fans since they formed their musical collective back in the early 80s. the Bairns have an international reputation for their top notch traditional Scottish music. I’m! ()fEdinburgh is Hog/nanny.



I Sileas The Hub, Castlehill. Royal Mile, 473 2000. 2pm. £8. Patsy Seddon and Mary MacMaster form harp duo Sileas (pronounced Shelass for the non- Gaelic speakers among us). as well as one half of female foursome 'l he Poo/res. and are renowned for the stunning interplay between their two harps and

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voices. Part of Edinburgh ‘s H. vgrriuiiitv. I Ceilidh Dance Si Bride‘s Centre. to ()rwell Terrace. 346 1405. Thrive. t‘\

(£l--£5). Presented by the Adult 1 earring

Project. Music by Di lloolev lit Leis available frorn All’ on 3 3 5st I).

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Royal Mile. 473 2000 8 20pm. £103 ~

lead vocalist with the (11d Blind 1‘ ti . Angus-bred Malcolm has had a

successful solo c.iieer l ‘1 iii no you Ballads are a speciality. and he also composes his ow n. and thL'Ullll‘d'llt‘s himself on guitar and harmonic.. /‘ 1’! o" Edinburgh is Hognumuv.

I The Incredible String Band \i Mary's Calltedtal, 3“ l’alriicistoii l‘lai 667 7776. 8.30pm. £1". Rt‘llllllt'tl tor the first time in over 30 years, th legend

acoustic band in their ltt'_\ In our ‘lti everyone butThe Beatles, Slwr' I' Who and Led Yeppliii. Rl‘i‘lll

Williamson. Clive Palmer and .\lil ~ llerott bring friends including If it Jattscli, Joliit Reitbouiu. .\I hie l N I and the Zepplirt‘s guitarist I‘m: . Edinburgh 3’ Hog/nanny.

I Dancin' At The Dome ll} itatiiic liarth, llolytootl Road, 4,73 -‘l '1‘”. 9pm—itiidnigltt. £15. .\l.issi\c t :‘Illtlll dance featuring Sandy Bieehiii's ( V-ilitlh Band and the Cutting bilge (‘eilivlli b will. I’ttrl anfdinhurg/t 's [It'll"",11’l(1‘b.

—mmm_ Edinburgh

I Millennium Dream Palace ( ' ilc Graffiti. East London Street, 55 8"'ti. £50—£60. Say a lL'ZlIltll goodby .- to one of Edinburgh's bcslelm ctl \ critics and till”) a night of revelrv on two lli‘i‘l s l'psi .l' s there‘s the Deaf Heights ( tirin .‘tca s. Belle Star Band. Midnight Blue ll Ilitl. Lizzard lounge All Stars w tilt ( Helm Petra arid many more. Downstairs llrt‘iv‘ will be DJ 's front the club nights including Joseph Malil. and l'iiv'l' Fawaz.

I Jennifer 8. Hazel Wrigley I Iv- Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. -1 .3 30"” 3pm £8. Award-winning t'w iii si'sl"!- lioiii Orkney Jennifer and lla/v'l pl i) iltltll'.‘

' and guitar piano respectively. pl'iy li llv

blending traditional and jaw lil e l influences. I’uii uj / dinl ripe/’1 's I log/nanny.

s I The Best Of The Bongo I he Hi mg”

Club, New Street. 556 5.701. 8pm mm,

£50 (includes Thai and or Alrit an l|1L"tl between 8pm arid 11pm), Bring in llic new year in Bongo Club st} le w itli a big mix of live music and I)Js. l't'ultilctl acts include members of Swelling Meg. .‘tly rh McCortttack, Jciiiiy (iaidiict, l‘aiil Harrison and (iteeu Juice. with! Hillsii‘ sounds come froin 1)J Yele, and Shooglertifty"s Conrad l.tiitsl.y v. ill llt:tl‘t‘ you forget all about Sir Cliff, \\ iili his authentic rendition of x\llltl laiig \y tie. I McEwan's New Year Revels Assembly Rooms, 54 (ieoig- Street, 4349. 9.30pm~3.30atit. £45. ('i rig McMurdo, Robert I ish ('eilitlli Band, The Belle Star Band and It] llr'lltl' Wendy. 801.1) ()1 'l l i. {I'l’ "r 's Hug/nanny.


I Millennium Hogmanay Ceilidh Albert Halls, Dumbattori Rt‘iltl,1ll N'» 473544. 8pm. £59.50. A traditional ceilidh featuring Bill Black :in 1 his Scottish Country Dance Band. .'t\ vcll :es supper and champagne to toast the new year



I Music For New Year’s Day (‘iiy .\11 Centre, 2 Market Street, 529 3993. Noon—5pm. lircc. liitjoy some fine music and art on the first day of the new millennium. \Vry ltuttti tur J'thl song liw 'i pianist Michael Maria, aiil Iidtlleis Gavin Marwick and Joniiy llaithe: the exhibition on show is ’l/:. l /:r I '1 [IN TTTIII‘I.1"],1({fl'llf‘t'll;ldv' 1'. I\ . ' ‘.


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