Ask the average punter in HMV what jazz is and they’ll describe squalling saxophones, pulsating trumpets, and the white heat of constant improvisation in a smoky bar.
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s more often than not a badly-played oboe.
Jacques Brel is one of the most famous French singers of all time.
I went into Anthropoetry not sure what to expect.
The idea of searching for a lost parent is particularly fertile territory.
The best often start out young.
My main memory of French lessons is struggling to remember lists of increasingly bizarre irregular verbs, a recollection many will, sadly, find familiar.
I have a confession to make: until recently, I’d never been to the circus.
There is a saying in Hollywood that the gun you see in the first scene will go off in the third.
Flowers are not only part and parcel of music lyrics, but also the pretty packaging on top.
It’s often the simple ideas that are the best.
Euna Park produced an excellent performance in St.
Thank goodness for the British public’s ability to laugh at itself, otherwise the soggy weather might prove too much when it starts lapping at our ankles.
In the world of organs, the Frobenius brand is king.
When it comes to unusual instruments, the harp probably is somewhere in the top 5.
Valvona & Crolla is a bit of a household name in Edinburgh, and that’s putting it mildly.
It’s only when you look back at your childhood books and films that you realise how many of them are ripe for satire.
The Gillis Centre, situated in the leafy Grange, is far away from the hustle and bustle of the Fringe and its blizzard of proffered leaflets.
Multitasking can be very difficult: Gerald Ford was famously said to not be able to walk and chew gum.
For the first ten minutes of Ben Okri’s the Comic Destiny, I sat there entirely unsure about what was going on.
When in the first ten minutes of the show there have already been several jokes about vaginas and a song essentially about paedophilia, it quickly dawns that few sacred cows are go…
The Prince and the Pauper has long been a staple of children’s bedtimes so the cast from Newman’s Art College had to satisfy not only children’s expectations but their parent…
Blues can be a difficult act to pull off.
I went into Sex Ed! a little wary.
Within the House of Shadows, there is an explanation for cultural popularity that I found rather endearing.
Musical comedy is a risky business.
If your knowledge of Mongolian history is limited to Genghis Khan, or if you think that folk music is merely background music for washed-out hippies, then Anda Union are the perfec…
Free comedy is like cinema pick n’ mix.
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