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The best rock, pop, folk and jazz

Celtic Connections With Capercaillie’s Donald Shaw taking over at the helm, the remit to cross-pollinate and unsubtly twist the very definition of what is ‘celtic’ to make way for even more excellent music from around the globe is as revered as ever. Kicking off this issue with the likes of Robyn Hitchcock (with REM’s Mike Buck in tow), Mary Chapin Carpenter and the massive opening concert, Hands Across the Water, featuring a huge bill including Flook, banjo star Alison Brown (pictured), Americana specialists Beth Neilson Champan and Jim Lauderdale, Ireland’s Altan and local heroes Capercailie, these three shows are an indication of what’s to come: an impatient and varied bill of new faces, renowned crowd pleasers and new collaborations. Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 17 Jan-Sun 4 Feb. (Folk, Rock & Pop) Read preview

Zero Degrees of Separation ABC, Glasgow, Tue 16 Jan (Rock & Pop)

Joanna Newsom More than just this winsome filly and her harp, the beef of the Northern Sinfonia, giving her gentle tunes some truly spectral backing. City Halls, Glasgow, Sun 14 Jan. (Rock & Pop) Read preview

Gay Against You, The Elegies and Frightened Rabbit A trio of bands specialising in their own distinctive brands of rambunctiousness, from national grid sapping electro riots to messy acoustic looped weirdness. Nice’n’Sleazy, Glasgow, Thu 11 Jan. (Rock & Pop)

Cathie Rae and Angela Jackson A fine paring of jazz singers, each with their own distinctive style backed by a trio of local players. Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Thu 11 Jan. (Jazz)

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