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FRIDAY 8 SEPTEMBER Jenny Farish: 10pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Jenny provides the perfect playlist. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Horo Gheallaidh: 10pm on BBC ALBA. Including performances from THE ONCE, DUNCAN CHISHOM and DUNCAN MacKINNON. www.bbcalba.co.uk SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER Proms in the Park - Glasgow Green: 7pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Janice Forsyth presnts an incredible line-up live from Glasgow Green. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

Music all day every day from Glasgow promoting Celtic Billy Sloan: 10pm on BBC Radio Scotland. A selection of hot new releases and tracks from Scotland's and roots music of all genres at 95FM or online @ musical archive and beyond. www.celticmusicradio.net www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland WEDNESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER Belladrum: 10.35pm on BBC ALBA. Featuring RACHEL SERMANNI. Get It On... With Bryan Burnett: 6.30pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Bryan plays essential music chosen by www.bbcalba.co.uk listeners. SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

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The Quay Sessions: 3pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Travelling Folk: 9pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Featuring the Grand Night of Scotland recorded at the Roddy Hart and Gideon Coe introduce EDWYN COLLINS, MODERN STUDIES and ANCHORSONG. Festival of Interceltique Lorient. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Perthshire Amber: 10pm on BBC ALBA. Featuring KARINE POLWART. www.bbcalba.co.uk

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Vic Galloway: 11pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Vic brings you highlights from his stage at the Electric Fields Festival. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

Aberdeen + North East

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The Janice Forsyth Show: 2pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Janice tunes into what is happening in music, arts and culture from across Scotland. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

Highlands + Islands

Take the Floor: 5pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Gary Innes includes a concert on the Ceilidh Trail recorded at The Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Jazz Nights at the Quay: 7pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Seonaid Aitken gets acquainted with electronic act and concert performer WERKHA. Jazz Nights at the Quay showcase the best of jazz weekly with also a monthly concert featuring emerging talent from Scotland and around the world. The programme will profile artists performing at the concert along with a selection of jazz across the sub-genres from Ella to Little Dragon. Tickets will be available for the live concerts - visit ‘BBC Shows and Tours’ for more information @

Get It On... With Bryan Burnett: 6.30pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Bryan plays essential music chosen by Classics Unwrapped: 9pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Jamie MacDougall presents a jazz-influenced show. listeners. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

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Perthshire Amber: 7.50pm on BBC ALBA. Featuring BENNY GALLAGHER. www.bbcalba.co.uk

Just For Gordon: 10pm on BBC ALBA. The life, music and tragic loss of Scottish piper GORDON DUNCAN. www.bbcalba.co.uk

The Quay Sessions: 9pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Roddy Hart and Gideon Coe introduce EDWYN COLLINS, MODERN STUDIES and ANCHORSONG. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

Iain Anderson: 11pm on BBC Radio Scotland. End the day in the company of the songwriting masters of country, folk, blues and soul. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

Belladrum: 10pm on BBC ALBA. Featuring SKIPINNISH. www.bbcalba.co.uk

MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

Natasha Raskin Sharp: 11pm on BBC Radio Scotland. An eclectic mix of music. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Togaidh Sinn Fonn: 11.25pm on BBC ALBA. A selection of Scotland's best musicians and singers. www.bbcalba.co.uk

The Janice Forsyth Show: 2pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Janice tunes into what is happening in music, arts and culture from across Scotland. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Get It On... With Bryan Burnett: 6.30pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Bryan plays essential music chosen by listeners. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

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MUSIC NEWS Scotland GIGguide page 3: music on scotland's tv & radio this week :: scots in london Vic Galloway: 9pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Featuring live sessions and new material from the best alternative artists. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Iain Anderson: 11pm on BBC Radio Scotland. End the day in the company of the songwriting masters of country, folk, blues and soul. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Perthshire Amber: 11.30pm on BBC ALBA. Featuring RACHEL SERMANNI. www.bbcalba.co.uk TUESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

The Janice Forsyth Show: 2pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Janice tunes into what is happening in music, arts and culture from across Scotland.

Roddy Hart: 11pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Roddy shines a spotlight on great contemporary and classic songwriting. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

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www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Get It On... With Bryan Burnett: 6.30pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Bryan plays essential music chosen by listeners. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Travelling Folk: 9pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Featuring the Grand Night of Scotland recorded at the Festival of Interceltique Lorient. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

The Janice Forsyth Show: 2pm on BBC Radio Perthshire Amber: 10pm on BBC ALBA. Scotland. Janice tunes into what is happening in Featuring THE MAE TRIO. music, arts and culture from across Scotland. www.bbcalba.co.uk www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Vic Galloway: 11pm on BBC Radio Scotland. Get It On... With Bryan Burnett: 6.30pm on Vic brings you highlights from his stage at the BBC Radio Scotland. Bryan plays essential music Electric Fields Festival. chosen by listeners. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland Another Country with Ricky Ross: 9pm on BBC Radio Scotland. CHARLIE DORE in session and conversation. www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

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CHRISTINE BOVILL - PIAF: At Underbelly Festival, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX. Christine Bovill’s PIAF, as much a play as it is a musical homage, is a thrilling celebration of one of France’s most endearing icons. Incorporating -----------------------------------------------some of her best known songs, threaded with Piaf’s story, Christine’s tells of her own remarkable journey in the world of chanson. Tickets from £15 @ www.underbellyfestival.com www.christinebovill.com

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TOMMY SMITH QUARTET: At Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London. Tommy Smith decided that 16 SEPTEMBER the time was right to record a tribute to one of his biggest inspirations, John Coltrane. Smith THE RAH’S: At Dublin Castle, London. The called the former Young Scottish Jazz Musician Rah's are a 5 piece indie rock band from of the Year, pianist Peter Johnstone, the SNJO’s Prestonpans in East Lothian. Formed in 2011 by bassist Calum Gourlay and Dutch drummer four friends Jack, Jordan, Neale and Andrew Sebastiaan de Krom to record at Castlesound they produced 2 EPs ‘Give Me Life’ in 2012 and Studios in Pencaitland. By the end of the session ‘Living The Dream’ in 2013 and then toured they had recorded the tracks that comprise supporting the likes of The Fratellis and The Smith’s latest album, Embodying the Light, View. In January 2016, local lad and friend Chris which features favourite Coltrane compositions joined as the band on keys and backing vocals, such as Naima and Resolution alongside new taking The Rah's a fresh new sound. Now a 5 pieces Smith wrote in dedication to his hero. The piece, the band took a fresh approach to new upcoming tour will see the group playing without sounds and song structure. They now release amplification, a practice that Smith has long their new single ‘The Time Is Now’, a serious favoured. attitude track that grips you from the very first www.tommysmith.co.uk note. The track was recorded in Maybank studios in Glasgow by Dublin based producer 14 NOVEMBER James Darkin and was mastered by a Pete Maher. DAVE ARCARI: At The Blues Kitchen, Camden. www.facebook.com/therahsmusic Slide guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt. blues sounds owe as much to trash country, 22 SEPTEMBER punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine THE RACHEL NEWTON BAND: At King’s Place, internationally acclaimed solo CD releases. London. Show 8pm Tickets £12.50 Tel. 020 Arcari’s latest release – the Hellbound Train EP – 7520 1490. Since the release of her album entered the iTunes blues charts at number Here's My Heart Come Take It in April 2016, seven in June 2016 and a follow up album, Scottish singer and harpist Rachel Newton has provisionally titled Givers & Takers, is scheduled been awarded both the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for release in early 2017. Musician of the Year 2017 and the Scots Trad www.davearcari.com Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year. Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting 20 NOVEMBER traditional folk songs in Scottish Gaelic and English as well as writing and arranging her own IONA FYFE with KOSHKA DUFF & CAROL music. A skilled collaborator and one of the folk ANDERSON: At The Burns Club of London. scene’s busiest and most in demand musicians, Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become Rachel is also a founding member of The Shee one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers,

rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6-track EP encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim. www.ionafyfe.com/tour/ 26 NOVEMBER LAU: At Cadogan Hall, London. An “Evening with Lau” – two sets spanning the first ten years. www.lau-music.co.uk 20 APRIL 2018 KRIS DREVER and special guests: At Union Chapel, London. 7.30pm. An evening with BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of Year. Latest album and tickets @ www.krisdrever.com

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Out Of The Bedroom - Legends with THE MIGHTY SPARRAHAWK, NORMAN LAMONT AND THE HEAVEN SENT, ROISIN RUSSELL and NYK STODDART: At Woodland Creatures, 15 SEPTEMBER 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL. 7.30 – 11.00pm. All acts have been chosen for their DEAN OWENS: At Americanafest, Nashville. legendary contribution to OOTB over the years. Velvet-voiced Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s We warmly welcome, all the way from Glasgow, most acclaimed and established singer The Mighty Sparrahawk “Swirling through songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, Sequences of Time and space Classic Urban Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand. Dean’s solo career has seen him tour far and wide, including Folk-Rock-Funk-Jazz-Americana-Spoken wordProg Singing Sensations The Mighty Sparrahawk in Europe, USA and Australia. Dean is also highly regarded among other musicians and has here in the place to be…Your Headspace….” All the way from South Queensferry, Norman played shows and toured with Steve Earle, Lamont and The Heaven Sent “a timeless, Emmylou Harris, Joan As Policewoman, Eddi classic singer-songwriter, as much at home in Reader, John Hiatt and Nanci Griffith, to name echoey electronics as in intimate acoustic but a few. settings. His songs are always melodic and www.deanowens.com memorable, but his subject matter ranges from the surreal and spiritual to quirky humour. ” All SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER the way from Fife, via Ireland, Roisin Russell “songs about personal experiences… when OLD BLIND DOGS (album launch tour): [Roisin] first started the vocals I thought I heard Touring USA in September/October. Old Blind Dogs are back in 2017 with a new record and a Sinéad O’Connor.” All the way from… a Mutant Lodge, Nyk Stoddart. new line up. Original member, Jonny Hardie (Fiddle / Vocals) is joined by long term partners www.facebook.com/OutOfTheBedroomEdinburgh Aaron Jones (Bouzouki / Vocals), Ali Hutton 7 SEPTEMBER (Pipes / Whistles) and new percussion powerhouse Donald Hay. A Scottish band that takes their historical ties seriously, Old Blind IONA FYFE: At Linlithgow Folk Festival. Dogsʼ new recording captures parts of a Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become tradition that goes back a long way. Great story one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, telling and timeless tunes made for the ups and rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the downs of life ... and dancing! North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC www.oldblinddogs.co.uk Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6-track EP encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim. www.ionafyfe.com/tour/

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8 SEPTEMBER Late Night In The Big City featuring MIRACLE GLASS COMPANY: At The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA. 8pm-1am. Now established as the must-see gig on the Edinburgh scene, Miracle Glass Company's bi-monthly residency Late Night in the Big City gives the band the chance to showcase their incredible song-writing skills, stunning 3-part harmonies and explosive rock'n'roll sound in the best sounding venue in town. Playing an extended live set, inviting selected guest support acts and hand-picking DJs to keep the party going until late into the

night, there is something special afoot in the capital city! With DJ Daniel McGeever spinning rock'n'soul. Tickets £10 / £5 advance @ www.mgclive.eventbrite.com www.miracleglasscompany.com 9 SEPTEMBER MILES HUNT and ERICA NOCKALLS (The Wonder Stuff): At La Belle Angele, Edinburgh. Having celebrated the band’s 30th anniversary in 2016 with a new album and an extensive touring schedule the duo decided to head into calmer waters at the beginning of this year by returning to their acoustic project. Peppered with Hunt’s trademark acerbic lyrics and Nockalls’ pleasingly angular string arrangements ‘We Came Here To Work’ is a stark and reflective piece of work. www.thewonderstuff.co.uk 13 SEPTEMBER IONA FYFE: At Edinburgh Folk Club. Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6-track EP encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim. www.ionafyfe.com/tour/ 15 SEPTEMBER StG presents ….. DAVID FORD with special guest MICK HARGAN: At Sneaky Pete's. 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh. EH1 1JW. 7pm. David Ford live in the Edinburgh, for this show David will be accompained by a drummer for a different kind of set, tickets are limted to 100 due to the capacity of the venue to make this the most intimate show on his September tour. Tickets £10. www.facebook.com/StgPromotions 18 SEPTEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. 3hattrio: At Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh. Having consistently won 4 and 5-star ratings from the UK media, 3hattrio became the band that everyone was raving about after their outstanding debut here at Celtic Connections

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festival in February. BBC presenter Ricky Ross loved them so much he invited them into the studio to play ‘live’ on his Another Country radio show. Since introducing them to the UK in mid2015, interest has continued to develop, with recent albums attracting maximum exposure from music publications and radio shows. Reviewing their Celtic Connections show for AmericanaUK, Paul Kerr said they were “the perfect balm after a hectic day – a singular experience that was hugely rewarding on several levels.” www.facebook.com/3hattrio www.brookfield-knights.com 20 SEPTEMBER EMILY SMITH and JAMIE McCLENNAN 15th Anniversary Tour: At Edinburgh Folk Club at The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh. 8pm. Award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith and New Zealand born Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. Their anniversary tour showcases a big new sound for the duo, with newly written songs from Smith and McClennan paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years. Don’t miss them on this very special tour. Tickets £12 non members/£10 conc./£8 members/£5 students @ www.efc1973.com www.emilysmith.org SPARKS - The Hippopotamus Tour: At The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. Musical mavericks Sparks - Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael – release their new studio album ‘Hippopotamus’ on 8 September accompanied by the first European dates of The Hippopotamus Tour. The title track, first played on BBC Radio 6 Music, was released as a single on 24 March after the band performed it, as well as 3 other songs from the album, in their set at the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow www.allsparks.com

also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com Out Of The Bedroom - Open Mic: At Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL. 8pm–11pm. OOTB hosts an open mic night every fortnight on Thursdays at Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL and entry is free. The night runs from 8pm to 11pm and there is a feature act at the end of the evening. The open mic slots are from 8pm 10.15pm and sign up for an open mic slot starts from 7.30pm. Sign up is on a first-come, firstserved basis. www.facebook.com/OutOfTheBedroomEdinburgh 22 SEPTEMBER RED NOTE supported by FRENCH INSTITUTE: At Tyninghame Village Hall, Tyninghame, East Lothian part of Lammermuir Festival. 12 noon. Solo pieces played by members of Red Note Academy. Thomas Butler New Work (commissioned by Red Note Ensemble); Luke Bedford - Wonderful No-headed Nightingale. Red Note Ensemble and Red Note Advanced Academy. This lunch-time (45 mins, lunch not included) taster concert of contemporary sounds acts as an upbeat to the afternoon performance. Thomas Butler introduces his new commission. Lunch is available at the end of the concert from Tyninghame Tearoom. Tickets £6/£5 on 0131 473 2000 or @ www.lammermuirfestival.co.uk

30 SEPTEMBER ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique driving, impassioned and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at least, made the accordion respectable again and also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com 5 OCTOBER Out Of The Bedroom - Open Mic: At Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL. 8pm–11pm. OOTB hosts an open mic night every fortnight on Thursdays at Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL and entry is free. The night runs from 8pm to 11pm and there is a feature act at the end of the evening. The open mic slots are from 8pm 10.15pm and sign up for an open mic slot starts from 7.30pm. Sign up is on a first-come, firstserved basis. www.facebook.com/OutOfTheBedroomEdinburgh 10 OCTOBER

IONA FYFE: At Leith Folk Club. Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of RED NOTE supported by FRENCH Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted INSTITUTE: At The Granary, Eastfield Farm, deeply in the singing traditions of the North East Whittinghame, East Lothian part of Lammermuir of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Festival. 2.30pm and 4.15pm (1 hour show). Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Thomas Butler - New Work; David Sawer - The Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra; East throughout the UK and Europe. Described David Sawer - The Lighthouse Keepers. Red Note as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit Ensemble and Red Note Advanced Academy. In today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6-track EP the depths of East Lothian’s picturesque encapsulating North East folksong was received farmland, the Granary at Eastfield’s lovely 18th with great acclaim. 21 SEPTEMBER century steading is an exciting new space for the www.ionafyfe.com/tour/ festival. Red Note inaugurate it with two highly ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Howden Park dramatic pieces by one of Britain’s most original 16 OCTOBER Centre, Livingston. Aly Bain is Scotland's composers. The 1928 silent film The Life and supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is Death of 9413 is a pioneering work of avantBrookfield Knights presents ….. FRONT unique - driving, impassioned and pure - with garde cinema for which David Sawer has COUNTRY: At Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him composed a wonderfully atmospheric score. The Those who caught Front Country in action when a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Lighthouse Keepers is a terrifying story of a they toured over here for the first time were Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative keeper and his son trapped in their lighthouse, simply blown away. This is no ordinary bluegrass instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest portrayed in the manner of a radio play for two band; they play big, brave, invigorating music fingers in the West but some of the most actors with highly coloured and tension filled that is seldom encountered. Last year, they were sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at music. Tickets £15/£5 on 0131 473 2000 or @ flown over from their base in San Francisco as least, made the accordion respectable again and www.lammermuirfestival.co.uk headline act at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival

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MUSIC NEWS Scotland GIGguide page 11: edinburgh + mid - east - west lothian and were for many, the stand-out act at Purbeck Valley Folk festival too. When “Whispering” Bob Harris played tracks from their last release on his BBC 2 radio show, he told listeners: “This is currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America.” www.facebook.com/FrontCountrySF www.brookfield-knights.com 19 OCTOBER Out Of The Bedroom - Open Mic: At Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL. 8pm–11pm. OOTB hosts an open mic night every fortnight on Thursdays at Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL and entry is free. The night runs from 8pm to 11pm and there is a feature act at the end of the evening. The open mic slots are from 8pm - 10.15pm and sign up for an open mic slot starts from 7.30pm. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. www.facebook.com/OutOfTheBedroomEdinburgh 26 OCTOBER TOMMY SMITH QUARTET: At Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh. Tommy Smith decided that the time was right to record a tribute to one of his biggest inspirations, John Coltrane. Smith called the former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist Peter Johnstone, the SNJO’s bassist Calum Gourlay and Dutch drummer Sebastiaan de Krom to record at Castlesound Studios in Pencaitland. By the end of the session they had recorded the tracks that comprise Smith’s latest album, Embodying the Light, which features favourite Coltrane compositions such as Naima and Resolution alongside new pieces Smith wrote in dedication to his hero. The upcoming tour will see the group playing without amplification, a practice that Smith has long favoured. www.tommysmith.co.uk

time and again to her live shows." – Fatea. Some songs were accompanied by violin, cello, flute and guitar; at other times it was just Emily’s voice caressing the walls of the cavernous space. We were hooked.” - Time Out Magazine London www.emilymaewinters.com 2 NOVEMBER Out Of The Bedroom - Open Mic: At Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL. 8pm–11pm. OOTB hosts an open mic night every fortnight on Thursdays at Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL and entry is free. The night runs from 8pm to 11pm and there is a feature act at the end of the evening. The open mic slots are from 8pm - 10.15pm and sign up for an open mic slot starts from 7.30pm. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. www.facebook.com/OutOfTheBedroomEdinburgh 6 NOVEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS: At Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh. The Slocan Ramblers are one of the hottest bands on the Canadian circuit and since breaking into America, have been making a big impact there too. The band was nominated in the Traditional Album of The Year category at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards, following the outstanding success of their Coffee Creek album on both sides of The Atlantic. www.slocanramblers.com www.brookfield-knights.com

started out as buskers and have worked their way up to festival stages at Latitude, Cambridge Folk Festival, Country to Country (C2C), opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, Bruce Springsteen and Ward Thomas among others, and are currently promoting their latest single & video 'Dirty Money', which has had a fantastic response from fans and media. www.ccsmugglers.co.uk 16 NOVEMBER Out Of The Bedroom - Open Mic: At Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL. 8pm–11pm. OOTB hosts an open mic night every fortnight on Thursdays at Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL and entry is free. The night runs from 8pm to 11pm and there is a feature act at the end of the evening. The open mic slots are from 8pm - 10.15pm and sign up for an open mic slot starts from 7.30pm. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. www.facebook.com/OutOfTheBedroomEdinburgh 18 NOVEMBER EDDI READER plus special guest DAN WHITEHOUSE: At Howden Park Centre, Livingston, West Lothian. www.eddireader.co.uk 30 NOVEMBER

Out Of The Bedroom - Open Mic: At Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL. 8pm–11pm. OOTB hosts an open mic night every fortnight on Thursdays at 10 NOVEMBER Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL and entry is free. The night THE TUBES: At The Liquid Room, Edinburgh. runs from 8pm to 11pm and there is a feature The Tubes, the San Francisco-based rock band, act at the end of the evening. The open mic whose eponymous 1975 debut album included slots are from 8pm - 10.15pm and sign up for the rock anthem "White Punks on Dope", an open mic slot starts from 7.30pm. Sign up is celebrate their return to the UK in November for on a first-come, first-served basis. six club dates, plus five arena concerts where www.facebook.com/OutOfTheBedroomEdinburgh 27 OCTOBER they will support Alice Cooper. Get ready for 2 DECEMBER EMILY MAE WINTERS: At The Voodoo Rooms, non-stop theatrical mayhem and outstanding rock music from The Tubes. The news of the UK 19a West Register St. Edinburgh. EH2 2AA. tour dovetails with the August 11th release of EDDI READER plus special guest DAN Doors: 19:30 Tickets: £9.08-£11.21 on 0131 WHITEHOUSE: At The Brunton, Musselburgh, 556 7060. Emily was born in Birmingham but as The Tubes: "The A&M Years" Box Set which includes the band’s first five studio albums. East Lothian. a small child moved to Clonakilty in Ireland, www.eddireader.co.uk where her love for folk music was influenced by www.thetubes.com the Celtic local folk scene. She performed at CC SMUGGLERS: At Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh. 7 DECEMBER local venues, honing her talents as a singer accompanying herself on the guitar.“Emily has a CC Smugglers, the alt-country/folk outfit who have taken the European festival circuit by LAU: At The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. An voice that immediately demands attention and storm over the last couple of years. The band “Evening with Lau” – two sets spanning the first mesmerises audiences, many of whom return

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Smith and McClennan paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years. Don’t miss them on this very special tour. www.beaconartscentre.co.uk www.emilysmith.org 16 SEPTEMBER StG presents ….. MARTIN METCALFE & THE FORNICATORS: At Audio, Glasgow. 7pm. This show is being recorded for a live album. Martin Metcalfe (Ex Goodbye Mr MacKenzie, Angelfish, Isa & The Filthy Tongues and Currently Front man and Guitarist The Filthy Tongues) will be performing a special show, two 45 minutes sets for a live album from his extensive back catalogue, to be released by Martin. Tickets £10. www.facebook.com/StgPromotions THE ROUTES QUARTET: At Shawfest, Glasgow. The Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the folk and classical traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions. The Routes Quartet is made up of the classic string quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Huggan), viola (Emma Tomlinson), and two fiddles (Gràinne Brady and Tricia Mullan). The sound is a charming concoction of classical, Scottish, Irish and English traditional music as well as their own deftness for the art of composing. www.routesstringquartet.com 19 SEPTEMBER EMILY SMITH and JAMIE MCCLENNAN 15th Anniversary Tour: At Live at The Star, Glasgow. Award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith and New Zealand born Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. Their anniversary tour showcases a big new sound for the duo, with newly written songs from Smith and McClennan paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years. Don’t miss them on this very special tour. www.starfolkclub.com www.emilysmith.org 20 SEPTEMBER ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Public Hall, Crawfordjohn, South Lanarkshire. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique - driving, impassioned and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at least, made the accordion respectable again and also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com 21 SEPTEMBER

HENRIK FREISCHLADER BAND + support: At O2 ABC, 300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland G2 3JA. 7pm. Henrik Freischlader; singer, songwriter and phenomenal guitarist from Germany.is back 15 SEPTEMBER in the UK with his new band this month! Henrik loves the Blues and is always open for EMILY SMITH and JAMIE MCCLENNAN new musical experiments. For this UK Tour, 15th Anniversary Tour: At Beacon Arts he has gathered seven young artists from Centre, Greenock. Award winning Scottish different countries to form a new band and folksinger Emily Smith and New Zealand born from a total of five individual voices, a small Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of chorus originates which is carried by a making music together in 2017. Their colourful sound and a bold groove. At times, anniversary tour showcases a big new sound the guitar and sax play together with the for the duo, with newly written songs from keyboards, then, in unison with the bass

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THE MOODY CHANTS + HORIZONS END = LAST LIGHT: At The Record Factory, 17 Byers Road, Glasgow. 7.30pm, £5/£4 www.facebook.com/indievous 2 OCTOBER Sounds in the Suburbs presents ..... THE STATE OF THE UNION: At CCA, Glasgow. https://twitter.com/suburbs1 TOMMY SMITH QUARTET: At Websters Theatre, Glasgow. Tommy Smith decided that the time was right to record a tribute to one of his biggest inspirations, John Coltrane. Smith called the former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist Peter Johnstone, the SNJO’s bassist Calum Gourlay and Dutch drummer Sebastiaan de Krom to record at Castlesound Studios in Pencaitland. By the end of the session they had recorded the tracks that comprise Smith’s latest album, Embodying the Light, which features favourite Coltrane compositions such as Naima and Resolution alongside new pieces Smith wrote in dedication to his hero. The upcoming tour will see the group playing without amplification, a practice that Smith has long favoured. www.tommysmith.co.uk 6 OCTOBER NEVILLE STAPLE BAND: At Audio, 14 Midland St. Glasgow, G1 4PP. 7pm. Neville’s 2-Tone legacy is huge. 2-Tone fused traditional ska music with punk rock attitude, energy and musical elements. The movement helped to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Thatcher-era Britain. Neville has a way with people, he cares about his audience and wants to give them a good time. in return, the crowd, are word perfect on every song, and each event turns into a party. Tickets £19.80 @ www.musicglue.com www.originalrudeboy.co.uk 8 OCTOBER DEAN OWENS: At Glasgow Americana (Songwriters Circle). Velvet-voiced Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand. Dean’s solo career has seen him tour far and wide, including in Europe, USA and Australia. Dean is also highly regarded among other musicians and has played shows and toured with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Joan As Policewoman, Eddi Reader, John Hiatt and Nanci Griffith, to name but a few. www.deanowens.com

action when they toured over here for the first time were simply blown away. This is no ordinary bluegrass band; they play big, brave, invigorating music that is seldom encountered. Last year, they were flown over from their base in San Francisco as headline act at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival and were for many, the stand-out act at Purbeck Valley Folk festival too. When “Whispering” Bob Harris played tracks from their last release on his BBC 2 radio show, he told listeners: “This is currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America.” www.facebook.com/FrontCountrySF www.brookfield-knights.com 20 OCTOBER RAB NOAKES: At The Boarding House, Howwood, Renfrewshire. 7.30pm. Celebrating his 70th birthday and his 50th year touring Scottish singer songwriter Rab Noakes launched his EP ‘The Treatment Tapes’ in January 2017. Early in 2015 Rab Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. The songs on this EP were written during the post-treatment period and were part of that process. They were recorded chronologically so their performances reflect that progress. There’s no self-pity though, here you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support and wit. Tickets £14 on 0131 220 3234 or @ www.tickets-scotland.com/rabn3 www.rabnoakes.com TRAIN: At O2 Academy, Glasgow. www.facebook.com/Train 21 OCTOBER CHARLIE LANDSBOROUGH: At Concert Hall, Motherwell. Charlie Landsborough is a man of many colours....whether playing lyrical Americana, upbeat rock or country-tinged emotive ballads, he’s won fans right across the globe. The dates promise to be exceptional evenings of music, good humour and inspirational playing. One thing’s for sure, Charlie Landsborough always delivers. Tickets on 01698 403120. www.charlielandsborough.com 26 OCTOBER

EMILY MAE WINTERS: At The Glad Cafe, 1006A Pollokshaws Rd. Glasgow, G41 2HG, Doors: 7.30pm. Tickets:£8.00 on 0141 636 6119. Emily was born in Birmingham but as a small child moved to Clonakilty in Ireland, where her love for folk music was influenced by the Celtic local folk scene. She performed at local venues, honing her talents as a singer accompanying herself on the guitar.“Emily has a 14 OCTOBER voice that immediately demands attention and 29 SEPTEMBER mesmerises audiences, many of whom return Brookfield Knights presents ….. LAURA time and again to her live shows." – Fatea. TOMMY SMITH QUARTET: At Paisley Arts Some songs were accompanied by violin, cello, Centre. Tommy Smith decided that the time was CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS: At The Spiegletent, Spree Festival, Paisley. Following flute and guitar; at other times it was just right to record a tribute to one of his biggest their outstanding success at the 2016 Shetland Emily’s voice caressing the walls of the inspirations, John Coltrane. Smith called the former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, Folk Festival where they were hailed by many as cavernous space. We were hooked.” - Time Out one of the highlights of the event, Laura was Magazine London pianist Peter Johnstone, the SNJO’s bassist www.emilymaewinters.com Calum Gourlay and Dutch drummer Sebastiaan back over again for a hectic round of collaborative work at this year’s Celtic de Krom to record at Castlesound Studios in Pencaitland. By the end of the session they had Connections, to launch her stunning solo album, 28 OCTOBER recorded the tracks that comprise Smith’s latest All In Always. After they toured here in 2015, leading music writer David Innes told readers of VAMA supporting LITTLE EYE: At O2 ABC, album, Embodying the Light, which features R2 magazine that they had been his most Glasgow. Following epic sold out shows in favourite Coltrane compositions such as Naima memorable gig of the year. That’s what happens Romania’s biggest venues and appearances at and Resolution alongside new pieces Smith when you are THIS good! Europe’s biggest festivals, VAMA arrive in the UK wrote in dedication to his hero. The upcoming www.thisislauracortese.com ahead of their new album release for a select tour will see the group playing without www.brookfield-knights.com run of special shows this Autumn. Through their amplification, a practice that Smith has long epic live shows and soaring songwriting, VAMA favoured. 18 OCTOBER help rebels and dreamers alike find their escape. www.tommysmith.co.uk The Romanian quintet have been a staple on the Brookfield Knights presents ….. FRONT scene for nearly a decade and although their 30 SEPTEMBER COUNTRY: At Performing Arts Centre, name is still new to many in the UK, they are Kilbarchan. Those who caught Front Country in poised to make a big impact in 2017 Indievous Presents ….. THE HAVANAS +

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Brookfield Knights presents ….. NATHAN BELL: At The Admiral, Glasgow. He picked up glowing 5-star reviews for his last album, I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love - a CD that deservedly won him huge media exposure. And, Nathan Bell ended 2016 on another high after featuring as one of the Best Male Performers of the Year in the Readers’ Poll at the influential AmericanaUK website. He made a rare visit to these shores in February for a double bill appearance with James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, and stunned a capacity crowd into hushed silence when he took the stage at Oran Mor. Reviewing the performance for AmericanaUK, writer Paul Kerr said: “It was a 3 NOVEMBER raucous crowd that faced Bell when he bounced onto the stage but within minutes he had them Brookfield Knights / Fallen Angels Club presents ….. THE STRAY BIRDS: At St Luke’s, transfixed with barely a murmur to be heard, his confident delivery and wry humour demanding Glasgow. All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of attention www.nathanbellmusic.com acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de www.brookfield-knights.com Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It IONA FYFE: At Strathaven Folk Club. didn't take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, of a third unique and powerful voice, the group rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the began to define its captivating sound. Since taking America by storm in 2013 they have gone North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the on to win a huge fanbase following triumphant Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her appearances at big festivals around the world native North East throughout the UK and Europe. such as Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Described as “one of the most sunning voices on Festival, MerleFest and Tønder. the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6www.facebook.com/TheStrayBirds track EP encapsulating North East folksong was www.brookfield-knights.com received with great acclaim. www.ionafyfe.com/tour/ 7 NOVEMBER IONA FYFE: At Star Folk Club, Glasgow. Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6track EP encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim. www.ionafyfe.com/tour/

Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS: At Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan. The Slocan Ramblers are one of the hottest bands on the Canadian circuit and since breaking into America, have been making a big impact there too. The band was nominated in the Traditional Album of The Year category at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards, following the outstanding success of their Coffee Creek album on both sides of The Atlantic. www.slocanramblers.com www.brookfield-knights.com 9 NOVEMBER CC SMUGGLERS: At Hug & Pint, Glasgow. CC Smugglers, the alt-country/folk outfit who have taken the European festival circuit by storm over the last couple of years. The band started out as buskers and have worked their way up to festival stages at Latitude, Cambridge Folk Festival, Country to Country (C2C), opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, Bruce Springsteen and Ward Thomas among others, and are currently promoting their latest single & video 'Dirty Money', which has had a fantastic response from fans and media. www.ccsmugglers.co.uk 12 NOVEMBER THE TUBES supporting ALICE COOPER: At The SSE Hydro, Glasgow. The Tubes, the San Francisco-based rock band, whose eponymous 1975 debut album included the rock anthem "White Punks on Dope", celebrate their return to the UK in November for six club dates, plus five arena concerts where they will support Alice Cooper. Get ready for non-stop theatrical mayhem and outstanding rock music from The Tubes. The news of the UK tour dovetails with the August 11th release of The Tubes: "The A&M Years" Box Set which includes the band’s first five studio albums.

18 NOVEMBER IONA FYFE: At Milngavie Folk Club. Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6track EP encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim. www.ionafyfe.com/tour/ StG presents ….. Pele 25th Anniversary Fireworks tour performed by IAN PROWSE & AMSTERDAM with support: At The Admiral, Glasgow. 7pm. Ian Prowse and his 6 piece band Amsterdam will be performing Pele's Debut Album Fireworks in it's entirely for it's 25th Anniversary as well as songs from his band Amsterdam's back catalogue. Free Live 4 Track E.P recorded from Ian Prowse and Amsterdam show in Audio Glasgow, will be handed out at the show for all advance ticket customers. Tickets £10 adv/ £12 on the door www.facebook.com/StgPromotions

26 NOVEMBER Celtic Music Radio presents ….. THE MARCHTOWN PROPHETS, featuring Gillian Frame, Jill Jackson, Findlay Napier and Rab Noakes: At The Glad Cafe, Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow. Support acts are the upcoming, teenage singer/songwriter, Lisa Kowalski from Paisley and the ten-piece old time, country and bluegrass band, The Arkansas Ramblers. Four of Scotland’s top musicians have formed a band (The Marchtown Prophets) to play a one-off special show in Glasgow to raise funds for volunteer-led Celtic Music Radio 95FM. Tickets are just £10 each. Available @ www.eventbrite.co.uk/ www.celticmusicradio.net

FIFE / CENTRAL / PERTHSHIRE / TAYSIDE Send us all your gig dates for Tayside, Perthshire, Fife and Central areas . Email them to Carol carol.musicnewsscotland@gmail.com 9 SEPTEMBER THE COGNAC TWINS: At Music and Arts Outwith Festival, Dunfermline. The Cognac Twins are Craig Anderson, and Paul Connelly who hail from historic Dunfermline Town. Childhood, friends, brought together through a shared love of music, this pair of lovable rogues have been writing and playing together for over two decades. They have jammed and gigged their way through the years, however this is their debut album. The album is released on deluxe heavyweight vinyl and digital on the new Dunfermline label, Loopmaniac. www.facebook.com/Thecognactwins 23 SEPTEMBER EMILY SMITH and JAMIE MCCLENNAN 15th Anniversary Tour: At The Tolbooth, Stirling. Award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith and New Zealand born Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. Their anniversary tour showcases a big new sound for the duo, with newly written songs from Smith and McClennan paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years. Don’t miss them on this very special tour. www.culturestirling.org/events/ www.emilysmith.org 28 SEPTEMBER

THE LAFONTAINES: At Barrowlands, Glasgow. The LaFontaines return with new album "Common Problem" to be released on Wolf At Your Door Records, 27 October. With the help of producer Joe Cross (The Courteeners), the album’s sound is as sharp as the lyrical content, packed with explosive riffs and electronic hooks that race alongside Okan's gritty, pointed Scottish drawl. Common Problem combines an eclectic mix of influences, but at their core The LaFontaines are a real rock band, and a genuine force to be reckoned with. www.facebook.com/thelafontainesmusic

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Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS: At Birnam Arts, Perthshire. They’re hotter than a mink in Malta and after taking America by storm, The Way Down Wanderers make their long-awaited UK debut to give us all a taste of what it is that projected them to the top of the American roots 26 OCTOBER music tree with their blistering brand of popladen bluegrass that has kept the diehard RAB NOAKES: At Clarks on Lindsay Street, traditionalists happy while attracting a young Dundee. 7pm. Celebrating his 70th birthday and crowd of followers to fall into their infectious his 50th year touring Scottish singer songwriter groove. "A welcome breath of fresh air in roots Rab Noakes launched his EP ‘The Treatment music - a young band that could be destined for Tapes’ in January 2017. Early in 2015 Rab great things" – Mike Morrison, Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. The (AmericanRootsUK) songs on this EP were written during the postwww.facebook.com/waydownwanderers treatment period and were part of that process. www.brookfield-knights.com They were recorded chronologically so their performances reflect that progress. There’s no self-pity though, here you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support and wit. Tickets £11.21 on 0131 220 3234 or @ www.eventbrite.co.uk www.rabnoakes.com

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15 SEPTEMBER DAVE ARCARI (album launch): At Blue Lamp, Aberdeen. Slide guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationally acclaimed solo CD releases. Arcari’s latest release – the Hellbound Train EP – entered the iTunes blues charts at number seven in June 2016 and a follow up album, provisionally titled Givers & Takers, is scheduled for release in early 2017. www.davearcari.com 28 SEPTEMBER TOMMY SMITH QUARTET: At Blue Lamp, Aberdeen. Tommy Smith decided that the time was right to record a tribute to one of his biggest inspirations, John Coltrane. Smith called the former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist Peter Johnstone, the SNJO’s bassist Calum Gourlay and Dutch drummer Sebastiaan de Krom to record at Castlesound Studios in Pencaitland. By the end of the session they had recorded the tracks that comprise Smith’s latest album, Embodying the Light, which features favourite Coltrane compositions such as Naima and Resolution alongside new pieces Smith wrote in dedication to his hero. The upcoming tour will see the group playing without amplification, a practice that Smith has long favoured. www.tommysmith.co.uk 7 OCTOBER

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NEVILLE STAPLE BAND: At The Assembly, 3 Skene Terrace, Aberdeen. AB10 1RN. 7pm. ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Fochabers Neville’s 2-Tone legacy is huge. 2-Tone fused Institute, Fochabers. Aly Bain is Scotland's traditional ska music with punk rock attitude, supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is energy and musical elements. The movement unique - driving, impassioned and pure - with helped to transcend and defuse racial tensions in vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him Thatcher-era Britain. Neville has a way with a following of ardent fans throughout the world. people, he cares about his audience and wants Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative to give them a good time. in return, the crowd, instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest are word perfect on every song, and each event fingers in the West but some of the most turns into a party. Tickets £20.00 on 01224 sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at 633336. least, made the accordion respectable again and www.originalrudeboy.co.uk also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com 20 OCTOBER 8 SEPTEMBER

LAUREN RAY supporting LUCY SPRAGGAN: At The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. With a Polish/ ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Mearns South African father and English/Irish mother, Academy, Laurencekirk. Aly Bain is Scotland's Lauren Ray and her siblings grew up living in supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is South Africa, Poland, Austria and eventually the unique - driving, impassioned and pure - with UK. Lauren ‘s success has quickly grown after vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him extensive songwriting in London, LA, and a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Nashville. Lauren’s sound and vocals also Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative grabbed the attention of US artist Jason Ross instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest who has collaborated with her on his chart fingers in the West but some of the most topping releases. Off the back of her sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at neverending growth and success, Lauren Ray least, made the accordion respectable again and has now been invited to support Lucy Spraggan also plays fine keyboard and whistle. on her 30 date UK tour this autumn. www.philandaly.com www.laurenraymusic.com 9 SEPTEMBER

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ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Meldrum Academy, Oldmeldrum. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique - driving, impassioned and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at least, made the accordion respectable again and also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com

Brookfield Knights presents ….. FRONT COUNTRY: At Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon. Those who caught Front Country in action when they toured over here for the first time were simply blown away. This is no ordinary bluegrass band; they play big, brave, invigorating music that is seldom encountered. Last year, they were flown over from their base in San Francisco as headline act at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival and were for many, the stand-out act at Purbeck Valley Folk festival too. When “Whispering” Bob Harris played tracks from their last release on his BBC 2 radio show, he told listeners: “This is currently the biggest band on

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native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6track EP encapsulating North East folksong was RAB NOAKES: At Logie Durno Village Hall, received with great acclaim. Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire. 7.30pm. Celebrating his www.ionafyfe.com/tour/ 70th birthday and his 50th year touring Scottish singer songwriter Rab Noakes launched his EP 9 NOVEMBER ‘The Treatment Tapes’ in January 2017. Early in 2015 Rab Noakes was diagnosed with tonsillar IONA FYFE: At Folk at the Salmon Bothy, cancer. The songs on this EP were written during Portsoy. Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has the post-treatment period and were part of that become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad process. They were recorded chronologically so singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of their performances reflect that progress. There’s the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC no self-pity though, here you’ll find defiance, Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the resilience, love, support and wit. Tickets £10/ Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her £13 on 0131 220 3234 or @ native North East throughout the UK and Europe. www.tickettailor.com Described as “one of the most sunning voices on www.rabnoakes.com the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6track EP encapsulating North East folksong was LAUREN RAY supporting LUCY SPRAGGAN: received with great acclaim. At The Loft, Forres. With a Polish/South African www.ionafyfe.com/tour/ father and English/Irish mother, Lauren Ray and her siblings grew up living in South Africa, 15 NOVEMBER Poland, Austria and eventually the UK. Lauren ‘s success has quickly grown after extensive Almost Blue Promotions presents ….. songwriting in London, LA, and Nashville. NATHAN BELL: At The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen. Lauren’s sound and vocals also grabbed the Doors 7.30pm. £8.00+bf / £10 on the door. attention of US artist Jason Ross who has Nathan Bell has lived life. At 56, the wizened collaborated with her on his chart topping songwriter’s weary voice bleeds experience. He’s releases. Off the back of her neverending growth seen both sides of the coin—traveled the and success, Lauren Ray has now been invited to nomadic, bohemian path of the hard-luck support Lucy Spraggan on her 30 date UK tour troubadour, and found comfort and meaning in this autumn. the stability of a family, a home and a near twowww.laurenraymusic.com decade corporate gig. And now, with a guitar back in his hands where it should be, he’s ready 22 OCTOBER to tell the tale. But it’s not just his own story he’s after. It’s a story of America, of the working Almost Blue Promotions presents ….. classes—both blue and white collar. Bell is a FRONT COUNTRY: At The Blue Lamp, songwriter’s songwriter, a man who has shared Aberdeen. Doors 7.30pm. £8.00+bf / £10 on the bills with legends like Townes Van Zandt, door. An acoustic band born in the land of tech Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and Norman Blake. innovation, Front Country was never going to be "Now in our 4th Year, Almost Blue Promotions accepted as an authentic American roots band continue to bring the best of independent out of the gate. Cutting their teeth in progressive Americana and Roots music to Aberdeen. With bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission between 10-12 gigs per year, ABP have again District and rehearsing in the East Bay, they been working tirelessly to come up with an learned to play roots music their own way, with impressive programme for 2017 with artists from the tools they had on hand. A mandolinist with a the USA as well as the UK. degree in composition and classical guitar. "Now www.AlmostBluePromotions.com in our 4th Year, Almost Blue Promotions continue www.nathanbellmusic.com to bring the best of independent Americana and www.brookfield-knights.com Roots music to Aberdeen. With between 10-12 gigs per year, ABP have again been working tirelessly to come up with an impressive programme for 2017 with artists from the USA as well as the UK. www.AlmostBluePromotions.com www.facebook.com/FrontCountrySF www.brookfield-knights.com Send us all your gig dates

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Email them to Carol carol.musicnewsscotland@gmail.com 9 SEPTEMBER DAVE ARCARI (album launch): At Tooth & Claw, Inverness. Slide guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationally acclaimed solo CD releases. Arcari’s latest release – the Hellbound Train EP – entered the iTunes blues charts at number seven in June 2016 and a follow up album, provisionally titled Givers & Takers, is scheduled for release in early 2017. www.davearcari.com THE ROUTES QUARTET: At Creagan Inn, Appin. The Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the folk and classical traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions. The Routes

Quartet is made up of the classic string quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Huggan), viola (Emma Tomlinson), and two fiddles (Gràinne Brady and Tricia Mullan). The sound is a charming concoction of classical, Scottish, Irish and English traditional music as well as their own deftness for the art of composing. www.routesstringquartet.com 10 SEPTEMBER THE ROUTES QUARTET: At Abriachan Village Hall, Abriachan. The Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the folk and classical traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions. The Routes Quartet is made up of the classic string quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Huggan), viola (Emma Tomlinson), and two fiddles (Gràinne Brady and Tricia Mullan). The sound is a charming concoction of classical, Scottish, Irish and English traditional music as well as their own deftness for the art of composing. www.routesstringquartet.com IONA FYFE: At Best Of The West Festival, Inveraray Castle. Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6-track EP encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim. www.ionafyfe.com/tour/ 22 SEPTEMBER EMILY SMITH and JAMIE MCCLENNAN 15th Anniversary Tour: At Eden Court, Inverness. Award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith and New Zealand born Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. Their anniversary tour showcases a big new sound for the duo, with newly written songs from Smith and McClennan paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years. Don’t miss them on this very special tour. www.eden-court.co.uk www.emilysmith.org 1 OCTOBER TOMMY SMITH QUARTET: At Eden Court, Inverness. Tommy Smith decided that the time was right to record a tribute to one of his biggest inspirations, John Coltrane. Smith called the former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist Peter Johnstone, the SNJO’s bassist Calum Gourlay and Dutch drummer Sebastiaan de Krom to record at Castlesound Studios in Pencaitland. By the end of the session they had recorded the tracks that comprise Smith’s latest album, Embodying the Light, which features favourite Coltrane compositions such as Naima and Resolution alongside new pieces Smith wrote in dedication to his hero. The upcoming tour will see the group playing without amplification, a practice that Smith has long favoured. www.tommysmith.co.uk 4 OCTOBER THE SKIDS - 40th Anniversary Tour: At The Iron Works, Inverness 122B Academy St, Inverness IV1 1LX. The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent

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South African father and English/Irish mother, Lauren Ray and her siblings grew up living in South Africa, Poland, Austria and eventually the UK. Lauren ‘s success has quickly grown after extensive songwriting in London, LA, and Nashville. Lauren’s sound and vocals also grabbed the attention of US artist Jason Ross who has collaborated with her on his chart topping releases. Off the back of her neverending growth and success, Lauren Ray has now been invited to support Lucy Spraggan on her 30 date UK tour this autumn. www.laurenraymusic.com

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ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Mareel, Shetland. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique driving, impassioned and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a 10 NOVEMBER following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative 14 OCTOBER instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest IONA FYFE: At Hootananny, Inverness. Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become fingers in the West but some of the most DEAN OWENS: At Eden Court, Inverness. sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, Velvet-voiced Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s least, made the accordion respectable again and rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the most acclaimed and established singer also plays fine keyboard and whistle. North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC songwriters, with fans including Bob Harris, Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the www.philandaly.com Irvine Welsh and Russell Brand. Dean’s solo Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her career has seen him tour far and wide, including native North East throughout the UK and Europe. 16 SEPTEMBER in Europe, USA and Australia. Dean is also highly Described as “one of the most sunning voices on regarded among other musicians and has played the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 6ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Walls Public shows and toured with Steve Earle, Emmylou Hall, Shetland. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme track EP encapsulating North East folksong was Harris, Joan As Policewoman, Eddi Reader, John received with great acclaim. traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique Hiatt and Nanci Griffith, to name but a few. driving, impassioned and pure - with vibrant, www.ionafyfe.com/tour/ www.deanowens.com unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. 11 NOVEMBER 19 OCTOBER Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest CC SMUGGLERS: At Bogbain, Inverness. CC Smugglers, the alt-country/folk outfit who have fingers in the West but some of the most LAUREN RAY supporting LUCY SPRAGGAN: taken the European festival circuit by storm over sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at At Eden Court, Inverness. With a Polish/South the last couple of years. The band started out as least, made the accordion respectable again and African father and English/Irish mother, Lauren buskers and have worked their way up to festival also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com Ray and her siblings grew up living in South stages at Latitude, Cambridge Folk Festival, Africa, Poland, Austria and eventually the UK. Country to Country (C2C), opened for Old Crow SLIDER: At Pierhead Tavern, Lamlash, Isle of Lauren ‘s success has quickly grown after Medicine Show, Bruce Springsteen and Ward Arran. 9pm, free admission. extensive songwriting in London, LA, and Thomas among others, and are currently www.thepht.co.uk Nashville. Lauren’s sound and vocals also promoting their latest single & video 'Dirty grabbed the attention of US artist Jason Ross Money', which has had a fantastic response from 17 SEPTEMBER who has collaborated with her on his chart fans and media. topping releases. 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LAUREN RAY supporting LUCY SPRAGGAN: At Mareel, Shetland. With a Polish/South African father and English/Irish mother, Lauren Ray and her siblings grew up living in South Africa, Poland, Austria and eventually the UK. Lauren ‘s success has quickly grown after extensive songwriting in London, LA, and Nashville. Lauren’s sound and vocals also grabbed the attention of US artist Jason Ross who has collaborated with her on his chart topping releases. Off the back of her neverending growth and success, Lauren Ray has now been invited to support Lucy Spraggan on her 30 date UK tour this autumn. www.laurenraymusic.com

EMILY SMITH and JAMIE MCCLENNAN 15th Anniversary Tour: At Buccleuch Centre, Langholm. Award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith and New Zealand born Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. Their anniversary tour showcases a big new sound for the duo, with newly written songs from Smith and McClennan paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years. Don’t miss them on this very special tour. www.buccleuchcentre.com www.emilysmith.org MILES HUNT and ERICA NOCKALLS (The Wonder Stuff): At Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine. Having celebrated the band’s 30th anniversary in 2016 with a new album and an extensive touring schedule the duo decided to head into calmer waters at the beginning of this year by returning to their acoustic project. Peppered with Hunt’s trademark acerbic lyrics and Nockalls’ pleasingly angular string arrangements ‘We Came Here To Work’ is a stark and reflective piece of work. www.thewonderstuff.co.uk

listeners: “This is currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America.” www.facebook.com/FrontCountrySF www.brookfield-knights.com 25 OCTOBER CHARLIE LANDSBOROUGH: At Gaiety Theatre, Ayr. Charlie Landsborough is a man of many colours....whether playing lyrical Americana, upbeat rock or country-tinged emotive ballads, he’s won fans right across the globe. The dates promise to be exceptional evenings of music, good humour and inspirational playing. One thing’s for sure, Charlie Landsborough always delivers. Tickets on 01292 611222. www.charlielandsborough.com 27 OCTOBER

TOMMY SMITH QUARTET: At West Kilbride Village Hall. Tommy Smith decided that the time was right to record a tribute to one of his biggest inspirations, John Coltrane. Smith called LAUREN RAY supporting LUCY SPRAGGAN: the former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the At The Sound Archive, Orkney. With a Polish/ Year, pianist Peter Johnstone, the SNJO’s bassist South African father and English/Irish mother, Calum Gourlay and Dutch drummer Sebastiaan Lauren Ray and her siblings grew up living in de Krom to record at Castlesound Studios in South Africa, Poland, Austria and eventually the Pencaitland. By the end of the session they had UK. Lauren ‘s success has quickly grown after recorded the tracks that comprise Smith’s latest extensive songwriting in London, LA, and album, Embodying the Light, which features Nashville. Lauren’s sound and vocals also favourite Coltrane compositions such as Naima grabbed the attention of US artist Jason Ross 17 SEPTEMBER and Resolution alongside new pieces Smith who has collaborated with her on his chart wrote in dedication to his hero. The upcoming topping releases. Off the back of her Brookfield Knights presents ….. 3hattrio: At tour will see the group playing without neverending growth and success, Lauren Ray has now been invited to support Lucy Spraggan Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine. Having consistently amplification, a practice that Smith has long won 4 and 5-star ratings from the UK media, favoured. on her 30 date UK tour this autumn. 3hattrio became the band that everyone was www.tommysmith.co.uk www.laurenraymusic.com raving about after their outstanding debut here at Celtic Connections festival in February. BBC 5 NOVEMBER 4 NOVEMBER presenter Ricky Ross loved them so much he invited them into the studio to play ‘live’ on his Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE Another Country radio show. Since introducing SLOCAN RAMBLERS: At Harbour Arts Centre, SLOCAN RAMBLERS: At Craigmore Bowling them to the UK in mid-2015, interest has Irvine. The Slocan Ramblers are one of the Green, Isle of Bute. The Slocan Ramblers are hottest bands on the Canadian circuit and since one of the hottest bands on the Canadian circuit continued to develop, with recent albums attracting maximum exposure from music breaking into America, have been making a big and since breaking into America, have been publications and radio shows. Reviewing their impact there too. The band was nominated in making a big impact there too. The band was nominated in the Traditional Album of The Year Celtic Connections show for AmericanaUK, Paul the Traditional Album of The Year category at Kerr said they were “the perfect balm after a the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards, following category at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music hectic day – a singular experience that was the outstanding success of their Coffee Creek Awards, following the outstanding success of hugely rewarding on several levels.” album on both sides of The Atlantic. their Coffee Creek album on both sides of The www.facebook.com/3hattrio www.slocanramblers.com Atlantic. www.brookfield-knights.com www.brookfield-knights.com www.slocanramblers.com www.brookfield-knights.com 29 SEPTEMBER 24 NOVEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE STRAY BIRDS: At Mareel, Shetland. All originally from ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At The Buccleuch Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS: At CatStrand Arts Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started Centre, Langholm. Aly Bain is Scotland's centre, New Galloway. They’re hotter than a as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is mink in Malta and after taking America by Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their unique - driving, impassioned and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him storm, The Way Down Wanderers make their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It a following of ardent fans throughout the world. long-awaited UK debut to give us all a taste of didn't take much convincing to get bassist what it is that projected them to the top of the Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative American roots music tree with their blistering of a third unique and powerful voice, the group instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most brand of pop-laden bluegrass that has kept the began to define its captivating sound. Since taking America by storm in 2013 they have gone sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at diehard traditionalists happy while attracting a least, made the accordion respectable again and young crowd of followers to fall into their on to win a huge fanbase following triumphant also plays fine keyboard and whistle. infectious groove. "A welcome breath of fresh air appearances at big festivals around the world www.philandaly.com in roots music - a young band that could be such as Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk destined for great things" – Mike Morrison, Festival, MerleFest and Tønder. 20 OCTOBER (AmericanRootsUK) www.facebook.com/TheStrayBirds www.facebook.com/waydownwanderers www.brookfield-knights.com Brookfield Knights presents ….. FRONT www.brookfield-knights.com COUNTRY: At Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine. Those who caught Front Country in action when they toured over here for the first time were simply blown away. This is no ordinary bluegrass band; they play big, brave, invigorating music that is seldom encountered. Last year, they were flown over from their base in San Francisco as headline act at the Didmarton Bluegrass Send us all your gig dates for Festival and were for many, the stand-out act at Scottish Borders and Purbeck Valley Folk festival too. 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KAZMIRANDA BIG JAM: At The Auction House 23 SEPTEMBER in Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed (next to Asda). 7pm. Free. Drinks & Snacks. IONA FYFE: At Wauchope Hall, Yetholm. www.facebook.com/AuctionHouseBerwick Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become www.facebook.com/TheMusicGalleryUK one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the 9 SEPTEMBER North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC St Boswell's Live presents ….. TOM BAXTER Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her with support from Napier University native North East throughout the UK and Europe. musicians: At St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Described as “one of the most sunning voices on Moore's Road, St Boswells, Roxburghshire TD6 the circuit today” (Artree), "East", her debut 60AL. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. As track EP encapsulating North East folksong was the man who co-wrote the song ‘Better’ – a received with great acclaim. modern day classic that has become entwined www.ionafyfe.com/tour/ into the fabric of so many people’s lives – Tom Baxter has garnered broad appeal over the years, not only as a dextrous musician, but also due to wearing his heart on his sleeve and connecting ‘in song’ with his audience. We are delighted to have been granted a rare solo outing; this will be a show to remember. Tom will be supported by a duo of talented musicians from Edinburgh Napier’s prestigious music department. Tickets from St Boswells Post Office, priced £15* (£10 concessions) or @ www.musicglue.com www.stboswellslive.com 10 SEPTEMBER REG MEUROSS: At Coldstream Community Centre, High St, Coldstream, TD12 4AP. 7.30pm. A multi-award winning singer-songwriter presents songs from his new album 'Faraway People' and old favourites from his highly acclaimed back collection. "A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer" - Martin Carthy. Tickets £8 - book on 01890 830621 or email gordon@dalvanie.co.uk or call www.regmeuross.com

27 SEPTEMBER ALY & PHIL Summer Tour: At Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique driving, impassioned and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Phil Cunningham is a superb, innovative instrumentalist, with not simply the fastest fingers in the West but some of the most sensitive ones, too! The man who, in Scotland at least, made the accordion respectable again and also plays fine keyboard and whistle. www.philandaly.com 29 SEPTEMBER

Brookfield Knights presents ….. LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS: At St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses, Northumbria. Following their outstanding success at the 2016 Shetland Folk Festival where they were hailed by many as one of the highlights of the event, Laura was back over again for a hectic round of collaborative work at this year’s Celtic 16 SEPTEMBER Connections, to launch her stunning solo album, Brookfield Knights presents ….. 3hattrio: At All In Always. After they toured here in 2015, leading music writer David Innes told readers of Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. Having consistently R2 magazine that they had been his most won 4 and 5-star ratings from the UK media, memorable gig of the year. That’s what happens 3hattrio became the band that everyone was when you are THIS good! raving about after their outstanding debut here www.thisislauracortese.com at Celtic Connections festival in February. BBC www.brookfield-knights.com presenter Ricky Ross loved them so much he invited them into the studio to play ‘live’ on his 13 OCTOBER Another Country radio show. Since introducing them to the UK in mid-2015, interest has Brookfield Knights presents ….. LAURA continued to develop, with recent albums CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS: At The attracting maximum exposure from music Haining, Selkirk, Scottish Borders. Following publications and radio shows. Reviewing their their outstanding success at the 2016 Shetland Celtic Connections show for AmericanaUK, Paul Folk Festival where they were hailed by many as Kerr said they were “the perfect balm after a one of the highlights of the event, Laura was hectic day – a singular experience that was back over again for a hectic round of hugely rewarding on several levels.” collaborative work at this year’s Celtic www.facebook.com/3hattrio Connections, to launch her stunning solo album, www.brookfield-knights.com All In Always. After they toured here in 2015, leading music writer David Innes told readers of 17 SEPTEMBER R2 magazine that they had been his most Kazmiranda Fundraiser: At The Auction House memorable gig of the year. That’s what happens when you are THIS good! in Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed (next to www.thisislauracortese.com Asda). 1pm-Late. To raise money for a local www.brookfield-knights.com musician's family after his terminal cancer

combination of her childhood love for ballad books and visits to local folk festivals that decided her future. At 13 she began performing at Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals and in 2004 reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award, having taught herself to fiddle and sing. Since then Bella has continued to record and perform at a tremendous rate; appearing on numerous BBC radio and TV programmes, singing solo in a sold-out Albert Hall at the Proms, composing the music for a Radio 4 documentary on the Post Office, writing with former Beautiful South founder David Rotheray, forming an all-female fiddle group with folk royalty Eliza Carthy, and winning yet another Radio 2 Folk Award for her original song The Herring Girl (2012). We are delighted to be the first show on Bella's 2017 New Album Tour, and her only Scottish venue on the tour, which features guitarist Anna Massie as her coperformer. Tickets from St Boswells Post Office, priced £14* (£10 concessions) or @ www.musicglue.com www.stboswellslive.com 29 OCTOBER LAUREN RAY supporting LUCY SPRAGGAN: At Hemelvaart Bier Cafe , Ayton, Berwickshire. With a Polish/South African father and English/Irish mother, Lauren Ray and her siblings grew up living in South Africa, Poland, Austria and eventually the UK. Lauren ‘s success has quickly grown after extensive songwriting in London, LA, and Nashville. Lauren’s sound and vocals also grabbed the attention of US artist Jason Ross who has collaborated with her on his chart topping releases. Off the back of her neverending growth and success, Lauren Ray has now been invited to support Lucy Spraggan on her 30 date UK tour this autumn. www.laurenraymusic.com 10 NOVEMBER Brookfield Knights presents ….. THE STRAY BIRDS: At The Cluny, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It didn't take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Since taking America by storm in 2013 they have gone on to win a huge fanbase following triumphant appearances at big festivals around the world such as Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, MerleFest and Tønder. www.facebook.com/TheStrayBirds www.brookfield-knights.com 16 DECEMBER

St Boswell's Live presents ….. PONS AELIUS: At St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore's Road, St Boswells, Roxburghshire TD6 0AL. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Pons Aelius are an ambitious young instrumental sextet exploring the traditional and contemporary folk musics of Britain and beyond. With bold arrangements and an arsenal of instruments, the band melds age-old traditions with a fresh and innovative attitude. After forming in mid-2014, Pons Aelius wasted no time diagnosis. There will be a great line up of local 21 OCTOBER making a name for themselves on the live bands, a guitar raffle and food. £10 entry. If you circuit, winning a prestigious Danny Kyle award would like to be involved in this event please St Boswell's Live presents ….. BELLA at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival in contact Brian Martin at brian@themusicgallery. HARDY featuring guitarist ANNA MASSIE: At January. Tickets from St Boswells Post Office, com St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore's Road, St priced £14* (£10 concessions) or @ www.facebook.com/AuctionHouseBerwick Boswells, Roxburghshire TD6 0AL. Doors open www.musicglue.com www.facebook.com/TheMusicGalleryUK 7.30pm for an 8pm start. BBC Radio 2 Folk www.stboswellslive.com Awards Singer of the Year 2014, Bella grew up in 21 SEPTEMBER Edale in England’s Peak District. Although the Hardy family sang in the local choir, it was a THE KILLER CATS: At The Auction House in

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rary music industry’s most interesting, relevant and exciting artists. Taking place between Thursday 7 Blas Festival Sunday 10 September, the 2017 fesHighlands tival features a series of unique head1-9 September line performances in city centre venues, a Fringe programme of free intiThe Blas festival aims to play a role mate gigs across the city, a chance to in celebrating the culture of tradibe inspired by our masterclass and tional music and Gaelic in the Highdiscussion programme, an amazing lands of Scotland. Blas will do this in gig for kids, and an opportunity to part by creating the opportunities for get up close and personal with festiyoung musicians to play and learn val artists. with leading artists in traditional muwww.aberdeenperformingarts.com/truenorth sic and Gaelic. Blas will also widen the opportunities for communities to experience and enjoy live music and Best of the West Festival Gaelic performances which support Inveraray their culture. 8-10 September www.blas-festival.com

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Doricana Fest Stonehaven 23 September

One day music festival based in the NE of Scotland showcasing the countries finest Americana / Roots / Country and Acoustic acts. www.doricanafest.co.uk

Cumnock Tryst Festival Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck 28 September - 1 October

Sir James MacMillan announced the programme for the 2017 Cumnock Tryst at a special event in the Dumfries Arms and the launch also featured a performance by Folk trio, Kilda, presented in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland. The fourth annual Cumnock Tryst Festival will take place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck, and in Dumfries House between 28 September and 1 October.

The festival is now arguably Scotland's finest boutique festival, one Linlithgow Folk Festival where music and food lovers from the world over gather to celebrate the Linlithgow 6-10 September very best in Scottish music, food and drink. As well as a stunning line-up of Some of Scotland’s most exciting 21 different musical acts performing young traditional musicians will take on two stages the festival has been centre stage at this year’s Linlithgow extended to three days and finishes Folk Festival in September and the later each evening. Most of the festiorganisers are claiming that the val is under canvas including the event will be the biggest and best three stages and there is not a single www.thecumnocktryst.com yet. As well as the headline act Bar- drop of mud to be found anywhere. luath – who are a diverse and innoSo forget the wellies, the weather vative young Glasgow-based band – can rain or shine the BOWFest exLoopallu the five days of the Festival will also perience is always amazing. Ullapool see appearances by emerging talent. 29-30 September www.linlithgowfolk.com

Perth Music Expo 2017 Perth 7 September

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DAREFest Edinburgh 23 September

On paper they said it wouldn’t work, a festival in late September in a remote village on the West Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest town, but that was ten years ago. 2017 sees a few changes for our friendly, small (but we thank perfectly formed) festival enter its enters its thirteenth year. Moving to the Pier in the centre of the village, still expect another year of fun regardless of what the weather has to say about it. Another year making new friends, and catching up with old ones. Follow us on social media to see who’s going join the ranks that include Paolo Nutini, Mumford and Sons, Twin Atlantic, The Stranglers and Franz Ferdinand who have graced our little stage. You’ll just have to come and see…

Listen, Learn, Riot! DAREFest at The Wee Red Bar is a one day event set up by Lou Mclean and Ashley Stein, two musicians who met at Girl’s Rock School Edinburgh. Inspired by the phenomenal talent coming out of their local music scene but still unimpressed with the industries attitude towards women, they decided to start a one day festival designed to emwww.facebook.com/perthmusicexpo power all women to take on the Scottish music scene. Throughout a day True North of workshops run by Lou, Ashley and Aberdeen the brilliant Speaking Out Project 7-10 September (part of Scottish Women's Aid) this event will be focused on building up True North is Aberdeen’s music festi- resilience and skills for music perwww.loopallu.co.uk val - located at the heart of the city, formance & feminist activism. the festival features the contempoThe fourth of edition of Perth Music Expo is proud to announce their biggest line-up yet taking place on the 7 September, across 3 venues: Imax Playhouse, The Twa Tams and The Green Room. The free festival starts at Imax Playhouse at 6pm with a music industry panel with special guests.

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haps it’s the mix of music old and new, of electric and acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned performers and those, like the students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, just starting out on their careers. Perhaps it’s the location on Loch Broom and the drive up through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps it’s the informal air of the whole weekend: there’s no “us and them”, no VIP area. Everyone mingles, and you’re likely to find yourself sitting beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club – or even jamming with them on one of the trade stands.

Tenement TV - the team behind Scotland’s biggest and best platform for music discovery - are delighted to reveal 20 new bands joining their city music festival line-up. Fresh from playing TRNSMT festival at the weekend, Louis Berry, Clean Cut Kid, Neon Waltz and Vistas join an array of amazing talent. These new bands join the already announced headliners, The Temperance Movement who are set to shake the walls of the 02 ABC on Saturday 30 September www.ullapoolguitarfestival.com 2017. www.tenementtv.com

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Spree Festival Paisley 13-22 October

The bill has been announced for Paisley’s Spree festival – featuring a oneoff collaboration between Scottish indie act Frightened Rabbit and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey. The festival of music, comedy, theatre and more – which will take over the town centre between 13 and 22 October – is now in its sixth year and is part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Glasgow's annual celebration of Americana brings musicians from as far afield as Texas and Canada to perform roots music from blues to rockabilly. Austin-based Slaid Cleaves has the honour of being the first act to be named for 2017’s Glaswww.thespree.co.uk gow Americana Festival. www.glasgowamericana.com

Ullapool Guitar Festival Ullapool 6-8 October

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EH6

Leith 21-22 October Krafty Brew Presents EH6 with Alabama 3, Big country, Space and more bringing EH6 to Leith for the

very first time this October.This is a live music, food and drink festival in Leith, our aim is to try to bring some big names as well as all the best talent in Scotland. We are announcing the food and drink line up next month as well as a couple of more acts each months. The festival features over 100 in band in more than 10 different venues in Leith and is designed so that people travel throughout the whole of leith stopping at various business throughout the whole weekend and seeing the best of Leith. We will have craft stalls, art exhibitions, food from all over the world, a beer market where all of Scotland’s finest breweries will be, children's entertainment, a massive variety or music from House to Gaelic and much more. www.facebook.com/EH6festival

Sonica

Glasgow 26 October - 5 November The full programme has been announced for Sonica 2017, Cryptic's biennial festival in Glasgow of the best in visual sonic art from around the world. 40+ international artists from 14 countries across 5 continents will present work from 26 October to 5 November - from opera in shopping mall windows to a chorus of megaphones across Kelvingrove Park, Sonica brings innovative, unmissable art to all corners of Glasgow. The programme boasts 13 UK premieres, 4 world premieres and 8 Cryptic commissions

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