In a week of (some) gigs, first up is a non-Celtic Connections show at Glasgow’s Broadcast on Wednesday –Outfit – a 5-piece indie band from somewhere south of Berwick, who have a single, ‘Two Islands’ out on Double Denim. Support comes from chamber-pop troupe How To Swim – road-testing forthcoming album Niagrama – and local but newer hopeful Traquair.
After a lengthy period closed for renovation and a further delay from the opening scheduled late last year, Glasgow’s Art School finally becomes a proper music venue again as The Vic Bar and The Assembly Hall on Scott St presents “CROC VS CROC: The Reopening of the Star Dancer Portal” (no, us neither) but features Murlo, Stellar OM Source, Svengalisghost, Charlotte Prodger, Fem Bitch Nation , Cvnt Traxxx, Jackie Your Body, Sacred Paws, David Barbarossa b2b, DJ Fielding Hope and Liene & Hannes. Advance tickets from Monorail. More at www.theartschool.co.uk
That aside, it’s all oldies who either are doing Glasgow’s celebration of all things old and Scots, or should be.
On Friday, Del Amitri reform to play the Hydro , with fellow 80s stalwarts Big Dish in tow.
meanwhile, former Love and Money mainman James Grant is at the Tron
The following night (Saturday), a bunch of oldies who seem to be forming some sort of CC fringe collection – Martin Stephenson at the Roxy 171, surprisingly not a CC show, former Silencers man JJ Gilmour at the Glad Cafe (not a CC show either as far as I’m aware!)
Edinburgh awakes from its post-festive slumber with a bit of a start on Friday spoiling local residents for choice. Stampede Road are at Henry’s, Tijuana Bibles play Cabaret Voltaire, Eagletomb visit Teviot Row, while it’s Jen & the Gents at the Caves
The following night, Deer Lake, fronted by former Felsons singer Dean Owens are in Edinburgh, at Sneaky Pete’s on Saturday 25th – if you can’t make it then see them below. Or if you fancy something a bit less traditional for Burns Night, there’s ska behemoths Bombskare at the Liquid Room.
But for Burns weekend, where better to be than Dumfries, with Big Country and Mull Historical Society toasting the Bard in the Big Burns Supper
Chilling out and shaking off the haggis and neeps on Sunday, Roddy Woomble is at the O2 ABC Sunday. or,. drive out that whisky drooth with a jig to Woodenbox at Oran Mor.