Soweto Spiritual Singers: The Return

Soweto Spiritual Singers: The Return

The Soweto Spiritual Singers are at the Fringe with two shows, this later one at the Assembly Rooms called The Return, is an uplifting and enjoyable hour of African spirituality.The South African singers and musicians put on a show that is full of energy and African culture... 

Beethoven in Stalingrad

Beethoven in Stalingrad

War is a constant in our lives; a part of the combined human experience that while intensely distressing seems an integral and inherent aspect of what it is to be human. Most of us will never fight or experience war beyond what you read and hear on the news, but Beethoven in Stalingrad is a piece of theatre that brings you close to the mindset of a soldier living his final days... 

Blues! Roots of the Blues

Blues! Roots of the Blues

Toby Mottershead presents an excellent selection of blues tracks in a 50 minute display of musical talent in the SpaceTriplex venue on Nicolson Square. The show is a superb exhibition of differing styles of the early blues and is a joy to watch, with Mottershead as at ease on stage as he is playing the music you hear... 

Skeptics on the Fringe 2015

Skeptics on the Fringe 2015

Skeptics on the Fringe, a free show in the belly of Banshee Labyrinth, is a daily show based around the more general theme of science, rationality and logic. The talks vary day to day, and the quality is likely to be mixed, but watching a man talk about the cognitive abilities of chimps with the background of whether you can put a chimpanzee on trial is an excellent way to spend an evening away from the comedy and theatre grassroots of the Fringe... 

A Beggar for a Miracle: A Fan’s Life in Football

A Beggar for a Miracle: A Fan’s Life in Football

This was a talk for the footballing purist – a no-frills, brief chat with two of the footballing world’s most renowned authors. Taking place at St Andrew’s and St George’s West, the talk included Tom Maxwell, author of the critically acclaimed The Lone Rangers: An English Club’s Century in Scottish Football, and Ron Ferguson, author of what was dubbed “the best Scottish football book ever”, Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil... 

Charlotte Green: The News is Read

Charlotte Green: The News is Read

Listening to Charlotte Green talk for an hour on any subject is an enjoyable way to spend any afternoon, but hearing her talk about her long and distinguished career as a newsreader for the BBC is definitely one of life’s great pleasures... 

The Blues Brothers – Live

The Blues Brothers – Live

If you’re looking for an enjoyable, happy-go-lucky hour of rhythm and blues entertainment, then look no further than this show. The Blues Brothers: Live! is an excellent, toe-tapping night of music, with every member of the cast and backing-band excelling at what they do... 

Classical Guitar – Jonathan Prag

Classical Guitar – Jonathan Prag

If you like classical guitar and want to escape the bustling madness that is the Mile at 1pm in the middle of the Fringe, then you are going to enjoy Jonathan Prag’s hour long recital... 

Nina Simone: Soul Sessions

Nina Simone: Soul Sessions

“Gospel is the music of the soul” says Apphia Campbell midway through her romp into the music of Nina Simone. With a voice echoing the very same heart and soul of gospel music which Nina Simone has come to personify, Campbell’s performance is a powerful and captivating journey through her and Simone’s life... 

At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads

I was the only one watching this show, and what a mistake the hordes of people outside on Victoria Street made. Modern Robot, consisting of guitarist Ben Singer and drummer Phil, provides an astonishingly powerful exhibition of musical talent... 

Guitar Multiverse

Guitar Multiverse

Declan Zapala is one hell of a talented guitarist. If you imagine that Nick Drake and Jimi Hendrix had a love-child, taught it to play classical guitar and do whatever he felt would sound great, that’s essentially the skill level of Zapala... 

Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship

Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship

When you sit down for a show named as ridiculously as Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship, you should be ready for the surreal. KBS, a show put on by Manchester comedian Fat Roland, certainly lives up to that billing... 

Strange Face – Adventures With a Lost Nick Drake Recording

Strange Face – Adventures With a Lost Nick Drake Recording

Music has a way of providing the most honest portrait of a person, be it someone listening to an opera in the Royal Albert Hall or someone moshing in the belly of Bannerman’s, music always manages to discover the most intimate aspects of anyone...