Cath & Phil Tyler, The One Ensemble and Neil Davidson New Jersey natives Cath & Phil Tyler’s forthcoming
second album, The Hind Wheels of Bad Luck, sees them heading direct to the source, mining traditional American seams such as the folky storytelling of Anne and Frank Warner, the husband and wife team who sparked a US mini-folk revival, and the choral sounds of the Deep South’s Sacred Harp songbook. The couple’s modern approach to folk has been lauded for its earthiness and gritty reality and this live performance should be a lo-fi, pastoral treat. ■ Roxy Art House, Edinburgh, Fri 7 May.
Glasgow ■ Wing & a Prayer Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, 357 4524. 8pm. £2. Folk/blues duo. ■ Friday Ceilidh Sloan’s, 62 Argyle Arcade, 108 Argyle Street, 221 8886. 8.30pm. £8 (£5; or two-course meal for £19.95). End of the week ceilidh action.
Edinburgh FREE Kevin Gore Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, 222 9930. 7pm. Contemporary acoustic folk from this Edinburgh singer-songwriter. ■ Guid Crack Club Waverly Bar, St Mary’s Street, 556 9579. 7.30pm. £3 suggested donation. Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club welcomes all to listen or contribute to the spinning of yarns. A delightful evening of words and song. FREE Old Dollar Bill Whiski, 119 High Street, 556 3095. 10pm. Scottish bluegrass and alternative country. ■ The Burly Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, 222 9930. 10.30pm. £5 (£25 inc dinner from 7.30pm). Ceilidh night with traditional music from a variety of fine Scottish musicians every week, featuring the Robert Fish Band (30 Apr) and the Cannongate Cadjers (7 May).
Edinburgh ■ La Terra Trema Henderson's at St John's Cafe, Lothian Road, 229 0212. 8pm. £3 (£2). The finest in Italian, Spanish and French music from La Terra Trema (The Earth Trembles). Stirling ■ Patsy Reid Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 8pm. £10 (£8). Two-time Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion Patsy Reid performs her New Voices composition, Bridging the Gap, which aims to transcend the divisions between traditional and classical music.
Dundee ■ Shooglenifty The Doghouse, 15 Ward Street, 01382 206812. 8pm. £12. The very fine ‘nifty, who have a great following and always spread happiness Celtic-style wherever they play.
East Lothian ■ Amy Geddes Trio Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington, 01620 822080. 8pm. Fiesty Scots fiddle with bass and jazzy guitar. Info from www.peterpottergallery.org
Glasgow ■ Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £12. Marches, strathspeys and reels from the long-running orchestra, conducted by Kenneth McLean and joined by McGinty Pink and The Inverclyde Schools Junior Choir. Girvan ■ Girvan Folk Festival Various venues, 01465 712128. Times vary. Weekend ticket £30 (£25); day/concert tickets £3-£25; workshops £4. See Fri 30.
Peebles ■ Allan Taylor Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, 01721 725777. £tbc. Gentle, mature songs from a veteran contributor to the folk scene over the last 30 years. Rutherglen ■ The Carlton Jug Band, Mary K Burke and Jon Galbraith Rutherglen Town Hall, Main Street, 6135700. 7.30pm. £8 (£7). All pay tribute to Glasgow’s Billy Stenhouse.
Glasgow ■ Skerryvore Oran Mor, Great Western Road, 357 6200. 7.30pm. £12. Bagpipes, accordion and fiddle mixed with standard rock chops from the ‘Boy band of Scottish traditional music’. Edinburgh ■ Salsa Celtica The Bongo Club, Moray House, Holyrood Road, 013398 81603. 7pm. £12. Cuban, jazz, African, Latin and Celtic grooves from Edinburgh’s international touring band as they launch their new album.
FREE Footstomping Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. Traditional Scottish folk. Drymen ■ Winnock Hotel Ceilidh Nights Winnock Hotel, The Square, 01360 660245. 8.30pm. £7. Scottish entertainment every Sunday throughout the summer, with traditional music and dancing.
Girvan ■ Girvan Folk Festival Various venues, 01465 712128. Times vary. Weekend ticket £30 (£25); day/concert tickets £3-£25; workshops £4. See Fri 30.
Edinburgh FREE Folk Off The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street, 9pm–3am. Open mic and live bands. FREE Traditional Singing Sessions Windsor Buffet, Elm Row, 556 4195. 9pm. Scots song and acoustic folk. Stirling ■ Host Session with Bill Adair Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County Rugby Football Club, Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Road, 01259 218521. 8pm. Collection for artist. Informal folk session from singer Adair, joined by friends and guests Wendy & Paul Arrowsmith.
Tuesday 4 Glasgow ■ Patsy Reid The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 8pm. £15. See Fri 30. 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.
■ Sarah MacDougall Leith Folk Club, The Village, South Fort Street, 07502 024852. 7.30pm. £8. Storytelling singer/songwriter performing tunes about love, crows and city living. ■ Ceilidh Club The Lot, Grassmarket, 225 9922. 8pm. £6. Ceilidh dance to live music with a caller to lead you through the steps. Tonight, accordion- led Norman MacKay’s Ceilidh Experience (4 May) and Breelin (11 May). ■ Johnny Dickson in concert Elphinstone Hotel, High Street, 01899 220044. 8–11pm. £10. Clydesdale Folk Club presents the bluesman/guitarist from Tyneside. Dundee ■ Scots Song Central Library, The Wellgate, 07792 336804. 2pm. £5 (under 25s £2.50). Superb ballad singer Maureen Jelks leads a workshop exploring the traditional songs of Scotland and encouraging you to develop your singing voice.
Wednesday 5 Edinburgh FREE Ewan Wilkinson Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, 222 9930. 7pm. Scottish folk from this young Borders singer and guitarist. ■ Vin Garbutt Edinburgh Folk Club, Cabaret Bar, The Pleasance, 650 2458. 7.30pm. £12 (£10; members £7). Veteran, born entertainer from England with his witty and honest songwriting and patter.
Glasgow ■ Vin Garbutt St Andrew’s in the Square, St Andrew’s Square, 0870 013 4060. 8pm. £10 (£8). See Wed 5.
Edinburgh ■ Rantum Scantum The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. Donation. See Thu 29. FREE Stan Reeves Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, 222 9930. 7pm. See Thu 29. FREE The Gorms Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 10pm. See Thu 29. Falkirk ■ Songwriting Competition Falkirk Folk Club, The Polish Club, Arnot Street, 01324 613395. 8pm. £tbc. New songs judged by jury and audience. If you’d like to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stirling ■ Karen Matheson Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 8pm. £16 (£14). Vocalist from Glasgow band Capercaillie, Matheson is one of the most popular performers of Gaelic song.
Friday 7 Glasgow ■ Andi Neate City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 8pm. £10. A mix of folk and jazz from this Highland lass. ■ Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart CCA, Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. 8pm. £10. Steve’s sister, and one of the great, time-served songwriters of American acoustic music, back this side with her husband and musical partner to combine intricate guitar picking and carefully hewn vocals. Presented by the Fallen Angels Club. ■ Friday Ceilidh Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 8.30pm. £8 (£5; or two-course meal for £19.95). See Fri 30.
Edinburgh ■ Rokia Traore and Sweet Billy Pilgrim Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £17.50–£20. African World music from the Malian singer- songwriter. Edinburgh ■ Caedmon’s Return Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, 556 9579. 7.30pm. £10 (£8). A new folk direction from the band who are returning after 30 years.
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