This week’s live entertainment…
Gun are on the promotional circuit for ‘The Calton Songs’ – their album of reworkings of classic oldies – with a raft of instore shows – kicking off at HMV Inverness on Tuesday 18th October (given they’re instores, I’d check to find out what time they’re due on ‘stage’).
Also on the 18th, slacker legends Pavement return for their first Scottish shows since 2010, including a return to the scene of the last one, at the Barrowland.
And at Oran Mor, it’s Swedish Britpoppers The Wannadies, while Natalie Imbruglia plays the SWG3 TV Studio.
On Wednesday 19th, Pavement are at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, and The Wannadies also move cross-country, for a set at Summerhall. And Gun are somewhere in the middle, at the HMVs in Livingston and Stirling (not necessarily in that order).
Bon Iver is in the unexpected environs of Glasgow’s Hydro on Thursday in a show postponed from last pandemic, and Gun play – yes – the HMVs in Ayr, and at Braehead.
Friday 21st sees the most unlikely pairing – Billy Idol is at Glasgow’s Hydro, with Toyah and Killing Joke (yes, that Killing Joke) as support (mind you, Jaz and co replace original guests Television – aye, we know…).
Excellent local act Bikini Body have a hometown show at The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh… as do Goodbye Mr MacKenzie, their gig being at The Liquid Room.
In Dunfermline, Elephant Sessions play P.J. Molloy’s, and also in Fife, but considerably further away, Lewis McLaughlin has a show at Anstruther’s Futtle Brewery.
In Glasgow on Friday, Clearwater Creedence Revival celebrate 50 years since Woodstock (!) at Glasgow Uni’s QMU, and at the 13th Note, Lonely Tourist is guest of fellow Bristol-based songwriter Gaz Brookfield.
And Starry Skies give their latest album ‘Small Wonders’ a welcome boost at Shawlands Glad Cafe, with special guests Dropkick.
Constant Follower are traversing the nation this week, with Irish harp wrangler Andy Aquarius in tow. Both play An Tobar, in Tobermory, on Friday.
Saturday 22nd sees Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond in solo mode at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, while in Edinburgh, Angel Olsen plays the Usher Hall.
And Constant Follower are in suitably reverential mood, with a set at St Andrew’s Cathedral, in Inverness.
Their travels then take Constant Follower to Lochinver Village Hall on Sunday 23rd.
Back in the capital, former Velvet Underground man John Cale is at The Queen’s Hall, while Lewis McLaughlin plays The Voodoo Rooms, and Peter Cat has a show at Sneaky Pete’s.
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