Berry leads line-up for McHugh gig
The programme for the 15th annual Jimmy McHugh Memorial Concert has been announced. McHugh, who died in 1999, was described by former Bothy Band fiddler Paddy Glackin as a beacon for Irish music in Glasgow and his tribute weekends attract players and music lovers from all over the UK, Ireland and even America for informal sessions as well as the formal concert. Appearing at the Woodside Halls, Glenfarg Street, Glasgow, on Saturday January 11 are singer Paddy Berry from County Wexford, flautist Marcus O'Murch, fiddler Antoin MacGabhann, piper Neillidh Mulligan, accordionist Jimmy O'Sullivan and pianist Garry O'Briain.
Second night for Clutha benefit
The Glasgow folk music community's response to the Clutha Vaults helicopter disaster has resulted in a second night being added to the benefit concert being organised by Celtic Music Radio and the host venue, St Andrew's in the Square. Musicians including Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year 2013 Paddy Callaghan, Fiona Cuthill and Stevie Lawrence, Moira Kerr, Adam McCulloch, and The O'Cajunals will now join Glasgow folksong stalwarts Arthur Johnstone and Mick West, folk band Haggerdash, blues singer-guitarist Bill Adair, and singer-songwriters Tom Fairnie and Lori McTear on the nights of January 10 and 11. Admission will be by donation.
Two are added to Hall guest list
Edinburgh's venerable Usher Hall celebrates its centenary next year and the guest list for the party extends far beyond the orchestral and choral concerts for which the hall was built. Tickets for two new additions to the centenary programme go on sale at 9am on Friday and both are likely to sell very fast indeed. Rufus Wainwright returns to the hall on March 5 to present The Best of Rufus Wainwright. He last appeared there almost exactly a year ago, when Rob Adams reported: "Rufus Wainwright doesn't so much play a gig as curate an event." Three days later, on Saturday March 8, the mighty Mogwai set up shop on the Usher stage at the head of a Glasgow triple bill with The Pastels and Remember Remember.