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Edinburgh ■ Teannaich Pollock Halls, Holyrood Park Road, www.thatscottishband.com 7.30pm. £8 (£6). Funky Ceilidh dance band with mandolin. ■ Edinburgh Ceilidhs Roxy Art House, Roxburgh Place, 339 5374. 8pm. £6–£10. CANCELLED. FREE Tom Oakes & Kathryn Nicoll Captains Bar, South College Street. 8.30pm. Quality traditional instrumental music on flute, fiddle and guitar. Kinross ■ Steve Forbert The Green Hotel, Muirs, 01577 863467. 9pm. £20. The US popular songwriter’s continued appeal is his talent for conveying keen observations through tough, terse poetry, a ready tunefulness and his warm rasping voice.
Paisley ■ Graham Laurie: Paisley Accordion Orchestras Concert Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, 887 1010. 7.30pm. £7 (£5 under 16s). Traditional Scottish music and light classical pieces with special guest singer, Alistair McDonald.
Stirling FREE The Acoustic Bar Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 7pm. Free night of acoustic music by local performers, drinks promos and more.
Edinburgh FREE Allan Johnston & Friends Captains Bar, South College Street. 4pm. Original story songs, vocal harmony, banter, plus multi-instrumental slices of English/Celtic tradition. ■ Jez Lowe’s Geordie’s Winter Almanac Radio Show The Lot, Grassmarket, 225 9922. 7.30pm. £10 (£8). A celebration of Lowe’s English North East roots with a night of music, comedy, archive film and more from Lowe, joined by his long time band The Bad Pennies, who are Kate Bramley, Andy May, David De La Hay and Benny Graham. ■ Origin Scotland: Light of the World Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £8–£14 (concessions available). Traditional carols rub shoulders with gospel music in the annual Christmas performance by the Exile Band, and the Choir and Orchestra, who are joined by top soloists alongside the regular guests, St Peter’s Primary School Choir. ■ Steve Forbert The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 8pm. £15. US troubadour. See Fri 3. Aberfoyle ■ Dougie MacLean Gartmore Village Hall, 8pm. £17. Scotland’s popular folk/roots songwriter and guitarist.
Dalry ■ Gaberlunzie Dalry Scout Hall, Dalry Scout Hall Smith Street, www.geocities.com/dalryhorti 7.30pm. £10. Scotland’s veteran folk entertainment duo. Tickets available from BeGreen, The Cross, Dalry. Perth ■ Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2010 Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 208 3089. 7.30pm. £15. Perth plays host to this year’s showbiz tradfest, featuring acts such as The Chair, the Daniel Thorpe Trio, The Gordon Duncan
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Experience and many more still to be announced. Ticket includes the afterparty through to 3am.
Edinburgh FREE Tom Oakes & Kathryn Nicoll Captains Bar, South College Street. 4pm. See Fri 3. ■ Orkestra del Sol The Bongo Club, Moray House, Holyrood Road, 558 7604. 7pm. £8. Scotland’s energetic world music band incorporates sounds from all corners, incorporating samba, gypsy polka, carnival anthems, Slavic waltzes and calypso. FREE Bobby & Eddy Captains Bar, South College Street. 8pm. Open session with the eclectic duo otherwise known as Rantum Scantum. ■ Ian Bruce Wee Folk Club, Royal Oak Infirmary Street, 557 2976. 8.30pm. £5. Big voiced, popular singer- songwriter performs a mixture of Scottish traditional songs and original material.
Glasgow FREE The Blas Collective The Rio Café, Hyndland Street, 334 9909. 8.30pm. ‘Folk flavoured sessions’ from this collective led by instrumentalist and guitar player Jenn Butterworth. Edinburgh ■ Ceilidh Club The Lot, Grassmarket, 225 9922. 8pm. £6. Ceilidh dance with callers to lead you through the steps. Music from the Jimi Shandrix Experience. FREE Mike Bennett & Kirsty- Jacqueline Lingard Captains Bar, South College Street. 8pm. Folk open sessions.
Wednesday 8 Edinburgh FREE Easy Chair The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. Laidback folksy sounds from Graham Laird and Mike Bennet. FREE Nuala, Cammy & Friends Captains Bar, South College Street. 8pm. Traditional session with Nuala Kennedy on feisty flute and Cammy Robertson on cittern. FREE Folk & World Music Night Nobles Bar, Constitution Street Leith, 629 7215. 9pm. Local bands and performers, hosted by John Langan.
Glasgow ■ Jez Lowe’s Geordie’s Winter Almanac Radio Show St Andrews in the Square, St Andrews Square. 8pm. £10 (£8). See Sat 4.
Edinburgh ■ Dr Ruby’s Barn By The River The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8pm. £4 (£3). A night of country blues from Al Shields & The Wilted Roses, Glasgow’s Dixie Beaver Band and more. Crail FREE Crail Folk Club Christmas Party Crail Folk Club, Golf Hotel High Street, 01333 340494. 8pm. Join in for a festive sing, and some mince pies to boot.
Friday 10 Edinburgh ■ Edinburgh Ceilidh Dances Lauriston Hall, Lauriston Street, 339 5374. 8pm. £6–£10. Traditional fun with ceilidh bands and a piper, and some international folk dances to complement the Scottish classics. Refreshments available. ■ The McCalmans The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 8pm. Since the 60s, the McCalmans have sung all over the world and are famed for their
irresistible sense of humour, with an appeal that remains as broad and fresh as ever. Following the announcement that Ian McCalman will retire from the band at the end of 2010, and the remaining members will concentrate on other projects, this is one of the last chances to see the band on their ‘Goodbye Tour’. FREE Tom Oakes & Kathryn Nicoll Captains Bar, South College Street. 8.30pm. See Fri 3. ■ Balkanarama Studio 24, Calton Road, 558 3758. 10.30pm–3am. £7 before 11pm; £9 after. A blend of klezmer, Balkan, gypsy punk and electronic beats featuring live music, bellydancing, VJs and a live jam session. Live guests include Munich’s Tuna Trio, Bosnia’s Asmir Sabich and wild Hungarian fiddling from the Jani Lang Band. Rutherglen ■ Christmas Ceilidh Dance Rutherglen Town Hall, Main Street, 613 5700. 7.30pm. £14.50. The Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band with the weel-kent dances in this festive frolic. Soup and pie buffet included.
Glasgow ■ Thea Gilmore The Arches, Argyle Street, 565 1000. 7pm. £14. Prolific young singer/songwriter from Oxfordshire whose style is strongly influenced by Dylan, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell. Bruce Springsteen buys her albums, you know. ■ Balkanarama Stereo, Renfield Lane, 222 2254. 11pm–3am. £8. A night of gypsy/Balkan/klezmer madness, film, visuals and live music featuring gypsy belly dancing, live visuals, free plum brandy and more. December features Munich’s Tuna Trio, Bosnia’s Asmir Sabish and the fourteen-piece Puff Uproar, with Miss Electric Gypsyland. Edinburgh FREE Allan Johnston & Friends Captains Bar, South College Street. 4pm. See Sat 4. ■ Christmas Ceilidh Dance St Bride’s Centre, Orwell Terrace, 346 1405. 8pm. £10 (£8; children £3). Charity ceilidh party with The Shandoneers, Santa, special guests and a raffle, all raising funds for Garvald Edinburgh.
Glenrothes ■ Music for Christmas Rothes Halls, Kingdom Centre, 01592 611101. 7.30pm. £7 (£2). This evening of festive entertainment showcases the musical talent of Glenrothes Choral Society, featuring traditional and contemporary songs and a helping of Christmas carols. Perth ■ Scottish Fiddle Orchestra Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 7.30pm. £10–£15. The Orchestra celebrates its 30th anniversary with a programme of traditional and more modern material.
Stirling ■ Alasdair Roberts and Karine Polwart Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 8pm. £14 (£12). Spindly, ethereal folk from Roberts with more thoughtful lyricism from Polwart.
Sunday 12 Glasgow ■ The FPP Celtic Christmas Party St Andrews in the Square, St Andrews Square. 6pm. £8–£10. Festive charity concert (raising funds for Drake Music Scotland) from Flying Pixie Promotions featuring a selection of artists and the first live performance of ‘Winter Song,’ a new Christmas release from Cross the Border, backed by a choir of local schoolchildren.
Edinburgh FREE Tom Oakes & Kathryn Nicoll Captains Bar, South College Street. 4pm. See Fri 3. ■ The Bevvy Sisters and Sharon King York Place, 7.30pm. £10. Retro swing and rich vocal harmonies from the Bevvy Sisters, with a country-tinged selection from King. FREE Bobby & Eddy Captains Bar, South College Street. 8pm. See Sun 5. Livingston ■ Ceilidhoke . . . They’re Back! Howden Park Centre, Howden, 01506 777666. 7pm. £6.50–£7.50 (£4.50–£5). A night of Scottish music and dance. Funds raised will go towards the Lothian MS support group.
Monday 13 Glasgow ■ The Pogues O2 Academy, Eglinton Street, 0844 477 2000. 7pm. £30. Over- 18s show. Shane McGowan joins the original line-up as they go on one more (and apparently final) Christmas tour of shambolic Irish punk drinking songs.
Glasgow FREE The Blas Collective The Rio Café, Hyndland Street, 334 9909. 8.30pm. See Tue 7. Edinburgh ■ Bruce Molsky Leith Folk Club, The Village, South Fort Street, 07502 024852. 7.30pm. £8. Molsky is also a guitarist, banjoist, singer and teacher, but is admired as a fiddler, having mastered various traditional styles of his native US. ■ Ceilidh Club The Lot, Grassmarket, 225 9922. 8pm. £6. Ceilidh dance with callers to lead you through the steps. Music from the Or Ceilidh Band. FREE Mike Bennett & Kirsty- Jacqueline Lingard Captains Bar, South College Street. 8pm. See Tue 7.
Wednesday 15 Edinburgh FREE Easy Chair The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. See Wed 8. ■ New Rope String Band Edinburgh Folk Club, Cabaret Bar, The Pleasance, 650 2458. 7.30pm. £8 (£7; members £5). Laugh yourself silly to these skilled acoustic musicians/comedians with Python- flavoured melodic humour as they play from their new album, Myoosik. FREE Nuala, Cammy & Friends Captains Bar, South College Street. 8pm. See Wed 8. FREE Folk & World Music Night Nobles Bar, Constitution Street Leith, 629 7215. 9pm. See Wed 8.
Glasgow ■ Martin Stephenson and Ken Brady Woodend Tennis & Bowling Club, Chamberlain Road, 229 1442. 8pm. £tbc. Daintees frontman Stephenson (and guests) entertains with a combination of guitar picking, waltzes, swinging country, folk pop and comic tales.
Falkirk ■ Skerryvore Falkirk Town Hall, West Bridge Street, 01324 506850. 8pm. £12 (£10.50). Bagpipes, accordion and fiddle mixed with standard rock instruments as the ‘Boy Band of Scottish Traditional Music’ plays live. 01324 506850 Stirling ■ New Rope String Band Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 8pm. £12 (£10). Superbly funny and skilled. See Wed 15.
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