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Vet­eran ex-Pre­tenders gui­tarist Billy Brem­ner is set to play an ex­clu­sive dou­ble­header in Kin­ross.

The fret­board mae­stro will be ap­pear­ing with his band Rock­files at the Green Ho­tel both on Mon­day week (Jan­uary 21) and the fol­low­ing night in the first gigs put to­gether for 2019 by the venue’s reg­u­lar pro­mot­ers Mun­dell Mu­sic.

They’re the only Scot­tish shows on an ex­ten­sive UK and Scan­di­na­vian tour be­ing un­der­taken by Billy that starts to­mor­row in Gävle, Swe­den, and also takes in a date im­me­di­ately after his Kin­ross shows at Lon­don’s leg­endary 100 Club on Jan­uary 23.

Cult la­bel Cherry Red Records re­cently is­sued Sin­gled Out, a de­fin­i­tive com­pi­la­tion of Aberdeen­born Billy’s ca­reer-span­ning solo sin­gles, but it’s his work as the go-to side­man for some of the big­gest names in rock dur­ing the 70s and 80s that he re­mains best known for.

Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe-led power-pop­sters Rock­pile, The Pre­tenders, Elvis Costello, Car­lene Carter and Shakin’ Stevens were among those who ben­e­fited from his dis­tinc­tive six-string stylings.

Now 72, the song­smith earned his big break in the 60s play­ing with Lulu’s back­ing band The Luvvers be­fore join­ing Fatso, an off­shoot of Bonzo Dog DooDah Band led by japester Neil Innes.

Billy teamed up with Rock­pile in 1976 and as well as play­ing gui­tar he sang lead vo­cals on the tracks Heart and You Ain’t Noth­ing But Fine on the band’s 1980 al­bum Sec­onds Of Plea­sure.

He also penned Edmunds’ 1978 sin­gle Trou­ble Boys – also a hit for Thin Lizzy in 1981 – us­ing his alias Billy Mur­ray on the writ­ing cred­its to avoid con­fu­sion with the Leeds and Scot­land foot­baller of the same name.

He went solo after Rock­pile parted ways, re­leas­ing the sin­gles Loud Mu­sic In Cars and Laugh­ter Turns To Tears on Stiff Records, be­fore play­ing on The Pre­tenders’ epic 1982 hit Back On The Chain Gang.

It wasn’t to be Billy’s last col­lab­o­ra­tion with Chrissie Hynde, as he went on to pro­vide lead gui­tar for her band’s 1990 al­bum Packed!

He later moved to Swe­den and fo­cused on work with Grammy Award-nom­i­nated The Re­fresh­ments plus solo ma­te­rial un­til form­ing the su­per­group The Trou­ble Boys in 2011 with Ducks Deluxe leg­end Sean Tyla.

Tick­ets for Billy’s Kin­ross gigs, which will pay trib­ute to his work with Rock­pile, are £26.75 from tick­

Live mu­sic re­turns after a short break at Con­roy’s Base­ment on Wed­nes­day with Glas­gow-based new­com­ers Lo Rays as the main at­trac­tion.

The promis­ing five-piece – who were formed in 2017 by Fin­nish gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Laura Takala – will be mark­ing the re­lease of their de­but EP Un­sta­ble Air with a show at the Mead­ow­side live mu­sic mecca. Pun­ters can ex­pect a con­trast­ing set, with Lo Rays as ca­pa­ble of turn­ing their col­lec­tive hand to soft and sweet in­tro­spec­tion as to crunch­ing up­tempo an­thems.

Sup­port on the night will be from Leven five-piece Waid An­chors.

It’s £5 for ad­vance tick­ets £5 via lo­raysmu­sic. band­ or £6 on the door.

York-based hope­fuls The Howl And The Hum make the jour­ney north to Clarks On Lind­say Street on Thurs­day.

After re­leas­ing their de­but EP God­manch­ester Chi­nese Bridge in 2017, the ex­pan­sive four-piece com­pleted their first head­line tour of Eng­land early last year to pro­mote fol­low-up sin­gle Por­trait I, and went on to ap­pear at a host of sum­mer fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing Lat­i­tude, Live at Leeds and the BBC Big­gest Week­end.

Known for com­bin­ing dark, hyp­notic pop in the vein of Mas­sive At­tack with post­punk in­flu­ences, HATH’s lat­est of­fer­ing Don’t Shoot The Storm looks at gun con­trol.

Cham­pi­ons of the band’s epic melan­choly in­clude BBC 6 Mu­sic’s Tom Robin­son.

Tick­ets £7 from be­yond­high­

Kirk­caldy-based in­die rock­ers Dou­ble Denim take a short hop to play in Dun­fermline to­mor­row.

The young four-piece are be­ing joined on the bill at PJ Mol­loys by fel­low Fife acts Mur­ray Tor­rance – who’s sup­ported the likes of Gerry Cin­na­mon, Kyle Fal­coner and Big Coun­try – and Cit­rus Cir­cus.

Ticket de­tails are avail­able by call­ing the Can­more Street venue on 01383 729790.

Num­ber 57 rolls back the years to­mor­row evening when it wel­comes cov­ers ex­po­nents The Six­ties.

The Dundee out­fit, who play ma­te­rial by greats such as The Bea­tles, The Who, The Mon­kees, Cream and The Hol­lies, are on from 5.30pm, with Dock Street reg­u­lars Bedrock in the spot­light on Sun­day from 7pm.

Pub favourites Cherry Bombz are back on home turf tonight at The Tav­ern (9pm) and also play The Glens on Sun­day (6pm).

Pic­ture: Nik­las Mans­son.

Billy Brem­ner, left, on stage with the Rock­files.

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