A fine selection of live music this week, but apologies, as not only is it mainly concentrated in the central belt, it’s all piled up towards the weekend.
First up, Constant Follower are in their native habitat with a show at Stirling’s Tolbooth. It’s a fundraiser for their upcoming trip to SXSW in Austin, and ties in with their current exhibition in the same venue (read all about it).
On Friday 25th, much-vaunted Brooklyn indie-folk comboBig Thief play Glasgow’s Barrowland, and Hipsway are at Troon Concert Hall.
On a similar revival tip perhaps, The Skids have a hometown show at Dunfermline’s fine old Carnegie Hall, as part of an acoustic tour.
Which then takes Richard Jobson and co (just Bruce and Jamie Watson, it’s acoustic) to Strathearn Artspace, in Perth, on Saturday 26th.
Also on Saturday, 26th February, angular Scots-based supergroup Kaputt are at Mono in Glasgow, alongside U.S. Highball, Joyce Delaney, and Lloyd’s House.
On the southside, at The Glad Cafe (where else?) it’s Wyndow aka Laura J Martin and Lavinia Blackwall.
Saturday night in Edinburgh is the busiest and also most contrasting – seasoned proggers Van Der Graaf Generator perform a set of short songs (so, sub 10 minutes we suppose) at The Queen’s Hall, while original punks the Anti-Nowhere League play The Voodoo Rooms, and EXTC – Terry Chambers – are at The Mash House, in Edinburgh.
EXTC then move to Glasgow on Sunday night, for a show at Stereo, and another act not featuring a full consignment of original members, The Wailers, are at the O2 Academy (*may – hopefully – containing Aston “Family Man” Barrett, plus Junior Marvin.
Also in Glasgow, noisy and rather pissed-off Middlesborough collective Benefits have a show at The Hug and Pint, and a triple-header of acclaimed songwriters Findlay Napier, Boo Hewerdine,, and Louis Abbott (out of Admiral Fallow) are at The Glad Cafe.