Dick Gaughan

Dick Gaughan

‘The songs I write are love songs and their love’s a different kind,’ Dick Gaughan sings to us. 

Mike Whellans

Mike Whellans

Clad in a collarless shirt and black leather waistcoat, Mike Whellans strode on stage and opened his set with ‘Cornbread, Peas and Black Molasses’, proceeding into a John Lee H… 

Alistair McGowan: Damn Labels!

Alistair McGowan: Damn Labels!

Back in the day, Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression was a firm family favourite in our house. 

Sadie and The Hot Heads

Sadie and The Hot Heads

‘I haven’t been up this late for thirty years,’ Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and the Hotheads smiled at us, having danced her way onstage. 

Faure Requiem by Candlelight

Faure Requiem by Candlelight

St Andrew Camerata opened this enchanting programme of music with Faure’s ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’. 

Nuala Kennedy Band with A. J. Roach

Nuala Kennedy Band with A. J. Roach

Nuala Kennedy has a beautiful lilting voice that suits her ‘cheerful-sounding murder ballad’ songs perfectly. 

Stuart Maconie - The People’s Songs

Stuart Maconie - The People’s Songs

‘Extraordinary how potent cheap music is. 

Brahms at Teatime

Brahms at Teatime

Communication is key in ensemble playing. 

Scottish Saxophone Ensemble and Guests

Scottish Saxophone Ensemble and Guests

‘We’re very lucky,’ alto and soprano saxophonist Sue Mckenzie explained in her introduction to ‘Catching Sunlight’, a collection of pieces by jazz pianist/composer Dave S… 

Famous Taste of Scotland Dinner Show at Prestonfield

Famous Taste of Scotland Dinner Show at Prestonfield

My journey up the driveway of Prestonfield House involved admiring highland cattle and dodging coaches. 

Chopin After Lunch

Chopin After Lunch

I’m not sure what Chopin had for lunch, but it would appear it was full of beans. 

Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet

At its core, music is maths. 

Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

The intense concentration with which Katalin La Favre begins this performance of percussion and spoken word is to continue throughout the show. 

Carnatic Nomad

Carnatic Nomad

Jyotsna Srikanth is a South Indian Carnatic violinist. 

Secret Opera Society

Secret Opera Society

Centotre’s Italian food is delicious. 

Hot Chocolate at 10

Hot Chocolate at 10

Hot Chocolate at 10 is an opportunity to see ‘late night classical music in the heart of the Old Town’. 

Blues!

Blues!

The age old question whether a white man can sing the blues was answered fairly conclusively at the Space on Niddry Street last night. 

Lach: Anticdotes

Lach: Anticdotes

‘I know what she’s going to write,’ Lach drawled in my general direction from the corner of his mouth, ‘it was all going well until the vagina bit. 

Hot Dub Time Machine. Best. Party. Ever.

Hot Dub Time Machine. Best. Party. Ever.

“In Da Club came out in 2003, not 2005!” I found myself shouting across the dance floor at around half past two this morning. 

King Creosote

King Creosote

King Creosote is no stranger to Queen’s Hall. 

Beguiled by Betjeman

Beguiled by Betjeman

John Betjeman, the much loved household name, wrote works steeped in British heritage and humour, taking place in landmarks from Margate to Westminster Abbey.