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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, August 23 to Thursday, August 29


By Margaret Chrystall


Bad Actress perform Low Down And Dirty at the Ironworks ...

1 Bad Actress will play free at Mad Hatters, Inverness, on Friday, August 23, from 10pm to midnight.

The band says that with “a fist full of power chords and enough solos to make Angus Young sick of them”, they aim to entertain with electrifying live shows. If you fancy listening to their latest four-track EP Low Down N Dirty, head for Spotify. Details: https://www.hootanannyinverness.co.uk/

2 The Unravelling Wilburys have two north dates – at the Assembly Rooms in Wick, on Friday, August 23 and on Monday, August 26 at Nairn Community and Arts Centre. The Unravelling Wilburys say they are a band of good ol’ boys who turn their skills to replicating the sound and songs of the late 80s super-group The Travelling Wilburys – who were five of the greatest names in rock music history, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne of ELO. Details: http://www.unravellingwilburys.co.uk/

3 It is YOUR chance to be the star when Rock Karaoke returns to the Tooth and Claw, Inverness, on Friday, August 23, from 9pm till late. Details: https://www.thetoothandclaw.co.uk/

Cellist Hattie McGregor.
Cellist Hattie McGregor.
Violinist Molly McGregor.
Violinist Molly McGregor.

4 TWO talented local sisters will play at The Stables, Cromarty on Sunday, August 25. The Cromarty Arts Trust welcomes the two, Molly (18) and Hattie (16) McGregor, who grew up in Rosemarkie. They have both performed for the Highland Youth Orchestras and National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and now study at the Yehudi Menuhin School near Cobham, Surrey.The girls will play Bach, Paganini and Gliere at 4pm. Tickets: £13 (£11 conc) and children free. On the door or in advance at info@cromartyartstrust.org.uk / 01381 60035. Details: https://www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk/the-stables

Freddie Mercury featured in Queen tribute band at Eden Court.
Freddie Mercury featured in Queen tribute band at Eden Court.

5 Mercury: The Ultimate Queen Tribute comes to Eden Court in Inverness, on Wednesday, August 28 from 8pm.

Celebrating 20 years on the road this year, this theatre production tries to convey the charismatic appeal of rock’s most flamboyant frontman, faithfully and accurately recreating the distinctive Queen experience. Tickets from £16 to £24, details: www.eden-court.co.uk

The Merry Widow being performed by Opera Bohemia.
The Merry Widow being performed by Opera Bohemia.

6 Opera Bohemia presents The Merry Widow at Lossiemouth Town Hall, on Wednesday, August 28.

Opera Bohemia celebrates its 10th anniversary with one of the world’s best-loved operettas by Franz Lehár. Set in the romantic city of Paris, the opera sees various suitors assembling to squabble and fight to win the hand of the recently-widowed and very wealthy Hannah Glawari. The production – which also heads for Strathpeffer, Boat of Garten and Thurso next week – will showcase some of Scotland’s finest young professional talent, including Catriona Clark, Douglas Nairne, Marie Claire Breen and Andrew McTaggart. You can buy tickets from £17.60 at www.wegottickets.com/event/464140 Details: http://www.operabohemia.co.uk/

7 The Northern Meeting Piping Competition is held at Eden Court, Inverness, on Thursday and Friday, August 29 and 30 from 8.30am. The honours attached to the event attract pipers from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Europe and throughout Britain. Only around 100 competitors are selected to take part, with between 30 and 40 juniors. You can buy a two-day ticket by phoning 01463 234234. For more info, see www.piping.northern-meeting.org Details: http://piping.northern-meeting.org/

And for all the other events on in august, check this out: https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/lifestyle/whats-on-in-august-181154/



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