EDINBURGH music promoters Soundhouse recommence their series of Monday concerts in the Traverse Theatre bar on January 16 when local folk group Blueflint appear. Also scheduled are Canadian singer-songwriter-activist Amanda Rheaume (January 23), a Burns Night special (January 25), and a double bill comprising jazz-groove combo Pygmies and gospel troubadour Amythyst Kiah (February 6). There will also be appearances by Herald Angel-winning fiddle quartet Rant, Mississippi songwriter Bronwynne Brent, Edinburgh-based Transylvanian singer-songwriter Lisabett Russo, and Boys of the Lough founder, singer and tin whistle virtuoso, Cathal McConnell and Friends in the weeks to follow.


CANADIAN soul-folk singer Carly Dow, pictured, plays three Scottish dates on her first UK tour in January following acclaim for her debut album, Ingrained, on this side of the Atlantic. Manitoba-born Dow’s music draws on the influences of popular Americana artists Gillian Welch and Neko Case and reflects the space and atmosphere of her home province. She has performed across Canada and appears at the Wee Folk Club at The Royal Oak, Edinburgh on Sunday, January 22; The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, Monday, January 23; and Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Tuesday, January 24.


DUNFERMLINE Arts Guild’s monthly Sunday concerts continue in the new year, with accordion and reeds partnership David Vernon & Dick Lee opening the series on January 15. Vernon and Lee have won a following across Scotland and beyond for their relaxed and informal presentation of an eclectic repertoire that includes tunes drawn from all over the world and joins the dots between jazz classics and classical favourites. They’re followed by flute and harp pairing the Meridiem Duo on February 12 and brass ensemble Brass Tracks on March 12. All concerts take place in the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline and begin at 7:30pm.


THE CAMEO Picturehouse in Edinburgh is to host a charity presentation of four Davie Bowie short films on Tuesday, January 10 to mark the first anniversary of the singer’s death. The programme, which has the collective title David Bowie: Sound & Vision and has been curated by the London Short Film Festival, comprises Michael Armstrong’s silent mime-themed The Image, from 1967; Julien Temple’s extended music video for the 1984 album Tonight, Jazzin’ for Blue Jean; Steve Lippman’s abstract, darkly comic film commissioned for Bowie’s 2003 album Reality; and Let’s Dance: Bowie Down Under, which tells the story of the video made for the 1983 single. 50p from every ticket sold will be donated to Save the Children.