Classic case of spooky stuff for children
Children's Classic Concerts and the RSNO are inviting families into the Haunted House this weekend with concerts of spooky music at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall tomorrow and Edinburgh's Usher Hall on Sunday, both at 3pm. Jean Claude Picard conducts and, as usual, percussion duo Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox are presenting the music which ranges from screen favourites like Ray Parker Jr's Ghostbusters and John Williams's Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter to classical selections by Saint-Saens, Berlioz and Rossini. The RSNO Junior Chorus will be joining the party and their contributions include Savourna Stevenson's lovely Waiting for the Silver-Sailed Moon.
The Coal Porters bag seven gigs
London alt-bluegrass band The Coal Porters have scheduled seven gigs in five days on their latest Scottish tour, which begins in Leith on Tuesday. Fronted by former Long Ryder and acclaimed author and music journalist Sid Griffin, the band will be promoting their new album, Find the One, which was produced by John Wood, whose ears directed classic Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and John Martyn albums for Island Records, at venues and record shops in Leith, Aberdeen, Stirling, Falkirk, Kinross, and Glasgow until Saturday.
No half measure with guests
Accordionist and award-winning band leader Alasdair MacCuish has used his connections as both musician and television and radio producer to line up special guests for his band The Black Rose Ceilidh Band's new album, No Half Measures, released this month. MacCuish's little black book provided him with contacts for Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, who sings on two tracks, Shetland fiddle and viola virtuoso Chris Stout, much in-demand guitarist Tony Byrne and bassist Roy Percy, who brings his experience as a jazz musician to the final Gaelic waltz.