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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, January 31 to Thursday, February 6


By Margaret Chrystall


Every week What's On North offers up seven top choices from across the north of of all the exciting things to check out. This week's picks include an international classical pianist, the thrilling magic of Britain's Got Talent's Ben Hart and London band Derange's 'metal madness and subtle beauty'!

1 The 100th Monkey swing into the Market Bar, Inverness, from 10.30pm, on Friday, January 31. Playing original contemporary rock and pop, the Inverness-based five-piece band will have support from three-strong Lucid Liars. Details: www.facebook.com/marketbar.inverness Hear them below:

2 Derange’s Scotland tour hits the Tooth and Claw, Inverness, on Friday, January 31, doors 7.30pm (10.30pm finish). The London five-piece’s music is described as blending tech-influenced alternative-metal with a strong sense of cinema and video game-influenced imagery. Catch Derange below:

They create a sonic mix of angst and diversity, described as “a perfect blend of metal madness and subtle beauty”.They are supported on the night by Fight The Raptor, Distance Between Us and Aklias.

More info – and how to buy the £6 tickets: www.facebook.com/thetoothandclawinverness

Torridon co-founder Kenny Smith.
Torridon co-founder Kenny Smith.

3 Six-piece Highland-based folk rock band Torridon will play with The Chosen Lonely aka Stephen Barclay at the Ironworks’ Burns Night Special, on Saturday, February 1. It’s the first date on Torridon’s tour for album Breaking The Chains which contains songs such as live favourite Highland Girl and a couple of the songs, such as Lighthouse and Take A Little Time, where the band look at the problems of maintaining male mental health in the face of modern pressures. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets are £15. Info: www.ironworksvenue.com/event/torridon-4

Sold on Soul will perform at Elgin Town Hall on Saturday, February 1.
Sold on Soul will perform at Elgin Town Hall on Saturday, February 1.

4 Raising money for Moray branch of Unicef, 13-piece band Sold On Soul (pictured above) play Elgin Town Hall on Saturday, February 1. The part-time but professional quality musicians have the reputation for knowing how to get a party started,andplaying classic hits from Sam & Dave, Edwin Starr, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and many more. The show is on from 8.30pm to midnight. Tickets £12.50. Details: www.elgintownhall.co.uk/events/sold-on-soul

Pianist Minkyu Kim.
Pianist Minkyu Kim.

5 Minkyu Kim (pictured above) will perform a piano recital at Inverness Town House, on Monday, February 3. Award-winning Minkyu was born in South Korea in 1995, studying piano at Seoul National University. He has performed piano concertos with the Scottish Ensemble and Royal Scottish National Orchestra and attends the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on a scholarship. See him play with the Scottish Ensemble below:

The concert – which will include works by Lizst, including En rêve – Nocturne, S. 207, also Bagatelle sans tonalité, S. 216a, plus Beethoven and Sihoo – starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 (under 18), £17 (adults). More info: www.invernesspianorecitals.com

Andrew Still of The Galipaygos. Picture: Callum Mackay
Andrew Still of The Galipaygos. Picture: Callum Mackay

6 Inverness singer-songwriter Andrew Still (pictured top left) – who also appears as mainman in The Galipaygos – will play a set at the Market Bar, Inverness, on Tuesday, February 4 and his free gig will start at 10.30pm. More info: www.facebook.com/marketbar.inverness

Ben Hart. Picture: Adam Robertson
Ben Hart. Picture: Adam Robertson

7 Ben Hart was a Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist coming third on the show, now embarking on his debut solo tour.

His show starts at 8pm at Eden Court, Inverness, on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 4 and 5. Tickets range from £16 to £39. For more info: eden-court.co.uk/event/ben-hart-wonder

Check out Angela Spence's full what's on listings for February: https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/lifestyle/focus-on-january-2020-188014/



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