Pianist to trade acoustic for electric set-up

Pianist to trade acoustic for electric set-up

Paul Harrison, who teaches piano on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's jazz course and who released his first solo piano album, Ten Play Ten, at the end of last year, trades the acoustic instrument for an electric set-up when he guests at Edinburgh's Playtime session at the Outhouse in Broughton Street Lane this Thursday.

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The Playtime sessions specialise in allowing musicians to premiere new work in an intimate loft setting and Harrison will feature on organ with saxophonist Martin Kershaw, bassist Mario Caribe and drummer Tom Bancroft.

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Club celebrates its anniversary

The Fallen Angels Club, which is celebrating its tenth year of Americana promotions in Glasgow, is making its anniversary a busy one.

As well as upcoming gigs by singer-songwriters Nels Andrews and Eliza Gilkyson in Glasgow, FAC has announced appearances by Boston bluegrass band Crooked Still's frontwoman, Aoife O'Donovan (May 30) and Texan minimalist Sam Baker (June 7) at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar in Edinburgh.

The focus then reverts to Glasgow with a programme including Hank Williams's grand-daughter, Holly Williams, Celtic Connections, the Stray Birds, and Seattle-raised traditional country singer Zoe Muth.

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Rare gig by


Drummer and percussionist Eddie Prevost plays a rare Scottish concert at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh this Wednesday (May 7). Best known for his long association with improvising ensemble AMM, which he co-founded in 1965, Prevost has worked with leading European improvisers including Barry Guy, Lol Coxhill, the late Elton Dean and imminent Glasgow Jazz Festival guest Evan Parker and has spread the word of his percussion and general music philosophy across the world through his weekly workshops at London's Community Music Centre, near London Bridge, which have inspired similar classes as far afield as Slovenia, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico.

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Traditional arts celebration

Edinburgh's Tradfest celebration of the traditional arts continues until Sunday.

There are events daily at various venues across the old town.

Among the attractions are Herald Angel-winning fiddle quartet Rant, who appear at Queen's Hall on Thursday, and the Highland cavalcade of music, songs and funny tales Medicine Show Revue at Summerhall on Friday.

There is also storyteller Taffy Thomas at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Saturday.

A film about the life of singer, actor, writer and Gaelic activist Dolina MacLennan is showing at the Teviot Row House venue on Sunday.

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