I Tomas Lynch Wee I'iolk ('lub. Royal Oak Downstairs. Infirmary Street. 8.30pm. £3. Mutti-talented (uillean pipes. whistle. guitar and songs) Irishman now resident in Glasgow.

I The Listening Room The Blue Blazer. Spittal Street. 229 5030. 10pm. £2 suggested donation. Mellow folk. rock and more at this gathering ()f acoustic singer/ songwriters presented by Peter Michael Rowan of Acoustic t.'nderground. with guests Trip l-‘ontaine 8c The Iilectric Soup.


ODemolition String Band Tron Theatre. ’I'rongate. 552 4267. 8pm. £7.50 (£5.50). A dose of bluegrass and hillbilly from the New Jersey duo whose pt'ey'iotts songs included a country cover of Madonna's ‘1.ike :\ I’rayet". l’ttrr (if'lfig Big ('mmrry‘.


I Indigo Girls Queen's llall. (‘lerk Street. 668 2019. 7.30pm. £18. ('ult pop/ folk/ punksters Iimily Saliers and Amy Ray. See preview in (iay section.

I The Power Of Compassion St Brides (‘entre. ()rwell 'l'errace. 346 1405. 8pm. £6.50 (£5). Tibetan music. See liri l0.


I Barachois 'I‘olhootli 'I‘heatre. Jail Wynd. 01786 274000. 7.30pm. £10 (£6.50). 'l‘raditional Iirench/Acadian dance music and song from the great band from Prince Edward Island. (‘anada I Tony McManus Stirling l-‘olk (‘ltilm Terraces IIotel. .‘ylely'ille Terrace. ()1786 472268. 8pm. £5 (£4). Acoustic guitar star.

Tuesday 14


QPeter Bruntnell Tron 'I‘heatre. 'I‘rongate. 552 4267. 8pm. £7.50 (£5.50). Sotith London trottbadour whose latest albtttti Normal l-iir Bra/gettiin has receiy'ed much acclaim. Part of [fig li’iu ('umilry' .

I Scottish Country Dance St Mary's Cathedral. (ircat Western Road. 337 2802. 7.30 10pm. £4 (£2). Scottish country dancing for all the family".


I Artisan I’enieuik I‘olk('1ub. Nayaar House Hotel. Bog Road. (11968 678153. 8.15pm. £5 (£4). Respected Yorkshire- based Vocal harmony group.

Wednesday 15


QBefl Jansch Iidinburgh l‘olk ('lttb. ('abaret Bar. the l’leasance. 65() 2349. 8pm. £8 (£6). A leading figure on the t'K music scene since the mid-60s. the ground-breaking guitarist continues to inspire new generations w ith his unique blend of iingerpicked folk. blues and jazz. See preyiew'.


I Session With Ben Edom l)unfermline l-‘olk (’lub. Thistle '1‘ayern. Baldridgeburn. ()1383 729673. 8.30pm. liree. Acoustic guitarist playing Scottish and contemporary material.


GNatalie Merchant The Old I’ruitmarket. Albion Street. 287 5511. 8pm. £18.50. ()ne-off appearance in Scotland from the singer. ex-the leg- endary 10,000 Maniacs. who blends gospel. reggae and Arabic influences. I’url of Big Big ('ou/ilry'.

I Artisan The Star ( 'lub. Riyerside (Tub. I’ox Street. 569 7287. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). Yorkshire harmony. See Tue 14.


I Tomas Lynch I'alkirk I-olk ('lub. the Polish ('lub. :\rnot Street. 01324 613395. 8.30pm. £5 (£4.50). Top-flight singer. guitarist and t'illean piper.


OSteve Young (‘astlemitls (‘ontniunity (‘entrc. (‘astlemilk l)ri\e. 353 8000. 8pm. £8 (£6). legendary singer on the country-rock scene. Since the late 60s he's been blending blues. gospel and hillbilly influences into his work. l’url or [fie Ii’ic ('otuilry'.


I STARTING POINT: ZERO 1‘ruitmarket (iallery. 45 Market Street. 225 2383. 7pm. £7 (£3 £5). The culmination of two years‘ improy isation bringing togetheria/I and folk musicians. sound-designers and actors under the banner of The Working I’arty. .\ liye eyent described by the organisers as ‘an ady'enture through spaces of the imagination‘. the work is dedicated to the late John (’age.

. ChUCk Prophet The Venue. ('itlttul Road. 557 3073. 7pm. £8. I’op meets country as l’rophet tours to promote his new album 3}) (filter /.Ul't'. I'.(littbttt‘glt roots-popsters The Sunshine l)elay till the support slot.


OBert Jansch (‘arnegic llall. liast Port. 01383 314000. 7.30pm, £11

(£9 £10). The guitarist‘s guitarist. See \Vetl 15.


I Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham ('umbernauld Theatre. Kildt’um. (11236 732887. 7.45pm. £10 ( £6). The long-- established Scots dtio continue to draw in the crowds w ith their spectacular fiddle aitd accordion play iitg and all those


Castle Douglas

I Knockengorroch (‘aisphairir Nr (ittstle Douglas. (ialloway. Noon. £30 weekend ticket. .\ heady mi\ of musics in the open air including /.ion Train. (’roft No 5. Burrach. Nusa and Ruffness.

Saturday 1 8


I STARTING POINT: ZERO (iilmorehill(i|2. 9 t'niyersity .'\\enuc. 330 5522. 7.30pm. £7 (£3 £5). See Ii) 17.

I Rab Noakes And The Varaflames ('astlcmilk ('ommunity ('entrc. I21 (’astlemilk l)ri\c. 353 8000. 8pm. £ 10 ( £8). The country /folk/popstcr brings special guest l.inda 'I‘homson. /’ur! ()I'li’ic' li’ig ('uiuiri'y See Thu 9.


OTaraf de Haidouks t'slier llall. l.othian Road. 228 1155. 7.30pm. £14 (£12). Romanian gypsy band of the moment: around a do/en singers arid musicians of all ages playing litldlcs and accordions oy er the big hatitmered dul- cimer (cimbalon ). guitar and bass. Recctit recipients ()1 the 131“. Radio 3 World \Itlsie:\\\ttt't1. they count .lohnny l)epp as a major fan. See prey iew.


I Scottish Pipe Band Championships l.e\cngro\c l’ai‘k. 01389738762. 9am 5.30pm. l'rcc. ()y er 100 bands compete in Scottish piping's biggest eyent ()f the year. Stalls. food. refreshments. funfair and children‘s entertainment.


I Old Blind Dogs llowdctt l’arls (’entt'e. llowden. 01506 433634. 8pm. £3) (£6). \Vith lead singer .Iitn Malcolm. the Dogs tour their take on Scots music w ith drums and bass.


I Stirling Provincial Mod Albert IIaIIs. l)umbarton Road. 01786 473544. 9am 5.30pm. £1.50 (children free). Annual (iaclic singing and performance competition. (‘eilidh at 7pm (£5: children £1.50).


I The Cast Victoria Ilall. Station Road. (11786 473544. 7.30 10pm. £7 (£2 £5.50). (iuitarist I)ay id l‘rancis and fiddler/singer .\Iairi (‘ampbell

Castle Douglas

I Knockengorroch (‘ai-spliairi). Nr (‘astlc Douglas. (iallow'ay. Noon. £30 weekend ticket. See I'it'i 17.


I STARTING POINT: ZERO St Andrew ‘s In The Square. ()ff Saltmarkct. St Andrew ‘s Street. 548 6020. 3pm. £7 (£3 £5). See l‘ri I7.

0 Paul Burch Tron ’I‘heatrc. Irongate. 552 4267. 8pm. £7.50 (£5.50). A member of l.itiiibcltop. the Nash\ ille- based singer/songw ritcr performs tales of loye. death and the American psyche. /’url of Big [fie ('ott/ilry'.

I Tango 8. Waltz (‘al'e (‘ossaeliok Russian ('ultural (‘cntre. King Street. 553 0733. 8.30pm. £3. Tribute to the two famous dance forms by guitarist l’cter llkcy and accordionist (icorgie (iaiiic. performng together for the first tiittc.


I Ian Melrose \Vcc I’olk (Tub. Royal ()ak Downstairs. Infirmary Street. 8.30pm. £3. .'\L‘L‘()lllplislte(l. (ierman- domiciled Scots guitarist and singer (and some-time (‘lannad member) with a new album on release.

I The Listening Room The Blue Bla/ei'. Spittal Street. 2295030. 8 10pm. £2 suggested donation. See Sttn l2.


0 Bert Jansch Tolbooth 'l‘heatt'c. .lail \Vytltl.11178027411110. 7.3llpltl. £3 (£5,511). See Wed 15.

Castle Douglas

I Knockengorroch (‘ai-sphairn. Nr ('astlc Douglas. (ialloway. Noon. £30 weekend ticket. See HT 17.

Monday 20


I Jim Malcolm and Susie Malcolm Stirling I‘olls ('lttb. 'I'erraces Ilotcl. 4 .\lel\illeTerrace.01786 472208. 8pm. £5 (£4). .\ mi\ of traditional and contemporary songs from the husband— and-w ife team.

Wednesday 22


I Joe Burke arid Anne Conroy- Burke lidinburgh l‘olk ('lub. (‘abaret liar. 60 The l’lcasattcc. ()50 2349. 31’”). £6 (£5 ). The celebrated button accordion player from (ialway. still on the road attd here w ith his wife. his stories aitd a rake of tunes.

I Kin (‘afe Royal Ilisti'o llat'. West Register Street. 557 4792. 9pm. £1. New \enue for this weekly acoustic open stage for poems. comedy. songs and music. l’erforitters w clcome book a slot before 9pm.

'I guess eating _choco|ate can'be a substitute for kissmg.’

Fiona Buchanan of Glasgow‘s

Heart Buchanan , see Food, page 115


folk & world listings Music

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Big Big Country Glasgow's annual festival of Americana. hits its stride with concerts in various venues around town. Over the first weekend catch the Cash Brothers at the Tron on Friday. Steve Young (pictured) in Castlemilk on Friday too. and the wondroust eclectic Lambchop on Saturday night at the Fruitmarket. Thu 9—Sun 79 May.

Bert Jansch The great home- grown guitarist Bert Jansch is back in Edinburgh displaying his songwriting skills underscored by that uniquely intricate. filigree fingerpicking that he makes look so easy. Edinburgh Fo/k Club. Wed 75 May: Dunferm/ine. Fri 17 May: Stirling. Sun 79 May.

Taraf de Haidouks A big. (.lo/en—strong collection of Aly Bains and Phil Cunninghams . . . Romanian gypsy style. Singers too. with big voices. and amid all the musical mayhem. the ear- bending sound of the big cimbalom. the Eastern European hammered dulcimer. Winners of Radio World Music awards. they're also flavour of the month in l-lollywood since Johnny Debi.) gave them a big thumbs up. Usher /-/a//, Edinburgh, Sat 78 May.


I Tom Clelland l)unfermline I-"olk (Tub. Thistle 'l‘aycrn. Ilaldridgeburn. (11383 729073. 8.30pm. liree. [anarkshire singer/songw ritcr Tom ('lelland with tracks from his new 'I.itt|e Stories" album.


I Joe Burke and Anne Conroy- Burke The Star ('lub. Riycrside (Tub. l'.()\ Street. 509 7287. 7.30pm. £6 (£4 1. Irish accordion. See Wed 22.


I The Proclaimers ('orn Iischangc. ('ourt Street. 7.30pm. £17.50. Scotland's unforgettable musical twins return with music frotn their new album l’cru‘t'i'n'.


I Session l'alkirk t-‘olk ('lub. the Polish ('lttb. .'\rnot Street. 01324 613395. 8.30pm. £1.

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