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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, July 12 to Thursday, July 18

By Margaret Chrystall

American star Rachel Harrington comes to Eden Court, Inverness.
American star Rachel Harrington comes to Eden Court, Inverness.

1 THERE’S an action-packed few days with all kinds of music planned to light up your life free at Under Canvas at Eden Court, Inverness.

First up on Friday, July 12, it’s Fringe Friday acts from 7pm-8.30pm, followed by Karawane DJs with guest DJ Zoe Williams on from 8.30pm-11pm. For Saturday, there’s Belladrum Takeover Day giving as-yet-unveiled tasters of the festival from 12.30pm-10.30pm.

On Tuesday, Monster Trad Music Trail gets started from 5.30pm-7.30pm with Assynt featuring Graham Mackenzie from 8pm-10.30pm.

On Wednesday, Nairn singer-songwriter, fiddler and guitarist Mike Vass performs from 5.30pm-7.30pm, with Mairearad Green from Achiltibuie and Anna Massie from Fortrose playing from 8pm-10.30pm.

And on Thursday, Kim Richards plays from 5.30pm-7.30pm, while there is another chance to catch Assynt from 8pm-10.30pm.

Also, country fans should not miss the chance to see Americana star Rachel Harrington (pictured) at Eden Court on Thursday, July 18, from 7.30pm playing from her latest album Hush The Wild Horses.

There are also two more chances to catch Assynt in the area this week. First, they will be playing at Croy Village Hall on Thursday, July 11, then at Mey Hall Cottage, Caithness, on Friday, July 12.

Catch Rachel Harrington singing a cover of Ode To Billie Jo:

2 THERE’S a silent disco at Grantown East Heritage and Cultural Centre on Saturday, July 13, from 7pm until 11pm.

Tickets are available in advance for £8 or £10 on the door. For details: www.grantowneast.com

3 FORTE Productions will be presenting the return of jazz pianist Euan Stevenson who will be playing at the Mansefield Hotel, Elgin, on Thursday, July 18, at 7.30pm. Tickets for the first in a series of Forte events are on sale from the website www.forteproductions.co.uk or in person from Cathedral Windows, Elgin. Read the QnA with Euan under our website music section.

Spring Break play Mad Hatters.
Spring Break play Mad Hatters.

4 HIGHLAND hip hop specialists Spring Break are a psychedelic three-piece folk funk outfit incorporating scratching, beat-boxing and lucid lyricism. Catch them at Mad Hatters on Saturday, July 13, from 10.30pm. Resident DJ continues until 3am. Details: www.hootanannyinverness.co.uk

Here's Spring Break's Degenerative Eloquence:

5 TWO theatre experiences this week go from classic Noel Coward with Private Lives at Brodie Castle on Sunday, July 14, to the more out-there delights of The Moira Monologues from Alan Bissett at Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness, on Thursday, July 18. Heartbreak Productions present Private Lives at Brodie Castle from 7pm. Details: www.nts.org.uk

Brodie Castle and Alan Bissett’s one-man production featuring Moira – “the most charismatic character to appear on the Scottish stage in a decade” – is at Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness, at 8pm. Details: www.lytharts.org.uk

6 EDEN Court’s LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club is a free event for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, and intersex elders and allies, on Sunday, July 14, at 2pm.

There will be refreshments, music, people to meet and connect with – plus there’s the chance to dance! For info, contact Amy Watt on awatt@eden-court.co.uk or call 01463 732695.

7 THE Medicine Show Pop Up Festival launch put together by Medicine Show’s Rob Ellen will present Oregon songwriter, musician and record producer Pat Kearns at the Dores Inn on Saturday, July 13, at 7.30pm.

The special guest will be guitarist Hamish Roberts.

For the full July listings: https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/lifestyle/whats-on-in-july-179719/

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