n HOT on the heels of the Glasgow Film Festival, the youth strand of which is already under way, comes the third Festival of Silent Cinema in the restored and re-opened Hippodrome in Bo'ness.

This year's event in the 100-year-old picture palace runs from March 13 to 17 and features Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy, many of them with live accompaniment. Those performers include renowned silent screen piano accompanist Neil Brand, performer and story-teller Andy Cannon, below, in his guise as The Film Explainer, composer Jane Gardner with a newly-commissioned score to the closing gala film The Goose Woman, and rockabilly outfit The Dodge Brothers, including film critic Mark Kermode, accompanying the Soviet silent, The Ghost That Never Returns.


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n NEW dates have been scheduled for the Scottish concerts by Irish music legends Sean Cannon, Patsy Watchorn, Eamonn Campbell and Gerry O'Connor which had to be cancelled due to illness. The three former members of the Dubliners and banjo ace O'Connor will be marking the Dubliners' 50th anniversary by playing classics including Whiskey in the Jar and the song that first took the bearded folkies onto Top of the Pops, Seven Drunken Nights, at Dumfries Dome on May 24 followed by Aberdeen Music Hall (25), Rothes Hall, Glenrothes (26), Falkirk Town Hall (27), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (29), Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (31) and Webster Hall, Arbroath, on June 1.


n THE classic line-up of the somewhat wayward rock'n'roll experience that has been The Breeders has announced a single Scottish date on its early summer LSXX tour. Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim MacPherson released their Last Splash album in 1993, a set that featured the song Cannonball, named Single of the Year by the NME. Joined by violinist Carrie Bradley, the quartet has reformed to play the album in its entirety at special events from Brooklyn to Bordeaux. Just four UK dates include Glasgow's O2 ABC on June 17.