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Retro quartet to

Retro quartet to

play Glasgow gig on UK tour

IF YOU dig the retro Laurel Canyon vibe that is very much in vogue at the moment, you will want to catch quartet Wildflowers, who play Glasgow's Nice'n'Sleazy on Saturday as the only Scottish date of their short tour.

The band teams the Bennett sisters, Siddy and Kit, who hail from England's west country with guitarists James Ashbury and Kendal Sant and supported Tom Odell and Robert Plant on dates last year.

Their EP Let It Go, featuring four Siddy Bennett/James Ashbury originals, was released on April 14, following the band's first visit to the land of their inspiration, playing at the South by South West showcase in Austin, Texas.

Expect the tween-song chat to be filled with much enthusiastic relating of that. Their debut album, On The Inside, will be released later in the year.

l wildflowersband.co.uk

Chamber music

performances

MUSSELBURGH'S Brunton Theatre has a growing list of chamber music concerts, both at lunchtime and in the evenings, programmed by James Waters, who is one of the men behind the Lammermuir Festival in East Lothian in the autumn.

Upcoming concerts include Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu, playing music by Beethoven, Chopin and Scarlatti on Saturday, April 26.

In May there is a lunchtime concert by the versatile Hebrides Ensemble on Tuesday May 6 followed by a Saturday evening recital by Alec Frank Gemmill, principal horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, accompanied by Scottish pianist Simon Smith.

June sees a visit by BBC Young Musician of the Year violinist Callum Smart, with Gordon Back at the piano.

l thebrunton.co.uk

Comeback for garage combo

AFTER a silence of too many years, Boston garage soul combo Barrence Whitfield and the Savages are back with a new album Dig Thy Savage Soul and a May tour of the British Isles.

The new version of the group teams 80s survivors Whitfield and guitarist Peter Greenberg with saxophonist Tom Quartulli, bassist Phil Lenker and drummer Andy Jody. They will perform on May 7, at Broadcast on Sauchiehall Street.

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