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It’s November, that post-Halloween/pre-holiday season frenzy when there’s almost too much to do. Where to go? What to do? What to get your hard-to-buy-for aunt? Everything is kicking off, but how to sort it?
We decided to showcase unique events going on around the UK, the ones that might not spring to mind when considering the holiday run-up. You’ll find everything from classical music to a murmuration.
1.The Carrying Streams Festival
If you’re in Edinburgh and you love trad music and hearing new originals on the scene, this festival is a must. Various events throughout November, Edinburgh.
2. Moscow Drug Club
“Moscow Drug Club are a curious musical place where elements of Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, French Musette and Storytelling meet.” November 9, Bradworthy.
3. Scots Fiddle Festival
It’s back with a stunning line up of performers and instructors. Of equal interest to fiddle players and those who simply want to listen. November 15-17, Edinburgh.
4. No. 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra
How fantastic is the mere existence of a Ladies Accordion Orchestra? Catch them in Edinburgh, St. Vincent’s Chapel, November 9.
5. Georgie Fame
Jazz, rhythm and blues from a legend. “With his much loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become an icon of the British music scene.” November 17, Glasgow.
17 November 2019 – Katona Twins (guitar duo)
2 February 2020 – Frith Piano Quartet
8 March 2020 – Lara Melda (piano)
19 April 2020 – Emmanuel Bach (violin) & Jenny Stern (piano)
17 May 2020 – Solem String Quartet
7. Singing Workshop with Frankie Armstrong
Fancy making music yourself rather than simply listening? Look no further.
8. DD Day 2019
Fan of electronica? Make your own electric storm. Check out these workshops, “inspired by electronic pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), the woman behind the Dr. Who theme.” Workshops for all ages and experience levels. November 23, Manchester.
9. Lewes New School Theatre
A series of theatrical performances, no two alike. It’s a lot fit into one month and everyone should be able to find something that they like. Various dates throughout November, Lewes.
10. The LAUGHeasy – a night of comedy inspired by the early 1900s
Try something new, including an improvised murder mystery. November 14, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
11. Untamed Burlesque
The name says it all really. November 9, Plymouth.
Be a flock of starlings in murmuration on the grounds of Torre Abbey. “For half an hour you will move alongside a large group of people following gentle prompts, inspiration and instruction through your silent disco headset.” November 9t, Torquay
13. St Andrew’s Day Tea Dance with The Swing Sensation Big Tea Set
Swing, tea, and something stronger if you fancy bringing it along. November 30, Kircaldy.
14. Made In Scotland – Festive Party Night
Scottish food, Scottish entertainment. November 30, Symington.
15. 40 Years of Wine, with Alan Nordberg
“In this special evening of tasting – and more than a touch of reminiscence – Alan will guide you through a range of delicious tastes, specially chosen from his encyclopedic knowledge of the last four decades of the wine business.” November 21s, Bath
So many incredible things to do. If you didn’t find your ideal event or gift on this list, explore Brown Paper Tickets.Arts >
The Fringe Festival is about to unleash its unique brand of creative madness on Scotland’s capital. It has grown into such a phenomenon with so many people and so many events. The Fringe catalogue is big enough to make a deadly weapon (or at least a highly effective doorstop).
But this year, let’s take a look at our neighbour to the west.
Glasgow, just a 45-minute train ride from Edinburgh, has a vibrant arts scene and is an especially fine place for live music. If you want a respite from the pedestrian traffic of mid-August Edinburgh, or simply want to explore more of what Glasgow has to offer, start with events on Brown Paper Tickets.
Glasgow Food and Drink
Mono is a great venue-restaurant at King’s Court. They have an in-house independent record store called Monorail Music, and, if you thought it couldn’t get more awesome, they’re a vegan café and bar who have developed a grand reputation since opening in 2002.
For the Mono Beer Festival, they are teaming up with Williams Brothers brewing to bring, as they’ve put it:
“A full day of the best and freshest beers on offer, curated by the pros behind the scenes at Williams. With the best beer garden in the city, a dedicated food menu and outdoor BBQ and a full entertainment line up with Mono’s historically awesome flair, this will be one of the best ways to use a beautiful August weekend.”
Full details to be announced. It’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
Music and Dance Events
Shoot Your Shot celebrates its 5th birthday August 3rd at The Poetry Club, 100 Eastvale Place. They are delighted to feature DJ CORMAC. As this is a club, it has a minimum age of 18. You’ll want to be prepared to have a good time and dance the night away. For a sample of the vibe, visit Shoot Your Shot’s soundcloud page.
Not into clubbing? No worries! An alternative choice for August 3rd, there’s this excellent wee gig at The Old Hai. Starting at 20:00, this line-up is delightfully diverse in sound. From the samples online, Spinning Coin reminded us of The Smiths and Snout has wonderful harmonies and a unique ‘glam-tinged folk’ sound. Tarantula is a surprising whirlpool of riffing electric sounds, and of course there’s Stuart McIntosh DJ to end the night.
Dipping even more into the folk and bluegrass scene, if you have a hankering for Americana, this gig is for you. August 22nd at 20:00 at Stereo, another fine vegan café and bar (and their building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh). Read up on them here.
The Other Favorites are a duo made of Carson McKee and Josh Turner. The gained fame on YouTube and are known for their tight harmonies and string playing. You can see all their videos here on Josh Turner’s YouTube channel.
Joining will be Reina del Cid – “a singer songwriter and leader of the eponymous folk rock band based in Minnesota.” Also YouTube famous, you can find all her videos here. For this show, she is on tour with Toni Lindgren and they’ll present an acoustic set which they’re taking across the US and Europe.
We don’t have much information (the name is intriguing enough), but if you know the band or want to try something new, why not give it a go?
Frustrated by current politics? Tired of the news? Experience catharsis with some heavy metal music. There’s always something happening at Nice N Sleazy and August 3rd is going to be one loud evening of fun. If you’ve not been to Nice N Sleazy before it’s a staple of the Glasgow social scene, a venue/restaurant/bar and a good friend to the indie and live music. Check them out here and follow the event link above for details and Bandcamp info.
Not so into loud music? If you’re looking for calmer activities, we may have just the thing.
Miscellaneous Events in Glasgow
Want to learn about Sociocracy? Here is the definition on Wikipedia: “Sociocracy, also known as dynamic governance, is a system of governance which seeks to achieve solutions that create harmonious social environments as well as productive organizations and businesses. It is distinguished by the use of consent rather than majority voting in decision-making, and decision-making after discussion by people who know each other.”
This intriguing event will set you on a path towards expertise where Sociocracy is concerned. It takes place August 3rd starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Clyde Community Hall. Please note, this is a Gift Share Event but there is an attending deposit.
For the ultimate in a relaxing and rewarding experience, consider this decluttering workshop with Dr. Zem Moffat. End your summer and begin your fall with a freshly organized space, whether it’s your home, office, or garage. It takes place Aug 31, 2019 at the Queens Park and Govanhill Parish Church. You can find more information on the process and testimonials on Dr. Zem’s website.
Honourable Mentions . . .
There are two magic shows going on in Glasgow; they’re both sold out, but we couldn’t leave them out.
Mr. Davidson is entirely sold out for all his shows. We’re sad for those missing out, but good for you, Mr. Davidson.
There are still tickets left for Billy Reid’s shows from September onwards, just in case you fancy some close-up magic and “the most beautiful card trick in the world.”
These August events are just a smattering of what Glasgow has to offer. Don’t take our word for it though, take a day and see for yourself.Arts >