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MUSIC IN CONCERT FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2016


Book launch: ‘The Cultural Left and the Reagan Era’ UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN www.ucl.ac.uk January 14 Dr Nick Witham, lecturer in US Political History at the UCL Institute of the Americas, introduces his new book, which reviews the Presidency and policy of Ronald Reagan from the perspective of those on the left of the political spectrum.


Celtic Connections Various, Glasgow www.celticconnections.com January 14 to February 1 Scores of concerts with, well celtic connections, including many US art- ists. Highlights include Scot Gillebrìde MacMillan with New Hampshire-based Kyle Carey, and the recently announced ‘Bert Inspired: A Concert for Bert Jansch’ celebrating the life and music of the acoustic guitar genius, fronted by ex-Led Zep rock god Robert Plant in aid of the Bert Jansch Foundation, which works to support emerging acoustic musicians


Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 1QQ www.strawbear.org.uk January 15 to 17 A custom dating back to the late 19th Century saw a local man dressed up in a bear costume made of straw. Now revived, the festival has music, dancers and a host of activities.


NBA Global Games The O2, Peninsula Sq., London SE10 0DX www.theo2.co.uk


January 16


NBA returns to London’s O2 arena with a scintilating regular season game between Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors.


Burns Night January 25 Scots everywhere celebrate their national


poet with poetry, haggis and whiskey. The biggest celebration features nine days of music, theater, comedy, and more in the historic town of Dumfries from Jan 22 to 30 (www.bigburnssupper.com).


Aviemore Sled Dog Rally Glenmore Forest Park, Scotland siberianhuskyclub.org.uk January 23 to 24


1000 sled dogs and 250 mushers from far and wide gather for this famous sled race around Loch Morlich in Scotland.


Up Helly Aa Galley Shed, St Sunniva Street, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0HL www.uphellyaa.org January 26 This traditional Viking fi re festival features a torch-lit procession and culmi- nates in the burning of a replica longboat.


London A Cappella Festival www.londonacappellafestival.co.uk January 28 to 30 Groups from around the globe, including Naturally 7 and Home Free from the USA. Making their A Capella Festival debut on January 29th at Union Chapel, Naturally 7 have been a Youtube hit, and recently supported Michael Bublé’s World Tour. Home Free bring an infusion of Nashville and American Rock mixed in with their trademark country fl avor


Transatlantic Sessions Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX www.southbankcentre.co.uk February 1 The concerts that grew from the infl uential TV series celebrating Celtic and Americana music from both sides of the Pond. This year’s performers include Rhiannon Giddens, (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Scottish folk singer Karen Mathe- son, Ireland’s Cara Dillon and LA based duo The Milk Carton Kids.


FEATURING AWARD-WINNING MUSIC FROM E. MORRICONE, E. BERNSTEIN AND MORE


Saddle up for the show of a lifetime as the Royal Albert Hall brings together stunning,


ROYAL ALBERT HALL stirring


and spectacular


Western themes from the likes of John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, Dimitri Tiomkin and the legendary Ennio Morricone.


For the fi rst time in the UK, Western Music in Concert (March 11, 2016) will bring together all of Morricone’s best-loved Western themes – from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to Once Upon a Time in the West – along with stunning, Oscar- winning scores from the likes of The Magnifi cent Seven, Dances with Wolves and High Noon.


For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the concert at the world famous Royal Albert Hall, answer this simple question.


Many Western fi lms of the mid 1960s, directed by Italian fi lm-makers, earnt the nickname of ‘What’ Westerns? a) Spaghetti Westerns b) Meatball Westerns c) Pizza Westerns


How to Enter: Email your answer and contact details to theamerican@ blueedge.co.uk with WESTERN CONCERT in the subject line; or post to: WESTERN CONCERT, The American, Old Byre House, Millbrook Lane, East Knoyle, Salisbury SP3 6AW, UK; to arrive by mid-day February 29th. Only one entry per person per draw. The editor’s decision is fi nal. No cash alternative. You are responsible for any travel, accomodation or other expenses.


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