Music Folk

FREE Traditional Singing Sessions Windsor Buffet, Elm Row, 556 4195. 9pm. Scots song and ballads.

Tuesday 18

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 Gary Innes & Ewan Robertson Leith Folk Club, The Village, South Fort Street, 07502 024852. 7.30pm. £6. Guitarist Robertson and accordion maestro Innes are currently recording an album together. Catch their quirky, skilled and entertaining performance. Peebles Mr McFall’s Chamber & Michael Marra Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, 01721 725777. 7.30pm. £12 (£10). A colourful patchwork of pieces from around the world as Mr McFall’s once again teams up with Marra. New workings of the Dundee bard’s songs are performed alongside instrumental works from Finland, 19th-century salon music from Cuba, folk-influenced classical music from the Czech Republic and tango music from Argentina.

Wednesday 19

Glasgow Show of Hands The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 8pm. £15. Very popular back home in England, the duo perform their crowd- pleasing original songs, with multi- instrumental skill and quality vocal harmonies. Edinburgh FREE Balblair Henderson’s, Hanover Street, 225 2131. 6.45pm. Live folk and Celtic music. Keith James & Rick Foot The Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, 556 7060. 7pm. £12. The duo, who became known for recreating the music of Nick Drake, celebrate Drake’s pal John Martyn with vocals, guitar and double bass.

Dunfermline Peter Jagger Dunfermline Folk Club, Thistle Tavern, Baldridgeburn, 01383 729673. 8pm. Free (collection for artist). Finger picking guitarist from London, playing his own songs about the sweet trials of modern life.

Thursday 20

Glasgow Kris Drever & Tim O’Brien St Andrew’s in the Square, St Andrew’s Square, 353 8000. 8pm. £13.50. Orkney’s great young singing stylist (from Lau) is an ace guitarist, and here he joins with the US mandolin/guitar star and old-timey singer for a highly fretful evening. Edinburgh Rantum Scantum The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. Donation. See Thu 13. FREE Stan Reeves Ghillie Dhu, Rutland Place, 222 9930. 7pm. See Thu 13. FREE The Gorms Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 10pm. See Thu 13.

Friday 21

Glasgow Coast St Andrew’s in the Square, St Andrew’s Square, 0870 013 4060. 8pm. £10. Celtic rockery from Southampton. Friday Ceilidh Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 8.30pm. £8 (£5; or two-course meal for £19.95). See Fri 14. Edinburgh Family Spring Ceilidh Dance Corn Exchange, New Market Road, 477 3500. 7.30pm. £6.50 (children £4; under 5s free). Traditional Scottish dancing and raffle at this dance to raise funds for East Lothian Care & Repair Charitable Trust. Ceilidhs at the Merlin The Merlin, Morningside Road, 447 4329. 8pm. £6. Ceilidh dance open to all, with music from the Canongate Cadjers. An experienced caller will lead first-timers through their paces. Edinburgh Ceilidhs Roxy Art House, Roxburgh Place, 339 5374. 8pm. £6–£10. Traditional fun with ceilidh dance bands and a piper, and some

Dum Dum Girls Inspired both by the Vaselines’ album Dum- Dum and Iggy Pop’s ‘Dum Dum Boys’, Sub-

Poppers Dum Dum Girls know their roots. Fronted by Dee Dee and featuring former Vivian Girl Frankie Rose, their debut album I Will Be is a mix of early punk rock and 60s girl pop. Also, the way they rock the black lace and red lipstick look works pretty well for us too. Stereo, Glasgow, Mon 17 May.

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international folk dances to complement the Scottish classics. Refreshments available. FREE Old Dollar Bill Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 10pm. See Fri 14. The Burly Ghillie Dhu, Rutland Place, 222 9930. 10.30pm. £5 (£25 inc dinner from 7.30pm). See Fri 14.

Isle of Mull Songs of the Sea An Tobar, Argyll Terrace, Tobermory, 01688 302211. 8.30pm. £10 (£8). Mod medal-winning Gaelic singer and TV personality Mairi Macinnes performs extracts from The Flight of the Arctic Tern and the whole of The Atlantic Islands Suite, accompanied by leading musician and composer Mark Sheridan, on keyboards, and poet Norman Bissell. Paisley The Robert Tannahill Bicentenary Concert Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, 887 1010. 8pm. £10 (£8). Marking 200 years since the Paisley poet-weaver’s death, this concert celebrates his creative output with a performance from the Tannahill Weavers.

Saturday 22

Edinburgh Playathon Christ Church, Morningside Road, 667 3633. 11am–5pm. Donation. A fundraising Playathon for Scots Music Group with students playing and singing all day. La Excelencia and NYC Salsa Orchestra The HMV Picture House, Lothian Road, 0844 847 1740. 7pm. £15. Salsa dura (‘hardcore salsa’) night, with music from the hot, modern New York salsa twelve-piece. Feel the Peace Within Teviot Row Union, Bristo Square, 07748 958856. 7pm. £7. A concert presented in association with the Nonviolence Within; Peace for All conference and exhibition taking place at the Carlton Hotel. Balkanarama Studio 24, Calton Road, 558 3758. 9.30pm–3am. £7 before 10.30pm; £9 after. A blend of klezmer, Balkan, gypsy punk and electronic beats featuring live music from guests Orkestra del Sol, traditional Greek music, dance from Andromeda, DJ Godmother, bellydancing and a live jam session. Cupar The Black Oil Brothers Letham Village Hall, The Row, Letham, 01337 810372. 8pm–midnight. £7.50 (£5; under 12s free). Delta blues, country and folk/blues from the Chicago three-piece at the 12th Letham Night.

Dumbarton Scottish Pipe Band Championships Levengrove Park, Woodyard Road, 2215 414. 10.30am. Prices vary. Pipe bands from around Scotland come together to compete. All grades represented. Stirling Mr McFall’s Chamber & Michael Marra Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 8pm. £14 (£12). See Tue 18.

Sunday 23

Glasgow We’ll Meet Again Café Cossachok, Trongate, 553 0733. 9pm. £6. Operatic arias, Russian, gypsy and Ukranian tunes from violinist Lev Atlas, Georgi Gajjic on accordion and baritone Alexey Gusev. Edinburgh FREE Footstomping Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. See Sun 16.

Hawick FREE Trad Music Sessions with Shona Mooney and Friends Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick, Kirkstile, 01450 360680. 4pm. 2006 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, fiddler and composer Mooney began playing music with her parents in the group O’er the Border and currently features prominently in all-women band The Shee. Leven Darden Smith Inn at Lathones, Largoward, 01334 840494. 3pm. £14. The Austin, Texas troubadour, who has been described as a ‘Texan Van Morrison’, plays an afternoon show.

Monday 24

Glasgow Yaman Tchai Ovna, Otago Lane, 357 4524. 8pm. £2. Indian classical sitar and flute music.

Edinburgh She’koyokh Klezmer Ensemble St Mark’s Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, 8pm. £5–£8. See Fri 14. FREE Folk Off The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street, 9pm–3am. See Mon 17. FREE Traditional Singing Sessions Windsor Buffet, Elm Row, 556 4195. 9pm. See Mon 17. Stirling The Tannahill Weavers Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County Rugby Football Club, Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Road, 01259 218521. 8pm. One of Scotland’s longest-running folk bands and their trademark, entertaining take (on fiddle, flute, pipes and guitar with strong vocal harmony) on traditional or self-penned tunes and arrangements.

Tuesday 25

Glasgow FREE Thank Folk it’s Tuesday Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 7pm. See Tue 18. Edinburgh The Tannahill Weavers Leith Folk Club, The Village, South Fort Street, 07502 024852. 7.30pm. £8. See Mon 24. She’koyokh Klezmer Ensemble Roxy Art House, Roxburgh Place, 629 0039. 8pm. £tbc. See Fri 14.

Dundee Scots Song Central Library, The Wellgate, 07792 336804. 2pm. £5 (under 25s £2.50). See Tue 18. Glenrothes Glenrothes Accordion and Fiddle Club Victoria Hall, Main Street, Coaltown of Balgonie, 01592 775465. 7pm. £3 (members £2.50). A monthly club devoted to bellows and bows. Open to non members.

Hamilton Juan Martin Flamenco Ensemble Hamilton Town House, Cadzow Street, 01698 452299. 7.30pm. £15. An exhilarating night of flamenco dance and music from international star Juan Martin and his highly skilled band. Peebles A Song of the Sea Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, 01721 725777. 2pm. £5. All salty seadogs! Taste the waves with this evening of sea songs and shanties from the Peebles Players.

Wednesday 26

Drymen Winnock Hotel Ceilidh Nights Winnock Hotel, The Square, 01360 660245. 8.30pm. £7. See Sun 16. Edinburgh Natalie Merchant Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7pm. £20–£27.50. The former singer of