Raring to get out and see some live music following a festive period with only TotP reruns and a lamentable Jools Holland lineup? Well… sorry to have to break it to you, but there may be a few more nights by the Dansette for you.
Unless you’re in Glasgow of course. There’s a decent lineup for the next couple of weeks as King Tut’s stages its New Year Revolution – 40 or so bands, all home-grown, all playing the St Vincent Street venue. Full details of the shows are on the website, but the choicest picks for us are on Wednesday, with the very decent Campfires In Winter backed up by Band of 2013, Book Group. Also on the bill are The Lonely Together (Edinburgh-based Fifers formerly in State of Affairs, if we’re not mistaken).
Actually, it’s not all bad in the capital since at least you have Lach carrying the torch of all that is good and tuneful. Not entirely sure what strand of anti-folk his Wednesday event at Henry’s Cellar will follow, but whether comedy, open mic or just good old rock’n’roll, it’s sure to blow away the Xmas cobwebs.
On Thursday, a slice of alt.Americana (new genre alert!) as Californian singer-songwriter Cass McCombs plays at Glasgow’s CCA.
Friday sees a cross-country choice, with noisy Glasgow duo Pinact at Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire, or at Glasgow’s Nice’n’Sleazy, The Mickey 9s.
Back to Glasgow on Saturday, with a four-band bill – Embra rock’n’rollers The Holy Ghosts headline (we assume), ably backed by the multi-legged groove machine that is Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, The Band Formerly Known As The Starlets – A New International – and runners-up in the informal Band of 2013 vote here, Saint Max & The Fanatics.
Fast forward to Sunday and a fast car to Inverness, which finally arrives in 2014, with The Winter Tradition playing at Madhatters.