Three gigs to look out for in the next few days:

Liane Carroll

Weir Bistro, Bridge of Weir. Sunday 9th.

On Sunday, singer and pianist Liane Carroll opens an intriguing new series of Supper Club concerts at the Weir Bar and Bistro in Bridge of Weir.

Here’s what the venue has to say about the season:

Our supper clubs will be giving local, regional and even national musicians a forum to perform. We’ll be offering our customers the opportunity to enjoy great live music accompanied by the quality food and drink of the Weir. All the supper club events will be held in the Weir Bistro and attendance will be limited to fifty people to allow you to get close to the performance

Lianne Carroll is an impressive start to the season, which continues with a performance by Stewart Forbes with the Mario Cafolla Trio on October 30th. Later in the year there are performances by Sophie Bancroft and by fiddler Simon Moran’s trio, so it looks as if the programme’s not going to be entirely jazz.

Tickets are £25. That might seem a lot, but the price gets you a four-course meal and cocktail as well as the concert. It starts at 6.30pm.

Tommy Smith’s Karma

Stereo. Monday 10th.

Final night of an eleven-date UK tour by Smith’s electric group, with Steve Hamilton on keyboards, Kevin Glasgow on bass guitar, and Alyn Cosker on drums. They’re at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh the night before.

Tickets are £12 and the gig starts at 7.30pm. You can book online.


The Griffin. Thursday 13th.

Paul Harrison (organ and electronics), Graeme Stephen (guitar and electronics) and Chris Wallace (drums). Three of Scotland’s top musicians. I haven’t yet heard them in this particular combination, but it should be good. Expect something other than a straightahead organ trio, I think. According to Rob Adams’ review of their album “On the Walk“, they have “a singular group identity that embraces spacious atmosphere building, teethy improvisation, precise punctuation and unashamed tunefulness.”

The band’s website says that the gig starts at 9pm, but there’s no mention of the price. The other gigs at The Griffin have been in the £8 to £10 range and I’d expect this one to be much the same.