Dunfermline ■ Pete Morton Dunfermline Folk Club, Thistle Tavern, Baldridgeburn, 01383 729673. 8pm. £5. Nottingham-born, eccentric and talented singer/songwriter and guitarist exuberantly performs songs about politics, love, tragedy and comedy from his six studio albums.
Glasgow ■ Wendy Weatherby Trio St Andrew’s in the Square, St Andrew’s Square, 0845 458 9709. 8pm. £8 (£6). Scots traditional music and song plus new music (and a new CD) in a traditional style from the respected and unpigeonholeable Edinburgh composer, singer and cellist Weatherby and her group. Edinburgh ■ Rantum Scantum The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. Donation. See Thu 4.
East Kilbride ■ Master and Apprentice East Kilbride Arts Centre, Old Coach Road, 01355 261000. 8pm. £8.50 (£6.50). Renowned Lanarkshire songwriter/painter Peter Nardini appears alongside rising star and new songwriting sensation Jamie Marshall. Falkirk ■ Claire Mann and Aaron Jones Falkirk Folk Club, The Polish Club, Arnot Street, 01324 613395. 8pm. Mann is a leading exponent of Irish flute, fiddle and song, and here she joins forces with (Old Blind Dogs) Jones on guitar, bouzouki and vocals.
Glasgow ■ Friday Ceilidh Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 8.30pm. £8 (£5; or two-course meal for £19.95). See Fri 5. Edinburgh ■ Teannaich Pollock Halls, Holyrood Park Road, 7.30pm. £8 (£6). Regular dance with music supplied by the funky local ceilidh dance band. ■ Ceilidh Dance Old St Paul’s Church, Jeffrey Street, 556 3332. 7.45pm. £7 (under £16s 4). Night of dancing to raise funds for Old St Paul’s Restoration Project. ■ Edinburgh Ceilidh Dances Roxy Art House, Roxburgh Place, 339 5374. 8pm. £6—£10. Fun with ceilidh bands and a piper, and some international folk dances to complement the Scottish classics. Refreshments available.
Stirling FREE The Acoustic Bar Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 7pm. Free evening of acoustic music by local performers. Occasional drinks promos.
Stirling ■ Sangsters Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County Rugby Football Club, Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Road, 01259 218521. 8pm. £7. Much merriment and outstanding harmony vocals from the award-winning four- piece group singing Burns and contemporary folk.
Glasgow FREE Thank Folk it’s Tuesday Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 7pm. See Tue 9.
Edinburgh ■ Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal Leith Folk Club, The Village, South Fort Street, 07502 024852. 7.30pm. £6. West Highland accents on the fiddle, with edgy funkiness on guitar from a talented and experienced pair, members of dance band Heeligoleerie, and who also write their own songs. ■ Ceilidh Club The Lot, Grassmarket, 225 9922. 8pm. £6. Ceilidh dance with a caller to lead you through the steps. Live music from Roundhouse Ceilidh Band. FREE Footstomping Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. See Sun 7.
Falkirk ■ Favourites Dance Falkirk Town Hall, West Bridge Street, 01324 506850. 7.30pm. £12. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society has rounded up Marian Anderson and her Band, with a buffet supper to add to your dancing pleasure. For tickets please call 01324 812351 or 01324 471975. Kirriemuir ■ Brendan Taaffe Kirriemuir Old Parish Church, Bank Street, 01575 572819. 7pm. £5 (£4). Angus Folk welcome guest voice tutor Brendan Taaffe for a workshop that will focus on traditional American harmony songs: bluegrass, gospel, shape note, and Appalachian material.
Edinburgh ■ Sara Grey & Kieron Means Edinburgh Folk Club, Cabaret Bar, The Pleasance, 650 2458. 8pm. £8 (£7; members 5). Quality music from the US mother and son on vocals, flailing five- string banjo and guitar, which authentically blend both sides of transatlantic musical tradition. Dunfermline FREE Scott Gardiner with Johnie Kemp Dunfermline Folk Club, Thistle Tavern, Baldridgeburn, 01383 729673. 8pm. The talented young Northeast Scotland singer of bothy ballads and songs with guitar accompaniment from Kemp.
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Edinburgh ■ Imbolc Ceilidh Dance Roxy Art House, Roxburgh Place, 07946 226 208. 7pm. £10 (£6.50; kids £3.50). Featuring live music form Hud Yer Wheesht, in aid of Friends of the Earth Scotland.
Sunday 14 Edinburgh FREE Footstomping Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. See Sun 7.
Glasgow ■ Yaman Tchai Ovna, Otago Lane, 357 4524. 8pm. £2. Indian classical sitar and flute music. Edinburgh FREE Muckle Flugga Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. See Mon 8.
Glasgow ■ Sara Grey & Kieron Means St Andrew’s in the Square, St Andrew’s Square, 0870 013 4060. 8pm. £8 (£6). The great US singer. See Wed 17.
Edinburgh FREE Live Music Now: Ailie Robertson National Gallery Complex, The Mound, 624 6200. 6—6.30pm. A Valentine’s Day programme of Scottish and French music with tales of love and romance, performed by dazzling young clarsach player Ailie Robertson. ■ Rantum Scantum The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. Donation. See Thu 4. Falkirk ■ Open Mic Fundraiser Falkirk Folk Club, The Polish Club, Arnot Street, 01324 613395. 8pm. A musical lucky dip.
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Glasgow FREE Music in the University Glasgow University Concert Hall, University Avenue, 330 4092. 1.10pm. Carnyx Brass, made up of three of Scotland’s leading brass instrumentalists, performs music by John Kenny, Poulenc and the world premiere of Etienne Rolin’s Mi Cuit, Mi Cuivre. ■ BBC SSO and Glasgow Schools: Songs from the Shows City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £8. Move over, Boyle. Hear Glasgow’s future star singers as Glasgow’s schools collaborate with the BBC SSO in a concert of favourite showtunes, from moving ballads to toe-tapping, jazz- handing belters. ■ Call of the Cossacks RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £9 (£6). RSAMD Brass celebrates the 150th birthday of Tchaikovsky’s pupil Victor Ewald with a performance of his Symphony for Brass alongside Britten’s Russian Funeral, de Meij’s intriguingly- titled Extreme Makeover (on a theme of Tchaikovsky) and Graham’s Call of the Cossacks. Edinburgh FREE Live Music Now: Duende! National Gallery Complex, The Mound, 624 6200. 6–6.30pm. Yvonne Paterson and Andrew Robinson perform 18th- century flute and guitar works from the time of British watercolourist Paul Sandby. ■ Scottish Chamber Orchestra: L’Enfance du Christ Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £8.50–£26 (concessions available). New Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati leads the SCO, SCO Chorus and soloists Karen Cargill, Yann Beuron, Ronan Collett and Matthew Rose through Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ. Unusually intimate and serene for the normally bombastic composer, the work tells of the story of the birth of Christ and the story of the Holy Family as they flee to Egypt.
Strathmiglo ■ Opera Highlights Strathmiglo Hall, 7.30pm. £10 (£5). Scottish Opera hits the road again, touring the length and breadth of Scotland with its popular highlights show, combining some of opera’s best-known favourites with the more obscure. Opera fans will love this, and if opera isn’t normally your thing, prepare to be converted. Fife ■ Fife Festival of Music Various Venues, 01592 592597. Times vary. Prices vary. Performers range from primary school children to adults, in vocal and instrumental classes, competitive and non-competitive. All performances receive a review by a professional adjudicator and trophies are awarded for the most impressive singers and players. Until Sun 7 Feb.
Friday 5 Glasgow ■ The Brodsky Quartet RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 1pm. £9 (£6). As part of Russian Week, the Brodsky Quartet returns to the RSAMD to perform music by one of the country’s greatest composers – Prokofiev’s String Quartet No 2 – together with Bartók’s String Quartet No 6, both composed during World War Two.
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✽✽ Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Leschenko plays Chopin Russian pianist Polina Leschenko is just 29 years old, but has played with big name international orchestras throughout the world, including as soloist with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra at the tender age of eight. Expect fluent, delicate playing with plenty of character too. City Halls, Glasgow, Fri 12 Feb; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 13 Feb. ✽✽ Doric String Quartet They walked off with first prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan 2008 and since then this young British string quartet have continued to build their reputation as one of the UK’s finest string quartets. A highlight for Milngavie Music Club this season. Cairns Church, Milngavie, Glasgow, Fri 12 Feb. ✽✽ BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: North by North- East First of five concerts celebrating music from northern climes, starting with the troubled waters of the North Sea and Britten’s tempestuous interludes from Peter Grimes. The fabulous voice of Lisa Milne (pictured) is heard in Thea Musgrave’s beautiful songs for winter, with words taken from some of Robert Burns’ best known lyrics. City Halls, Glasgow, Thu 11 Feb.
FREE Organ Recital and Lecture Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, The Square, off University Avenue, 7.30pm. Christopher Stembridge gives a recital of early Italian organ music on the Goetze & Gwynn Italian Chamber Organ, followed by a public lecture in the chapel at 3pm. ■ Scottish Chamber Orchestra: L’Enfance du Christ City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £11–£24 (concessions available). See Thu 4. Edinburgh ■ Soundings 09/10: Annual Festival of Sonic Art Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. Times vary. £5 (£3); weekend pass £16 (£10). The second of three weekends hosted by the University of Edinburgh showcasing the best of Scottish and international electroacoustic music, this time featuring Matthew
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