The semi-finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2016 Award have been announced. The twelve musicians, from all over Scotland, will perform in concert at Coulter Hall in South Lanarkshire on Saturday, October 3 as part of a residential weekend and based on their performances, six of them will go through to the grand final to be held during Celtic Connections in Glasgow in January.

The Fraser Shaw Trust is holding a fundraising concert in Partick on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. The weekend, which will honour the memory of the young musician from Islay who died in May, will feature a concert by BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award winners Talisk, pictured, with support from Gaelic song and guitar duo Hannah Beaton & Inners Watson and fiddle and piano pairing Gráinne Brady & Tina Jordan Rees in St Peter's Hall in Chancellor Street on the Saturday evening and a session led by fiddler Jamie Smith in the Sparkle Horse in Dowanhill Street on the Sunday afternoon. There will also be a ceilidh after Saturday’s concert.

A new monthly jazz series begins this month in Canalside, Boroughmuir Rugby Club’s social club at Meggetland in Edinburgh. Opening the series is the Nova Scotia Jazz Band saxophonist and clarinettist, John Burgess’s Hot Four playing jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s on Friday, September 18 with singers Lorna Reid (October 16) and Marty Waugh (November 13) to follow.

British duo The Shires, Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle, became the first UK signing to the revived Decca Nashville label and their debut album Brave hit number ten in the album charts when it was released earlier this year.

After a busy summer of live dates, including performances at Glastonbury and in Nashville, USA, in October they come to Scotland to play Inverness Ironworks (October 10), Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (October 11) and Aberdeen Lemon Tree (October 12).

The tour concludes in London with a headlining appearance at Shepherd's Bush Empire on October 24.