It’s always nice to take a trip outwith the central belt’s comfort zone, and there’s plenty of opportunities to take in music up north this week.
On Monday, Sheffield rock trio The Harringtons are at Inverness Market Bar, while in Glasgow, Sudanese-based pop from the City SLang roster, with Sinkane who plays Stereo.
And Jeffrey Lewis plus The Burning Hell embark on a meander across the country – kicking off at the Hibs Club in Edinburgh.
On Tuesday the alt.folk troubadours’ charabang sets off for a show at Clarks in Dundee.
And on Wednesday they arrive in Aberdeen – Jeffrey Lewis and The Burning Hell supported by Rebecca Dunn, this show promoted by those fine folk at Interesting Music Promotions.
Dundee welcomes upcoming Glasgow And Yet It Moves to Beat Generator on Wednesday night – they’re also at Sneaky Pete’s the following evening.
Also in the capital on Thursday, Edinburgh, TeenCanteen / Ette frontwoman Carla J Easton plays Woodland Creatures.
In Perth on Thursday, Pinact, Womps and Stillhound are join in at the facebook.com/perthmusicexpo
And another, presumably fairly different, festival takes place in Aberdeen this weekend. Among the acts playing at True North are Bdy_Prts, supporting Public Service Broadcasting, at His Majesty’s Theatre. Also on over the weekend are Arab Strap, Pictish Trail and Wild Beasts.
And perhaps oddly, Neon Waltz schlep all the way down from Wick to the capital for a show at Sneaky Pete’s.
That’s because Lewis, Kom and Sharratt hit their hometown of Wick, for a show at Blackstairs Lounge.
The double-header then arrives at Mad Hatters in Inverness on Friday.
On Friday the folk of Furryboots City get spoiled for the third time in a week – also part of the True North festival, Siobhan Wilson plus Fair Mothers are Upstairs at The Blue Lamp (another IMP show).
In Edinburgh, Miles Hunt and whatever else remains of The Wonderstuff, play the Liquid Room.
Saturday evening sees Meursault play a hometown gig at Henry’s in Edinburgh…
Also on Saturday, Pinact are at Aberdeen’s Tunnels, before a show at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on Sunday.
In Inverness, Dave Arcari‘s at the Tooth and Nail, while Jeff Lewis and The Burning Hell are in Strathcanon, at the Lochcarron Treehouse.
In Glasgow, it’s soul-funk jamboree time with James Brown Is Annie along with former Average White Band mainman Hamish Stuart, at King Tut’s.
And on Sunday, they arrive in Inverness for a show at the Tooth and Claw.
Finally, in Aberdeen, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson plays a TrueNorth show at the Tivoili Theatre.