This week’s gig scene seems to reek of nostalgia (and every week I hear you cry).
Take Marti Pellow (I also hear you cry) – he’s at Inverness Eden Court on Tuesday. Fear not Invernesians, things will get better.
Also on Tuesday, it’s back to the 80s (hopefully, rather than the 90s) with Simple Minds at Dundee Caird Hall.
Wednesday sees A Band Called Quinn play at Glasgow’s Stereo on April 4th – it’s a Threads Of Sound show and will be filmed and recorded for later viewing and download. Support is from Suspire.
Across in Embra, antifolk inventor Lach has the second of a regular Antihoot Radio Night at Henry’s Cellar Bar – it’s described as like an old time radio show recorded for podcast. Future Wednesdays will feature the likes of Toby Goodshank of The Moldy Peaches, Candy Thief, Martin Metcalf of Goodbye Mr.MacKenzie and Isa and The Filthy Tongues and comedy from Vladimir McTavish, Garry Dobson, Keir McAllister, Jim Park, Richard Melvin plus Brendan O’Hare (er, yes, that Brendan O’Hare, we assume.
This week, it’s Liverpudlian anti-folker Rufus Hok.
Our Thursday listings tell us that Randolph’s Leap are playing at Brewdog in Glasgow. Given the venue it might be worth hunting down. Good luck with that.
Su is also at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on Friday 5th.
Given that they were peddling nostalgia in the 70s, the appearance of Showaddywaddy (say it out loud in the style of Hugh Dennis) on the 5th at Aberdeen Lemon Tree will attract a certain kind of punter.
Quite different to that in Anstruther for the weekend as Fence’s Gnomegame is back. No, it’s sold out. I’ll not even try and list who’s playing as you’d only get depressed at your lack of advance planning.
Dumfries seldom makes an appearance in our guide, but the Vintage Lounge has a gig on Fri 5th, when The Yahs, of whom we know absolutely nothing, will perform to a crowd unused to live music and presumably just glad to be out of the house.
Back in the capital (Glasgow) on Friday, Glasgow O2 ABC, hosts US punk legends The Misfits
More nostalgia of a slightly more modern hue – The House of Love, are at The Arches also on Fri 5th. What genre of music did/do Guy Chadwick and pals make? Unclassifiable, or just that no-one could be bothered?
As announced elsewhere, the Solas Festival crew have a kind of preview event, but in Glasgow rather than Perthshire – at The Glad Café, on Friday 5th it’s Kite and the Krane, Siobhan Wilson, Oldsolar and William Letford
And all over the place in the Weeg, it’s A Quiet Night In – at The Art School, O2 ABC2, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, Broadcast and Flat 0/1 over 20 bands will play, including More than Conquerors, Song of Return, Pronto Mama, Crusades, Campfires in Winter, Carnivores, Capitals, IndianRedLopez, Lady North, Bear Arms, Machines in Heaven, The Little Kicks, Vasa, Mono Six and Male Pattern Band.
Onto Sunday – time difference permitting of course… New York’s Webster Hall on April 6 hosts the Caledonia Collective – Stanley Odd, Rachel Sermanni (with Louis Abbott out of Admiral Fallow) and folkies Breabach.
We promised you something for those in the frozen north – and rising folkpop star Rachel Sermanni plays a hometown (ish) show on Sunday 7th at Inverness Ironworks
Finally, on Sunday, shrubbery and fake plastic pigeons at the ready (do they still doo (geddit?) all that stuff? British Sea Power at Sun Oran Mor in Glasgow is the place to be.