Bands keep charity gigs 'in-house'
AS proof that charity does indeed begin at home, several bands from Dundee's grassroots music scene have pledged to play house gigs across the city throughout October in aid of Oxfam.
The month-long event has been organised by local promoter Daisy Dundee with the twin aims of raising money for the charity and showcasing the strength of Dundee's live music scene during its City of Culture bid.
Last Friday, members of the group Anderson McGinty Webster Ward and Fisher, pictured, opened proceedings with a gig in a home conservatory, with other bands - including The Mirror Trap, Model Aeroplanes and Vladimir - set to play acoustic and fully plugged sets in a range of locations in the coming weeks. Guests donate an entrance fee, with collections taken on the night.
Last year, a similar project in Dundee as part of the Oxjam Music Festival raised £500, with 11 acts performing in bedrooms, lounges, garages and, in one case, with a grand piano in a kitchen. Facebook.com/ events/ 580441381997493/?fref=ts or follow @dundeejam on Twitter for updates
Exhibition of Bellany's work
FROM October 10 until November 2, the Scottish Gallery will hold a special exhibition dedicated to the artist John Bellany, who died in August.
The exhibition, titled A Memorial Tribute, will focus on his printmaking work, including some very rare prints from the 1970s and 1980s.
Among these is a group of self-portraits including one from the Addenbrookes series, made with paper and pen as Bellany recovered from liver transplant surgery in Cambridge.
According to Guy Peploe, director of the Scottish Gallery, these works are "so brutally honest and immediate in their depiction that one is compelled not break the artist's stare".
Bellany's work as a printmaker first began at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1960s, where he studied under Robin Philipson.
A major retrospective of all his work ran from November 2012 to January 2013 at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Hip-hop duo join Haddowfest
Glasgow hip-hop duo Hector Bizerk - whose recently released album Nobody Seen Nothing last week received a rave review in the Sunday Herald - are the latest act to be added to the line-up for Haddowfest. The two-day music event takes place this Friday evening and all-day Saturday at six venues across Edinburgh.
Hector Bizerk join an impressive list of names which now includes The Rifles, The Holy Ghosts and Six Stories High among the Friday acts, and We Were Promised Jetpacks, Dry The River, Miniature Dinosaurs and The Last Battle playing on Saturday.
Tickets cost £15/£18.50 plus booking fee fromticketweb.co.uk, with day tickets also on sale at the venues (subject to availability and capacity). haddowfest.co.uk