MUSIC

Shania Twain, OVO Hydro, Glasgow, Thursday

Such is the demand to see Shania this extra date has been added ahead of her dates later in the month. The five-time Grammy winner - and judge on Starstruck, ITV’s pimped-up version of Stars in their Eyes -  is promoting her latest album Queen of Me which came out in February. Tonight, though, Glasgow, Shania is just going to be herself. (OK, Thursday night, actually, but we’re sure Matthew Kelly won’t mind.)

 

Tony Blackburn Sound of the 60s Live, Usher Hall, Tuesday

The good news is that recent Herald Magazine cover star Tony Blackburn has recovered after being hospitalised with sepsis and pneumonia earlier this year. The better news is that the 80-year-old has recovered sufficiently to take his Sound of the 60s Live show back on the road. It’s a mixture of stories and songs, with Blackburn as the MC, accompanied by The Sounds of the 60s All-Star Band and Singers. They’ll be performing tunes by the Beatles, the Stones and Elvis and throwing in a few Motown tunes for good measure. Full-on nostalgia in other words.

 

FESTIVAL

Bloody Scotland, Stirling, Friday to Sunday

Are up you up for a spot of light murdering next weekend? Yes, then Stirling is for you. Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s international crime writing festival returns on Friday as a bumper crop of authors descend on Stirling to talk crime and punishment. Denise Mina, Val McDermid, Rob Rinder and today’s Herald Magazine cover star James Naughtie are all scheduled to appear. Events start on Friday with appearances by Nicci French, Alex Gray and James Oswald. And yes, the annual torchlight procession from the Church of the Holy Rude to the Albert Halls on Friday evening will be part of the fun.

 

COMEDY
Lynn Ferguson: Storyland, Perth Theatre, tonight; Howden Park Centre, Livingston, Thursday; Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock, Friday

After a stint at the Fringe last month, writer and performer Lynn Ferguson continues touring her Storyland show around Scotland this week, with gigs in Perth, Livingston and Giffnock. (She’ll also be at the Brunton Theatre in Mussleburgh and Heart of Hawick, Galashiels next weekend). Part stand-up, part confession, Ferguson will be discussing cats, Nana Mouskouri and the difficulty in telling Grangemouth and Los Angeles apart. We often have that problem ourselves.

 

CLASSICAL
Scottish Ensemble - The String Quartet: A Blueprint, Brodick Hall, Arran, tonight; Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Monday; Mull Theatre, Isle of Mull, Tuesday; Seil Community Hall, Seil, Wednesday; University of Glasgow Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thursday

A programme that takes in compositions by Beethoven, Dvorak, Caroline Shaw and Jessie Montgomery make up this touring show featuring a quartet of musicians from the Scottish Ensemble. The result should be intimate and inspiring.