Music review: Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ A prowling, bohemian spirit with a hammy, showman’s capacity to work a room akin to that of his countryman Bono, Jack Lukeman and his juggernaut four-piece band deserve much greater numbers than they’re getting to their shadowy, late-night …

Music review: Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ A prowling, bohemian spirit with a hammy, showman’s capacity to work a room akin to that of his countryman Bono, Jack Lukeman and his juggernaut four-piece band deserve much greater numbers than they’re getting to their shadowy, late-night …

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September 2, 2015

Music review: Aceh Meukondroe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Aceh Meukondroe, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ Indonesian eight-piece band Kande are like a force of nature. Using guitars, the crack and thump of four rapa’i frame drums and delirious vocals from frontman Rafly, their music – somewhere between qawwali on speed and raw early 1960s pop – …

Music review: Aceh Meukondroe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Aceh Meukondroe, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ Indonesian eight-piece band Kande are like a force of nature. Using guitars, the crack and thump of four rapa’i frame drums and delirious vocals from frontman Rafly, their music – somewhere between qawwali on speed and raw early 1960s pop – …

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August 31, 2015

Music review: Cathal McConnell and Friends

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Cathal McConnell and Friends, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist ★★★★ THERE are no mics, just the fine acoustic space of St Marks and four seasoned traditional musicians spinning out tunes and the odd song as if in an amiable hostelry session. At the same time, though, they give every …

Music review: Cathal McConnell and Friends

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Cathal McConnell and Friends, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist ★★★★ THERE are no mics, just the fine acoustic space of St Marks and four seasoned traditional musicians spinning out tunes and the odd song as if in an amiable hostelry session. At the same time, though, they give every …

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August 31, 2015

Music review: Mike Whellans

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Mike Whellans, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist ★★★★ MIKE Whellans is the ultimate syncopated man. Whether working up a groove with his kick drum, high-hat and thrumming electric guitar, hollering out classic blues, or taking us down the tracks on squalls and whoops of solo harmonica and explosive mouth …

Music review: Mike Whellans

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Mike Whellans, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist ★★★★ MIKE Whellans is the ultimate syncopated man. Whether working up a groove with his kick drum, high-hat and thrumming electric guitar, hollering out classic blues, or taking us down the tracks on squalls and whoops of solo harmonica and explosive mouth …

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August 31, 2015

Cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ “Who am I today?” That’s the refrain of one character we meet in K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, a remarkable show whose form is as fluid and shifting as its subjects. Created by New Zealand’s Okareka …

Cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ “Who am I today?” That’s the refrain of one character we meet in K’rd Strip: A Place to Stand, a remarkable show whose form is as fluid and shifting as its subjects. Created by New Zealand’s Okareka …

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August 28, 2015

Music review: The Power of Music

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Power of Music, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★ The power of music to influence behaviour and affect mood is a subject ripe for exploration in a Fringe show, and John Groves – expert in “sound branding” and composer of countless earworm jingles – should be the man …

Music review: The Power of Music

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Power of Music, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★ The power of music to influence behaviour and affect mood is a subject ripe for exploration in a Fringe show, and John Groves – expert in “sound branding” and composer of countless earworm jingles – should be the man …

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August 28, 2015

Music review: Love Birds

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Love Birds, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ A certain kind of person buys lovebirds – one who doesn’t find the idea of hearts and flowers romance sickly but uplifting, and this lightweight little musical is no different. Revolving around the unlikely relationship between a love bird and a …

Music review: Love Birds

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Love Birds, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★ A certain kind of person buys lovebirds – one who doesn’t find the idea of hearts and flowers romance sickly but uplifting, and this lightweight little musical is no different. Revolving around the unlikely relationship between a love bird and a …

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August 28, 2015

Cabaret review: Smack, Crackle n’ Pop!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Smack, Crackle n’ Pop!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ This breakfast show with a difference is the debut fringe venture from Danny Ash and Emily Bee, young regulars on the London alternative cabaret and performance circuit. Set up as a breezy way to start your day – despite …

Cabaret review: Smack, Crackle n’ Pop!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Smack, Crackle n’ Pop!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ This breakfast show with a difference is the debut fringe venture from Danny Ash and Emily Bee, young regulars on the London alternative cabaret and performance circuit. Set up as a breezy way to start your day – despite …

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August 28, 2015

Music review: Township voices

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Township Voices, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★★ Some 30 singers take the stage, brightly clad young men and women singing softly and ­wordlessly. That mellifluous murmur builds into an overwhelming swell of voices as the 30-strong Dloko High School Choir becomes an all-singing, all-dancing human wave and they …

Music review: Township voices

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Township Voices, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★★ Some 30 singers take the stage, brightly clad young men and women singing softly and ­wordlessly. That mellifluous murmur builds into an overwhelming swell of voices as the 30-strong Dloko High School Choir becomes an all-singing, all-dancing human wave and they …

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August 28, 2015

Music review: UKIP! The Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: UKIP! The Musical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★ Not a Fringe can go past without someone bringing a bad- taste comedy musical about a topical news story to Edinburgh. At least this year’s prime contender amidst the genre is genuinely funny, with a well-practiced ensemble and a sense …

Music review: UKIP! The Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: UKIP! The Musical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★ Not a Fringe can go past without someone bringing a bad- taste comedy musical about a topical news story to Edinburgh. At least this year’s prime contender amidst the genre is genuinely funny, with a well-practiced ensemble and a sense …

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August 27, 2015

Theatre review: Magdalen

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Magdalen, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ Erin Layton’s one-woman show begins in Ireland in the 1990s, at a building formerly used as a Magdalen Laundry. In these commercial laundries run by the Magdalen Sisters, “fallen women” were forced to labour in harsh conditions in the belief that they …

Theatre review: Magdalen

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Magdalen, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield. ★★★★ Erin Layton’s one-woman show begins in Ireland in the 1990s, at a building formerly used as a Magdalen Laundry. In these commercial laundries run by the Magdalen Sisters, “fallen women” were forced to labour in harsh conditions in the belief that they …

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August 27, 2015

Cabaret review: The Lipsinkers: Evolution of the Fags

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: The LipSinkers: Evolution of the Fags, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★★ The LipSinkers are a drag troupe who mime to pop songs. But their show isn’t A Night Out with Danny La Rue. It’s not RuPaul’s Drag Race. And it’s not for the mild at heart or the …

Cabaret review: The Lipsinkers: Evolution of the Fags

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: The LipSinkers: Evolution of the Fags, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★★ The LipSinkers are a drag troupe who mime to pop songs. But their show isn’t A Night Out with Danny La Rue. It’s not RuPaul’s Drag Race. And it’s not for the mild at heart or the …

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August 27, 2015

Cabaret review: Le Haggis

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Le Haggis, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ The new-model variety show established by La Clique at Edinburgh in 2004 has dominated the Fringe cabaret scene for more than a decade now, with numerous variations on the theme emerging in recent years. So it’s perhaps high time for a …

Cabaret review: Le Haggis

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Le Haggis, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ The new-model variety show established by La Clique at Edinburgh in 2004 has dominated the Fringe cabaret scene for more than a decade now, with numerous variations on the theme emerging in recent years. So it’s perhaps high time for a …

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August 27, 2015

Cabaret review: La Clique and the Famous Spiegeltent presents Velvet

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: La Clique and the Famous Spiegeltent presents Velvet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ From a team including veterans of world-beating variety show La Clique, this disco-themed production certainly knows how to deliver a crowd-pleasing spectacle. Set in a gilded Eighties nightclub, all spangly gold outfits and pulsing light-walls, …

Cabaret review: La Clique and the Famous Spiegeltent presents Velvet

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: La Clique and the Famous Spiegeltent presents Velvet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★ From a team including veterans of world-beating variety show La Clique, this disco-themed production certainly knows how to deliver a crowd-pleasing spectacle. Set in a gilded Eighties nightclub, all spangly gold outfits and pulsing light-walls, …

3
August 27, 2015

Music review: The Jazz Rites of Spring

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Jazz Rites of Spring, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ It really shouldn’t work, but it does, and brilliantly. Igor Stravinsky arguably set the tone for all the angular, dissonant modernist music of the 20th century with his 1913 The Rite of Spring and famously caused a riot …

Music review: The Jazz Rites of Spring

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Jazz Rites of Spring, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ It really shouldn’t work, but it does, and brilliantly. Igor Stravinsky arguably set the tone for all the angular, dissonant modernist music of the 20th century with his 1913 The Rite of Spring and famously caused a riot …

5
August 27, 2015

Music review: Streets

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Streets, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ Many bands will testify to the tedium of touring, with their time onstage providing merciful respite from the grind of the road. No such luck in this turgid musical about a struggling singer/songwriter who swaps playing to two men and a dog …

Music review: Streets

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Streets, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ Many bands will testify to the tedium of touring, with their time onstage providing merciful respite from the grind of the road. No such luck in this turgid musical about a struggling singer/songwriter who swaps playing to two men and a dog …

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August 26, 2015
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