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Arts News - Barbara Dickson

The Greentrax label has announced the release, on September 1, of a new album by Barbara Dickson that pays tribute to her friend, Gerry Rafferty.

The album, To Each & Every One features 13 songs by the man she describes as amongst the best songwriters of his generation. They include Baker Street, Steamboat Row, Mary Skeffington, To Each and Everyone and Another World and the cover of the disc is by artist John Byrne whose paintings adorned most of Gerry's albums. On the sleeve notes Dickson reveals that she first met Rafferty in Glasgow's Scotia Bar when he was introduced as "a friend of Billy's", the Billy in question being Billy Connolly who played with him in the duo, The Humblebums. She will be touring the songs from album in October and November, including dates in Glenrothes, Glasgow and Edinburgh on October 24, 25, and 27.

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The latest show paving the way for the opening of the new V&A in Dundee opens at the city's McManus Art Gallery and Museum on Friday August 23, running to Sunday November 17. Modern Masters in Print draws on the V&A's collection of prints, posters and artists books to showcase the work in that medium by Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol, all of whom used its possibilities to reach a wider audience.

"Together, these four artists spanned a 75-year period that saw the birth of the modern age. They employed a wide range of techniques, and their work represents one of the most creative and diverse periods of printmaking in the history of western art." says V&A curator Gill Saunders.

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The Seventh Glasgow Americana Festival, presented by promoter Kevin Morris's Fallen Angels Club, will run from October 2 and 6. On its closing night, as previously announced, the event will have a tribute to Gram Parsons, who died 40 years ago this year, at the Cottier venue in the West End, with a line-up that includes James Grant, Roddy Hart, Ben Glover, The Parsonage Choir, My Darling Clementine and The City Sinners. Other highlights include Slaid Cleaves, from Austin, Texas, making his first appearance in Glasgow for eight years at the CCA on October 3, and Nashville-born New York City girl Laura Cantrell promoting her first album of new material in eight years, No Way There From Here, at St Andrews in the Square on Friday, October 4.

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The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is making an Edinburgh Festival Fringe appearance at the city's Queen's Hall on Sunday August 18 at 8pm. The band will be playing some its most popular repertoire, including director Tommy Smith's 2013 revision of his radical re-interpretation of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The concert, which is part of the Creative Scotland-supported Made in Scotland programme, which includes music events alongside drama and dance for the first time this year, will also feature selections from the SNJO's Ellington tribute, In The Spirit Of Duke.

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