Edinburgh ■ Robbie O’Connell The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Pleasance, 3pm. £5. An illustrated talk about the influential singer and mentor Liam Clancy (1935–2009). Part of the Carrying Stream Festival. FREE TMSA Singing Session Wee Folk Club, Royal Oak, Infirmary Street, 557 2976. 3pm. Real traditional Scots music and song presented by the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland. Part of the Carrying Steam Festival. ■ Margaret Bennett, Janet Russell and Whirlypit The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Pleasance, 8pm. £8 (£7). Eminent folklorist, storyteller and singer in Gaelic and Scots, Bennett joins the wonderful voice of England-exiled Russell and the youthful European roots music of the Whirly foursome. Part of the Carrying Stream Festival. FREE The High Lonesome Nobles Bar, Constitution Street, Leith, 629 7215. 9pm. Fizzy Bluegrass.
Kinross ■ Otis Gibbs Backstage at The Green Hotel, 01577 863467. 9pm. £14. The US hard-living troubadour is hugely admired. ‘There’s an authenticity and dedication in Gibbs’ delivery which is somehow cleansing in its purity’. Helensburgh ■ John Lilly with the MoonshinersCraighelen Tennis Club, East Clyde Street, 01436 675403. £tbc. Famed West Virginia award-winning yodeller and Hank Williams/Jimmy Rogers aficionado.
Denholm ■ Denholm Folk Festival Various Venues, 07706 661951. Times vary. Prices vary. See Fri 5. East Kilbride FREE East Kilbride Folk Festival Various Venues, Times vary. See Fri 5.
Glasgow FREE The Blas Collective Rio Café, Hyndland Street, 334 9909. 8.30pm. ‘Folk flavoured sessions’ from this loose collective led by guitarist Jenn Butterworth. Edinburgh ■ Crosby Tyler Leith Folk Club, The Village, South Fort Street, 07502 024852. 7.30pm. £8. Soft-hatted Los Angelino whose songs, guitar and harmonica paint a rich cast of clowns, drunkards, war veterans, fugitives, refugees, hobos, bozos and blues men, ■ Ceilidh Club The Lot, Grassmarket, 225 9922. 8pm. £6. Ceilidh dance with callers to lead you through the steps, featuring live music from Hopscotch.
76 THE LIST 4–18 Nov 2010
Remember Remember EP launch
After playing a late-night, loop-heavy set at The List: 25 Years event, Graeme Ronald, aka Remember Remember is releasing his EP RR Scorpii on Guy Fawkes Night. (That’s right – Remember Remember, on the fifth of November). Since releasing his debut album two years ago on the same date, RR has become a seven-piece band, creating hypnotic, repetitive melodies, using samples of guitars, xylophones, staplers, hand claps and cans of Irn Bru. With a DJ set by Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai). ■ Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 5 Nov.
Wednesday 10 Edinburgh FREE Easy Chair The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. Laidback folky sounds from Graham Laird and Mike Bennet. ■ Taiko Drumming Course St John’s Church, Princes Street, 01357 522008. 7.30–9.30pm. £120. See Sat 6. ■ The Mick West Band The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Pleasance, 8pm. £8 (£7). Brilliant Scots singer West is joined by guitarist Frank McLaughlin, pipes and sax man Fraser Fifield and multi- instrumentalist Stevie Lawrence. Part of the Carrying Stream Festival.
Thursday 11 Glasgow ■ MacMaster/Hay Brel, Ashton Lane, 342 4966. 7.30pm. £6. The Poozies’ Mary Macmaster (electro-harp, clarsach and vocals) and partner Donald Hay (percussion and samples) create a unique sound with their innovative interpretations of traditional and original songs. ■ Gerry & Donal O’Connor St Andrew’s in the Square, St Andrew’s Square, 0870 013 4060. 8pm. £10 (£8).
Tales and tunes from the classy father- and-son fiddler duo from Ireland. Edinburgh FREE Borne on the Carrying Stream Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, 556 9579. 6pm. Book launch for Borne on the Carrying Stream edited by academic and folklore enthusiast Eberhard Bort. Part of the Carrying Stream Festival. ■ The Boyan Ensemble of Kiev Canongate Kirk, Canongate, 473 2000. 7.30–9.30pm. £18 (£8–£17). The acclaimed Ukrainian choir brings a mix of Eastern Orthodox chants and Ukrainian folksong to Britain. Twins Yuriy and Volodymyr Kuratch share conducting duties. ■ Homage to Hamish Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, 556 9579. 7.30pm. £tbc. Nancy Nicolson hosts a night dedicated to the influence of the late Scottish poet, songwriter, folklorist, academic and collector, Hamish Henderson; featuring song, music and story from Gareth Davies-Jones, Lucy Pringle & Chris Wright, Tom Hubbard, and David Campbell. Part of the Carrying Stream Festival. ■ Justin Townes Earle The Pleasance
Cabaret Bar, Pleasance, 7.30pm. Crafting rambling tales, with blues and classic country rock, the famed US singer-song writer takes to the stage. FREE Folk Night Nobles Bar, Constitution Street, Leith, 629 7215. 9.30pm. See Thu 4. Falkirk ■ Ben Sands Falkirk Folk Club, The Tolbooth Tavern, Tolbooth Street, 07535 097296. 8.30pm. £tbc. Life, love and the ways of the world from the rambling Irishman.
Glasgow ■ Glasgay! Ceilidh St Andrew’s in the Square, St Andrew’s Square, 552 7578. 8pm. £10. Traditional Scottish music and dance - Glasgay! style with live music from Loud & Proud Choir and The Belle Star Band. Edinburgh ■ Raul Malo and Alyssa Bonagura The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7pm. £18. Crossing cultures and blurring musical boundaries Malo (lead singer and chief songwriter for The Mavericks)
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The Marriage of Figaro | 29 Oct to 4 Dec Glasgow • Inverness • Aberdeen • Edinburgh Get £10 tix if you’re under 26. Any Seat. Any Performance.