l While Celtic Connections pushes the boat out with a Big Burns Night at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall featuring Breabach, Blazing Fiddles, Dougie MacLean and Kathleen MacInnes as well as a Burns Supper at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, at Woodend Barn on January 25 they are taking another path altogether.

The Banchory Burns Night will include a screening of artist Alastair Cook's short film, Not in My Name, which looks at Burns's life through the prism of war, which Britain was engaged in for his entire life.

Music will come from Drew Wright, who trades as Wounded Knee, and admits to feeling "a wee bit conflicted about the 'cult of Burns'. I wonder what the man himself would have made of it, given the egalitarian nature of his work. The exaltation of Oor National Bard casts an oblitering shadow over many other fine poets."

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This controversial stuff is leavened by a three-course supper with the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, and the obligatory ceilidh.


l The most successful jazz album ever made, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, will be the next subject of Loud & Clear Hi-Fi's Classic Album Sundays which allow audiences to hear and appreciate the world's great vinyl records played on one of the world's finest hi-fi systems in a communal listening experience. The idea is for people to hear the music as closely as possible to the way its creators intended and in just over a year these regular events, which take place in The Berkeley Suite in North Street, Glasgow, have become an outstanding success, with music lovers enthusing about hearing the music in greater detail than ever before.

The Kind of Blue listening takes place on February 24. The music begins at 5.30pm and the classic album plays at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £6, are available at the door or from 0141 221 0221.