GUITARIST and award-winning poet Don Paterson has invited his partner in Celtic jazz group Lammas, saxophonist Tim Garland to join his new band, The Don Paterson Situation, on their Scottish concerts this month.

Paterson and Garland co-led Lammas successfully throughout the 1990s, recording five albums and touring widely before Paterson’s work as a poet and Garland’s rising star status as a sideman with drummer Bill Bruford’s Earthworks and keyboardist Chick Corea’s The Vigil led to an amicable split.

Garland went on to appear with vibes virtuoso Joe Locke and pianist Geoff Keezer in the chamber jazz group Storms/Nocturnes and record enthusiastically received solo albums. He has also enjoyed a successful career as a composer, with commissions from Mr McFall’s Chamber, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the London Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Concert orchestras.

The Don Paterson Situation formed in early 2016 and will feature Garland at Eyemouth Hippodrome on Saturday, February 11; Byre Theatre, St Andrews on Saturday, February 25; and Tron Theatre, Glasgow on Sunday, February 26.

LEITH Folk Club's February programme kicks off with singer, guitarist and pioneer of the Scottish folk scene Archie Fisher, who celebrates fifty-five years as a performer in May, appearing tomorrow. Fiddle and guitar duo Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal follow on February 14 and Glasgow quartet Top Floor Taivers, pictured, featuring BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2015, singer Claire Hastings appear on February 21. Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Sharon King returns to the club on February 28. Club nights are held in Victoria Park House Hotel in Ferry Road and the music begins at 8pm.

GLASGOW'S Star Folk Club returns to action following Celtic Connections and the festive season break on February 14 when the popular, long-established band North Sea Gas return with their customary humour, harmony singing and multi-instrumentalism. Singers Eric & Eilidh Grant follow on February 21 with their band Random Connections in a fund-raising evening for the Beatson Cancer Charity and Shetlander singers and storytellers Claire White and Frances Wilkins, aka Blyde Lasses appear on February 28. Forthcoming visitors to the club include guitar legend Wizz Jones, American singer-songwriter Ben Bedford and English troubadours Jez Lowe and Pete Morton. All events take place at the Admiral Bar in Waterloo Street and the music begins at 8pm.