by Donald Makin

Dunfermline is alive with music this weekend with a few gigs to perk up the damp summer nights of July.

On Friday 24 July, at 9pm, Stella Reilly headlines a free acoustic gig at the Old Inn in the Maygate. With support from the great Deni Smith, whose new single Breakdown is out now, and Scott Gilbert, who is back with top new tune Neon Lights, this promises to be a great way to spend your Friday evening. Forbes will start off the night with his new material – think Jonny Cash- after spending a few months away writing. This is a stellar bill headlined by a singer songwriter who is on her way to big things and not to be missed. Over 18s and free entry.

After their great performances at Tiree and Bute musical festivals, ForeignFox return from the islands to headline PJ Molloys, Canmore Street on Saturday 25 July. One of the up and coming bands in Scotland, they have gone from strength to strength winning the chance to open Electric Fields and appearing on STV Glasgow on the Riverside Show. With new songs to preview, the band promise surprises at their gig and you are guaranteed a good night. Mona Lisas support- a band worth checking out- along with others. 9pm to late and £5 on the door.

Abbot House may be closing but the place plans to have music in its heart until doors close. On 26 July, Busk at the Hoose is on from 1pm and is an open afternoon of singer songwriters. Mirrored, Forbes, Amy Lou Rogers and more will be doing stripped back sets. It is suitable for all ages and free. Players are asked to be there by 12.45: it is open to all no matter what you play or what type music- just bring your instrument. The event is free and promises to be a good day!