It may be a post-Easter lull, or a similar torpor induced by Record Store Day excesses, but the week gets of to a quiet start.
Indeed, the first item of note is around about now (early Monday evening) when reggae legend Horace Andy rolls in to the O2 ABC Aberdeen.
Perhaps better logistically will be the following night – Tuesday 22nd, when Daniel Mutch appears at the RGU Union in Aberdeen. (He’s also at Hootenany in Inverness on Friday)
Onto Wednesday, where Neil Finn out of Crowded House is at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. Or by way of contrast, The Nightingales are at Nice and Sleazy’s (more about them in a moment)
Across in Embra, on Wednesday, Deep Red Sky perform for your delight at the Electric Circus.
Inverness sees Red Kites play at Madhatters on Thursday, while in Aberdeen, Pulled Apart by Horses are at Tunnels. They’re also at Beat Generator in Dundee on Friday, while at Drummonds in Aberdeen, it’s Random Hand.
In Glasgow on Friday, a decent choice of shows – Martin Metcalfe and the Fornicators Martin Metcalfe and the Fornicators play Nice’n’Sleazy – Mr M of course being a former member of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. Meanwhile, perhaps their modern day equivalent if you believe in ‘buzz bands’ – Domino Records’ latest signings The Amazing Snakeheads are at Broadcast
In Edinburgh… I said we’d come back to them – indie legends The Nightingales play the Coffee-Table Club – which is at the Citrus Club. The band are punting their eighth album, For Fuck’s Sake (out now and only available at the gigs, in an all vinyl edition of 600). Support is of the eclectic variety – from Ted Chippington plus Paul Vickers & The Leg.
Dumfries dips its toe in the gig pond again – local lads Finding Albert, at the none more rock environs of the DG One Leisure Complex.
More legends (must stop using that phrase)… ‘national treasures’ The Damned are at Glasgow’s O2 ABC on Saturday, while same night, same city – unusually he’s not in Finland or somewhere – bluesman Dave Arcari is at the Buchanan Memorial Hall. And plugging their own new album, Fatherson are at The Arches.
And we know it’s a school night, but Sunday has plenty to leave you as bleary-eyed as I am this Monday – in Glasgow, Blood Red Shoes are at Oran Mor, and Micah P Hinson plays Broadcast. In the capital, Kobi Onyame is at Sneaky Pete’s, and in Easy Kilbride, at the Village Hall – former Stiff Little FIngers guitarist Henry Cluney. Sleep well…