Music fans of a certain age will be overjoyed at the first couple of recommendations this week.

Wakefield’s finest, The Cribs, are at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, on Monday 22nd.
And they follow that with a trip to Dundee on Tuesday – to Tropicana & Vogue (which seems to be the new name for Fat Sam’s… surely not?)

Also on Tuesday, but in Edinburgh, Sextile, who are a trio from LA, and also a 60 degree angle. Anyway, at least one of these will be at Sneaky Pete’s.

Also in Edinburgh, the following night, Kathryn Joseph returns to solo work following her recent work with Out Lines, with a show at the Counting House.

And Alessi’s Ark AKA London-based Scot Alessi Laurent-Marke plays Glasgow’s Hug & Pint on January 24th – in support of new single ‘DLD (Door Light Dream)’.

On Friday, at Summerhall, Rachel Sermanni. She’s also at Portmahomack Village Hall the following night (that’s in Easter Ross, obviously).

In Glasgow on Friday, TeenCanteen frontwoman Carla J Easton is in solo mode, at the Hugand Pint in Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections – giving new single ‘Lights In The Dark’ a bit of a plug.

Also on Friday 25th, the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries – Badly Drawn Boy, Donovan and Public Service Broadcasting are all on the bill for the all-week festival which climaxes on the Bard’s birthday this weekend.

Saturday night sees some even-more-vintage-than-The-Cribs rock in Dundee – The Damned celebrate 40-odd years in showbiz at the Caird Hall, with new returned bassist Paul Gray in tow.

In Edinburgh, Carla J Easton is still in solo mode, at Summerhall in Edinburgh.

In Glasgow on Saturday 27th, Knots. That’s an all-day festival at the Art School that styles itself as the Unofficial Celtic Connections Fringe Festival.

The afternoon is dedicated to workshops and conversations an assortmet of artists while The evening is given to a series of live performances, followed by a jam session
Author and activist Professor Alastair McIntosh, medievalist Megan Jones and a talk from ‘Keep Glasgow Weird’ – music journo Stewart Smith covering the fringes of the folk scene.
In the evening, Alasdair Roberts with Debbie Armour, Golden Teacher’s Oliver Pitt, Sgàire Wood, Quinie, Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh and Neil McDermott.

And one more Celtic Connections show – old favourites A New International play a Celtic Connections show at the Glad Cafe – a collaboration called ‘The Earth’ with theatre company Vanishing PointThe show will then move to Edinburgh, to Soundhouse at The Traverse Theatre on Monday February 5th.