A not too ‘stuffy’ night at the opera

The Alvins: Dave and Phil play at Scott Street. Picture by Beth Herzhaft
The Alvins: Dave and Phil play at Scott Street. Picture by Beth Herzhaft

IT’S worth drifting farther afield for a night’s entertainment that brings popular operatic classics to life in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Scotland.

The concert is the brainchild of lawyer Aileen Marley, who lives in Giffnock and lost her father to pancreatic cancer a few years ago: she has already recorded a CD to raise money for the charity.

Also singing in the concert is 17-year-old soprano Suzanne Murphy, from Newton Mearns, and a 6th year pupil at Craigholme School in Pollokshields. The choir’s musical director, Mark Donnelly, head of Music at Craigholme School, will conduct the choir and host the concert.

A spokesman told Scene: “The concert is called A Night at the Opera — but none of the heavy stuff — so it features light operatic music such as Poor Wandering One and the Nun’s Chorus.

Thursday, October 30, in Bothwell Parish Church at 7pm. Tickets £7 on the door.

Meanwhile, the new band formed by brothers Jez and Andy Williams of The Doves comes to Glasgow this month on their debut tour.

Following the growing trend for offering an album single free to download, their debut track The Ship is available from blackriversofficial.com.

Catch them at King Tut’s this Saturday, October 25. Tickets from gigsinscotland.com

Over at the Art School, try to get tickets for Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.

The brother’s first collaborative album in 30 years has been lauded by pundits across all the cool music mags and forums and are touring with a full band, The Guilty Ones.

The Alvin brothers, who founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, have shared a fascination with Broonzy since childhood.

They are joined on some tracks by The Blasters pianist Gene Taylor. Check them out on davealvin.net

The Art School on Scott Street, Tuesday, October 28. Tickets £19.12.

Closer to home, The Eastwood Theatre is the venue for an Absolute Legends concert in aid of Cosgrove Care.Their promo promises songs by Robbie Williams, George Michael, Kylie Minogue and Elton John.

But tickets are selling fast. A spokesman for Cosgrove Care said: “We’d love to have a sell-out show and there are a small number of tickets left.”

Sunday, October 26, 7.15pm. Tickets £15. Eastwood Park Theatre box office 577 4970.