Tubular Bells For Two

Tubular Bells For Two

Two Aussie blokes (Daniel Holdsworth and Tom Bamford) juggle over 20 instruments in a spellbinding performance of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells For Two - a show that is a multi-award-winning sell-out hit at festivals and theatres around the world. 

Martin Carthy

Martin Carthy

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers far beyond the folk scene... 

Julie Fowlis

Julie Fowlis

Julie Fowlis’s exquisite voice, interpretation of Scottish Gaelic culture and ability to bring folk music out of the past and into the contemporary are what make her a multi award-winning star... 

Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis & Dénes Várjon

Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis & Dénes Várjon

Three of today’s most admired musicians – each an international soloist in his own right, and with a long history of accomplished chamber performances together – bring the 2017 Queen’s Hall concerts to a touchingly Romantic close... 

Venera Gimadieva & Pavel Nebolsin

Venera Gimadieva & Pavel Nebolsin

Songs and piano music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glière, Vlasov and Vasilenko. One of the most exciting new voices in Russia, young lyric soprano Venera Gimadieva has bewitched audiences at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, London’s Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and throughout the world with her compelling musical personality and her astonishingly expressive vocal artistry... 

Playing Politics – The Last Hurrah

Playing Politics – The Last Hurrah

Wicked musical comedy from the political parody specialists, singing truth to power for their ninth (and final) Fringe year and raising their game with a one-off, full-length extravaganza targeting Bolsheviks and Brexiteers, neocons and nationalists, Tories, tabloids and Trump... 

Iestyn Davies sings Bach 2

Iestyn Davies sings Bach 2

Iestyn Davies joins legendary British period-performance ensemble the Academy of Ancient Music for the second of two International Festival concerts celebrating the solo countertenor cantatas by Bach... 

Moishe's Bagel

Moishe's Bagel

Moishe’s Bagel are a thrilling mix of klezmer, folk and jazz. Stunning original compositions meet sublime traditional melodies, backed up by infectious foot-stomping grooves. This virtuoso band (fiddle, accordion, piano, bass and percussion), featuring some of Scotland’s finest musicians, will be joined for this concert by some very special guests... 

Trio Zimmermann

Trio Zimmermann

Trio Zimmermann is a remarkable chamber group: three performers – violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra – who are revered international soloists in their own right, and who together have reinvigorated the string trio as a musical form... 

Scotland's Wild Heart

Scotland's Wild Heart

Folk traditions meet orchestral grandeur in this audio-visual spectacular. A world-class ensemble led by award-winning composer/pianist Donald Shaw (Capercaillie) features the cream of Scotland’s musicians, including Patsy Reid (fiddle), Michael McGoldrick (flute and pipes), Sorren MacLean (guitars), James MacKintosh (percussion) and a handpicked string section led by Grit orchestrator Greg Lawson (fiddle)... 

Iestyn Davies sings Bach 1

Iestyn Davies sings Bach 1

With his vocal finesse, his flawless tone and the disarming directness of his performances, English countertenor Iestyn Davies is one of today’s true vocal stars, both on the opera stage and in the concert hall... 

Bert Inspired – A Tribute to Bert Jansch

Bert Inspired – A Tribute to Bert Jansch

Since bursting onto the music scene at Edinburgh's legendary Howff club, Bert's unique style of folk, blues and jazz has inspired generations of genre-defining musicians. Tonight we gather his colleagues including Jacqui McShee of Pentangle with Mike Piggott, Steve Tilston, Bernard Butler, and fans Ben Watt, Karine Polwart and Alasdair Roberts, and Bert's original guitar teacher and national treasure, Archie Fisher, to perform music that shaped Bert and the songs that he has left us as an ever-resonating legacy. 

Joshua Bell & Dénes Várjon

Joshua Bell & Dénes Várjon

Joshua Bell is quite simply a musical phenomenon – not only one of the world’s great violin soloists, but also a respected chamber musician and an accomplished orchestra director... 

I Fagiolini

I Fagiolini

Music from Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spiritual (1640), including music by Monteverdi, Palestrina, Frescobaldi, Giovanni Gabrieli, Viadana, and Donati One of Britain’s true choral treasures, chamber vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, under dynamic director Robert Hollingworth are as famed for the vibrant theatricality of their performances as they are for their serious scholarship and matchless musicality... 

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Headed by acclaimed international soloist Alina Ibragimova, the Chiaroscuro Quartet is one of today’s most respected period-instrument chamber groups, famed for its fiery, unforgettable performances of galvanising energy... 

Benjamin Appl & Pavel Kolesnikov

Benjamin Appl & Pavel Kolesnikov

Charismatic, perceptive, and performing with a striking identification with his songs, young German baritone Benjamin Appl has been hailed as one of the finest of his generation of Lieder singers – for his seductive expressiveness, his honeyed voice and his astonishing balance of power and sensitivity... 

Blazin' Fiddles

Blazin' Fiddles

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Since the 90s, no other band has managed to capture the excitement and passion of Scottish music. With a Blazers' performance comes the rare opportunity to hear regional expressions, from Scotland’s Highlands and islands, and the individual style of each fiddler, Inverness’s Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan and Orcadian Kristan Harvey, in a blend of ensemble and solo sets... 

François Leleux & Eric Le Sage

François Leleux & Eric Le Sage

François Leleux is a remarkable musician, undeniably the finest oboist of his generation, and an astonishingly expressive, charismatic player. He combines a distinctively dramatic sound with a sparkling, sly wit... 

Andreas Haefliger

Andreas Haefliger

Vivid musical picture-painting lies at the heart of this typically wide-ranging recital from Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger, famed worldwide for his searching insights and his pianistic power – and following his memorable performance of Beethoven’s mighty ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata at the 2013 International Festival... 

The Light Comes Back

The Light Comes Back

Scottish poet and playwright Liz Lochhead collaborates with Dundee indie-pop band The Hazey Janes centering on the poem The Optimistic Sound that Lochhead composed in memory of her great friend, the Scottish songwriter Michael Marra... 

René Pape & Camillo Radicke

René Pape & Camillo Radicke

With an astonishingly rich, powerful voice, German singer René Pape is one of the world’s leading basses, as subtly nuanced in his singing as he is commanding in his vocal energy... 

RANT

RANT

Four fiddles: one beautiful sound! Herald Angel award winners for outstanding performance across all the Edinburgh Festivals, Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from Shetland and two from the Highlands... 

Gringolts Quartet

Gringolts Quartet

Led by international violin soloist Ilya Gringolts, the Gringolts Quartet has dazzled audiences from Salzburg to London’s Wigmore Hall with its remarkable technical prowess and its raw, radiant, revealing accounts of music old and new... 

Seong-Jin Cho

Seong-Jin Cho

Aged just 23, South Korean Seong-Jin Cho has already been hailed as one of pianism’s true greats, following his victory at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition – whose illustrious previous winners include Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Yundi Li... 

Karen Cargill & Simon Lepper

Karen Cargill & Simon Lepper

Much-loved Scottish mezzo soprano Karen Cargill is a powerful Wagnerian with a voice that can fill the Met or Covent Garden. Equally she brings tenderness and poetry to her captivating concert recitals... 

Mikhail Pletnev

Mikhail Pletnev

Compelling conductor, virtuoso pianist and respected musical thinker, Mikhail Pletnev is an extraordinary all-round musician – and celebrated for his many exceptional past performances at the International Festival... 

Karine Polwart Trio

Karine Polwart Trio

Karine Polwart is one of Scotland’s finest voices with ‘an unflinching social eye’ (Observer). She returns to play a rare intimate trio show at The Queen’s Hall. Four-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, twice for Best Original Song, her most recent album, Traces, was shortlisted for both Scottish Album of the Year and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Album of the Year... 

Apollon Musagète Quartet

Apollon Musagète Quartet

Polish foursome the Apollon Musagète Quartet have been hailed as one of the most exciting young quartets on the planet – winners of numerous international awards; BBC New Generation Artists from 2012 to 2014; and with performances from Paris to Vienna, Beijing to Vancouver conveying their lively, fresh, energetic style... 

Henning Wehn: Westphalia is Not an Option

Henning Wehn: Westphalia is Not an Option

You know you've made it as a comedian when you can include an interval and encore in your Edinburgh Fringe show. This year Henning Wehn is afforded these luxuries and he shows how he can draw big crowds during an entertaining if uneven routine... 

Christian Tetzlaff & Leif Ove Andsnes

Christian Tetzlaff & Leif Ove Andsnes

Two of today’s most accomplished soloists with a typically wide-ranging, distinctively individual recital. After more than two decades performing together, German violinist Christian Tetzlaff and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes – both widely admired for their immaculate, intensely communicative playing – have a deeply felt, instinctive musical understanding... 

Dunedin Consort

Dunedin Consort

Edinburgh’s own Dunedin Consort, under scholar and charismatic director John Butt, is fast becoming one of the UK’s most respected early music groups, renowned for its vivid, passionate performances that crackle with energy... 

Chris Difford and Kathryn Williams

Chris Difford and Kathryn Williams

Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to music with hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junction, Labelled With Love, Hourglass and Tempted... 

Niteworks and Inyal

Niteworks and Inyal

Niteworks are Ruairidh Graham, Allan MacDonald, Christopher Nicolson and Innes Strachan. Formed on the Isle of Skye, they fuse Gaelic language and traditional music with electronic influences to create a unique and exhilarating sound... 

Capercaillie

Capercaillie

Capercaillie have long ranked in the very top echelon of contemporary Celtic acts, illuminating the timeless allure of ancient traditions within today’s global musical context. ‘The most vibrant and exciting band in the field of Celtic music’ (Billboard). 

King Creosote

King Creosote

Fife’s Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote, has become one of Scotland's most acclaimed and prolific singer-songwriters: a squeezebox Casanova and a seafaring pop heart-breaker whose voice leaves gentle devastation in its wake... 

Settin’ the Woods on Fire: The Songs of Hank Williams

Settin’ the Woods on Fire: The Songs of Hank Williams

One of Scotland’s best-loved troubadours with his hit show, singing some of his favourite songs by the Hillbilly Shakespeare. The Celtabilly Allstars are some of Scotland’s finest musicians – ace double bassist Kevin McGuire, guitar maestro Stuart Nisbet plus singer Sheila Henderson and fiddler Bryan Gear from Shetland... 

Paul Simon Treatment

Paul Simon Treatment

A scintillating 13-piece live band, featuring percussion and brass sections and fronted by Stu Goodall pay reverence to the songs of Paul Simon with an explosive show. Much anticipated after their sell out performance at the Festival Fringe three years ago, PST are back with a live show that promises to be spectacular... 

The Barra MacNeils

The Barra MacNeils

Canada's Celtic ambassadors! Celebrating three decades in 2016, Cape Breton-based family group the Barra MacNeils have been thrilling audiences of all ages with their sparkling repertoire, vocals, instrumental prowess and vibrant showmanship... 

Eric Bogle in Concert

Eric Bogle in Concert

Born just down the road in Peebles one dark, stormy night in 1944, Eric's path through life since has been a bit of a twisty one. Somehow, he ended up in Australia, where he’s lived for the past 47 years and, more by accident than design, he's become an internationally known, respected songwriter, much to everyone’s surprise, not least his own... 

Treacherous Orchestra

Treacherous Orchestra

Winners of the BBC Alba Album of the Year Trad Music Award 2015, Treacherous Orchestra are a powerful force in Scottish music. A huge, 11-strong folk big band that delivers epic, incendiary live performances night after night. 

Blazin' Fiddles

Blazin' Fiddles

Undoubtedly one of the world's most prolific fiddle groups, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once. With a Blazin' Fiddles performance comes the rare opportunity to hear the regional expressions from Scotland's Highlands and Islands and the individual style from each fiddler, in a blend of ensemble and solo sets... 

Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire and Honeyblood

Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire and Honeyblood

A band defiantly in the classic mould, RHLF have been lauded for their compelling and darkly anthemic sound. Led by Hart’s distinctive voice and songwriting, the band create a vivid sonic landscape that has seen them perform across the UK and US... 

Brubeck: the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Brubeck: the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Brubeck: an incredible jazz legacy. The familiar opening bars of Take Five were the soundtrack to sixties swing and mid-20th century cool. The tune, composed by saxophonist Paul Desmond, made Dave Brubeck a household name... 

Rura

Rura

Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards, Rura are ‘one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene’ (Songlines). With their second album, 2015's Despite the Dark, Rura have reinforced their reputation as one of Scotland's most powerful folk-based bands... 

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

The bagpipe is about as intrinsically Scottish as you can get. It’s up there with haggis and whisky and for good reason. As a born-and-bred Edinburg-her I can vouch that you’re never far from being able to hear their cacophonous (and admittedly at times acerbic) tones... 

An Evening of Ryan Adams With Easy Tigers

An Evening of Ryan Adams With Easy Tigers

A brief introduction to Ryan Adams for the uninitiated - he’s a rock/country singer from Carolina who’s released a new album every year or two since the turn of the century; some of them truly fantastic... 

The Peatbog Faeries

The Peatbog Faeries

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, they bring Celtic dance music into the 21st century, from jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. A true flavour of traditional Scottish music with high octane Celtic dance music... 

The Chair

The Chair

The Chair on stage is an experience that will have even the most reserved audience beating a path to the dance floor. Melodies from the band's native Orkney are mashed up with blues, dub and klezmer in an eight-piece riot of fiddles, banjo, accordion, guitar and drums... 

The Dougie MacLean Project

The Dougie MacLean Project

The Fringe premiere of Scotland's leading singer/songwriter's latest project following his performance at Glasgow's Commonwealth Games closing ceremony and the release of Till Tomorrow album... 

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt

Angie Darcy returns to the fringe with her stellar tribute to and exploration of Janis Joplin. More than just a tribute concert, Janis Joplin: Full Tilt is a provocative blend of concert and theatre that examines Joplin’s troubled life and interlaces the brilliantly performed songs with provocative spoken word from Joplin to form a mini biography... 

Camille O'Sullivan – Brel

Camille O'Sullivan – Brel

The ‘Queen of the Fringe’ (BBC) returns to Edinburgh for five nights only, performing the mesmeric, passionate and poetic songs of Jacques Brel – master of emotional storytelling in song... 

Alba: Songs of Scotland

Alba: Songs of Scotland

Join the internationally acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, director Tommy Smith, and special guest Eddi Reader as together, they richly reimagine Scotland through uplifting music, beautiful new arrangements, and a truly unmistakable Scottish voice... 

Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY!

Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY!

The same show as last year? Well, not exactly. After a year on the road it's become a humdinger of an evening. Enjoy two hours of Teutonic jolliness (including an interval) in magnificent splendour... 

Richard Thompson in Concert

Richard Thompson in Concert

Critically acclaimed prolific songwriter, Ivor Novello Award winner, recipient of BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award and named one of Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 20 Guitarists of All Time for his acoustic and electric virtuosity... 

Justin Currie

Justin Currie

Del Amitri front man and solo artist in his own right with 14 top 40 singles and four top 40 albums, Currie's latest Lower Reaches shows the singer/songwriter at the peak of his powers... 

The Chair

The Chair

Following their astonishing 2013 Fringe debut, Orkney Islands award-winning, barnstorming, dance floor filling, whirlwind of a band return to The Queen's Hall. Blending the traditional music of their native islands with a myriad of other influences including rock, jazz, zydeco and klezmer (to name but four)... 

Withered Hand

Withered Hand

Edinburgh’s Dan Willson returns to The Queen’s Hall for his annual Fringe mega-gig with a shipping crateful of excellent reviews for his amazing second album New Gods. Expect more extra special guests! ‘King Creosote, Eugene Kelly and members of Belle and Sebastian bring deep-pile, micro-orchestration to the sardonic, wistful, always finely wrought songs 4/5’ (Mojo)... 

RM Hubbert with Emma Pollock

RM Hubbert with Emma Pollock

Scottish Album of the Year award winner RM Hubbert is joined by former Delgado and Chemikal Underground labelmate Emma Pollock for this unmissable solo/duo double-bill. 'Emotionally gripping' (Mojo)... 

Rachel Sermanni

Rachel Sermanni

There’s certainly more than a touch of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl to 22-year-old Rachel Sermanni: the floaty blue dress, the bare feet, the frequent tipping of toes. There’s real character to her set though, both in her amusing, relaxed exchanges with the audience and in her dark, tangled folk songs... 

Far, Far From Ypres

Far, Far From Ypres

This remarkable show features WW1 songs, poems and stories from a Scottish perspective. After this year's sell-out performance at Glasgow Concert Hall, Celtic Connections Director, Donald Shaw said: ‘Brilliant! Everyone should see this’... 

Battlefield Band

Battlefield Band

One of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music. Their seamless fusion of the ancient and contemporary continually evolves, confirming their position as vital composers and interpreters at the forefront of a living tradition... 

Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock

Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock

Two of Scotland’s greatest jazz artists, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock, team up for this unique late night Fringe show they'll perform 100% unplugged in the beautiful acoustic of The Queen's Hall... 

King Creosote

King Creosote

In January 2014, Mercury Music Award nominee Kenny Anderson (AKA King Creosote) completed his first ever film soundtrack for Virginia Heath's poetic documentary, From Scotland With Love... 

Meursault and Plastic Animals

Meursault and Plastic Animals

In cahoots with Edinburgh's most innovative record label Song, by Toad, we're presenting a night of our city's finest independent musical adventurers. Featuring Meursault, Plastic Animals and special guests TBC, this is the centre piece of Song, by Toad's Pale Imitation Festival and where you'll find the true spirit of the Fringe... 

Orkestra Del Sol

Orkestra Del Sol

Established Edinburgh favourites Orkestra del Sol present a show of Balkan-inspired brass and visual spectacle infused with a love of theatricality.The nine musicians on-stage are incredibly talented and make it look easy... 

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

From a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with The Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014, the past ten years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet - ever! Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning... 

Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart

‘One of the finest singer/songwriters in Britain’ **** (Guardian). Karine draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, the range and dynamism of her arrangements, all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance... 

Broken Records

Broken Records

A homecoming show for Edinburgh's Broken Records to celebrate the release of their eagerly anticipated third album. As well as a full performance featuring their new material and old favourites, the night opens with special musical guests curated by the band themselves and will be the best way to kickstart your 2014 Fringe... 

Dougie Maclean in Concert

Dougie Maclean in Concert

Dougie MacLean is Scotland's pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a ‘national musical treasure’ (Sing Out, USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, roots based songwriting and instrumental composition...