I John Renbourn and Robin Williamson The l’crry. (‘lytle Place. 8pm. £12. £1 1.50 with credit card on 016‘)8 26551 1. See Wed 1 l and pre\ iew. I Stramash Live at the Star. St Andrews in the Square. St Andrews Square. off Sattmarket. 548 6020. 8pm. £7 (£5). lligh qttality. highly authentic traditional Scots songs. ballads and instrumental music from (iordeattna Mc(’ulloch. Adam McNaughton and the band.

I The Zulu Open Mic ()'.\'eill's. Sattchiehall Street. 353 3‘)15.

‘)pm midnight. tiree. See Thu 5.


I English Concertina Workshops Boroughmuir High School. View forth. Bruntslietd. Information 347 ‘)‘)64.

7 ‘)pm. £20 (£16) for 4 weeks. :\l.l’ music workshop series. See Thu 5.


I Ceilidh Dance Riverside (’lub. lios Street. 248 .3144. S 11.45pm. £6. Mllsle from l)eoch and Horns.


I Boo Hewerdine Pleasancc (‘abaret Bar. Pleasance. 8pm. £8 (£7). Information 623 ()168. ('clebratcd singer/guitarist. es—Richard 'l‘hompson. litldl Reader etc.


OMalinky and Daimh ttow den Park (’entre. llow den. 01506433634. 8pm. £tbc. See Hit right.

Saturday 14


I The Zulu Open Mic Brunswick ('ellars. Saucltichall Street. 5.31 1321). 4 7pm. Free. See Thu 5.

I Ceilidh Dance Riverside (‘1ub. Pox Street. 248 3144. 8 11.45pm. £6. Sec Fri 13.


OMalinky and Daimh 't‘olbooth. ('astle Wynd. 01786 274000. 8pm. £10 (£6.50). See Hit List. right.


I Kesha ('afe ('ossachok. Russian (’ulturat ('entre. King Street. 5530733. ‘)pm. £5 (£3). tlugely talented trio of Nigel ('lark (guilarl.()1cg Ponomarev (violin) and Lev :\tl;t\ (violin) playing Rttssian. (iypsy. Jan attd Kle/mer.


OMalinky and Daimh Queen’s 11a11. ('lerk Street. 668 281‘). 8pm. £12 (£10). See llit right.

I Nick Keir \Vee l’olk ('luh. Royal Oak Downstairs. Infirmary Street. 557 2‘)76. 8.30pm. £3. ()ne of the Mc('almans flies solo. Songs. with guitar and whistle.

Monday 16 Edinburgh

I The Unusual Suspects Queen's 11a|1.('1erk' Street. 668 2(11‘). 8pm. £14 t£l2). See l‘il't (i.

I Acoustica ('abaret Voltaire. Blair Street. 220 6176. 7.30 11pm. Weekly sitiger/stmgwriter nights. See Mon 0.

I Mediterranean Night ('aharet \‘ottairc. Blair Street. 220 6176.

1 lptn 3am. £2. See Mon ‘).


I Folk’n’Friends The (‘anons‘ (iail. ('anongate. 556 4481. ‘)pm. 1‘rce. Sec Tue 10.



The Unusual Suspects They are nearly two score of the most dynamic players on the scene. from Blazin' Fiddlers to Battlefieldbandsmen. Deaf Shepherds. Blind Dogs and Iron Horses. They‘ve got an accordion section. horn section and vocalists put together by harp player Corrina Hewat and pianist Dave Milligan. The hit Celtic Connections show goes on the road. Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 5 Feb; Rot/res Hal/s, G/enrothes, Fri 6 Feb.

Malinky and Daimh Taking absolutely no heed of the weatherman this pair head off round the country on the first of the Scottish Arts Council's 'Tune Up‘ touring initiatives. Malinky's (pictured) quality contemporary Scots (with a seam of the Irish) tradition has vocalists Karine Polwart and Steve Byrne and Daimh (pronounced ‘dive') is a sparky all-instrumental welding of Irish banjo. Cape Breton pipes and San Francisco fiddle onto a wild West Highland rhythm section. Howden Park Centre, Livingston. Fri 73 Feb; To/booth, Stirling, Sat 74 Feb: Queen's Hall. Edinburgh. Sun 75 Feb.

Wednesday 18


I Ceilidh Dance St Andrew's itt the Square. off Saltmarket. St Andrew ‘s Street. 548 6021). 7.3T) 10.30pm. £5. Weekly dance. all welcome. See Wed

1 1.

I Song Session (‘at‘e Source. St Andrews in the Square. St Andrews Square. off Saltmarkel. 548 6020. 8.30pm. Free.


I Pipedown lidinburgh l’olk (‘1ub. ('abaret Bar. The Pleasance. 650 234‘). 8pm. £6 (£5). Award-w inning 1idinburgh-based battd featuring ace bellow s piper Moore.

Thursday 1 9


I Mike Whellans Live at the Star. St Andrews in the Square. St Andrews Square. off Saltmarket. 548 6020. 8pm. £6 (£4). The outstanding one—man blues band Whellans was once one of the Boys of the Lough. attd is back

liv ing itt Scotland alter years in Denmark.

I The Zulu Open Mic ()‘.\'ei|l‘s. Sauchiehall Street. 353 .3915.

‘)pm midnight. 1‘ree. See Thu 5.

Classical & opera

Events are listed by date, then city. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to Ruth Hedges at, by post or by tax on 0131 557 8500. Listings are compiled by Ruth Hedges and Carol Main.

Thursday 5


I Majbritt Byskov and Stewart Young Merchants House. 7 West (ieorge Street. 334 9757.

12.45 1.45pm. £5 (£27 £4.50). This young and talented Danish soprano performs a pleasingly varied recital programme of chansons. lieder and operatic arias by (irieg. l-‘aure. Strauss. Puccini and Mozart.

I Richard Craig and Laura Baxter (ilasgow t'niversity (‘oncert 11a11. t'niversity Avenue. 330 4()‘)2. 1.10 2pm. l-‘ree. Flute and piano duo performing music by Dutitleux. Saariaho and Prokofiev.

I Piano Celebration! Barony 11a11. (‘astle Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £10 (£5 £7). Murray McLachlan gives a special recital programme to celebrate the centenary of the Scottish composer-pianist-conductor lirik (’hisholm (1‘)04-1‘)65). Mc1.achlan plays a balanced mix of Bartok. (‘hisholm and (‘hopin in the venue where Chisholm. in his youth. was etnployed as church organist.


I Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra Reid (‘oncert llall. lidinburgh l‘niversity. Bristo Square. 668 201‘). l.l()pm. Donations. (‘oncert of chamber music with donations to Maggie’s (‘ancer ('aring (‘entres

I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Queen‘s llall. (‘lerk Street. 668 201‘). 2.30pm. £7 £13. The outstanding British tenor Mark Padmore joins an S('() string quartet. Robin Williams |oboe| and Peter livans |piano| for a performance of two Ralph Vaughan Williams song cycles: the haunting [fluke Songs and the arrestineg intense ()n lli'll/(H'k It‘llgfl’. The programme also includes works by Ravel and Fin/i. GRSAMD - The Marriage of Figaro Festival Theatre. 13 2‘) .\'ico1son Street. 52‘) 6000. 7pm.

£10 £18 (£7 £15). The RSAMI)‘s opera department has been steadily earning a well deserved reputation for fantastic productions. Hot on the heels of its highly acclaimed 2003 successes. Timothy Dean conducts Martin l.loyd- livans’ production of Mozart's most widely performed opera with lidinburgh based Kate Valentine as the ('ountcss. Bound to be a treat. and a chance to see the talent of tomorrow shine today.

I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Queen's llall.('1erk‘ Street. 668 201‘). 7.45pm. £7 £22. Legendary Dutch recorder maestro turned condttctor. t'rans Bruggen. directs a perfortnance of Schumann‘s Symphony no 4 in its rarely-heard original 1841 version. and his tin/in ('orm'rto featuring the supremely talented Antje Weithaas as \UlOTSl.


I Petersen Quartet RSAMI). l()() Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 1pm. £6 (£4). (‘onrad Muck and Daniel Bell on v iolin. 1"t'iedmann Weigle on viola and 11enry-1)avid Varema on cello perform music by Shostakovich and Beethoven. I Masterclass RSAMI). l()() Renfrcw Street. 332 5057. 2.30pm.

classical & opera listings Music

. RSAMD - The Marriage of Figaro Do not dismiss this because it is a student production. It experience is anything to go by. the RSAMD Opera School aims for the highest standards all round. And it has some exceptional talent in its midst at present. Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 5 and Sat 7 Feb.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra The pairing of the two one-act . Erwartung by Schoenberg and Bluebeard’s Castle by Bartok, is one that is not so unusual in itself. but the chance to hear these two extraordinary works in one evening under the dynamic baton of conductor llan Volkov is not something to be passed up lightly. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 72 Feb.

The music of Helmut Lachenmann ‘Music is dead.’ pronounced the German composer Helmut Lachenmann (pictured) when he spoke at an international music congress in 1996. Well, not so dead that ECAT can't promote a concert devoted to some of his chamber music for clarinet. cello and piano. One of the most influential of present day composers, Lachenmann. born in Stuttgart in 1935. is rarely heard in the UK. Defining what he meant by his controversial remark as ‘reinventing one's own concept of music with every composition'. so that music is re-awakened to new life, Lachenmann‘s music has a visionary. powerful and unusual beauty. Queen '5 Hall, Edinburgh, Wed 78 Feb.

Free. The Petersen Quartet directs a string quartet masterclass.

I Swingin’ and Singin’ Festival Theatre. 13 2‘) .\'ico1son Street. 52‘) 6000. 7.30pm. £10. Bryan Allen directs the RSAMI) for an evening of show- stopping numbers from the worlds of Big Band and Musical Theatre.

I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Barony Hall. (‘astle Street. 353 8000. tbc. See Thu 5.


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