● Dobro specialist Gordie Tentrees brings the rugged character of Yukon to Scotland on a six-date tour beginning at Eastgate Theatre in Peebles on Wednesday.

Tentrees, who has won four nominations in the prestigious Western Canadian Music Awards, brings his regular touring band including pedal steel guitarist Roger Marin, whose credits include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and John Hiatt. The tour also takes in Kirkcaldy, Torphichen, Birnam, Edinburgh and Kilbarchan.


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● Singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore returns to Glasgow for Fallen Angels Club promotions this Thursday. Last year Gilmore won praise for her Don't Stop Singing CD, which featured previously unrecorded lyrics by legendary folk singer Sandy Denny set to music by Gilmore. Her St Andrews in the Square concert is certain to include some of these songs alongside her own compositions.


● Buddy Whittington, the guitarist described as "possibly the greatest Bluesbreaker of them all" by blues legend John Mayall, plays two gigs in Scotland on his UK tour in support of his new album, Six String Svengali. Whittington played with Mayall's Bluebreakers for 15 years, in the footsteps of Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor, and appears with his own band at the Green Hotel, Kinross on Saturday, and The Ferry, Glasgow on Sunday.


● Blues bands have until November 30 to enter the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues 2013. The UK-wide competition, whose Scottish heat is in Cupar in Fife in February, offers unsigned blues bands the chance to get to its London final and if successful, appear at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton in Canada next September to reach new audiences and promoters.

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