It’s an incredibly busy gigging week, so what better way to start than in the company of a bona fide legend. Bunny Wailer comes to Glasgow on Tuesday 29th for a show at the O2 ABC2 – yes, in the wee hall, could get busily sweaty…
The New Mendicants – Joe Pernice, Norman Blake and Mike Belitsky – play a run of launch gigs for single ‘Shouting Match’, including, on Tue 5th and Wed 6th, at Glasgow’s Bridgeton Bowlers Bar as part of The East End Social. They’re then onto an Edinburgh Festival show at the Spiegeltent on Thu 7th, before playing at Belladrum Festival on Fri 8th and Aberdeen Lemon Tree on the 9th.
A New International – the band formerly… anyway, they’re at Edinburgh’s Henrys on Wednesday. Lach is probably there as well.
Dundonians Scary People, hot from the Wickerman festival, embark on a small tour – on Wednesday 30th they play Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, then to Aberdeen Tunnels on Thursday 31st, and on Sat 2nd they’re back home, to Non-Zeros in Dundee
Bill Wells, with his National Jazz Trio of Scotland, plays an ultra-rare hometown show at Falkirk’s Behind The Wall on Thursday 31st
A rare show on from vaudevillian punks Scunner – whose ‘The Cult of Bast’ was a top 5 album for 2013 on this very site – play their 10th Anniversary show on Friday 1st at Glasgow’s Steampunk Cafe.
And an unfortunate clash, as also on Friday, Remember Remember are the latest act to play the newly-reopened Kelvingrove Bandstand.
The Black Diamond Express, Miyagi, The Al Shields Band, and perennial attractions ‘many more’ take part in the The Dugs N’ Pubs Mystery Music Tour on Saturday 2nd August. As the name (sort of) suggests, it’s a tour of Edinburgh’s finest dog-friendly establishments. A 6-mile music / spoken word trawl of 10 venues by 12 different acts in canine-friendly venues with drinks and snacks, buffets and even a rum tasting. it’s all free entry – more at www.facebook.com/thedogheadmusicsociety
Edinburgh’s sainted Song, By Toad record label takes on the Festival with a series of gigs that include the likes of Jonnie Common, Meursault, LAW, The Leg, The Yawns, Deathcats and Garden of Elks. The first show, at Henry’s, is on Saturday 2nd with Adam Stafford, Le Thug and Duchess. Oh, the whole thing is called the Pale Imitation festival.
Candythief launch(es) a single in Edinburgh on Saturday, with one of those remarkable Douglas Robertson house concerts. Support is from Kirsten Adamson
Former Squeeze man Glen Tilbrook is on tour, and takes in the unusual surroundings of Hospitalfield House in Arbroath on Saturday 2nd.
A reminder that the Chemikal Mixtape sees the best of that eponymous record label, and more, all for free at Glasgow Green as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations. The lineup has expanded to 2 stages and now sees the likes of Bis and Sydney Devine (!) added to the bill. www.eastendsocial.com/event/glasgow-mix-tape
How To Swim are at the Merchant City Festival on Saturday – possibly on an outdoor stage near the Brunswick Hotel but we can’t be sure. And possibly not at your regular gig-going time of date. You’ll hear them I’m sure…
Things do calm down as the weekend draws to a close, but Duke Special are up in the sunny north – at Ullapool Ceilidh Place on Saturday, followed by a show at Inverness Ironworks on Sunday 3rd.
Finally, Edinburgh music social Born To Be Wide has a special night at The Electric Circus on Sunday. Ten acts perform ten-minute live sets on the hour and half-hour. Details at www.borntobewide.co.uk