Brothers blast back onto the road together
Glasgow Americana promoters Fallen Angels Club are promoting a gig that very nearly wasn't possible two years ago.
Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have reunited and are touring with Dave's current band, the Guilty Ones. The siblings hadn't recorded together since 1985, but reunited after Phil had to be resuscitated during a Spanish tour in 2012.
Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy, the album that Phil's near-death experience inspired, has been receiving rave reviews.
The pair are likely to feature many of the songs from that, as well as older favourites, when they play The Art School Glasgow on Tuesday, October 28.
Artists sing for Yes vote
A Songs For Scotland Festival will be staged at Oran Mor in Glasgow next Wednesday, with the featured artists supporting a Yes vote in the independence referendum.
The line-up features Dick Gaughan (above), Shooglenifty, Lady Alba, Loki with Rebecca Wallace, hip hop artist Louie and others. A documentary is being made of the event, on September 3, as well as a downloadable album.
Scottish debut for old-timers
Canadian old-time music troupe Sheesham & Lotus & Son bring their 1920s- inspired sounds to Scotland for the first time next month.
Playing jaw-harps, gourd banjos, sousaphone and homemade instruments including the contra-bass harmoniphoneum, the group have earned rave reviews for delivering on their promise to party like it's 1929.
They appear at Catstrand, New Galloway (September 12); Border Club, Hawick (13); Old Library, Kilbarchan (16); Eastgate Theatre, Peebles (17); Tin Hut, Gartly, Aberdeenshire (20); and the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine (21).