Nova Scotia swings into Biggar tonight (Saturday)

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The Nova Scotia Jazz Band is coming to Biggar this Saturday, November 14, to present a concert of uplifting and swinging Dixieland jazz guaranteed to leave the audience smiling.

This Scottish jazz band is firmly in the tradition of the swinging Dixieland groups led by Eddie Condon, Alex Walsh and Muggsy Spanier.

Featuring the world class trumpet of Colin Steele, the banjo and guitar wizardry of Ross Milligan, the genuinely swinging string bass of Andy Sharkey and the clarinet and saxophones and vocals of John Burgess, the NSJB offers a fresh take on the classic jazz style.

Since 2009 the band have released six CDs and have appeared at Glastonbury and noted jazz festivals throughout Britain, as well as playing concerts all over the UK with their special guests.

Their recordings are acclaimed in the jazz world, and their sixth CD ‘Shake It and Break It’ is available now.

In 2011 the NSJB won their first award as ‘Best Early Jazz Band’ in the Scottish Jazz Awards and 2012 saw the debut appearance by the NSJB on the silver screen, appropriately enough as the travelling Dixieland band in the TWS film ‘The Happy Lands’.

This toe-tapping jazz concert is part of Biggar Music Club’s winter season and will take place in the Municipal Hall, High Street, Biggar, at 8pm.

An invitation is extended to everyone - tickets cost £11, and will be available at the door; Students and accompanied children are free.

For further information about the night or the club contact the secretary, Margaret Filshie, tel: 01899 220 119, or visit the website,

After more than fifty years since the very first recital, Biggar music continues to provide top class musicians and many diverse genres of music to Biggar, enhancing the cultural spirit of the town and the surrounding villages in South Lanarkshire.

Subscription membership of Biggar Music also offers half-price entry to the Music in Lanark concerts.