A couple of music-related New Year’s resolutions, for myself:

1. Seek out more global music and spend time diving into genres I’m not aware of yet. Sometimes the lack of familiar reference points can be a barrier to entry, but that only makes the reward even sweeter when it clicks with you.

2. Go to Jazz At The Lescar more often. Jez is one of the best bookers in Sheffield and it’s a fantastic night, with decent booze as well. I need to make the effort, even if the pub is on the other side of town.

3. Learn to do something musical, even though I’m seemingly tone deaf and my hand-eye coordination leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe I could sing in an amateur choir. A very amateur one.

4. Listen to every record ever put out by The Fall on consecutive days. But I said I’d do the same with Les Rallizes Dénudés and I didn’t last a week.

Stuart McCallum and Mike Walker
Wed 10 Jan | Lescar | £7
Marking five years of Wednesday night Jazz At The Lescar, during which time the night has become one of the most sought-after stopovers on the UK jazz circuit, guitarists McCallum (from the Cinematic Orchestra) and Walker (of Impossible Gentlemen) play expansive music in which electric and acoustic sounds delicately intertwine. Link

Sufi Singers – Live Qawwali Performance
Sat 13 Jan | Regather | £10
After several acclaimed performances at the venue in recent years, Shah e Maardan and friends return to the Sharrow co-op for a beautiful demonstration of devotional music from India. The night will also include a classical tabla set. Link

Piero Tucci Quartet: CANUK
Wed 17 Jan | Lescar | £7
Now resident in our city, pianist Piero Tucci invites old friends from Canada to join him for a virtuosic set of modern jazz. Players include Pete Turner on bass, Anthony Michelli on drums and tenor saxophonist Pete Turner – who has played with Tina Turner, no less. Link

Fri 19 Jan | Audacious | £5
No line-ups – this new night “for queers and freaks” relies on feverish word-of-mouth from those lucky enough to attend their debut in November. Get there early. Last time there were queues out the door to join in with this house, disco and Italo knees-up. Link

Rhiannon Scutt
Fri 19 Jan | Yellow Arch | £10
Rhiannon Scutt, formerly of local duo Rita Payne, launches her debut solo effort, #9, backed by Gregory S Davies, Ash Gray and Sarah Smout. Support from Robbie Thompson of The Buffalo Skinners. Link

Dub Shack meets Rebel Spirit Soundsystem
Sat 20 Jan | Yellow Arch | £4
You know it’s going to be good when you’ve got two major soundsystems packed into the intimate oasis of Yellow Arch Studios. Celebrating their first birthday are Sheffield crew Dub Shack, joining forces with Leeds lot Rebel Shack Soundsystem for a night of dub and roots. Link

Fri 26 Jan | Greystones | £7.70
Back in May’s Now Then, reviewer Tasha Franek described this Anglo-American pair as possessing “obvious musical chemistry, something that I can only imagine to be even more infectious live.” They’ve now got a chance to prove it, as they bring their sun-drenched Americana to The Greystones backroom. Link

DJ Stingray, Josey Rebelle, Mumdance, Sybil Jason
Fri 26 Jan | Hope Works | £10
Detroit’s electro wizard returns to the warehouse after closing out No Bounds Festival in spectacular fashion. Joining him are Rinse FM polymath Josey Rebelle, genre-crossing producer Mumdance, Haitian-American selector Sybil Jason making her Sheffield debut, plus loads of others, including Wire writer Aurora in Mesters. Link

The Destroyers & The Balkan Bandits
Fri 26 Jan | Yellow Arch | £11.10
Describing their music as “genre bending MegaFolk”, if you’re not familiar with the sound of this 13-piece posse from the West Midlands, then picture something like a rougher-edged take on Gogol Bordello. Joining them are Sheffield’s own wild party starters, The Balkan Bandits. Link

Mandolin Orange
Mon 29 Jan | Greystones | £16.50
Soulful bluegrass from the North Carolina couple of Andrew Martin and Emily Frantz, whose rich and melodic voices complement each other to a spooky degree of perfection. They’re touring their latest record, Blindfaller, which Rolling Stone named as one of 2016’s best. Link

The Great Yorkshire Show-Off
Sat 3 Feb | Walkley Community Centre | £11
A talent show of sorts, as Sheffield group the Balkan Bandits search for Yorkshire’s greatest show-off over three rounds of competition with pretty woolly criteria, with points awarded for costumes and self-expression. There’ll also be live music from the Bandits, plus Barnsley’s Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican. Link

The Wedding Present
Sat 3 Feb | The Leadmill | £19.80
Celebrating 30 years since early singles compilation Tommy, David Gedge’s gang return to Sheffield to treat us to more wryly comic takes on dating, breakups, unrequited love and the human condition – but mostly the first three. Link

Barely Legal
Sat 3 Feb | The Harley | £5
I first saw Barely Legal warming up for electronic veteran Four Tet at Tuesday Club and she more than held her own with a mix of garage, grime, house and bass music, all blended with an infectious sense of fun. This time the Rinse FM host is down the road and at the top of the bill. Link