Celtic (spot the) Connections is under way, and among the more choice events is the appearance of former Stereolab chanteuse (it’s ok, she’s French)Laetitia Sadier who appears at the nifty Platform venue out in Easterhouse on Saturday 21st. Support’s from Jo Mango and Dan Haywood’s New Hawks. As ever, there’s a return bus leaving from Mono at 6.30pm (£4).
Confusingly, the night before (but at the same venue), indie stalwarts Cornershop give everyone the chance to accuse us of casual racism by pondering if they have a Scottish granny. I blame Morrissey, but either way they should be well worth the trip.
Also in Glasgow, but in the centre this time, M83 are at the Arches in a show which has, we’re told, long since sold out. They’re French as well.
As Celtic as they get, but not related to the festivities in Glasgow, Frightened Rabbit embark on a 3-date mini-tour this weekend. On Thursday they’re in Edinburgh at the Cabaret Voltaire (at club Sick Note, so probably Friday by the time they take the stage). Then, to Aberdeen’s Tunnels with Little Kicks on Friday, and finally, a show at Glasgow’s Stereo on Saturday 21st, suppoprted by Olympic Swimmers.
And in a logical cultural leap, The Big Dish reform to play a Celtic Connections show at Glasgow’s O2 ABC, while in the more intimate surroundings of the Captain’s Rest, the decidedly not-from-round-these-parts (i.e. Norwegian) 4-piece synthpop actCasiokids appear.
Lastly, the Hazy Recollections series at the O2 ABC on Sunday includes appearances from the epic sounds of Washington Irving, and the rather more stripped-down (and dare we say, folky) Jonnie Common.