Melrose ■ Ivan Drever and Duncan Chisholm Wynd Theatre, The Wynd, 01896 820028. 8pm. £15. Wolfstone’s vocalist/guitarist Drever and very accomplished fiddler Chisholm perform in their established duo format.
Peebles ■ She’koyokh Klezmer Ensemble and The Beggar Girls Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, 01721 725777. 7.30pm. £10 (£8). Contemporary Yiddish and Balkan instrumental cheer from the Ensemble, with support from the Beggar Girls, a band from the Scottish Borders who ‘blend of original/Balkan/French and English folk, with heart warming, quirky and wholesome songs of love, dreams and squeezeboxes!’ Prestonpans ■ Tim Porteus Prestoungrange Gothenburg, High Street, 0707748 748 013 042. 8–10pm. Donations. An evening of traditional tales, music and song from the award-winning storyteller. Part of 3 Harbours Art Festival.
Glasgow ■ Baskery and Ben Glover Stereo, Renfield Street Lane. 8pm. £10. Tickets from Tickets Scotland, Argyle Street, 204 5151. The Fallen Angels Club goes north and presents the first Swedish band to pass through its doors: Baskery consists of sisters Greta, Stella and Sunniva Bondesson. They describe their music as “high voltage,” “killbilly”, “banjo punk” and “mud country”. Edinburgh FREE Flamenco Session The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. Spanish musicians gather for an impromptu session. ■ Bellevue Rendezvous Wee Folk Club, Royal Oak, Infirmary Street, 557 2976. 8pm. The vibrant trio of Gavin Marwick (fiddle), Ruth Morris (Swedish keyed fiddle or nyckelharpa) and Cameron Robson (bouzouki and guitar) – combine pan-European musical traditions from Sweden to Macedonia. FREE Footstomping Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. Traditional Scottish music.
Dumfries and Galloway ■ Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Knockengorroch Farm, 01644 460 662. See Thu 27.
Alloway ■ Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra Burns National Heritage Park, Murdoch’s Loan, 0844 493 2601. 2–4pm. Admission: £2 (children ££1.25). Sit back and soak up the festive atmosphere at afternoon concerts at the Tam O’Shanter experience. Ayr ■ Ocean of Sound Concert Workshops Market Inn, Castlehill Road, 01292 280391. 7–8pm. Workshop £12; concert £4. An afternoon workshop where you can learn three close harmony traditional Scottish songs, then have a chance to perform at the concert with musicians and tutors Shona Brown and Kevin MacKenzie. ■ Burns an’ a’ that Various Venues, 01292 616265. Times vary. Prices vary. See Thu 27.
Drymen ■ Winnock Hotel Ceilidh Nights Winnock Hotel, The Square, 01360 660245. 8.30pm. £7. Cosy nights of Scottish entertainment every Sunday throughout summer, with traditional music and dancing. Leven ■ Annabelle Chvostek Inn at Lathones, Lathones, Largoward, 01334 840494. 9pm. £12. See Sat 29.
Stirling ■ Tonight at Noon Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County Rugby Football Club, Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Road, 01259 218521. 8pm. £7. Reformed after nearly 20 years, siblings Gavin and Peter Livingston bring their four-piece band out of retirement.
Glasgow ■ Michael Simons Tchai Ovna, Otago Lane, 357 4524. 8pm. £2. Glasgow-based guitarist plays folk, blues and beyond. 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 folk song.
Bathgate ■ Annual Concert Regal Community Theatre, North Bridge Street, 01506 630085. 7.30pm. £6. The Tartan Lads and the West Lothian Schools Folk Group perform for the annual fundraising entertainment in support of the Bathgate Procession.
Stirling ■ The Proclaimers Albert Halls, Dumbarton Road, 01786 473544. 7.30pm. £22.50. Scotland’s unforgettable and hugely popular musical twins return to the stage. Tuesday 1
Glasgow FREE Thank Folk it’s Tuesday Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 7pm. The GU Celtic band host their folk and traditional session. Edinburgh FREE Morag & Finn Ghillie Dhu, Rutland Place, 222 9930. 7pm. Traditional folk on guitar. ■ Hungrytown Leith Folk Club, The Village, South Fort Street, 07502 024852. 7.30pm. £8. Vermont-based duo of singer/guitarist Rebecca Hall and singer/multi-instrumentalist Ken Anderson perform upbeat original country and bluegrass with a real back- porch vibe. ■ Ceilidh Club The Lot, Grassmarket, 225 9922. 8pm. £6. Ceilidh dance with callers to lead you through the steps, featuring Roundhouse Ceilidh Band. FREE Andrew Gordon The White Hart Inn, Grassmarket, 622 7118. 9pm. Scottish folk and guitar.
Dundee ■ Scots Song Central Library, The Wellgate, 07792 336804. 2pm. £5 (under 25s £2.50). Brilliant and authentic ballad singer Maureen Jelks leads a workshop exploring the traditional songs of Scotland and encouraging you to develop your singing voice.
Wednesday 2 Edinburgh FREE Balblair Henderson’s, Hanover Street, 225 2131. 6.45pm. Live folk and Celtic music. ■ Karen Matheson Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, 665 2240. 7.30pm. £14.50 (£12.50). Capercaillie’s fine singer. See Fri 28. FREE Andrew Gordon Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. See Tue 1.
Dunfermline ■ Hungrytown Dunfermline Folk Club, Thistle Tavern, Baldridgeburn, 01383 729673. 8pm. Accomplished, heart-warming Vermont songwriting duo. Free (collection for artists). See Tue 1.
Penicuik ■ Tonight at Noon Penicuik High School, Carlops Road, 01968 674165. 7pm. £8 (£5). Reformed after many years, the Livingstone brothers’ band was highly influential in changing Scottish folk stereotypes. See Sun 30.
Glasgow ■ Paul McKenna Band St Andrew’s in the Square, St Andrew’s Square, 0870 013 4060. 8pm. £8 (£6). A high-energy blend of Scottish and Irish music, acoustic modern rock and contemporary songwriting from the five-piece. Edinburgh ■ Rantum Scantum The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. Donation. See Thu 27. FREE Stan Reeves Ghillie Dhu, Rutland Place, 222 9930. 7pm. Accordion music. See Thu 27. ■ Kent Duchaine The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8pm. £8. A night of hard driving delta blues from the famed, veteran US guitar maestro. FREE The Gorms Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 10pm. See Thu 27.
Falkirk ■ Judy Dinning & Kenny Spears Falkirk Folk Club, The Polish Club, Arnot Street, 01324 613395. 8pm. Entertaining mix of trad and contemporary folk from the singer and instrumentalist from the John Wright band. Livingston ■ Karen Matheson Howden Park Centre, Howden, 01506 777666. 7.30pm. £15 (£12). Capercaillie’s vocalist with songs in Gaelic and English. See Fri 28.
Glasgow ■ Preston Reed City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 8pm. £10. Fusing blues, folk, funk and jazz with an arresting technique, Reed is recognised as one of the world’s most gifted and challenging acoustic guitarists. ■ Friday Ceilidh Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 8.30pm. £8 (£5); or two-course meal for £19.95. See Fri 28. Edinburgh ■ The Peatbog Faeries The HMV Picture House, 31 Lothian Road, 0844 847 1740. 7pm. £17. High-energy techno groove with a hint of reggae, ska and dub. The future of Celtic dance music, according to some. ■ The Unthanks The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7pm. £15. Hit Tyneside sisters-led 10-strong band sings traditional music with an arresting modernist spin as well as delivering new compositions and covers of modern pop classics such as Robert Wyatt’s ‘Sea Song’. FREE Old Dollar Bill Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 10pm. See Fri 28. ■ The Burly Ghillie Dhu, Rutland Place, 222 9930. 10.30pm. £5 (£25 inc dinner from 7.30pm). See Fri 28.
Glasgow ■ Andy M Stewart & Gerry O’Beirne City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 8pm. £12. Scottish and Irish crack from the collaboration between the two talented singers and songwriters - Stewart was the singing voice of Silly Wizard. Edinburgh ■ Ocean of Sound Concert Workshops The Granary, The Shore, Leith, 554 9465. 7–8pm. Workshop £14; concert £6. See Sun 30. FREE Wild Geese Ghillie Dhu, Rutland Place, 222 9930. 7pm. An
acoustic set from this popular ceilidh band. ■ Arbelos and Fire & Rain Magic House Band The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Pleasance, 556 6550. 7.30pm. £5. ‘Prog- psychedelic’ and humorous electro-acoustica from Arbelos and their tunes from ‘now, long ago and far away’. Arran
■ Arran Folk Festival Various Venues, Times vary. Prices vary. A week of sessions, concerts, ceilidhs and fun, featuring the likes of Breabach, Dougie MacLean, Finbar Furey, Martin Stephenson and Finlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers. Prestonpans ■ Open Folk Session Prestoungrange Gothenburg, High Street, 07748 013 042. 2–4pm. Donations. Sing, play or sit back and enjoy at this open folk session with local musicians and guests. Part of 3 Harbours Arts Festival. ■ Jim Bryce Prestoungrange Gothenburg, High Street, 07748 013 042. 8–10pm. Donations. An entertaining melange of folk, rock and comedy from Jim Bryce.Part of 3 Harbours Arts Festival.
Edinburgh FREE Flamenco Session The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. See Sun 30. FREE Stan Reeves Ghillie Dhu, Rutland Place, 222 9930. 7pm. See Thu 27. FREE Footstomping Whiski, High Street, 556 3095. 9.30pm. See Sun 30. Arran ■ Arran Folk Festival Various Venues, Times vary. Prices vary. See Sat 5.
Drymen ■ Winnock Hotel Ceilidh Nights Winnock Hotel, The Square, 01360 660245. 8.30pm. £7. See Sun 30.
Edinburgh FREE Andrew Gordon Ghillie Dhu, Rutland Place, 222 9930. 7pm. See Tue 1. FREE Folk Off The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street, 9pm–3am. See Mon 31. FREE Traditional Singing Sessions Windsor Buffet, Elm Row, 556 4195. 9pm. See Mon 31. Arran ■ Arran Folk Festival Various Venues, Times vary. Prices vary. See Sat 5.
Dundee ■ Willie Nelson Caird Hall, City Square, 01382 434940. 8pm. £43. The legendary country music performer has enjoyed 50 years in the business, and pays another of his regular visits to Scotland. Stirling ■ Don Stiffe Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County Rugby Football Club, Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Road, 01259 218521. 8pm. £6. Music from Ireland as Stirling Folk Club host this session as part of Stirling Council’s Stirling/Galway Festival.
Glasgow FREE Thank Folk it’s Tuesday Sloan’s, Argyle Arcade, Argyle Street, 221 8886. 7pm. See Tue 1. ■ Willie Nelson SECC: Clyde Auditorium, Finnieston Quay, 0844 395 4000. 8pm. £35–£40. See Mon 7. 27 May–10 June 2010 THE LIST 87