Musical treats

The Mill Sessions this month have a feast of not-to-be-missed riches from Ireland and Japan.

Hot on the heels of Ireland’s Eleanor McEvoy on September 15 (of “Only A Woman’s Heart” fame), September 20 brings the return of master Japanese violinist Masayuki Kino.

He will perform a programme of works including Kreisler, Falla, Khachaturian and Wieniawski.

Kino has had a long and illustrious career, including performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has won numerous awards, including the top prize and an Audience Award at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in London and received the award for exceptional salon music at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition. It is a rare treat to hear a virtuoso such as Kino in such an intimate setting and this will be a very special evening.

On September 21 is ODi, an Irish singer, songwriter and musician who blends elements of Joan Armatrading’s pathos, Beth Orton’s eye for the quirky and deep with a touch of Dido’s bedsit romance to produce her own unique, captivating sound.

ODi has toured extensively across the UK, Ireland and Europe and continues to win many fans and plaudits along the way. The gifted singer’s debut album, “Maslow’s Songbook”, was recorded with producer Karl Odlum. Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2 says of the album: “ODi’s debut is a lovely, lovely record.”

Both events are at 7.30pm in the Faed Gallery, the Mill on The Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet. Tickets £8, bookable in advance at the Mill (01557 814099).