l This week's offering in the new A Play, A Pie and A Pint season at Oran Mor in Glasgow has a further run the following week at the re-opened Ayr Gaiety.
Thank You, by Catrin Evans, is directed by Joe Douglas, stars Colin McCredie, Louise Ludgate and Vari Sylvester, and is the story of a couple meeting in a train station for the first time since they were teenagers. It opens at Oran Mor at lunchtime today, running until Saturday, and will play the Gaiety form February 13 to 16. Evans also wrote the Jean-Jacques Rousseau show in the last run of A Play, A Pie and A Pint and is developing a site-specific show for Grid Iron.
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l Austrian-domiciled Canadian singer-songwriter Woodpigeon, aka Mark Andrew Hamilton, has been named as the supporting attraction on the forthcoming tour by Mark Eitzel, frontman of American Music Club. The tour's sole Scottish date is Wednesday February 27 at Glasgow's Oran Mor. The Calgary man's fifth album, Thumbtacks and Glue, is released on the Fierce Panda label two days previously.
l With impressive speed, the new album from the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra immortalises its acclaimed autumn tour of the music of Duke Ellington, with special guest Brian Kellock at the piano and saxophonist Tommy Smith at the helm. The disc features favourites like Black and Tan Fantasy, Ko-Ko, Rockin' in Rhythm and Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue. It will be released on March 13 but available before that on the orchestra's tour of Miles Davis's Miles Ahead and Birth of the Cool with trumpeter Paolo Fresu at Dundee Caird Hall (February 21), Edinburgh Queen's Hall (February 22), the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow (February 23) and Stirling Macrobert (February 24).