A POPULAR TV cop is set to perform in a concert with a live orchestra in Glasgow. 

Blythe Duff, known for her role as DI Jackie Reid in Taggart, will join traditional musicians to read poetry inspired by Scotland's folklore tales.

The East Kilbride-born actress, 59, started out attending the Scottish Youth Theatre and Community Theatre in Glasgow before taking on the 20-year role in the acclaimed crime drama. 

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She recently starred as Professor Minerva McGonagall onstage in Harry Potter in the Cursed Child. 

Her latest venture, Tales of the Tribe, will highlight Scotland's mythical creatures and history through poetry, specially written by Scottish poets Meg Bateman, Christine De Luca, Peter MacKay, and Tom Pow.

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The recital will be accompanied by a performance from traditional musicians Phil Cunningham, Julie Fowlis, Megan Henderson, Michael McGoldrick and the internationally acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. 

They will perform a soundtrack composed and arranged by the orchestra’s director, saxophonist Tommy Smith.

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He said: “Scotland’s traditions are full of fascinating stories that capture the imaginations of people of all ages.

“I wanted to present these tales in a way that made strong use of Scotland’s musical heritage as well as the narratives to present the characters and creatures realistically while appealing to families and lovers of traditional music and big band jazz alike.

“The traditional musicians we’re working with are among the leaders in their field. 

"They are incredibly skilful, and we’ll be highlighting their skills and spontaneity on accordion, whistle, fiddle, flute and more to create a natural bond between traditional music and jazz.”  

Tales of the Tribe is coming to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on May 12.