Wednesday 17 Folk
Glasgow ■ Live Jazz Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, 357 4524. 8pm. £2. A mixture of standards and originals played on guitar, drums and saxophone. FREE Mono Jazz Mono, 12 King’s Court, King Street, 553 2400. 8pm. See Wed 10. Edinburgh FREE Edinburgh University Jazz Orchestra The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 5pm. See Wed 10. ■ Jazz Bar Quartet The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8.15pm. £4 (£3). Drummer Bill Kyle leads this jazz four-piece. ■ Soul Society The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 11.30pm. £2 (£1). See Wed 10.
Thursday 18 Edinburgh ■ Kevin Glasgow/Ant Law Band The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8pm. £4 (£3). Creative and inventive jazz from bassist Glasgow and guitarist Law. ■ The Freaky Family The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 11.30pm. £2 (£1). See Thu 4.
Leven ■ Souped Up Fords Inn at Lathones, Largoward, 01334 840494. 9pm. £8. Heavy, driving blues rock to start the 2010 Fifestock festival with a great big rumble. Part of Fifestock.
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Glasgow ■ The Mick West Band St Andrew’s in the Square, St Andrew’s Square, 0870 013 4060. 7.30pm. £10 (£8). Top Scots singer West is joined by guitarist and piper Frank McLaughlin, reedsman and multi-instrumentalists Fraser Fifield, Ali Hutton and Stevie Lawrence. They have just released a brilliantly produced and performed new album on Greentrax, ‘Sark O’ Snaw.’
Edinburgh ■ Rantum Scantum The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. Donation. An eclectic mix of entertaining contemporary, Americana and traditional songs from Bobby Nicholson (guitar/voc) and Eddy Hanson (violin).
Falkirk ■ Falkirk Folk Club Session Falkirk Folk Club, The Polish Club, Arnot Street, 01324 613395. 8pm. An informal night of music and song. All welcome. Stirling ■ Dick Gaughan Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 8pm. £12 (£10).
He’s been around since the 70s, and is a figurehead of the folk and traditional revival. A dyed-in-the-wool socialist and campaigner for social justice, Leith’s Gaughan is also a consummate singer and extraordinary guitarist. Friday 5
Glasgow ■ Friday Ceilidh Dance Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 8.30pm. £8 (£5; or two-course meal for £19.95). Cooked food and live music. Dundee ■ An Evening with Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire Dundee Rep, Tay Square, 01382 223530. 8pm. £7. Glasgow singer-songwriter Hart has shared studio time with Ryan Adams, has an album with guest appearances by Kris Kristofferson and Eddi Reader, and here appears with his band The Lonesome Fire. Support in the shape of Dropkick, The Starlight Jams and R Kid Cash.
Leven ■ Dick Gaughan Inn at Lathones, Largoward, 01334 840494. 8.15pm. £12. See Thu 4. Peebles ■ Blow Away The Blues Ceilidh Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, 01721 725777. 7.30pm. £10 (£5). Dave Robb and his band provide the music for this family night and theatre fundraiser. Light refreshments available.
Jesca Hoop self-released debut Hunting My Dress from November of last year. ■ Nice’nSleazy, Glasgow, Sat 13 Feb; Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Mon 15 Feb. Quirky folk with an indie twist from Manchester-based Californian Hoop. A startling singer of complicated folk melodies that beguile with their lightness of touch as showcased on her
Theatre, Abbey Street, 01334 St Andrews ✽✽ Colin Steele’s Stramash Byre 475000. 7.45pm. £12. Exhilarating jazz- folk fusion from Scotland’s leading jazz trumpeter. Steele fronts a ten-piece band that combines his jazz quintet with three top fiddlers and a piper from the Scottish scene. Part of the Fife Jazz Festival.
Sunday 7 Edinburgh ■ Nanci Griffith The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7pm. £26.50. The US diva returns to Scotland with more delicate phrasing and tender vocals to tug Glaswegian heartstrings. FREE Footstomping Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. Instrumental folk music session.
Monday 8 Glasgow ■ Michael Simons Tchai Ovna, Otago Lane, 357 4524. 8pm. £2. Glasgow-based guitarist starts from acoustic folk/blues.
Edinburgh FREE Muckle Flugga Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. Trad Scottish dance music. Stirling ■ Michael Marra Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County Rugby Football Club, Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Road, 01259 218521. 8pm. £8. One of Scotland’s most prolific, and rewarding songwriters, part-jazz, part-blues, part- folk and part-rock, all delivered from the piano in an inimitable, uncompromising, and touchingly humorous fashion.
Glasgow FREE Thank Folk it’s Tuesday Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 7pm. The GU Celtic band host this folk and traditional session. Edinburgh ■ Royal Wood Leith Folk Club, The Village, South Fort Street, 07502 024852. 7.30pm. £6. Like our own Mr Marra, Wood knows his way around the piano and guitar, and as a songwriter, the many ways and worlds of intelligent music making. He is a Canadian original. ■ Ceilidh Club The Lot, Grassmarket, 225 9922. 8pm. £6. Ceilidh dance with a caller to lead you through the steps. Live music from Breelin. FREE Footstomping Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. See Sun 7.
Wednesday 10 Edinburgh ■ Anna Massie & Mairearad Green Edinburgh Folk Club, Cabaret Bar, The Pleasance, 650 2458. 8pm. £8 (£7; members £5). Leading young Scots duo, led by multi-instrumentalist Massie on guitar, banjo and fiddle, with accordion and bellows-blown border pipes from (Poozies’ box player) Mairearad Green. Their repertoire roams far beyond their homeland and includes their own appealing compositions. ■ Kin The Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, 556 7060. 8pm. £2. Acoustic night of poems, songs and music, maybe even dance. Anything goes. Audience participation welcome. ■ Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8.15pm. £8 (£6). Led by their pianist, the four-piece from Buenos Aires play music from the golden age of tango: from Pugliese, Di Sarli, Troilo, D’Arienzo to Piazzolla and their own compositions - and it’s all coloured by the reedy plaintiveness of their bandoneon player Javier Stromann.