RockTalk Gig Guide
*** Scots alt-rockers The Filthy Tongues are in Courier Country on Thursday.
The Edinburgh three-piece play Dunfermline’s PJ Molloys virtually 12 months on from their last appearance at Canmore Street, but a planned Dundee gig as part of their latest Scottish tour’s been postponed. Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly had been due to play Beat Generator on Sunday following a show at the capital’s Voodoo Rooms tomorrow, but that’s been put back to March 21.
It’s been a relatively quiet spell for the Tongues with the trio devoting most of their energies so far this year to the live return of their original band Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. Frontman Metcalfe’s also been dabbling in performance art-rock as part of Shamanic — which has also involved drummer Kelly — along with various other collaborations.
The big news for fans is they’ve released a banging new single Mummy Can’t Drive, a full-on rocker originally recorded with the Shirley Manson-fronted Angelfish in 1993/94 and a departure from the widescreen goth-blues found on the albums Jacob’s Ladder (2016) and Back To Hell (2018). Backing vocals come from Marie-Claire Lee, aka Seil Lien, who’s also in the reformed Mackenzies.
The Tongues launched their four-date tour in Aberdeen last night. Glasgow’s Oran Mor next Friday follows the Fife gig (tickets £14 via ticketweb.co.uk).
*** Folk legend Martin Simpson plays aboard HMS Unicorn in Victoria Dock next Friday.
The masterful slide guitarist has recorded 21 solo albums since 1976, including Special Agent, Prodigal Son and True Stories, and has also worked with the likes of June Tabor, Wu Man and Andy Cutting.
Readers of Acoustic Guitar magazine voted Lincolnshire-born Martin, 66, 12th in the world in 2005 and he’s had 23 Radio 2 Folk Awards nominations, including nine-in-a-row for best artist, with two wins. Tickets £15 via frigateunicorn.org
*** It’s back to the electronic ‘80s at Clarks tomorrow.
The Lindsay Street venue has synth exponents Party Fears Three, who recreate New Romantic classics using modern technology. Formed a decade ago, PFT have played Linlithgow’s Party at the Palace and they’ve also been joined on stage by Ultravox drummer Warren Cann and ex-Human League personnel.
Hits by the likes of OMD, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Bowie and Tears For Fears all feature. Tickets £8 from the venue, Grouchos and Assai in Dundee and Eventbrite.
*** Tomorrow’s big Green Hotel gig is John Fogerty tribute Creedence Clearwater Review.
Fronted by Dale Taylor, the Cambridge-based country rock outfit’s two-hour set includes all the Creedence classics, including Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising and Who’ll Stop The Rain, Fogerty solo efforts — think Hot Rod Heart and Rockin’ All Over The World — and standards such as I Heard It Through The Grapevine and Susie Q.
Kinross tickets £23.60 via Ticketweb.
*** Dunfermline’s PJ Molloys hosts Edinburgh-based Blondie tribute Dirty Harry tomorrow.
The five-piece is led by Debbie lookalike Dr Sarah Kennedy, who scoured Gumtree to recruit her band in early 2011. They’re being supported by Rab Watson-fronted Fife punks Troops Of Tomorrow, who’ve been covering material by the likes of Buzzcocks, The Damned, SLF, The Clash and Sham 69 since the late-’70s. Tickets £11.25 via Ticketweb.
*** There’s a feast for metal and hard rock fans at Conroy’s Basement.
Eden Noon-fronted Dundee rockers Immortal Omen top tomorrow’s bill after replacing fellow riff exponents Houdini Said No who split up last month. They’re joined by Highland headbangers King Kobalt and local noiseniks Howlett, whose Confidently Mediocre EP’s making waves on Spotify. It’s pay at the door.
*** Prog tribute StillMarillion land at Beat Generator tomorrow.
Featuring Martin Jakubski who’s sung in original Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery’s band, the Edinburgh five-piece focus on their heroes’ classic years when they were fronted by Dalkeith extrovert Fish. Tickets £11.50 via Grouchos and Tickets Scotland.
*** Symphonic pop homage ELO Beatles Beyond hit Green Hotel next Friday.
Their set reprises the big hits penned by Jeff Lynne and Paul McCartney, not forgetting songs by Wings, Travelling Wilburys, The Move and others. Tickets £21.50 via Ticketweb.
*** Prog behemoths Mad Made Origin and Solar Sons join alt-psych rockers Siiamese at Conroy’s tonight. Tickets £6 via Eventbrite or £7 at the door.
*** Local hopefuls Pete Smith & The Troublemakers, Ruvellas, Medinas, After Party and Blush hit Church tonight. Admission’s £6.
*** Ringer play an extended Beatles covers set at Clarks on Sunday from 3pm. Tickets £8 from the venue, Grouchos and Assai.
*** Legendary funksters Average White Band have moved Thursday’s Perth Concert Hall gig to May 10.
*** Cherry Bombz play regular haunts McDaniels, Powrie Bar and Harlequins this weekend.
*** Number 57 has hits from Chain Gang tomorrow and Bedrock’s open jam on Sunday.