Work night looming? Let jockrock help out with a grand choice of stuff to have “already arranged to go to”…

On Wednesday 17th Campfires in Winter are at Sloans (hear a session they did for Scottish Fiction)

On Thursday it’s Madness at the Hydro, while The Twilight Sad conclude a successful year with shows at Stirling’s Tolbooth on Thursday followed by a hometown show Glasgow’s O2 ABC (well, I say ‘hometown’, presumably The Broch in Kilsyth was already booked up for a Xmas party)

Also on Thursday but south of the river, former Incredible String Band man Mike Heron and Trembling Bells team up at the Glad Cafe

A wee flurry of shows in the capital – on Thursday 18th, Frankie & the Heartstrings play Sneaky Pete’s, while on Friday 19th Parkinsons are at the Citrus Club. Same night, Big Country are at Tevoit Row House.

It’s the end of an era at Stereo on Friday – ‘BYE PARROT‘ marks the end of 7 years of eclectic but always top-notch programming across Glasgow (particularly Sleazy’s) from the Cry parrot team – Fielding Hope having been poached by in London. The final fling includes Powell (live), Golden Teacher, Sacred Paws & David Barbarossa (DJ)

Friday also sees indie noise kings Fat Goth return home for a show at Dundee’s Buskers.

Highland indie combo Foreignfox are out and about – close to home on Friday at Inverness Ironworks, while there’s a bit further to travel after their show at Dunfermline’s PJ Molloys, on Saturday

Saturday 20th in the capital has Deacon Blue at the Usher Hall, or, just across the road, Plastic Animals are at Henry’s.

Aberdeen looks quiet this week, so a token show in Furryboots City – the promisingly-named Beard of Truth Aberdeen are at Cellar 35 Tunnels on Saturday 20th.

Last but certainly not least – Sunday at the Old Hairdressers sees Sumshapes (featuring various members of underground punk legends Dawson) as well as Issho Taiko Drummers – early show, and then to bed.