Tommy Smith‘s high-powered electric band Karma (Steve Hamilton keyboards, Kevin Glasgow bass guitar, Alyn Cosker drums) have just started a short UK tour. Most of the dates are in Scotland and, admirably, they’re playing a number of dates in small rural venues as well as in big towns and cities.

The first concert in the tour was in Peebles last night, but there are still a fair number to come:

  • Dunoon, Burgh Hall. Sunday 17th March, 8.30pm
  • Tobermory, An Tobar. Tuesday 19th March, 8.30pm
  • Glasgow, CCA. Wednesday 20th March, 8pm
  • Dorking, Watermill Jazz. Thursday 21st March, 8.30pm
  • Colchester, Fleece Jazz. Friday 22nd March, 8pm
  • Edinburgh, The Jazz Bar. Friday 29th March, 9pm
  • New Galloway, The Cat Strand. 30th March, 7.30pm

That last gig should be particularly appealing to anyone who’s interested in both jazz and astronomy, as after it’s over you can head to the nearby Galloway Dark Sky Park to do some serious stargazing. Mind you, because it’s in Scotland the darkness of the sky is often down to the thick layer of grey cloud. Or if birdwatching’s more your thing, come down early and keep an eye open for the red kites. And if you are heading down for the concert, and don’t know the area, don’t be fooled by the Castle Douglas postal address: New Galloway is about 14 miles north of Castle Douglas, just off the A713 Ayr road.

Tickets for Wednesday’s CCA concert cost £14 (£10 concessions) and are available via the CCA website.