l Scottish singer Amy Macdonald has announced tour dates for 2013, which include the HMV Picture House in Edinburgh on March 5 and Music Hall in Aberdeen on March 6.

Tickets are on pre-sale now on the singer's website.


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l The rich heritage of our national drink will be explored in a major exhibition opening at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on November 29. Scotch Whisky: From Grain To Glass marks the centenary of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the industry trade body. The exhibition, sited in the Scottish Parliament's Main Hall, brings together for the first time an array of images and artefacts from many whisky producers and enthusiasts. www.scottish.parliament.uk/visitandlearn/55417.aspx

l Oh Susanna returns to Glasgow after a five-year gap when she appears at Glasgow Art Club on November 29. The Massachusetts-born, Vancouver-raised singer-songwriter hasn't been idle, having given birth to her first son and released an album, Soon The Birds, on which she worked with Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks. The singer, whose name is Suzie Ungerleider but who took Stephen Foster's minstrel song as her stage name during an early theatrical phase, has begun recording her next release, provisionally entitled Namedropper.