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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, October 11 to Thursday, October 17

By Margaret Chrystall

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Every week What's On North offers up seven top picks from across the north of Scotland for arts-lovers to feast on. This week's picks include Icelandic rock, a classical concert taking you to two venues and the story of an Antarctic explorer's vital role ...

1 Join LIZABETT RUSSO at Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness, on Friday, October 11. The Scottish singer-songwriter brings together her native traditions with elements of a spectrum of genres that include contemporary jazz, avant garde folk and world music. Her music merges Western folk music with Eastern European ideas and there is a dash of jazz – not to forget the singer’s spirit of fun. Lizabett will be accompanied by award-winning jazz guitarist Graeme Stephen. Tickets, at a price of £10/£6, are available from lytharts.org.uk/event/lizabett-russo

2 PEARL JAM UK come to the Ironworks, Inverness, on Saturday, October 12. The tribute band consists of five friends who all share a genuine love and respect for the influential American rock band. They will perform songs from the entire Pearl Jam back catalogue, and some covers – from artists such as Neil Young and The Who. Doors open 7pm, tickets £16.50 from 0871 789 4173. http://www.ironworksvenue.com/

3 HORSE McDONALD makes her debut at ‘one of her favourite places on the planet’ when she plays the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, on Saturday, October 12. It is the only Highland date for the singer-songwriter on her Flying Solo tour. It’s a rare ‘audience with’ performance, in intimate surroundings from the singer whose voice, both in story and song, takes the listener on a rollercoaster. Tickets for the gig – which starts at 8.30pm – are on sale at the Ceilidh Place. Call 01854 612103. https://www.theceilidhplace.com/

Horse McDonald in Ullapool. Picture: Kris Kisiak
Horse McDonald in Ullapool. Picture: Kris Kisiak

4 Drama SHACKLETON'S CARPENTER comes to Eden Court, Inverness on Tuesday, October 15 at 8pm, focusing on the story of Harry McNish, on Shackleton’s Endurance which sank in 1915 in Antarctica.Harry was a brilliant carpenter and shipwright whose skills played a vital role in saving the entire crew – and he stood up to Shackleton.Tickets £17 from eden-court.co.uk/event/shackletons-carpenter

5 The AFTERNOON OPEN MIC returns to the Market Bar, Inverness, on Sunday, October 13 from 4pm. No pre-booking is necessary – pop your name down from 3.30pm. Details: www.facebook/TheMarketBarInverness

Jonathan Cohen. Picture: Marco Borggreve
Jonathan Cohen. Picture: Marco Borggreve

6 SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE bring an original new way of hearing their music with Baroque: Talk Two to Eden Court and Inverness Cathedral on Thursday, October 17, from 7pm. Special guest collaborator is Jonathan Cohen, performing on harpsichord. The full programme is: Vivaldi Concerto Grosso Op 3, No 2, RV 578 in G minor; Corelli Violin Sonata Op 5, No 5 in G minor; Locatelli Concerto Grosso Op7, No 6 in E-flat major (l Pianto d’Arianna); Corelli Concerto Grosso Op 6, No 5 in B-flat major; Biber Rosary Sonata No 6 in C minor (The Agony In The Garden); and Locatelli Concerto Grosso Op 4 in C minor. Book online at http://bit.ly/2XZjR56, phone 01463 234234 or book in person at Eden Court. Details: https://scottishensemble.co.uk/

7 Big music from Icelandic three-piece VOLCANOVA, locals Monsters In The Ballroom, and a solo acoustic set from Noah Ramanan. Catch them at the Tooth and Claw, Inverness, on Thursday, October 17, from 7pm. Tickets £7. Details: www.thetoothandclaw.co.uk

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