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Brian Ferguson’s diary: KT Tunstall | Fringe and Politics

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KT Tunstall’s appearance on the Johnnie Walker Fringe show had her reliving career highlights – including her famous appearance on Jools Holland’s Later programme, which saw her inundated with 500 e-mails within 24 hours.

She admitted she is still to buy a drink for the rap act Nas – who pulled out of an appearance on the show at the last minute because his ill father was unable to play alongside him. Tunstall also relived some of her darkest moments as a performer, including attempting to make a living busking after university, with the low point coming just up the road from her native St Andrews.

She said: “I tried Dundee, that was terrible, playing on the flyover by the old swimming pool. It was definitely the location, the weather wasn’t helping and I got moved on by a policeman as well. It was not great.”

The Edinburgh Fringe and politics
THE Fringe programme felt as if it was shaping up to be the most political in years long before the official launch at the end of May.

If there was any lingering doubt, a glance at the shortlist for Amnesty International’s “freedom of expression” award confirms that it has been a bumper year for tackling human rights issues.

The plight of the jailed US soldier Bradley Manning, the gang-rape and murder of a young female student on a bus in Delhi, domestic abuse, feminism and drone warfare are among the issues tackled by the seven shortlisted shows, more than ever before, drawn from a record 98 entries.

I don’t envy the judging panel the task of finding a winner in time for the ceremony at the City Art Centre tomorrow night.
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Patrick is a journalist based in Edinburgh

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