CELTIC CONNECTIONS is on from 14th-31st January


You’re thinking folk and fiddle but I’m thinking of so much more. Edith Bowman is hosting The Quay Sessions so if you want it live, raw and unplugged check out: www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tickets. Think of the event as Glasgow’s Celtic answer to the Fringe and with that in mind choose three events – at least one’s got to be good and the rest are still the food of love. www.celticconnections.com is where it’s at.



Last chance saloon for some Turner culture at the Tramway. Whether it’s to admire or pour scorn on the entries for the 2015 Turner Prize before the whole shebang blasts the 400 miles back to London get yourself down there, stand and stare, tilt your head and say, ‘hmmm’.

We won’t spoil it by telling you who won (although the picture above of Assemble is something of a giveaway) so go and find out for yourself. Just do it before closing time on Sunday. On at the Tramway, Albert Drive, Glasgow until Jan 17.



Some of the content might be a tad heavy for a Thursday night out, but Rakia Wilson– aka Angel Haze – isn’t one to keep her thoughts to herself. The New York-based rapper drops into the O2 ABC for the only Scottish date of her UK tour, three years after being nominated for the BBC Sound of 2013. Thursday, Jan 14th.






Say hello to Barron Von Rockula for one night only. Steve Steinman’s musical mixes comedy with rock music and, naturally, the undead. Throw in what the show’s website describes as “pyrotechnics to blow your mind” and you’re pretty much guaranteed a bloody good night out. See what we did there?

Edinburgh Playhouse,18–22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Jan 17 only


ice hockey

Ice hockey – a sport as violent as it is thrilling and as passionate as it is cold. Never checked out Fighting on Ice? Then get down to Murrayfield Ice Rink on Sunday as Edinburgh Capitals take on Kilmarnock Storms in the Scottish National League. It might just change your life, but more likely it will leave you a bit shivery and ready for a scrap. Murrayfield Ice Rink, 13 Riversdale Crescent.

JONATHAN GIBBS – LIFE IS BUT A DREAM,Open Eye Gallery FREE until Jan 25.

In the Room by Jonathan Gibbs

Jonathan Gibbs’s 2016 solo exhibition is a selection of work inspired by his sabbatical leave from his role as programme director at Edinburgh College of Art last year. Within this time Gibbs studied riverine literature, songs, and imagery as well as travelling to Italy, India, and Norfolk to further his practice. Whilst in Venice, Gibbs paid great attention to Jacopo de’ Barbari’s woodblocks, used for his infamous ‘Map of Venice’, which inspired Gibbs to start working on a larger scale.

Known for his distinctive approach to illustration through printmaking, this exhibition includes a range of woodcuts with new paintings on mahogany, canvas or oak, and additional pencil drawings. The exhibition is titled ‘Life is But a Dream’ after the largest and most ambitious work in the exhibition, consisting of a woodcut over 4 meters long; a direct response to the children’s nursery rhyme ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’. The original bloc used for creation will also be on display in the gallery.

It’s proper art and creativity so don’t let the man down!