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5 feelgood things to do in Inverness this weekend


By Margaret Chrystall

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This week, there are lots of great events around the weekend too! And the first two will force music-lovers to make a difficult choice ...

Rock out or settle back for indie gold ...

1 Steve Steinman Vampires Rock – Ghost Train tonight (Thursday, February 16 at 7.30pm) is a guaranteed night of 25 rock classics in its 20th year. The star, Steve, is returning with what he believes is an incredible cast of singers, dancers and musicians. The full-on energetic thriller has a tongue-in-cheek and laugh out loud storyline. Limited seats on this one, many single in the stalls, but couples? Only in first and second circles!

Tickets: https://eden-court.co.uk/event/steve-steinmans-vampires-rock-ghost-train

Nina Persson and James Yorkston.
Nina Persson and James Yorkston.

2 Tae Sup Wi A Fifer is also one of those nights to remember (Thursday, February 16 at 7.45pm (note time!) as it's a very special line-up for this latest in musician James Yorkston's long-running series of intimate shows with an ever-changing group of artists on tour. Now, it returns to Eden Court with an impressive selection of talent. James is joined by Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Carrbridge indie-folk singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni, Philip Selway of Radiohead and Shetland storyteller and comedian Marjolein Robertson – all hosted by Fifer James.

Philip Selway of Radiohead.
Philip Selway of Radiohead.

Tickets : https://eden-court.co.uk/event/tae-sup-wi-a-fifer-on-tour-1

Metal to the max ...

3 Metal 2 The Masses returns to the city's Tooth & Claw (Saturday, February 18) for the Inverness heat (others in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Kirkcaldy) with four bands up for your enjoyment and judgment – Bloodsun, Puppy Kickers, Aklias and Under-Volt. M2TM is the BLOODSTOCK festival’s annual, grassroots-supporting scheme offering unsigned and DIY bands the chance of being part of the festival experience – and a great way to track down the best breaking metal bands across the UK. So judge for yourself ...

Tickets: https://tickets-scotland.com/booking.html?booking_method=bookunreserved&booking_event_id=a84ccfcb-9732-11ed-9a83-06a7f13f5e4c

DJ X.
DJ X.

Feed your soul ...

4 Kick back and treat yourself to some of the great soul sounds at Soul Night with DJ X at the Beaufort Hotel (Saturday February 18, 8pm to midnight) in the safe hands and guided by the impeccable taste of DJ X who will be playing all the classic soul tracks he can fit in! Featuring the music of Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Booker T & The MGs, Jackie Wilson, Ike & Tina Turner and many more, the ticket price includes a voucher for your choice from – a pint of lager, cider, small wine or soft drink. Over 18s only and with limited seating available. But who needs to think about that with your dancing shoes on! The DJ reveals he might be starting the night with favourite Dancing In The Street. But will it be Bowie and Jagger – or the Martha Reeves version? Be there early to find out ...

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soul-night-inverness-tickets-507464659457?aff=ALLEVENTS

Brandon's got the keys, he's got the secret (... to country, folk and Scottish heaven)

5 This is the get-your-tickets-early warning for this week as it's already going well for award-winning accordionist and singer from Caithness, Brandon McPhee, who is back at Eden Court (on Wednesday, February 22 at 7.30pm), With his five-piece band, Brandon's show is a variety of songs and tunes, his favourites and others requested by people coming to the show. It is always a great mix of Scottish, country and folk music, and a few surprises as well. And Brandon showcases the vocals of talented band members Manson Grant and Geoff McCook. Brandon recorded a single with Ireland’s own Foster and Allen – Walking On The Waves, which reached number one in the Joyce Ramgatie – the gospel and country music singer's radio airplay chart. And he has continued to develop his recording, songwriting – and relationship working for the Royal Family.

Tickets: https://tickets.eden-court.co.uk/Online/mapSelect.asp?doWork::WSmap::loadMap=Load&createBO::WSmap=1&BOparam::WSmap::loadMap::performance_ids=4C5D0BD3-6BA0-4050-B990-49965F2C33C2&returnTo

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