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Glasgow-based guitarist Ben MacDonald is launching a jazz night at the Glad Café on the city's south side on Tuesday.

Aimed at presenting established musicians alongside up-and-coming local talent, the monthly presentations will showcase two acts, each performing a full set of original compositions. The opening night features MacDonald's own quintet, including Adam Jackson (alto saxophone), Tom Gibbs (piano,) and the New Focus Duo.

l thegladcafe.co.uk

Roots stars are taking to road

Musicians from two of North America's leading roots music groups unite for a Scottish tour this month.

Leah Abramson, above, of Vancouver's Abramson Singers, met up with Rayna Gellert, formerly with bluegrass specialists Uncle Earl, in the studio while recording her group's latest album, Late Riser.

The two are to team up for gigs in Kilbarchan (25), Edin-burgh (26), Kirkcaldy (27), Glenbuchat (28), Portsoy (29), and New Galloway (30).

l leahabramson.com

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