LONDON-based saxophonist Jon Shenoy brings his quartet, Draw by Four, to Scotland for three concerts in early May as part of a 21-date UK tour to mark the release of a new album. Entitled Framework, the album includes a suite composed in response to the work of the British painters Winifred Knights, JMW Turner and Gill Holloway and the group, which presents an updated take on the classic 1960s organ quartet format championed by Blue Note and Prestige Records, aims to attract new listeners to jazz through this marriage between music and visual art. They appear at the Butterfly & Pig, Glasgow on Wednesday, May 3; the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen on Thursday, May 4; and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh on Friday, May 5.
OKLAHOMA-born country singer-songwriter Carter Sampson, pictured, plays two Scottish dates on her latest UK tour. An independent spirit, Sampson began experimenting with sound as a hobby at the age of fifteen and has progressed into prize-winning songwriter and a performer who regularly averages two hundred and twenty gigs a year. She’s the founder and director of Oklahoma City’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, which partners with non-profit organisations to empower girls and women through music education and released her third studio recording, Wilder Side, in May last year. She appears at the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh on Monday, May 1 and the Admiral Bar, Glasgow on Wednesday, May 3.
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THE ANNUAL Northern Streams celebration of Scandinavia and Scottish traditions goes ahead in the Grassmarket Centre in Edinburgh from April 21 to 23. This year’s programme welcomes musicians from Finland to the event for the first time, with the Finnish-Norwegian fiddle-accordion-bass trio KLB and Finnish singer Elina Lappalainen joining guests including fiddle duo Eilidh Steel & Alice Thorsell, Norwegian dancer Reidun Berg, and Harta, a new group from Skye and Lochalsh featuring Christine Martin on nyckelharpa, Ross Calderwood on smallpipes, and Jack Evans on guitar, bouzouki, and whistles. As well as evening concerts on Friday and Saturday, a full programme of workshops in singing, dancing and various instruments takes place on Saturday during the day with an informal music session on Sunday afternoon bringing the weekend to a close.
THE CEILIDH Place in Ullapool continues its spring and summer music programme of bands making a big impression on the traditional music scene. Following Saturday's appearance by Tannara, who were shortlisted for the Up and Coming Artist of the Year title at the Scots Trad Music Awards last year, Glasgow-based quintet Imar play the Wester Ross venue on Wednesday, on the back of enthusiastic reviews for their debut album, Afterlight, which was released in February. The concerts begin at 8:30pm.