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Bute quartet preparing to launch jazz season - and new album

Bute musical quartet Les Gitanes will be performing alongside an acclaimed musician to mark the launch of the island’s new jazz season.

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Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt, who performed at Trinity Church last Friday.

Concert season gets underway with Rothesay piano performance

The Bute Arts Society’s opening concert of its 2017-18 season was a success, with virtuoso pianist Daniel Lebhardt impressing with a wide-ranging performance.

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Melvin Benn launching his ReBalance plans with Lande Hekt from punk rock band Muncie Girls, PRS Foundation chief executive Vanessa Reed and Lucy Wood, also from Festival Republic.

VIDEO: Festival boss launches ReBalance scheme to get more girls into music industry

Girl power got a helping hand today when one of the world's biggest music promoters launched an initiative in to encourage more female UK led bands, solo acts and sound engineers.

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JJ Gilmour, who will perform at Craigmore Bowling Club this weekend.

JJ Gilmour will play in Rothesay as part of Transclyde Music schedule

A Scottish singer-songwriter who made his name with the Silencers will play at Craigmore Bowling Club this Saturday.

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Once more Into The Valley...

Once more Into The Valley...

We don’t want to take fans on a nostalgic trip back to 1977,” Richard Jobson said speaking of the Skids’ anniversary tour, when I caught up with him for a chat.

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Curtis channels Ol’ Blue Eyes

Curtis channels Ol’ Blue Eyes

The timeless cool of Frank Sinatra met the robust swing of the Count Basie Orchestra on the classic album, ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ and it has remained a beloved classic ever since, the perfect marriage of old-school pop and big band jazz.

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The Roxburgh Quartet perform at Rothesay Joint Campus tonight (February 17) at 7.30pm.

What’s On: The Roxburgh Quartet hit Rothesay stage tonight

Four-piece string ensemble, The Roxburgh Quartet, will be sure to wow its Rothesay audience tonight (Friday, February 17) at Rothesay Joint Campus.

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Ben Watt

Gig review: Ben Watt

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Bute Community Swing Band in action on Sunday afternoon in Rothesay's 292 Club.

Bute band swings into action

The island’s very own community swing band took to the stage of the 292 Club on Sunday for an afternoon of excellent entertainment.

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The Lewis Hamilton Band perform at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, February 4.

What’s On: Lewis Hamilton Band hit Bute this weekend

Taking to the stage at Craigmore Bowling Club tomorrow night (February 4) - and making a very welcome return to the island - is the Lewis Hamilton Band.

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The Lewis Hamilton Band play at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, February 4.

Lewis Hamilton Band head for Bute stage next weekend

Hitting the stage at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, February 4 is the Lewis Hamilton Band.

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Amy Macdonald releases her new album on February 17.

Amy Macdonald: I want to write songs that mean something

It was a very cheery Amy Macdonald that came on the phone when I grabbed her for a chat about her new upcoming album. But then, she has a lot to be happy about.

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Genovia Quartet in music workshop with Achievement Bute

The animal kingdom was brought to life on Saturday afternoon at Rothesay Joint Campus thanks to a four-piece bassoon ensemble.

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An unforgettable evening with the Bardic Trio

One concert-goer remarked that she’d “Never forget this evening” - a sentiment surely shared by all who attended Bardic Trio’s performance on Friday.

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Bute Community Swing Band in action in 2016 at the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.

Bute Swing Band ready to hit Rothesay stage

Bute Community Swing Band is hard at work in preparation for its first solo gig early next month in Rothesay.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry join the Celtic Connections line up next week.

Billy Bragg’s American obsession

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie. With his friend and collaborator, US singer songwriter Joe Henry, he has made an album that focuses on the transformative part the railroad played in disseminating the songs that gave birth to the rock’n’roll era.

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Sharron Griffiths, Jamie MacDougall, and Matthew McAllister will perform in Rothesay's Trinity Church tonight (January 20).

What’s on: Bardic Trio on Bute tonight

Bute Arts Society kicks off its 2017 programme tonight with Bardic Trio.

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Lydia Nellis, Robyn Horsburgh and Daniel McDermott will be performing in the Glasgow Tattoo which runs from January 19-21.

Bute performers in first-ever Glasgow Tattoo

The first-ever Glasgow Tattoo - which runs from January 19-21 - will feature three local faces among those taking part in the showcase of musicians and dancers from Scotland and beyond.

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Sharron Griffiths, Jamie MacDougall, and Matthew McAllister.

Bardic Trio ready for Bute stage

Bute Arts Society kicks off its 2017 programme next weekend with Bardic Trio.

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Strathspey and Surreal play Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Main Auditorium on January 23.

Brazilian beats to warm up Celtic crowd

For most cities, January is a time to bring normality back to life after the festivities of Christmas and New Year.

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