Final date for young musicians
The Young Traditional Musician Of The Year 2014 finalists have been announced following the semi-final in Coulter last weekend.
Pianist Alistair Iain Paterson, from Bishopton; accordionist Ian Smith, from Tiree; singer and guitarist Jack Badcock, from Edinburgh; fiddlers Mhairi Marwick, from Fochabers, and Neil Ewart, from Kilchoan; and singer Robyn Stapleton, from Stranraer, will head to Glasgow for a weekend of workshops and rehearsals in preparation for the final at City Halls, Glasgow, on Sunday, February 2.
The final will be broadcast live on Radio Scotland and televised on BBC Alba at a later date.
Fiddler Aly takes to road
Shetland fiddler Aly Bain is touring in November with his international trio, which partners Bain with Swedish mandola player Ale Moller and New York-born Appalachian old time music specialist Bruce Molsky.
The tour follows the release of the trio's new album, Meeting Point: Live At The Liverpool Philharmonic, and calls in at Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh (November 1), Eden Court, Inverness (November 2), Mareel, Shetland (November 3) and Buccleuch Centre, Langholm (November 5).
Cindy ready to pop in
Jazz singer Cindy Douglas has launched a project to take the big city jazz experience of dining and listening to rural areas where opportunities to hear jazz are limited.
Following the trend for pop-up cafes and restaurants in larger towns and cities, and after taking in jazz in New York venues the Blue Note and the Village Vanguard, the Aberdeenshire-based singer will be setting up her pop-up jazz supper club Eat To The Beat in villages in Aberdeenshire and the Mearns initially. She plans to extend the project around Scotland and beyond.
The first two dates, featuring Douglas and her band and food from high class chefs, will be at Auchenblae Village Hall on November 23 and at Touched by Scotland in Insch on November 27.
Speake night at Blue Lamp
Aberdeen's Blue Lamp continues to bring international jazz attractions to the Granite City in its Thursday concert series.
Due to appear at what has been hailed as the Ronnie Scott's of the North are London-based saxophonist Martin Speake's trio (tonight) and Polish band Niteline (October 17).
Graeme Stephen's quintet reprises the guitarist's soundtrack to the classic silent movie Sunrise on October 24 and Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson present their acclaimed jazz-classical crossover ensemble New Focus on October 31.
The current season also includes visits from Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen's trio and Carnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth's Bangalore Dreams in November.