Righho – if you’re in Dundee then throw on your dancing trousers and head for Beat Generator to catch Thurso’s finest, Neon Waltz.
Or if in Glasgow, Sweet are at the Royal Concert Hall. Not sure which incarnation this is, but you’re guaranteed at least one original member. (The ‘reformed’ glam rockers are also in Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen over the next three days).
And so to Tuesday. Billy Bragg is at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, solo I believe so hopefully with that weird contraption that was a combined PA and rucksack that the communist subversive (c. The Sun) used to tour with. Mr B is also at Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday and Glasgow ABC on Thursday. Oh, speaking of old rockers, Simple Minds are in Aberdeen at the AECC on Tuesday, with, I believe, The Stranglers in tow.
The Stereogram label pay homage to those 50s package tours where you could see Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochrane and Gene Vincent on the one bill, or the The Motown and Stax Revue Shows of the 60s, or the Anarchy / White Riot Tour or the Stiff and Two Tone tours. Their mini-tour (a Tourette perhaps) showcasing their label’s wares in two cities for two nights only gives you seven bands for £12.00, and features James King and the Lonewolves, Tam Dean Burn performing Band of Holy Joy (sadly forced to pull out of the lineup), The Cathode Ray, Roy Moller, Lola in Slacks, St Christopher Medal and The Fabulous Artisans. There’s a limited edition CD featuring all of the bands launching at the shows, which are at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms on Wednesday 2nd and Glasgow’s CCA on Thursday 3rd.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, in Edinburgh at Summerhall, joyous rhythms from Orkestra Del Sol. In Glasgow, possibly the polar opposite but still a good night out – Ex-Wives at King Tut’s.
On Thursday, in Aberdeen it’s C Duncan, wiping away a tear of disappointment at his Mercury Prize loss at the Lemon Tree. Unfortunately on the same night, another Chris, TT – the former Magoo man is at Cellar 35. In Inverness, jazz juggernaut Fat Suit are at Ironworks. Meanwhile, in Glasgow, a slew of live shows headed up by Django Django at the Barrowland, and, er, Matt Berry & the Maypoles are at Oran Mor, though doing what we can’t be sure.
Thursday also sees Washington Irving at Edinburgh’s Summerhall, and down the road, Tijuana Bibles are at the Electric Circus. PJ Molloys in Dunfermline hosts C Duncan.
Friday sees The Proclaimers at Edinburgh’s Playhouse, and C Duncan appears at The Pleasance. Neon Waltz play PJs in Dunfermline, while Randolph’s Leap visit Summerhall. In Inverness, Silver Coast are at the Market Bar, while just across the way, Pinact are at O’Neills in Inverness. In Glasgow, davesnewbike are on the southside, at the Glad Cafe to be precise.
The Filthy Tongues are at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh on Friday. And, Martin Metcalfe has an art exhibition of his artwork launching on the 6th December, and your gig ticket stub will get you in.
Saturday night is dancing night. So Pinact at the Eagle Bar in Inverness… we guess… kind of fit that bill. Elsewhere, Numbers Are Futile are at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Room, Copper Lungs play La Belle Angele, Jellymans Daughter are at the Assembly Roxy. Too much choice for Edinburgh – you’re really not worthy. In Stirling, Kathryn Joseph is at the Tolbooth.
Finally (phew!), on Sunday, indie legends (and dare we say, veterans) Ash are at the O2 ABC, while Spook School launch their album (again) at Nice’n’Sleazy.