Tom Russell, Cecil Sharp House, London

He may be more Tom Lehrer than Cormac McCarthy – but the American singer-songrwriter is an effective chronicler of life on the Tex-Mex border

Small talk: Louisa Young

How would you earn your living if you had to give up writing? I’d be an undertaker. I’m good at being calm and kind

Tom Jones, Union Chapel, London

His new album casts him as a gospel-blues singer, a seeker after divine truth, but can he pull off the biblical gravitas act on stage?