Do people gig-go on Mondays? I suppose they must as there are plenty of shows on. For example, folk sensations JR Green are at the Deeside Inn in Ballater. Meanwhile, Welsh indie veterans The Joy Formidable play a rescheduled show at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room. And at the other end of the folk spectrum, still doing his 25th anniversary thing, John McCusker‘s at Paisley Arts Centre. Meanwhile, in Glasgow at Oran Mor, Men at Work singer Colin Hay.
Before we go anywhere else… lll week in Glasgow and focused on the east end, the Restless Natives Festival. A ‘multi-disciplinary’ event i.e. not just music… but for our purposes, shows by Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, LAW, Future of the Left, Rolo Tomasi, Tim Hecker, and Blanck Mass, plus locals like Tuff Love, United Fruit, Happy Meals, Spinning Coin, plus Q&As with the likes of Armando Iannucci, plus Fugazi’s Ian Mackaye.
On Tuesday… no, you might need to figure this one out for yourself. At what I take to be a new Glasgow venue, called Collective Project, it’s Le Thug.
Wednesday night sees Lesley Rankine aka Ruby at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Room, while London indie collective Yossarian are at Dundee’s Duke’s Corner
Purveyors of quality alt.Americana, Southern Tenant Folk Union have a short tour lined up – on Wednesday 11th May they’re at Edinburgh Folk Club @ Pleasance Cabaret Barthen on Thursday 12, they play Sounds In The Suburbs @ Woodend Bowling & Tennis Club.
Friday 13th May – appropriately given the band’s liking for John Carpenter – sees them play Eyemouth (that’s near Berwick) at The Hippodrome.
And on Saturday, they’re at at Midlem Village Hall (Selkirk or thereabouts)
And Yossarian are also at the Green Room in Perth on Thursday.
On Thursday, another well-kent folkie, Kris Drever, is at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree, and in Glasgow, Book Group launch cracking new album ‘The Great Indoors’ at the Hug and Pint. In Aberdeen, United Fruit are at Tunnels, and Ruby is at Glasgow’s Old Hairdressers.
Things hot up somewhat at the weekend. On Friday, Yuck are in Edinburgh, at Sneaky Pete’s, while ancient punks The Lurkers play the Citrus Club. Meanwhile, out in the wilds of Lanarkshire, De Rosa play a one-off show at Summerlee Museum, alongside the Croy Silver Band.
In Edinburgh, on Saturday, Giant Tank‘s kid-friendly matinee performance, performing a score by Ali Robertson with the likes of Dead Labour Process, Fordell Research Unit, Shareholder and Usurper at The Safari Lounge (Cadzow Place) from 1:30pm.
Saturday in Glasgow seems to be indie legends night – BMX Bandits are at the CCA, and Future of the Left are at St Luke’s as part of Restless Natives. Happy Meals are at that mysterious Collective Studios place again, Yuck play Broadcast, and Tiny Ruins play the Hug & Pint. Last and maybe least, in Aberdeen, Pete Doherty plays Aberdeen Garage.
Sunday sees San Fran weirdos and Residents contemporaries Tuxedomoon at Edinburgh’s Summerhall. And in an unfortunate gig clash, United Fruit are at Sneaky Pete’s.