As well as Celtic Connections, it’s Indie Venue Week, so plenty music at both ends of the spectrum. And some in the middle…
On Monday 28th in Edinburgh, Makeness play one of a run of shows at Sneaky Pete’s, while in Glasgow, Massive Attack are at the Hydro, Cloud Nothings play St Luke’s, and loveable pop scamp Peter Doherty is at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
And Adam Holmes & the Embers are at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre,
Tuesday sees Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls play the O2 Academy while presumably somewhat quieter, Low are at Glasgow’s Tramway.
Gretchen Peters is at The King’s Theatre, while Slaves play The Garage and the resurrected Baby Strange have a show at The Priory Bar.
And a Celtic Connections special – Horse celebrates the 25th anniversary of seminal album ‘God’s Home Movie’ at the Old Fruitmarket
in Edinburgh, The Twilight Sad are at the Usher Hall.
Wednesday night sees The Dandy Warhols play the Old Fruitmarket – that’s also a Celtic Connections gig, perhaps oddly, meaning that Carla J Easton at the Òran Mór is practically folk-rock by comparison. Though proper folk legend Loudon Wainwright III is at the Royal Concert Hall.
And folk heroes… no, wait… The Vaccines play Motherwell Concert Hall while in Dundee, it’ll surely be a bit of a squeeze as Top 20 album chart stars The Twilight Sad are at Clarks on Lindsay Street.
In Edinburgh, a full consignment of Indie Venues, as Mt. Doubt play Sneaky Pete’s alongside labelmatesMitchell Museum and Wojtek The Bear, Erin Bennett is at the new-to-us Sketchy Beats Cafe, The Van T’s have a show at The Mash House, Bell Lungs plus Click Clack play Henry’s Cellar Bar, while Andrew Wasylyk is at The Voodoo Rooms,.
Speaking of Dundee, Andrew Wasylyk has a hometown show at the city’s Gardyne Theatre on Thursday, and one-time Dundonians Snow Patrol are at Glasgow’s Hydro.
Also in Glasgow, Steve Mason, plus HYYTS, punts new album ‘About The Light’ at SWG3, and Blood Red Shoes are at Stereo.
On Friday, some indie-style shows in Aberdeen too, in indie-style venues – Altered Sky are at Krakatoa, while at Cellar 35, Rascalton.
In Glasgow – another Celtic show with Canadian John Grant, at the King’s Theatre, though Alasdair Roberts plus Andrew Wasylyk play the Blue Arrow Jazz Club in another genre-hopping lineup. And more folk music with former Pop Group mainman Gareth Sager, along with Creeping Bent Records’ supergroup Port Sulphur, at the CCA.
On Friday in Edinburgh, Cancer Bats are at La Belle Angele, while at Summerhall, everyone’s favourites, The Vaselines. And another blast from the past, Geneva, at the Wee Red Bar.
Speaking of nostalgia, Fun Lovin’ Criminals are back, at the Barrowland Ballroom, and Chrissy Barnacle plays The Hug and Pint,
In Aberdeen on Saturday, Cancer Bats are at The Lemon Tree, and Sweaty Palms play Krakatoa.
On Sunday, in Edinburgh, Heavy Rapids are at Sneaky Pete’s, and Another Sky have a show at The Mash House.
And perhaps the most eagerly-awaited Celtic Connections show of the week – RM Hubert and Aidan Moffat, at the Old Fruitmarket.