THE Kosmos Ensemble, the chamber music group that has been described as playing with the charge of a rock band, has had a busy summer before its residency at Lyth Arts Centre, near Wick, with folk duo Rona Wilkie and Marit Fält (above) in August.
As well as appearing in churches and working with the Woven Gold Choir the trio, which comprises violin, viola and accordion, played in the Thames Tunnel Shaft at the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, London, last month.
They'll be working on new music inspired by the Scottish tradition to add to the Balkan, middle eastern, north African and South American flavours already in their repertoire when they arrive in Lyth and plan to premiere these pieces during their Scottish tour this autumn.
Country rock in the capital
PERTH country rock band the New Madrids play an Edinburgh show at Cabaret Voltaire on July 18 in support of their debut album, Through the Heart of Town, which was released earlier this year. The band, which takes its name from a city in Missouri, also appears at the Belladrum Festival near Inverness next month and as part of Perth Concert Hall's Springsteen Sessions in September.