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l There was some excitement in Edinburgh last Thursday with the low-key live debut of a new band called ExitMan, who were launching their self-released album, Sprinter, at the Voodoo Rooms.

The reason for such anticipation about this invitation-only affair was that the band is the new musical vehicle for actor and Edinburgh resident Ewan Bremner, still probably best known as Spud in Trainspotting. Fronting a band that included Salsa Celtica drummer Toby Shippey and Bremner's daughter Harmony and her mother on backing vocals, ExitMan played five originals which channelled a form of stripped-down acoustic soul featuring Bremner's cracked Caledonian croon and guitar playing that recalled swing-era Vic Godard. With a host of friends and family in attendance, Bremner proved himself a charismatic frontman.

l The Glasgow-based Auricle Ensemble is going to Edinburgh at the end of the month with a new programme of music to accompany a screening of the documentary The City. As well as playing Aaron Copland's score, the ensemble will also premiere a new piece by composer-in-association Steve Forman, entitled Sprawl. The performance is at Summerhall on January 28 and it will be repeated at the Old Fruitmarket on February 17 as part of Glasgow Film Festival.

l Milngavie Music Club continues its 70th anniversary season with a recital by young violinist Callum Smart. Now 16, he was just 13 years old when he won the strings final of the BBC Young Musician Of The Year award in 2010. Accompanied by pianist Gordon Back, Smart will play Sonatas by Grieg and Cesar Franck, Szymanowski's La Fontaine D'Arethuse, from Mythes, and Ernest Chausson's Poeme in Cairns Church on February 8, at 7.30pm.


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