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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, October 18 to Thursday, October 24

By Kyle Walker

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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 magical movie music, wool runnings, and a multi-instrumentalist who makes his own...

1 ROLL up, roll up – a show featuring some of the biggest songs in cinema based around The Greatest Showman is travelling around the north this weekend.

The Greatest Show and The Greatest Movie Show arrives at Thurso’s Royal British Legion on Friday night, before dates at the Mercure Hotel, Inverness on Saturday and Elgin Town Hall on Sunday with a showcase of cinema’s greatest hits – with Time of Your Life, Mamma Mia and What a Feeling among the songs.

For more information about the show, or to book tickets for any of the performances, go to www.northhighlandevents.co.uk

2 A DOUBLE bill of dance bangers is lined up at Elgin Town Hall on Saturday, with beats for all the family.

A Kids Rave from Love Rara at 2pm offers kids a party with a real club vibe and DJing from Digital Love, while Cream Classics at 8pm offers dance fans the chance to party under the banner of one of the world’s most iconic clubbing brands.

For more information, or to book tickets for either show, go to www.elgintownhall.co.uk

3 KNITFEST is back for another weekend, and this year it’s going wool throttle to offer everything the knitting enthusiast could need.

Having started yesterday (Thursday), the events carry on at Inverness Leisure through until Sunday, with a wide variety of vendors and workshops to get everything warmed up for winter.

For a full list of what’s on, or to book tickets to any of the days/workshops, go to www.lochnessknitfest.com

4 HAILING from the north west coast of British Columbia in Canada, the Dancers of Damelahamid bring their performance to Findhorn next week.

The indigenous dance company bring their rich history of masked dance to the Universal Hall on Wednesday for a performance that celebrates the diversity and depth of the many indigenous cultures across Canada.

The performance begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £12 (£10 concession, £8 under-16s). Go to www.universalhall.co.uk

5 ECLECTIC and inventive singer/songwriter Thomas Truax returns to the Market Bar on Monday, bringing his menagerie of homemade musical instruments along for the ride.

The American-born artist arrives in Inverness for a concert at 10.30pm, with his trusty sidekicks Mother Superior, the Hornicator and his whole library of songs.

The gig starts at 10.30pm and entry is free. For more info, go to www.thomastruax.com

6 A HALLOWEEN-themed Hot Jam club night is offering up shocks and rockabilly at Mad Hatters this weekend.

Saturday night sees rock ‘n’ roll shocked back to life by live band Cherry Red ’53, with vinyl DJ support from Rosco Smith and guest Allan Lauder.

The Hot Jams start blasting from 9.30pm, and entry is free. For more info, search Hot Jam on Facebook.

7 BRITTANY-raised blues is set for the Tooth and Claw this Saturday when prodigal guitarist Felix Rabin arrives for a special matinee show.

The young guitarist – now based in Switzerland – returns to Inverness from 2pm for a showcase of just what he can do – his first visit to the Highlands after his supporting slot for Wishbone Ash at the Ironworks in 2018.

Tickets cost £8. For more information, go to www.felixrabin.com

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