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Fundraiser for Soundhouse is on the way

Fundraiser for Soundhouse is on the way

Klezmer and world music adventurers Moishe's Bagel are playing a fundraiser for the Soundhouse Organisation at the Bongo Club in Edinburgh on Thursday.

Proceeds will go towards the Soundhouse goal of establishing a new state-of-the-art music venue in the capital which will offer a fair deal for musicians and a warm welcome to audiences of all ages as well as workshops and masterclasses for musicians of all levels.

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The Blue Nile comes home

Guitarist Kevin Mackenzie is bringing the music of The Blue Nile home for his Glasgow Jazz Festival concert with pianist Steve Hamilton (the band's singer-songwriter Paul Buchanan is pictured above). Mackenzie and Hamilton have recorded jazz duo interpretations of eight of the Glasgow band's songs, including the singles Saturday Night, The Downtown Lights and Headlights On The Parade, and will be previewing them at Glasgow City Halls on Thursday, June 26. One of Mackenzie's early influences was the recordings made by Jim Hall and Bill Evans and he felt the Blue Nile's material lent itself particularly well to this setting.

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The French reconnection

Les Trois Blondes, Scotland's only Bal Musette band (unless readers know otherwise), present an evening of French food, wine and music in the Brasserie at Oran Mor, Glasgow on Tuesday, June 24. The band comprises John Burns, who is the current Musette Champion of Scotland and former All-Scotland Accordion Champion, George Burns and Fergus Wood and features music made famous by Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf and other leading chansonniers.

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Accordion brilliance

Classical accordionist Paul Chamberlain, pictured, has a new album, Accordion Sensations, out on July 1, which features the Maxwell String Quartet and violinist Feargus Hetherington and works that span from Scarlatti to Piazolla.

Chamberlain was one of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's first graduates on his instrument.

Following his free recital at Glasgow's Renfield St Stephens Church on Saturday, he returns to Scotland next month for performances at Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld on July 10, Dundee Cathedral, July 11 and Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen on July 13.

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