Late Night Chill Out Song Recital!

Late Night Chill Out Song Recital!

After an evening of song recitals from Soprano Rachael Wheatley and Pianist Ingrid Sawers, I left late, feeling very chilled out. The depleted audience number did nothing to effect the accomplished and focused performance given by the two musicians and didn’t do justice to their easy manner and enviable skills... 

Absolutely Legless

Absolutely Legless

Bringing Ireland to Scotland was the wonderful Absolutely Legless in their show of Irish music and dance. Performing to the stunning sound of a live traditional band, Absolutely Legless charmed their audience with a repertoire of traditional dance and original choreography... 

Scottish Sinfonia Play Haydn and Shostakovich

Scottish Sinfonia Play Haydn and Shostakovich

The highlight of the evening’s performance came as the inconspicuous Iain Mundy joined the orchestra to take the lead in Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat. While giving a wonderfully clear performance, the orchestra brought out his best in the cheerful call and response pattern between the trumpet and the violins... 

A Middle-Aged Man's Uncertainty Theory

A Middle-Aged Man's Uncertainty Theory

We’ve all seen or heard about that infamous point in a man’s life where he starts to feel out of sync with the world - it usually results in a fancy new car or ridiculous hobby... 

Love, Lust and Lager

Love, Lust and Lager

Calling this show a Cabaret was the first mistake. Attempting to be some sort of musical, the show forgot about the love and the lust but made the lager indispensable. Had the group performed a music set I would have raved over the perfectly balanced harmonies, the range of songs and the fantastic cellist who kept the whole thing together with her enviable skills... 

Hairy Pretty Things

Hairy Pretty Things

So sexy that 70% of the room would leave pregnant with very hairy babies (and that’s not just the women) was the warning we received, as we sat ourselves down and prepared for the naughtiness about to come... 

Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK Live and Swinging

Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK Live and Swinging

It was toe-tapping and finger-clicking all round as the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra transported everyone back to the heyday of swing. Faultlessly performed, the syncopated brass and thrum of the double-bass found its way deep inside to claim every atom of attention... 

Cathedral Choir Concert: Beyond the Stars

Cathedral Choir Concert: Beyond the Stars

The choir of St.Mary’s Cathedral gave an eclectic performance of pieces by recent composer Gabriel Jackson along with some more traditional choral songs in this stunning setting. They moved through a varied assortment of tunes... 

Midnight Hour

Midnight Hour

The Soho Comedy Club provided a real mix at their unashamedly late night show. We were treated with stand-up from hip G-Daddy Jules Constant, Christian Schulte-Loh, Cool Canadian Vince Flouke and political activist Alan Francis... 

Absolutely Romantic

Absolutely Romantic

With magic in his hands Adrian Sims transformed his piano into a veritable orchestra as he wove through his repertoire exploring Romantic music. Charming us with his opening of Rondo Capriccioso, Op... 

The Dog-Eared Collective: You're Amazing, Now Look at Me

The Dog-Eared Collective: You're Amazing, Now Look at Me

Completely bizarre, the Dog-Eared Collective held nothing back in their unrelenting comedy set which had everything from detective lives of Beethoven and Bach to Glasgow’s 2022 Olympic bid... 

A Brief History of Timelessness

A Brief History of Timelessness

I would say that I had a good time at Matt Welcome’s informative and funny discussion, but of course time doesn’t actually exist. Or at least that’s what he was trying to prove as he talked us through at rapid pace the Grandfather Paradox Theory and Einstein’s illusive views on the past, present and future... 

Josh Neicho and Friends

Josh Neicho and Friends

It was a strange ensemble that made up the ‘Josh Neicho and Friends’ show on this day, but not an bad one. Hosting some of the more unusual acts of the Fringe we were treated to excerpts from Daniel Cainer, Sophie Ramsey and of course Josh Neicho himself in a performance suited to hardcore theatrical viewers... 

Be Fruitful and Multiply

Be Fruitful and Multiply

When choosing a theme for a show, it doesn’t get much bigger than rewriting how the world began. With such a controversial subject, 1945 Productions were letting themselves in for a monumental task of striking the balance between satire and statement in a plot not gaping with holes... 

Mini-Mahler at the Fringe

Mini-Mahler at the Fringe

The stunning opening of Debussy’s ‘Prélude à L’après midi d’un faune’ set the standard for the rest of the night as the trilling flute and solemn oboe against the backdrop of romantic strings enveloped you in a blend of musical texture... 

Robin's Ukulele Extravaganza

Robin's Ukulele Extravaganza

So, today I learnt to play the Ukulele and you would have too if you’d been at Robin’s Ukulele Extravaganza earlier like me. Described as a children’s’ show, the number of adults there far outweighed any children as we gathered around on comfy cushions to begin our musical master class... 

Scottish Comedian of the Year 2011 - Jamie Dalgleish

Scottish Comedian of the Year 2011 - Jamie Dalgleish

With high expectations for the Scottish Comedian of the Year: Jaime Dalgleish, I eagerly awaited my night filled with side-splitting jokes and rip-roaring laughs. Unfortunately I made it home with my sides very much still intact and my throat not so much raw as rested... 

It's Clarsach Jim, But Not As We Know It!

It's Clarsach Jim, But Not As We Know It!

The clarsach is an interesting alternative to the popular choices of guitar or piano; I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon listening to the soothing voice of Pauline Vallance against hers... 

The Top Secret Comedy Club

The Top Secret Comedy Club

Apparently not such a big secret after all, the Whistlebinkies was packed with those in the know waiting for a line-up of top comedians to kick start their night. With the comedians unknown until the day of the show you have to take your chances, but if you’re lucky like me you’ll be hearing some of the best new comedy at the Fringe... 

Smetana's Ma Vlast

Smetana's Ma Vlast

Tackling Smetana’s demanding composition of Ma Vlast, the Orchestra of the Canongait produced a stirring performance, capturing the essence of his tribute to home and story-telling... 

The Aspidistras - Hi Noon!

The Aspidistras - Hi Noon!

Everything about the Aspidistras at High Noon, from the name to the costumes, is bizarre. Leaping on the stage adorned with feathers, sunglasses and fake accents, the two-woman act promised a show like no other... 

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

If you do one thing this festival, take yourself down to Pleasance Courtyard nice and early to ensure your place in the line of people all eagerly awaiting their chance to watch the brilliant A Clockwork Orange performed by Action To The Word... 

Cheap Laughs (Are Better Than No Laughs) - Free

Cheap Laughs (Are Better Than No Laughs) - Free

I’m not sure if I agree with Eric Gudmunsen’s sentiment that ‘Cheap laughs are better than no laughs’ after his alternative evening of late night comedy at Captain Taylor’s Coffee Shop... 

Damian Kingsley: Work in Progress - Free

Damian Kingsley: Work in Progress - Free

Openly admitting his show was a ‘work in progress’ and should not be judged on the quality of all of the material, there seemed no need for excuses as Damian Kingsley ushered us all into a cosy backroom of the Espionage and made us roar with his witty sketches about life, love and general embarrassment... 

You Left Me in the Dark

You Left Me in the Dark

This performance was never going to be a side-splitter. But why should it be? Riddled with vodka, this contemporary musical theatre promises no laughs, taking inspiration from Chekhov and his feathered antics in his play of general unhappiness...