1980s duos dropping in
TWO duos from the 1980s are on the road together and reach Scotland next month. Guitarist Richard Drummie and vocalist Peter Cox are Go West, best known for hits We Close Our Eyes and King of Wishful Thinking. Pat and Greg Kane are local heroes from Lanarkashire, but have maintained a pop-world presence as Hue and Cry since the days when hits Looking for Linda and Labour of Love won them a support slot with Madonna. The "Special Guests" on this sophisti-pop tour are Liverpool's The Christians, fronted by Garry Christian of the original trio of brothers. The package arrives at Dundee's Caird Hall on Friday November 15, and goes on to Aberdeen Music Hall (Sunday 17), Dunfermline Alhambra (Monday 18) and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Tuesday 19).
Saxophonist Smith on tour
Saxophonist Tommy Smith has concerts lined up with musicians from both ends of the experience spectrum in the next few weeks. In November, Smith tours with one of the world's leading double bassists Arild Andersen in the trio with drummer Paolo Vinaccia that recorded the acclaimed Live at Belleville album for ECM Records. They play Tolbooth, Stirling (Tuesday 12), Queen's Hall, Edinburgh (Wednesday 13) and Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (Thursday 14). In December, the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra plays the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow on Friday 6 and Tolbooth, Stirling on Saturday 7.
Heralding in angelic voices
Herald Angel-winning early music group Ludus Baroque will be making its regular popular contribution to the festive season with a performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio on Tuesday December 3 at Canongate Kirk at 7pm. The chamber orchestra and chorus will be directed by founder Richard Neville-Towle and the fine quartet of soloists are soprano Sophie Bevan, mezzo Daniela Jehner, tenor Robert Murray and baritone William Berger, above. Tickets priced £17.50, £16.50 and £5 are available from the Queen's Hall box office.
Photographs depict an era
Photographer Alan Crumlish was a familiar face at arts event in the run up to Glasgow's annus mirabilis as European City of Culture in 1990 and beyond. Among scenes he pictured were LGBT clubs, including Bennetts and Panama Jacks. His photos of that era, the significant figures who performed there and their colourful supporters are captured in his black and white images in the Long Gallery at the Tron Theatre. The Glasgay! exhibition, called Retro, is until November 9. l glasgay.com