The History of Jazz Piano

The History of Jazz Piano

Part lecture, part concert, Richard Michael takes us on a whistle-stop tour of jazz, from its humble beginnings in the tunes of Scott Joplin to the more experimental Dave Brubeck and all the masters in between... 

Late Night Gimp Fight

Late Night Gimp Fight

It begins in Kubrick fashion, with a giant gimp face in space accompanied by Strauss’ celebrated Also Sprach Zarathustra, implying the stratospheric status the gimps have achieved over the last few sell-out years at the Fringe... 

Maria, 1968

Maria, 1968

Maria, 1968 is a contemporary take on Romanticism – in all its forms. Ultimately, this is a play about friendship and love in cute, quirky fashion, set in a modern Bohemian world... 

Barb Jungr: Best of

Barb Jungr: Best of

What’s wrong with just singing the melody? This is the curse of the club-singer, exemplified by Barb Jungr. Every song becomes a vehicle for a technical display of vocal gymnastics that loses the essence of the original song... 

Stefan Warzycki - Bach and After

Stefan Warzycki - Bach and After

Warzycki proves that having a disability is no hindrance to virtuosic piano playing. Suffering from a debilitating neurological condition that has impaired the use of his right hand, for one night only he performed a difficult programme of pieces using just the left hand... 

The Macbeth Project

The Macbeth Project

The students performing this play take us through the drama wardrobe into a Shakespearean Narnia. Clearly influenced by Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, this is a musical which employs a play-within-a-play, loosely based on the plot of Macbeth... 

Main Street Blues

Main Street Blues

Shuffling grooves, wailing guitar solos and growling, whiskey-drenched vocals: This is Main Street Blues, who for one hour brought a slice of America to Scotland. Usually a three-piece band, they were joined by Ali Petrie on keyboard who assisted on their latest album... 

Big Value Comedy Show - Late

Big Value Comedy Show - Late

Let’s get the obvious joke out of the way first: this show is certainly value for money. Romesh Ranganathan was our host for the night – a confident and charismatic performer who rallied the audience with some light competitive spirit and quick-witted responses... 

The Harmonettes Go Into Orbit

The Harmonettes Go Into Orbit

The Harmonettes, an established female singing trio, transport us back to 1955 for a musical comedy starring ‘three crazy cat women in harmony’ that depicts the true meaning of friendship... 

Simple Matters

Simple Matters

Simple Matters is described as a clown act “without red noses” which is good news for anyone with a fear of freaky colourful faces.Hailing from America and prestigiously schooled in the art of clowning, the five strong cast are specialist technicians and very good at what they do... 

Sandy Brechin and Ewan Wilkinson

Sandy Brechin and Ewan Wilkinson

There’s a tight partnership between Scottish folk musicians Sandy Brechin and Ewan Wilkinson that is immediately apparent in this gig. As soon as it begins the banter and silliness start, the pair brimming with stories of being on tour... 

Fables Here and Then

Fables Here and Then

Every country has its fables and this production, originally written by David Feldshuh, brings together a collection of tales from around the world, both traditional and contemporary... 

The Comedy Zone

The Comedy Zone

You can often judge a comedian by their interactions with the audience. Of the four young comedians performing here, some faired better than others with an admittedly tough crowd.Our host Mark Smith arguably faired the worst... 

Big In Dubai!

Big In Dubai!

Two Brits, one Yank, one Arab and few laughs. These four comedians may be popular in their home of Dubai, but they need to improve if they wish to make it big at the competitive Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Caimh McDonnell: The Art of Conversation

Caimh McDonnell: The Art of Conversation

Caimh McDonnell’s (pronounced ‘Queeve’) opening gambit is a book of ice breaking questions, which provides the initial inspiration for his routine. The Art of Conversation is about lacking people skills and forcing small talk, which leads into some amusing anecdotes... 

The Indescribable Phenomenon

The Indescribable Phenomenon

Part séance, part magic show, part play, The Indescribable Phenomenon is performed beneath a Church for a suitably creepy atmosphere.Director Sophia Stocco has cleverly used physical theatre in her creative direction; her vision is a nightmarish, gothic version of the story of Anna Eva Fay, the first female stage spiritualist to be accepted into the Magic Circle... 

Four Corners: Mr McFall's Chamber with Special Guests

Four Corners: Mr McFall's Chamber with Special Guests

Mr McFall’s Chamber highlight an integral part of Scottish culture, proving there’s far more to folk music than twee tunes and the Braveheart soundtrack.The ‘Four Corners’ concert is a showcase of the work of four Scottish composers, each originating from different areas of Scotland and specialising in specific instruments: harp, piano, fiddle and pipes... 

Jazz Lunchtime, Jazz Dinnertime

Jazz Lunchtime, Jazz Dinnertime

Sat in the dark, coolly lit basement bar, listening to some jazz and propping up the bar, it’s strange to think it’s only lunchtime. I can’t help but feel I should be drinking something a little stronger than my tipple of choice: a cup of tea... 

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Wireless - Free

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Wireless - Free

With so much improvised comedy at the Fringe nowadays it’s difficult to know what to see. The unique element of this show is its structure as a live radio play. Six stereotypical English gentlemen from the early twentieth century, they tell their tale through voice-play and old-fashioned microphones with suggestions from the audience... 

Antonio Forcione - Sketches of Africa

Antonio Forcione - Sketches of Africa

The Elegance Lounge at Assembly George Square really isn’t the best venue for Antonio Forcione, described as ‘the Fringe’s favourite guitarist’. The pillars holding up the tent mask the stage whilst the sound of punters permeates through from outside and this music act is one to see as well as to hear... 

Free Fringe Music

Free Fringe Music

Thomas Annand and David Day have come all the way from Ireland to prove that there’s far more to African drumming than monotonous banging. The pair specialise in traditional West African drumming and perform as part of ‘Sounds Global’ at the Scottish Museum, itself a small but fascinating exhibition... 

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

Fringe regulars, Puppet State Theatre Company return to tell the allegorical tale of Elzéard Bouffier - the titular man - based on a book by French author Jean Giono. The story is of a shepherd, and his dog, who single-handedly re-forested a desolate region of France during the early twentieth century... 

NewsRevue

NewsRevue

Canal Café Theatre returns to the Fringe with their brand of political satire poking fun at the year’s events. With this year being such a huge one not only for London but the whole of Great Britain, there’s plenty of material available...