The Mercenary Fiddler AKA Elsa Jean McTaggart

The Mercenary Fiddler AKA Elsa Jean McTaggart

Aberfeldian self-taught fiddler and singer-songwriter, Elsa Jean McTaggart, enters stage left, playing electric fiddle and wearing red tartan skirt, and jaunty baker boy hat. 

Nick Harper

Nick Harper

As the son of legendary folk-rock star Roy Harper, and one-time member of New Wave pop band Squeeze, Nick has a lot to live up to. 

Mairearad and Anna

Mairearad and Anna

Mairearad Green and Anna Massie know how to put on a show – they combine warmth, wit and banter with supreme musicianship to create an enjoyable, varied, and polished set. 

Newt North

Newt North

Sometimes circumstances conspire to flummox a band’s gigging intentions: NeWt’s trombonist’s lip was injured and swollen, such that “I can’t play some of the notes the tunes need!”… 

John Renbourn and Wizz Jones

John Renbourn and Wizz Jones

Septuagenarian guitar folk legends John Renbourn and Wizz Jones deliver a night of folk and blues, with varying degrees of success. 

Americana Road Trip

Americana Road Trip

Sixpiece Americana-tribute band Flagstaff have created an evening of infectious, good-natured, toe-tapping fun in the environs of the Jazz Bar. 

Alex Yellowlees Hot Club Jazz Quartet

Alex Yellowlees Hot Club Jazz Quartet

Alex Yellowlees and his band take us back in time to the swinging twenties with a collection of hot club swinging jazz tracks, played with a lightness of touch and a lot of skill… 

Fauré Requiem by Candlelight

Fauré Requiem by Candlelight

Fauré’s Requiem, composed in the late 1880s, is a short piece lasting 35 minutes, performed in Latin, and created for orchestra, organ, male and female chorus and two soloists… 

Playtime: New Adventures in Music

Playtime: New Adventures in Music

Billing their series of gigs as Playtime, some of Edinburgh’s finest Jazzers are creating very interesting and enjoyable music in the intimate space of The Outhouse’s attic. 

Blues!

Blues!

Aiming to cover ninety years of Blues in sixty minutes is a mightily ambitious endeavour. 

YurtaKids! 24583 Little Creepy Wonders

YurtaKids! 24583 Little Creepy Wonders

There is nothing wrong with the message of this show from the Italian company, Scarlattineteatro, but then neither is it particularly original. 

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

As one of the bigger children’s shows at the Fringe and certainly one of the more heavily advertised, I had rather high expectations of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. 

A Nicht Wi' Burns

A Nicht Wi' Burns

It was wi’ some trepidation ‘at Ah installed myself at a table, pint in hain, fur a thee hoors burns’ session. 

Bella Hardy and the Midnight Watch

Bella Hardy and the Midnight Watch

Bella Hardy is one of those performers whose warmth and affability immediately put you at ease. 

Si L’enfant Ne Dort Pas Bien... (If the Child Does Not Sleep Well...)

Si L’enfant Ne Dort Pas Bien... (If the Child Does Not Sleep Well...)

Dreamland Theatre makes an impressive debut with this imaginative interpretation of a traditional fairy tale. 

Starbird

Starbird

Starbird is a delightful show, performed by two charismatic women, ably assisted by some very cute starchick puppets. 

Story Shakespeare: Pericles

Story Shakespeare: Pericles

Year Out Drama Company, in association with Stratford-upon-Avon College, present one of Shakespeare’s rarely performed plays. 

All the King's Men Presents

All the King's Men Presents

Perhaps I’m experiencing a cappella fatigue, but the singers at this show did nothing to wow me particularly. 

Damien Dempsey

Damien Dempsey

There’s something very likeable about Irish singer and songwriter Damien Dempsey, but the adulation he inspires is a little confusing. 

Wonders of Magic

Wonders of Magic

This production by Akhmeteli State Dramatic Theatre is a lesson on how not to stage a drama in a foreign language. 

The Gramophone Jazz Band's Late Night Speakeasy

The Gramophone Jazz Band's Late Night Speakeasy

Edinburgh’s up and coming New Orleans Dixieland jazz band means business. 

Carol Kidd Sings Cole Porter

Carol Kidd Sings Cole Porter

There’s no denying Scottish jazz singer Carol Kidd has a sweet voice, although it takes a few songs to settle down this evening. 

Mucus Factory

Mucus Factory

Performance artist and Cystic Fibrosis sufferer, Martin O’Brien, explores the relationship between endurance and chronic illness in Mucus Factory, a five-hour piece commissioned … 

We'll Stuff You Once You're Dead

We'll Stuff You Once You're Dead

Z Theatre Company consists of a bunch of likeable first year drama students from Hull University. 

Granny's Gone Wild - Free

Granny's Gone Wild - Free

Lynn Ruth Miller is approaching eighty-years old and she’s on a mission to prove to us all that aging is amazing through a series of real-life stories and a mix of classic pop so… 

A Mark of Water (Water Stain)

A Mark of Water (Water Stain)

Patricia Selonk stars as Laura - a 40 year-old-woman, grappling with a deteriorating neurological disease - in this exciting production from Armazem Theatre Company, part of this y… 

BonBon

BonBon

Good children’s theatre should appeal to the inner kid in every adult as well as every actual child. 

Charlie Dupré Presents... The Stories of Shakey P

Charlie Dupré Presents... The Stories of Shakey P

Spoken word and rap artist Charlie Dupre comes on stage to the strains of cello and violin, an accompaniment that is perhaps a little at odds with his casual hip-hop style and deli… 

The Les Clochards - The Boys are Back in Town

The Les Clochards - The Boys are Back in Town

The Les Clochards combine high-jinx, cheeky-chappy, faux-Francais, ‘Allo ‘Allo, theatrics with a level of musical inventiveness and professionalism that can only have come from… 

Phil Nichol: The Weary Land

Phil Nichol: The Weary Land

Three-quarters into this heavily autobiographical show, Canadian comic, singer-songwriter and actor Phil Nichol launches into a story about breaking his penis during a one-night st… 

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is a charming ensemble of ten ukulele players and one double bass player. 

Roddy Woomble

Roddy Woomble

26 September 1999. 

The Alleycats: Contemporary a Cappella

The Alleycats: Contemporary a Cappella

There seems to be an alarming number of a cappella groups at this year’s Fringe, so standing out as something rather special is all the harder. 

Le Gateau Chocolat – I heart Chocolat

Le Gateau Chocolat – I heart Chocolat

If you thought you’d seen it all before, think again: Le Gateau Chocolat is here to shake up your festival. 

Sweet, Sour and Saucy

Sweet, Sour and Saucy

Australians Tnee Dyer and Melissa Western deliver a set list of classic jazz and blues with light-hearted, occasionally risqué between-song banter. 

Johnnie Walker's Guest Night

Johnnie Walker's Guest Night

‘Revealing, thought provoking and at times hilarious’ reads the flyer. 

Vegas Underground

Vegas Underground

Vegas Underground stood in front of a huge screen as a cartoon designed to put us in the mood for a night of Rat Pack-style music appeared behind them. 

The Blissful Viola

The Blissful Viola

American violist Christine Rutledge and British award-winning pianist David Gomper offer a little afternoon serenity in the midst of the festival hubbub. 

The Soil

The Soil

All the way from Soweto, South Africa, The Soil is a three-part SATMA award-winning a cappella group with a mission to warm the hearts of even the frostiest Edinburgh native. 

Puss-in-Boots

Puss-in-Boots

This is a tale of two love stories running parallel: one between the cats Puss and Tabs; and the other between their owners, the hero and heroine. 

Vive – Jazz A Cappella

Vive – Jazz A Cappella

Vive is a six-part a cappella jazz vocal ensemble from London that creates original songs and reworks old favourites.