Chorus of approval for cafe sessions
Edinburgh-based singer, songwriter and café proprietor Gill Bowman has launched a singing session for those who find informal folk sessions in pubs overly slanted towards instrumental music.
Bowman, who recently opened the Skylark Café in Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, is inviting singers of all styles of music to a regular singaround in the café on Fridays from 8pm. Participants are invited to BYOB.
Take a gander at Mother Goose
The ever-popular PACE panto at Paisley Arts Centre, written by and starring David Wallace with music by Alan Orr, opens on Saturday November 23 and runs until the last day of the year.
This year Wallace takes the title role in Mother Goose, with Orr co-starring as Sergei. The show is co-directed (with the multi-tasking Wallace) by Mhairi Gilbert, who also choreographs, and the design is by Cara Roxburgh.
Fab Four set to hit the road
The Beatles musical Let It Be, which is still running at the Savoy Theatre on The Strand in London, sets off on a tour of the UK in 2014, including dates at His Majesty's in Aberdeen (April 14 to 19), Glasgow King's (April 28 to May 3) and Edinburgh Playhouse (June 2 to 7).
The show tells the story of the Fab Four's rise to fame, from the Cavern in Liverpool to their masterpiece studio albums.
The tour opens in Manchester and visits two of the venues that the group played on their 1963 UK tour, Torquay's Princess Theatre (March 10 to 15) and Liverpool Empire (April 7 to 12).
Fresh sounds in the suburbs
Sounds in the Suburbs, who have been bringing internationally acclaimed singers and musicians to leafy Jordanhill over the past decade, have a busy start to November with four gigs in eight days under the banner of Woodendstock Fest.
Opening the run at Woodend Tennis and Bowling Club are London country, pop, folk and bluegrass septet Police Dog Hogan (Nov 2), followed by the Irish singer-songwriter who wrote A Woman's Heart, Eleanor McEvoy (Nov 3). Sid Griffin's alt bluegrass band The Coal Porters play on November 9 and US singer-songwriter Rod Picott appears on November 10.
Musical life begin at 40
Edinburgh's Click Clack Club celebrates its 40th monthly promotion of adventurous music on Thursday October 24 with a triple bill comprising improv funk band Just Timber in a Lake, the category-defying The Range of the Awful Hand and the saxophone, tuba and drums of Trio Velcro. The venue is Henry's Cellar Bar, in Morrison Street, and the music begins at 8pm.