Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups

Dean Friedman is currently playing his fourth year running in the Apex Hotel in Grassmarket, although he has been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe for years before that.

A talented musician

The evening started after a welcome back from Friedman to lots of familiar faces. He proved he is a talented musician by playing his new guitar, piano and other instruments. First up, a couple of tracks from years ago, back when he started songwriting and explained about changing guitar chords to make them sound completely different. He stated that as a professional songwriter, he is obliged to write a love song, which he is still struggling with and instead gave us Never Really Liked You about not liking in-laws or friends. Then a song about looking after his wife is his job; many people ask what he does for a living, so he wrote that song.

Dean gradually introduced the tracks from his new album 12 Songs released earlier in July. The first song was about a musician on tour and away from home. Another was about community relations and the problems of getting on with your neighbours. We also heard a song about a greenkeeper in Ireland and the ducks there. He entertained with songs including Lydia, Ariel and Diana before the show ended with Lucky Star’s, where he had the audience singing along too. 

Reviews by Graeme Logan

Sweet Grassmarket

Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups




The Blurb

This legendary singer/songwriter and pop icon performs his chart hits Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia and more. Discover what legions of devoted fans have known for years – the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith. ‘Every song a classic’ ( ‘Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant!’ (ThreeWeeks). ‘Songsmith extraordinaire!’ ( These are just a few of the superlatives used to describe Friedman's unique, original talent. A Fringe sell-out 13 years running; order tickets early!