l Southern Tenant Folk Union, piper Fraser Fifield and singer Dean Owens are among the musicians taking part in Instruments for Change, a concert for Gaza at the Columcille Centre in Edinburgh's Newbattle Terrace on Saturday from 6pm.

The event, presented by Artists for Gaza, is in aid of work promoting conflict resolution in Palestine/Israel being undertaken by Musicians Without Borders. Proceeds will support a music and non-violence training programme for 28 young Palestinian men and women from refugee camps in the West Bank, enabling them to deliver activities to children promoting a culture of tolerance, mutual understanding and confidence through music.


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l This Sunday's instalment of the recently established jazz sessions at Clarks Bar in Dundee has a festive theme as the resident rhythm section celebrates Christmas with jazzified classic seasonal songs and a couple of guest vocalists. The music starts at 1pm and finishes about 4pm. There will be mince pies to accompany the tunes and for those of larger celebratory appetites, the music continues with a Festive Folk session starting at 6pm.


l The Merville Galleries in Pulborough, West Sussex, are exhibiting some striking watercolours and prints of the Shiant Isles in the Minch, north of Skye, from January 16 at the London Art Fair. The islands are famous for having been owned by Compton Mackenzie for a few years in the last century and Lancashire-born artist Jill McManners has been visiting them since 2003 to gather photographs of the basalt columns there – similar to the geology of Staffa – from which she has made the paintings and a series of prints that translate the rock formations into floral shapes.