GLASGOW's Star Folk Club has announced its programme for August. Young Scottish singer-songwriter-guitarist Simon Kempston appears on August 2, with singer-songwriter Robb Johnston bringing a repertoire that has been featured by singers including English folk legend Roy Bailey and Fringe cabaret favourite Barb Jungr on August 9. Cumbrian folksinger Stuart Forester appears in a duo with Aberdeenshire fiddler Carol Anderson on August 16, followed by young Glasgow band Top Floor Taivers (23rd) and harpist Rachel Hair’s trio (30th). The club meets every Tuesday in the Admiral Bar in Waterloo Street and all concerts begin at 8pm.

STILL boasting two of the three original members and celebrating 50 years in the business called show, The Three Degrees have recently recorded their first new album a quarter of a century in Atlanta, Georgia. The set is a tribute to The Sound of Philadelphia, as written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and recorded by The Trammps, The O'Jays, Billy Paul and Archie Bell & The Drells. The Three Degrees founder member Helen Scott was herself raised in Philly.

The album, Strategy (Our Tribute to Philadelphia), is out now on SoulMusic Records and the group is touring to promote in next month, with four Scottish dates at Musselburgh Brunton Theatre on Friday September 23, East Kilbride Village Theatre (Sept 24), Dundee Gardyne Theatre (Sept 25), and Inverness Eden Court (Sept 27).

SINGER, musician and founding member of long-running folk band Boys of the Lough, Cathal McConnell returns to Edinburgh Fringe for concerts on Thursday, August 11 and Saturday, August 13 at artSpace @ St Mark’s in Castle Terrace. McConnell, who won a Herald Angel for his performances at the same venue last year, will be joined by fiddle and viola player Kathryn Nicoll and harper Karen Marshalsay as well as special guests still to be announced. Both concerts begin at 8:30pm.

LEGENDARY French band Magma play a rare Scottish concert on September 21 at Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh. The band, led by drummer Christian Vander, formed in the late 1960s and drew influences from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and saxophonist John Coltrane’s extended improvisations into Vander’s own musical vision, which also included inventing his own language to create song lyrics. Former world champion snooker player Steve Davis is among the band’s celebrity fans and once financed a three-night run for them at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Their Edinburgh concert, which is one of only six UK dates on their current tour, is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm and end by 10pm to enable fans to catch public transport back to Glasgow and Dundee.