Barb Jungr - Stockport to Memphis

Barb Jungr - Stockport to Memphis

Touring behind her album of the same name, Stockport to Memphis tracks Barb Jungr’s metaphorical musical journey through the musical styles she finds compelling and inspiring. Often heralded for her ability to refashion folk classics, Stockport to Memphis is a show which takes full advantage of Jungr’s penchant for interpreting... 

The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

Drawing inspiration from Hitchcock's 1938 comedy thriller, The Lady Vanishes is the story of a young Englishwoman, Iris Henderson, touring Europe by train and the mysterious unexplained disappearance of her travelling companion, Miss Froy... 

Anything Goes - A Tribute to Cole Porter

Anything Goes - A Tribute to Cole Porter

The music of Cole Porter has always had a kind of mutability and magic to it. A highly successful songwriter for the Broadway stage in the twenties and thirties, Porter’s music has sustained its popularity even to today... 

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

In the familiar surroundings of their hometown venue, Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra showed why they have become one of the most respected ensembles of their kind in Europe... 

Blues

Blues

Performing under the simple show title ‘Blues,’ the Dana Dixon Blues Band want to be perfectly clear about what kind of music they’re performing. Looking at the band, however, you might get a slightly different impression, one that’s a little closer to the truth... 

Calotype

Calotype

Calotype photography was not very pretty. A technological triumph at the time of its introduction to the world in 1841, it produced two-tone blurry photographs that were revolutionary, yet remained very unclear representations... 

Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman

Over the course of his incredible career, Rick Wakeman has acquired a story or two. From recording with David Bowie to his extensive time as the keyboardist for progressive rock band Yes, Wakeman has had some unique experiences... 

Zor

Zor

While the dividing lines between some genres can be blurry and difficult to distinguish, crossing the wrong line can be painfully obvious. The task of finding a noticeable and satisfying way to combine musical styles can be frustrating and unrewarding... 

How to Occupy an Oil Rig

How to Occupy an Oil Rig

As a quick show of hands verifies at the beginning, not many of us have ever occupied anything - not even a measly shop or office building and especially not an oil rig. So what are us fledgling activists in the audience to do? Luckily, the cast of How to Occupy an Oil Rig is ready to explain... 

An  Organ Discovery Event for All the Family

An Organ Discovery Event for All the Family

Organs. They’re big, loud, beautiful instruments full of tin tubes and... well, what exactly is inside of them? Why do they sound so different from so many other instruments? An Organ Discovery Event for All the Family is a cute little show about a sleepy but inquisitive puppet named Pete and an organist (Brigitte Harris) with the answers to all his questions about the mysterious instrument... 

On the Line: Media

On the Line: Media

You shouldn’t believe everything that you read. Especially not what you see in fictional newspapers like The World of News from free Fringe show On the Line: Media. In this politically satirical show, a panel is assembled to discuss the authenticity and relevance of an article titled ‘Immigration Invasion’ published in that fake newspaper... 

Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts

Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts

Sir George Gilbert Scott designed a beautiful building in St Mary’s Cathedral and those in charge at St Mary’s have designed a lovely programme for the Fringe. Located slightly out of the city centre - near Haymarket station - the Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts series is the perfect place to get out of the bustle of the Festival and relax... 

Vanessa Knight

Vanessa Knight

With great loop pedal power, comes great loop pedal responsibility.The loop pedal is an incredible musical tool. It allows a single musician to do so much more than they should be able to do on their own... 

Island State

Island State

If you were stranded alone on a desert island, what would you want to take with you? Our answer to this question is often a good indication of what is most valuable to us. Pragmatic individuals might take the question literally, opting for survival gear, while those more sentimental might want personal items which remind them of home... 

Weird and Wonderful

Weird and Wonderful

It’s hard to know how to feel leaving Benjamin Bloom’s show. Named after his album, Weird and Wonderful shows that Bloom and his band are very much speaking about themselves. Obviously drawing influence from 70s/80s arena rockers like Queen and AC/DC, Bloom puts on a show that is completely incongruous with his band’s surroundings... 

John Hunt Four O'Clock Afternoon Blues and Swing

John Hunt Four O'Clock Afternoon Blues and Swing

Ian Rankin once described a John Hunt blues set like 'Seasick Steve in a science lab.' It's hard to articulate how perfect this description is for Hunt, who comes off like kind of a mad, wandering blues genius... 

On a Roll ... Again

On a Roll ... Again

It isn’t easy to cover classics, but Edinburgh based Americana and country band The Chilli Dogs have been accomplishing it for years. They play mostly covers of classic tunes by songwriters like Woody Guthrie, Fats Domino, Sam Baker, and many others... 

If Room Enough

If Room Enough

To refer to If Room Enough as an adaptation of the Tempest is risky. While it borrows the language, some character names and general plot details from Shakespeare's play, enough has been changed, condensed, and physically reframed to give it a vibrant life of its own... 

Beyond the Great American Songbook

Beyond the Great American Songbook

As with any canon, the Great American Songbook - the name given to the most important and influential American popular music of the twentieth century - is difficult to nail down. The range of material which it contains, chronologically and stylistically, is vast, and many people seem to restrict it to a rather narrow period of forty or fifty years... 

Kaleidescope

Kaleidescope

Raymond Spasovski is a wonderful pianist; it really is as simple as that. Performing concerts since the age of ten, Spasovski has been the recipient of awards far too numerous to list here... 

Blues Guitar Duo

Blues Guitar Duo

Andy McKay-Challen and Gavin Jack are the ‘Blues Guitar Duo’ you’re likely to find listed in your Fringe guide. Given the recent addition of a percussionist and the typical difficulty of identifying a band’s single genre, it’s much more helpful to refer to them as their proper band name here in Edinburgh - Hot Tin Roof... 

Baddies

Baddies

Hollywood has developed a formula for success. Heroes and villains act in specific ways that make them heroic and villainous and these actions have become predictable. In the real world, things are more complex... 

Soddin' Flodden

Soddin' Flodden

Set up in the theatre of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Soddin’ Flodden is, on its surface, a simple retelling of the events leading up to Flodden Field. Perhaps this sells it a bit too short, as it is told with charming music, energy and humour which make it one of the more enjoyable history lessons you’re likely to receive... 

Whale of a Time

Whale of a Time

My favourite part of the Fringe is getting the chance to find that one unexpected show which really blows you away. There are plenty of opportunities to catch the celebrities and big names you’ve always wanted to see, but finding that small show which makes you fall in love with it completely by surprise is where the Fringe’s real value lies... 

Richard Digance

Richard Digance

For fans of Richard Digance, his twenty-two show run at the Fringe is long overdue. In fact, as he told his audience the other night, he has never performed at the Fringe before. Considering his forty plus year career, it’s a rather remarkable fact... 

Peter Straker's Brel

Peter Straker's Brel

'I am not Jacques Brel,' Peter Straker playfully reminds the audience after his first song. However, with Straker's theatricality and a stage set up as Brel's dressing room, complete with assorted bottles of alcohol, one would be forgiven for forgetting that he was not the Belgian songwriter responsible for the wonderful music on display... 

Our Friends, The Enemy

Our Friends, The Enemy

The events surrounding the Christmas truce - which took place in 1914, during the first world war, on the Western Front - have long served as one of the most poignant reminders of the universal horror of war... 

Absolutely Free Live Music

Absolutely Free Live Music

Whistlebinkies really wants you to know they have free live music. The entrance is marked by a neon sign telling you there is free live music, the venue is adorned with posters showing the ever changing line-up of free live music and they have taken out a listing in the Fringe guide advertising their free live music... 

Cherry On Top

Cherry On Top

Cherry On Top’s programme states that 'humour in South Africa has been a great coping mechanism and a brilliant transitional tool for a formerly oppressed nation.' Therefore it is unsurprising, if not unimpressive, to find such concepts as suspicion, infidelity, and untimely death so confidently and successfully coupled with laughter in this South African play...