Amer­i­cana To Ora­to­rios

Your mu­sic ex­pert Lisa-marie Ferla picks and mixes some of this month’s di­verse mu­si­cal de­lights

The Scots Magazine - - Sound Of Scotland -

THIS col­umn can only ever pro­vide a snap­shot of what’s go­ing on in the pubs and venues of Scot­land’s towns and cities in any given month – but even by that stan­dard, this month’s col­umn is par­tic­u­larly eclec­tic.

Whether you’re into clas­si­cal, Amer­i­cana, techno or clas­sic rock, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one to look for­ward to this Oc­to­ber.

Run­ning from Oc­to­ber 3-7, Glas­gow Amer­i­cana is a five-day, multi-venue cel­e­bra­tion of roots, blues, singer-song­writ­ers and coun­try mu­sic. Aus­tralian-born UK Amer­i­cana Artist of the Year Emily Barker (Oran Mor, 4th) is the big­gest treat on a bill which also fea­tures Kim­mie Rhodes and Ben­nett Wil­son Poole – plus mat­inée shows from Nathan Bell and a line-up cu­rated by Glas­gow pro­mot­ers Hazy Rec­ol­lec­tions.

Mean­while in Ayr­shire, the Cum­nock Tryst re­turns for a fifth con­sec­u­tive year (4th-7th). Cre­ated and run by em­i­nent com­poser Sir James Macmil­lan, the fes­ti­val trans­forms his home town into a hub of clas­si­cal tal­ent.

The world premiere of Macmil­lan’s new ora­to­rio All The Hills and Vales Along (Cum­nock Old Church, 6th), based around words by Aberdeen-born war poet Charles Hamil­ton Sor­ley and com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War, is the high­light. The town will also host clas­si­cally-trained Mer­cury Prize nom­i­nee C Dun­can, English tenor Ian Bostridge with Ital­ian-dutch pi­anist Saskia Giorgini and a spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Na­tional Youth Or­ches­tras of Scot­land Jazz Fu­tures and the dis­abil­ity-in­clu­sive Dig­i­tal Or­ches­tra.

The Spree Fes­ti­val (12th-20th) is fast be­com­ing the cen­tre­piece of Pais­ley’s cul­tural cal­en­dar, with mu­sic, com­edy, talks and chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment.

This year’s line-up fea­tures Black Sab­bath gui­tarist Tony Iommi in con­ver­sa­tion, along with per­for­mances from Martha Reeves and the Van­del­las, The Orb, Gang of Four, Scot­tish su­per­group Big Minds (fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Big Coun­try and Sim­ple Minds) and the Lon­don African Gospel Choir per­form­ing Paul Si­mon’s Grace­land.

Scot­tish in­die legends Ai­dan Mof­fat and RM Hub­bert, who re­leased their col­lab­o­ra­tive al­bum Here Lies The Body ear­lier this year, are my own per­sonal high­lights of a re­ally strong pro­gramme.

The world’s only all-fe­male Bruce Spring­steen cover band The She Street Band re­turn to Glas­gow on their first UK tour, pop­ping up at the city’s new­est venue The Great East­ern on Oc­to­ber 9. Formed af­ter bassist Jody Ors­born at­tended a life-chang­ing Wem­b­ley con­cert in 2016, the seven-piece bring just as much fun to their live shows as their name­sakes, but with an all-girl twist.

Scot­tish rock­ers Hunter And The Bear con­clude a UK

Hunter And The Bear

Ai­dan Mof­fat and RM Hub­bert

The She Street Band

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