Louis Durra Trio

Louis Durra Trio

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. 

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 2

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 2

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s more often than not a badly-played oboe. 

Peter Straker's Brel

Peter Straker's Brel

Jacques Brel is one of the most famous French singers of all time. 

Anthropoetry

Anthropoetry

I went into Anthropoetry not sure what to expect. 

Magdalena Reising - Blue Cafe Jazz

Magdalena Reising - Blue Cafe Jazz

When it comes to unusual instruments, the harp probably is somewhere in the top 5. 

Neapolitan Songs

Neapolitan Songs

Valvona & Crolla is a bit of a household name in Edinburgh, and that’s putting it mildly. 

The Bravery of Miss Anne and Other Tales of Splendorous Adventure

The Bravery of Miss Anne and Other Tales of Splendorous Adventure

It’s only when you look back at your childhood books and films that you realise how many of them are ripe for satire. 

Relevancy with Kemari - Traversing 5000 Years of China

Relevancy with Kemari - Traversing 5000 Years of China

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. 

Born to Run

Born to Run

Multitasking can be very difficult: Gerald Ford was famously said to not be able to walk and chew gum. 

Ben Okri's The Comic Destiny

Ben Okri's The Comic Destiny

For the first ten minutes of Ben Okri’s the Comic Destiny, I sat there entirely unsure about what was going on. 

Bad Musical

Bad Musical

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

The Prince and the Pauper

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… 

Jumping Jesse Jones

Jumping Jesse Jones

Blues can be a difficult act to pull off. 

Sex Ed: The Musical!

Sex Ed: The Musical!

I went into Sex Ed! a little wary. 

The House of Shadows

The House of Shadows

Within the House of Shadows, there is an explanation for cultural popularity that I found rather endearing. 

New Rope String Band

New Rope String Band

Musical comedy is a risky business. 

Anda Union - The Wind Horse

Anda Union - The Wind Horse

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… 

Liam and Owen - A Cracking One Off Show!

Liam and Owen - A Cracking One Off Show!

Free comedy is like cinema pick n’ mix. 

Dad Doesn't Dance

Dad Doesn't Dance

The idea of searching for a lost parent is particularly fertile territory. 

Music @ St Cuthbert's

Music @ St Cuthbert's

The best often start out young. 

Lapin Wants Ice Cream

Lapin Wants Ice Cream

My main memory of French lessons is struggling to remember lists of increasingly bizarre irregular verbs, a recollection many will, sadly, find familiar. 

The Edinburgh International Circus Festival

The Edinburgh International Circus Festival

I have a confession to make: until recently, I’d never been to the circus. 

Kate Daisy Grant with Nick Pynn

Kate Daisy Grant with Nick Pynn

There is a saying in Hollywood that the gun you see in the first scene will go off in the third. 

PassionFlower

PassionFlower

Flowers are not only part and parcel of music lyrics, but also the pretty packaging on top. 

Paperbelle

Paperbelle

It’s often the simple ideas that are the best. 

A Musical Journey with Euna Park: Springtime in Korea

A Musical Journey with Euna Park: Springtime in Korea

Euna Park produced an excellent performance in St. 

The Harri-Parris - The Leaving Do

The Harri-Parris - The Leaving Do

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. 

Organ Recital - A Grand Tour of Europe

Organ Recital - A Grand Tour of Europe

In the world of organs, the Frobenius brand is king.