Week 2 of Celtic Connections, plus Independent Venue Week, adds up to an awful lot os shows… so best crack on…

For example, on Monday 23rd, Aberfeldy are back, and they play the Hug and Pint in a show which is surely sold out. Perhaps, instead, head for the Bungalow Bar in Paisley to see the revitalised BMX Bandits.
In Inverness, C Duncan‘s at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s are throwing themselves into IVW – On Monday, Man of Moon

and on Tuesday, C Duncan. Just down the road, Admiral Fallow play La Belle ANgele.

Also on Tuesday, folk legends Fairport Convention are at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow – celebrating, remarkably, their 50th anniversary. While at the Hydro, and not Celtically Connected at all, Black Sabbath celebrate 40-odd years of something that theuy’ve probaly lost track of.

And bringing (US) (alt) folk to Banchory, Seth Lakeman is at the Woodend Barn. He’s at Inverness Eden Court on Wednesday.

On Wednesday 25th, Mexrrissey & Los Pacaminos w/ Paul Young (that Paul Young?) are at Celtic Connections, while in Edinbirgh, at La Bele Angele, Verse Metrics (remmeber them?)

On Thursday 26 Modern Studies hit the Glad Cafe, while C Duncan, Man of Moon and Andrew Wasylyk are in a value-for-money show at St Lukes (just round the corner from the Barras, if it’s your first time)

Billy Bragg, & Joe Henry – a three-time Grammy winner doncha know – play the Old Fruitmarket, featuring, doubtless, some ‘Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad.’

And part of that disapora, but seemingly unconnected to events Scots, Gruff Rhys at Stereo. Meanwhile, in Paisley at the Bungalow again, Thula Borah (what language is that?)

Just a day late, King Creosote is in Dumfries, at the Big Burns Supper – I’ll leave you to figure out just whiat the venue is. In Edinburgh, The Van T‘s are at, yes, Sneaky Pete’s.

Friday 27th the spotlight shifts, temporarily, to Dundee. Veteran post-punks The Membranes are at Beat Generator. Get there early for house band Stoor.

A bit further up that east coast, at Aberdeen’s Krakatoa, local lads made good, The Little Kicks.

OK, back to the big city. The Moth and the Mirror play the Hug and Pint, while King Creosote is at the Old Fruitmarket, and Sacred Paws are back with a new album, at Mono.

On Saturday, Rachel Sermanni plays the Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross (check local map for details)

And in Dundee, second great gig in a row, original home-grown goths The Primevals. In Dunfermline, The View play PJ Molloy’s.

Finally, on Sunday, and part of Indie Venue Week (trust me) – Frightened Rabbit are at Paisley’s Bungalow Bar. And similarly, closing Indie Venue Week, Sneaky Pete hosts The Ataris.