MUSIC folk & world


I Ceilidhs At The Caley Caiedonian Brewery. Siateford Road, 623 8066. 7pm. £6 (concs available). Live band.


I Flash Company Kirkcaldy Folk Club, Path Tavern, Mid Street, 01592 200282. 8pm. Quality Scots song, including the big ballads, and a smattering of meiodeon. fiddle and whistle from one of the best vocal groups performing traditional music in Scotland.


I Sophie Askew The Pleasance Theatre. The Pleasance, 650 2349. 1.45pm. £7 (£5). Classical pedal harp recital by one of Scotland’s top performers. Parr oflidt'nburgh Harp Festival. information and tickets, sec Edinburgh. Fri 14.

I William Taylor The Pleasance Theatre. The Pleasance. 650 2349. 8pm. £8 (£6). Taylor specialises in the performance of ancient harp music from ireland. Scotland and Wales, and brings along the rarely heard (nowadays) bray harp it buzzes! Support in song, story and interwoven modern Scottish and Paraguayan harps by Karen Marshalsay and Heather Yule. I’art ()flidt'nburglt Harp l-l'slit'ul. information and tickets, see Edinburgh. Fri 14.

I Wee Folk Club Royal Oak Downstairs, Infirmary Street. 557 2976. 8.30pm. £3. 'l'ony Mitchell, guitar and Mac Shaw, vocals.


I Violaine Mayor and Park Stickney The Pleasance Theatre. The Pleasance, 650 2349. 7.30pm. £9 (£7). From Brittany, Violaine Mayor performs on the wire- strung. small. Scots-style clarsach and has

adapted the fingernail technique to Breton music. From the US, and a luiiiiard School graduate, Park Stickney is a pedal- harpist whose style encompasses jazz and avant-garde rock. Part of Edinburgh Harp Festival. information and tickets, see Edinburgh, Fri 14.

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I itsuko Kondo and Tomoko Kondo The Pleasance Theatre, The Pleasance, 650 2349. 7pm. £8 (£6). Master koto (horizontal Japanese harp) players itsuko Kondo and her daughter Tomoko make a first visit to the UK. Part ()fEdi/tburgh Harp Festival. information and tickets, see Edinburgh, Fri 14.

WEDNESDAY 19 Edinburgh I Dordan The Pleasance Theatre, The Pleasance, 650 2349. 7pm. £8 (£6). From Galway, the hugely skilled quartet who entwine baroque music with the irish tradition, using harp, whistle, fittte, fiddle and voice. Part of Edinburgh Harp Festival. information and tickets, see Edinburgh, Fri 14. I The Brass Quintet Bongo Club, New Street, 558 7604. 8pm. £5 (£3). Resident musicians at Saint Petersburg’s Theatre of Modern Art, the foursome incorporate jazz and classical elements with Russian folk tradition. I Edinburgh Harp Festival Farewell Ceilidh The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, The Pleasance, 650 2349. 8.30pm. £4. lind- of-Festivai hooley with guest performers, and dance music by the Thunderdogs. information and tickets, see Edinburgh. Fri 14. I Beltane Ceilidh Chaos Teviot Row Union, Bristo Square, 650 4673. £4 (£3). Help raise funds for the Beltane Fire Festival at this ceilidh, complete with dancing. drumming and storytelling.

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lTSUKO AND TOMOKO KONDO Rarel such masters, the Japanese koto pro uces a beautifu and adds another dimension: by pressing on strin 5, each of which has an individual brid e, the performer can bend the pitc of the notes. Visiting the UK for the irst time, mother and daughter bring to the Edinburgh Harp Festival a repertoire ranging from the classics of the tradition, through popular standards to recent compositions.

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I Bert Jansch liowden Park Centre, liowden, (11506 433634. 7.30pm. £8 (£5). The role model for a generation of 60s guitarists still cuts it with his complex. fingerpicked acoustic blues, slurred vocals, and lonely songs.



I Michael Chapman New Dawn Folk Club, Riverside Club, Fox Street, 445 6271-. 8.15pm. £6. Another celebrated songwriter and veteran of the acoustic British blues guitar. with over twenty

albums under his belt.


I Fiddlers' Bid and The Wrigley Sisters Queen‘s liall. (‘ierk Street. 668 2019. 8pm. £9 (£6). The fiddle is star of this evening of music from our Norse-influenced islands in the north. Young music in new traditions from Shetland seven-piece Fiddlers’ Bid and ()rcadian duo The Wrigley Sisters. See Music preview.


I Bert lansch 60 The Pleasance, 650 2349. 8pm. £8 (£6). The ground breaking guitarist continues to inspire with his unique blend of folk. blues and jazz.


I Ceilidh Dance The Piping Centre. Mci’ltater Street. 287 5511. 8pm.£5 (£3.50). liot. steaming dance music from (‘lootie and the Dumplings.

I Ceilidh Dance Riverside Club, Fox Street. 248 3144. 7.30pm. £6. Music from T; )salteerie.

I Ceili h Dance With Gary Blair Renfrew Ferry. (‘lyde Place. 287 551 1. 9pm. £5. See Fri 14.


I Mystery Juice Rothes lialls. Rothes Square. 01592 61 i 10]. 8pm. £6. From iidinburgh. they do sharp. cool. retro rock with surreal appeal. a dancey. wired-up fiddle. and grungy blues with mud on its shoes.

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I I Ceilidh Dance Riverside Club. Fox Street. 248 3144. 7.30pm. £6. Sec l'il 31.


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Victoria Street. 225 4825. 10am—5pm. I Easter Festival of Country Music 8: Western Dance Royal Highland Centre. ingiiston. 333 3036. Noon—midnight. £8—£16 (£10). Country and Western festival presenting fast draw shootouts, line-dancing, cowboys, saloon girls and bands, including Texas Gun and More Tequila.

I Wee Folk Club Royal Oak Downstairs, lnfirmary Street, 557 2976. 8.30pm. £3. Chris Wright and Kris Drever.


I Show 0f Hands Riverside Club, Fox Street, 248 3144. £7. A dozen albums testify to the duo‘s popularity down south and further afield where an entertainment-oriented mix of grassroots business acumen. showmanship. multi- instrumental ability and populist songwriting has garnered Steve Knightley and Phil Beer at large following. The fiddle playing is flash and shallow, but if you enjoy groups like the Albion Band (Beer was a member) this could be your thing.


I MacBackpackers Ceilidh Dance The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street, 225 2564. 9pm—3am. £6.50 (£5). A funky take on the traditional ceilidh dance featuring live bands and Dis. As an added incentive to don traditional dress, the first 4() people to arrive in kilts get a free drink.

I Wee Folk Club Royal Oak Downstairs. infirmary Street. 557 2976. 8.30pm. £3. Cantrip's pipes. guitar and fiddle.



I Jez Lowe And The Bad Pennies Edinburgh Folk Club. Cabaret Bar. 60 The Pleasance. 650 2349. 8pm. £6 (£4—£5). Back with the band, singer Lowe drives north with finely-honed guitar. fiddle. keyboards and double bass accompaniment.


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I The John Wright Band New Dawn Folk Club, Riverside Club. Fox Street,

445 6271. 8.15pm. £7 (£4). Appealing

vocals in a popular. middle-of-the-road. country-tinged three-piece, with guitar and fiddle.