Music Folk

The An Tobar Sessions: Aidan O’Rourke and Dave Milligan Trio The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 8pm. £12 (£10). Fiddler from Lau, O’Rourke leads his top-flight group in his enthralling An Tobar suite, named after Mull’s Arts Centre. Plus recorded found sounds and elliptical jazz piano in Milligan’s commission titled Shops, a tribute to those premises on Tobermory’s waterfront street. Cath & Phil Tyler, The One Ensemble and Neil Davidson Roxy Art House, Roxburgh Place, 629 0039. 8pm. £5. Modern folk with a lo-fi indie edge but based on American Sacred harp singing. FREE Old Dollar Bill Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 10pm. See Fri 30. The Burly Ceilidh Club Ghillie Dhu, Rutland Place, 222 9930. 10.30pm. £5 (£25 inc dinner from 7.30pm). See Fri 30. Dundee Blazin’ Fiddles Dundee Rep, Tay Square, 01382 223530. 7.30pm. £14. Leading fiddlers (with guitar, keyboard and percussion) from the various regions of Scotland, showcase local traditions, and also perform ensemble. Popular favourites, they’ve been called ‘the Led Zeppelin of the folk world.’

Melrose Emily Smith Wynd Theatre, The Wynd, 01896 820028. 8pm. £12 (£10). Keyboard player and singer, and a former winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award, Smith brings her own group and a charmed mix of tradition and innovation.

Saturday 8

Glasgow Soundroutes Sessions Creation Studios, Trongate, 2pm-5.30pm; 7pm. £14. ‘Ocean of Sound Vocal Workshop’ featuring a dynamic harmony singing workshop culminating in an evening concert (at 7pm, £5 entry for concert only) featuring all participants alongside Shona Brown (flute and vocals) and Kevin MacKenzie (guitar).

Edinburgh Caedmon’s Return Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, 556 9579. 7.30pm. £10 (£8). See Fri 7. Dunoon Emily Smith and Maggie MacInnes Burgh Hall, Argyll Street, 01369 703302. 7.30pm. £12 (£10; students free). Smith is a keyboard player, compser and singer, and former winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award, while MacInnes is one of Scotland’s established Gaelic singers, and exponen of the traditional small harp, the clarsach.

Sunday 9

Edinburgh FREE Footstomping Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. See Sun 2. Drymen Winnock Hotel Ceilidh Nights Winnock Hotel, The Square, 01360 660245. 8.30pm. £7. See Sun 2.

Dundee Eliza Carthy Fat Sam’s, South Ward Road, 353 8000. 8pm. £14. The outstanding, two time Mercury Music Prize-nominated traditional singer and fiddler is the daughter of the famous Martin, and a brilliant interpreter of the English tradition.

Monday 10

Edinburgh FREE Folk Off The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street, 9pm–3am. See Mon 3. 80 THE LIST 29 Apr–13 May 2010

FREE Traditional Singing Sessions Windsor Buffet, Elm Row, 556 4195. 9pm. See Mon 3. Stirling Gaberlunzie Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County Rugby Football Club, Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Road, 01259 218521. 8pm. £7. Both modern and traditional songs, plus between-song banter from this entertaining duo, who have been performing for over 30 years.

Tuesday 11

Glasgow FREE Thank Folk it’s Tuesday Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 7pm. See Tue 4. Edinburgh Andy Chung Leith Folk Club, The Village, South Fort Street, 225 1155. 7.30pm. £6. Traditional and original songs by local hero fae Fife. Ceilidh Club The Lot, Grassmarket, 225 9922. 8pm. £6. Ceilidh dance to a live band with a caller to lead you through the steps. Tonight, music from Breelin.

Dundee Scots Song Central Library, The Wellgate, 07792 336804. 2pm. £5 (under 25s £2.50). See Tue 4.

Wednesday 12 Edinburgh FREE Ewan Wilkinson Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, 222 9930. 7pm. See Wed 5. Archie Fisher Edinburgh Folk Club, Cabaret Bar, The Pleasance, 650 2458. 7.30pm. £8 (£7; members £5). A mixture of Scottish traditional, contemporary, self-penned and American songs from the guitarist and legendary charmer, who has just retired from decades as the leading broadcasting voice of Scottish folk. FREE The Whistleblowers Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 10pm. A mixture of toe-tapping Scottish and Irish music, with a few contemporary tunes thrown in for good measure.

Thursday 13

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Thursday 29

Glasgow FREE Kelvingrove Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. 1pm. Free lunchtime organ recitals every day by different organists. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: North by North-East 4 City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7pm. £10–£32 (concessions available). The Rachmaninov symphony cycle continues with the magnificent second, his most popular and packed full with lush strings and gorgeous melodies. This all-Russian concert also sees violinist Boris Brovtsyn perform Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, and begins with Lyadov’s colourful Eight Russian Folk Songs. Vassily Sinaisky conducts. With a Pre-Concert Prelude at 6.15pm and a Post-Concert Coda. FREE Plug 2010 RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. The RSAMD’s annual festival dedicated to first performances features a myriad of ensembles and composers, multimedia performances and even a set of IKEA drawers. See for details of individual performances.

Edinburgh FREE Live Music Now: Flutes en Route National Gallery Complex, The Mound, 624 6200. 6–6.30pm. The flute quartet performs music from the 1830s through to the 21st century, with a performance of Offenbach’s Can Can. Dunfermline Bridging the Gap Carnegie Hall, East Port, 01383 602302. 7.30pm. £12 (£10). A violin concerto written by Patsy Reid, Bridging the Gap takes the performer through seven modes of music which draw on love of both traditional and classical music.

Glasgow A Tribute to Alistair Hulett St Andrew's in the Square, St Andrew's Square, 0870 013 4060. 8pm. £8 (£6). A special performance to celebrate the life and musical heritage of Scottish singer- songwriter Hulett. St Andrews St Andrews Music Club: Hoot St Leonards School, The Pends, 01334 474459. 8pm. £10 (£9; students £2; children £1). Flute and harp duo Hoot perform works by Mozart, Lutoslawski, Andriessen and more.

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.

Crail Janette Geri Crail Folk Club, Town Hall, Marketgate, 01333 450909. 8pm. £5. The admired Australian songwriter weaves together traditional folk and modern elements using African rhythms, Celtic themes and American styles. Falkirk Jeff Warner Falkirk Folk Club, The Polish Club, Arnot Street, 01324 613395. 8pm. Folk and tradition from North America.

Stirling The An Tobar Sessions: Aidan O’Rourke and Dave Milligan Trio Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 8pm. £10 (£8). Top class composition, invention, and performance from some of Scotland’s leading instrumentalists. See Fri 7.

Friday 30

Glasgow Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Symphonies of the North City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £11–£24 (concessions available). Olari Elts conducts the world premiere of Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Symphony No 8, commissioned by the SCO. Also on the programme are Ligeti’s Concerto Românesc and Sibelius’ Symphony No 3. See preview, page 81. FREE Plug 2010 RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. See Thu 29. Edinburgh ✽✽ RSNO: Britten’s War Requiem Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £10–£32. Stéphane Denève conducts Marina Rebeka, Ian Bostridge, Audun Iversen, the RSNO Chorus and the RSNO Junior Chorus in Britten’s viscerally powerful work combining Wilfred Owen’s war poetry with sections of the Latin Requiem Mass. Preceded by Stéphane Denève in conversation with Frikki Walker at 6.45pm.

St Andrews St Andrews Chamber Orchestra Younger Hall, North Street, 01334

462226. 8pm. £5–£7. Michael Downes conducts as pianist Noé Kains performs Ravel’s vibrant and quirky Piano Concerto in G in a concert that also features the same composer’s Pavane pour une infante défunte, Fauré’s Masques et Bergamasques and Mozart’s Symphony No 29. Stirling Bridging the Gap Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 8pm. £10 (£8). See Thu 29.

Saturday 1

Glasgow Percussion Extravaganza RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 3.30pm. £2 (£1). Students from the Junior Academy demonstrate their skills with all things percussive. RSNO: Britten’s War Requiem Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £10–£32 (concessions available). See Fri 30.

Edinburgh FREE Organ Recital Murrayfield Parish Church, Ormidale Terrace, 440 2136. Noon. John Kitchen gives a recital entitled ‘May Balls and Belles . . . and Bells’. ✽✽ Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Symphonies of the North The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £8.50–£26 (concessions available). See Fri 30. Stirling Tea and Cake Recital Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 2.30pm. £8. An afternoon classical music recital with tea and cake as an added bonus. Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea perform pieces by Brahms, Schumann and John Metcalf, as well as Arvo Pärt’s mesmerising Spiegel im Spiegel.

Sunday 2

Hall, Castle Street, 353 8000. 2–5pm. Glasgow ✽✽ Barony Organ Launch Barony £12 (£5–£10). The launch of Strathclyde University’s new ‘Bach-Style’, three manual pipe organ, built by the Austrian firm of Koegler. Organists David Sanger, David Hamilton, Stuart Campbell, John Kitchen and Christopher Nickol put the instrument through its paces. FREE Kelvingrove Sunday Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. 3–3.45pm. Sunday promenade concerts with different organists.

Edinburgh St Giles’ at Six St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 226 0673. 6pm. Retiring collection. The Edinburgh Academy performs Widor’s Mass and works by John Tavener and Borodin. St Andrews St Salvator’s Chapel Choir St Salvator’s Chapel, North Street, 01334 462226. 8pm. £10 (£4–£8). The choir is joined by the Rusalka Quartet in a performance of works by Purcell and Beethoven. Tom Wilkinson directs.

Tuesday 4

Glasgow RSAMD Students Ramshorn Theatre, 98 Ingram Street, 548 2558. 1.15pm. £4. RSAMD students present a programme of solo and ensemble string music. Perth Alasdair Beatson Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 7.30pm. £10–£20 (£8–£18). The pianist is joined by longtime performance partners the Doric Quartet in a selection of chamber works by Brahms and Beethoven, including Brahms’ dramatic Quintet for piano and strings.