As Celtic Connections gets into full swing the gig scene in general is picking up – there’s even a Monday night treat at Glasgow’s The Hug and Pint, with Derbyshire dream-pop trio Haiku Salut.

And Canadian punks Fucked Up are at King Tut’s the following night, while The Howl & The Hum bring their “miserable disco” to Edinburgh, at Sneaky Pete’s.

We want to call them “Enter Shakira” but no, Enter Shikari are somehow more famous than Fat Goth, hence the former being defunct and the latter playing Glasgow’s Barrowland on Wednesday.
Same night, a Barras-sized combo, The Twilight Sad, are in Dundee at Clarks on Lindsay Street. I’d imagine that could be a bit busy…

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Californians Cake have gone the distance (see what they did there?) to get to Glasgow for a show at the QMU, and at Stereo, it’s
The Howl & The Hum. And at King Tut’s, former Wah! / Wah! Heat / Mighty Wah / Wah! The Mongrel / Wah! Etc mainman Pete Wylie. And what could be an excellent Celtic Connections show, Ronnie Spector is at the Old Fruitmarket.

Doubtless dancing to Joy Division on Thursday, The Wombats play Glasgow’s O2 Academy, Andrew Wasylyk is at Dundee’s Gardyne Theatre, Enter Shikari play Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom, and former Ace (and Roxy Music / Squeeze / Frankie Miller / Mike & the Mechanics) man Paul Carrack is at Perth Concert Hall.

On Friday 25th in Inverness, former Bluetones man Mark Morriss is at the Tooth and Claw, while along the road, Enter Shikari are at Ironworks.

KT Tunstall is one of a bunch of famous names in Dumfries on Friday, because it’s Burns night and she’s at the Big Burns Supper. Also in town is former Finding Albert man Robert David Shields – now trading as ONR, he’s at The Venue.

Meanwhile, Sister John launch their single ‘I’m The One’ at Glasgow’s Poetry Club, while one of our better singer-songwriters, Michael Cassidy, plays King Tut’s. And Dean Owens, alongside Neilson Hubbard, has a Celtic Connections show, as does Withered Hand, who plays the The Hug and Pint.
And Alasdair Roberts similarly has a Celtic Connections show, at Langside Church, while in Edinburgh Indigo Velvet are at the Corn Exchange, and The Deadly Winters also have a hometown gig at The Empress.

Disappointingly, it seems that the Frog Pocket show also listed for Friday is off, as there’s no better soundtrack to a Burns Night jig.

Dumfries continues to rock, well, at least Thornhill does, with Erin Bennett playing at on Saturday at the Farmer’s Arms.

In Edinburgh, Pleasure Heads are at Sneaky Pete’s, and Solareye have a show at The Safari Lounge. Meanwhile,
Pictish Trail makes the journey across from Eigg to play the Freemasons’ Hall, so hopefully tge ferry crossing (or helicopter ride) isn’t too severe. Also in a jam-packed Edinburgh Saturday – what happens for the rest of the week? – Alasdair Roberts is at Lucky Middlemass’s Tavern, while Stirling’s Quitter, plus Philip Brooks, play Dragonfly.

In Glasgow, Siobhan Wilson is at St Luke’s, Seth Lakeman plays the Queen Margaret Union, and at the Glad Cafe on the city’s salubrious South side, the excellent Broken Chanter. And The excellent Dante play King Tut’s on Saturday 26th as part of Celtic Connections 2019. sharing the bill with Colin MacLeod.

So to Sunday 27th. Leith Depot is still alive and kicking (for now) with a stellar lineup of bell lungs, Dr Vzx Moist, Zed Penguin, Joe Coghill, Pockets, The Palps, Star Rover, and Fistymuffs.
In Glasgow and doing that Celtic thing, Henry & Fleetwood (Martin John, and Gillian) are at The Hug and Pint, Kapil Seshasayee, alongside Mi Mye, is at Broadcast, while Hazel O’Connor is in the Speigeltent for a Big Burns Supper show in Dumfries.