Going To Space: Elsa Jean McTaggart AKA THE MERCENARY FIDDLER

We're having a chat with Gary, who alongside Elsa Jean McTaggart is bringing The Mercenary Fiddler to Fringe 15!

This is a high energy foot stomping show for all ages that will have you singing, clapping along and dancing in your seats.

Tell us about your show

The show will feature well know fiddle songs The Devil Went Down To Georgia, Orange Blossom SpecialRiver Dance Fairytale plus some of Elsa's original songs Fiddle In The Tax Office, Phantom Fiddler and many more!

This is a high energy foot stomping show for all ages that will have you singing, clapping along and dancing in your seats.

Why did you decide to take your show to Space UK this year?

We have used the Space UK every time we come to the fringe and they always perform well with everything they promise and are always willing to help with everything and as always contactable especially Charles. When I was looking 4 years ago I contacted a lot of companies and I went with Space UK then and have never regretted it and they have helped even when we have had problems.

Can you tell us a bit about your company’s background?

Elsa was brought up in Aberfeldy Scotland and at the age of 18 moved to Ireland where she learnt and studied music. Moving in 2005 to Gran Canaria for work, with a few small tours over the last 4 years.

If your show does well in Edinburgh, what do you want to do with it next?

We are going on tour and hope that we may get more offers from venues.

Venue:   theSpace @Symposium Hall V43

Dates:  Friday August 7th to Sunday August16th and Monday August 24th to Saturday August 29th.

Times:  20.20 – 21.10 ( 50min show)

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