Promise and Promiscuity

Music review: Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★★ “Men do not value thinking in a lady,” Elspeth’s mother tells her. It sounds like it could be a line from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Maybe it is. Sometimes it’s …

Music review: Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★★★ “Men do not value thinking in a lady,” Elspeth’s mother tells her. It sounds like it could be a line from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Maybe it is. Sometimes it’s …

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August 26, 2015

Music review: In The Mood: The Music of Glen Miller

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: In The Mood: The Music of Glen Miller, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★★ Judging by the length of the queue outside the Jazz Bar, more than 70 years after the band leader’s wartime disappearance, the music of Glenn Miller remains as popular as ever. Not that this was …

Music review: In The Mood: The Music of Glen Miller

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: In The Mood: The Music of Glen Miller, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★★ Judging by the length of the queue outside the Jazz Bar, more than 70 years after the band leader’s wartime disappearance, the music of Glenn Miller remains as popular as ever. Not that this was …

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August 26, 2015

Music review: Helene: Bonsoior Monsieur Nightfall

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Helene: Bonsoior Monsieur Nightfall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★ Having re-invented herself from a previous incarnation as “gypsy noir” performer Patti Plinko, the singer now known as Helene has been through the mill, by her own account, and her voice, her candour and raw unleashing of pent-up emotion …

Music review: Helene: Bonsoior Monsieur Nightfall

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Helene: Bonsoior Monsieur Nightfall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★ Having re-invented herself from a previous incarnation as “gypsy noir” performer Patti Plinko, the singer now known as Helene has been through the mill, by her own account, and her voice, her candour and raw unleashing of pent-up emotion …

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August 26, 2015

Music review: Arturo Tappin: Caribbean Clipper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Arturo Tappin: Caribbean Clipper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★ From under that bunnet and those ankle-length dreads, Barbadian saxophonist Arturo Tappin exudes sunshine but can also exercise considerable muscle in his zesty tenor sax playing, although it wasn’t just the liberally scattered holiday brochures that suggested the show …

Music review: Arturo Tappin: Caribbean Clipper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Arturo Tappin: Caribbean Clipper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★ From under that bunnet and those ankle-length dreads, Barbadian saxophonist Arturo Tappin exudes sunshine but can also exercise considerable muscle in his zesty tenor sax playing, although it wasn’t just the liberally scattered holiday brochures that suggested the show …

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August 26, 2015

Music review: Violin Variations

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Violin Variations, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★ Tucked away in a small venue in Hill Square, Cumnock-born violinist Ian Peaston is quietly providing one of the cleverest musical shows on the Fringe. Clever in his use of advanced, real-time technology to transform sounds from his violin into drums, …

Music review: Violin Variations

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Violin Variations, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★ Tucked away in a small venue in Hill Square, Cumnock-born violinist Ian Peaston is quietly providing one of the cleverest musical shows on the Fringe. Clever in his use of advanced, real-time technology to transform sounds from his violin into drums, …

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August 24, 2015

Music review: The Quentin Dentin Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Quentin Dentin Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★ This is a very odd musical and it doesn’t come off all the time, but that already puts it a neck ahead of many of the insipid rival offerings on the Fringe. As does its full live band, the …

Music review: The Quentin Dentin Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Quentin Dentin Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★ This is a very odd musical and it doesn’t come off all the time, but that already puts it a neck ahead of many of the insipid rival offerings on the Fringe. As does its full live band, the …

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August 24, 2015

Cabaret review: Lynn Ruth Miller: Get a Grip

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lynn Ruth Miller: Get a Grip, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ It’s billed as cabaret but this is really more of a storytelling show about kindness, patience and learning to love yourself. Lynn Ruth Miller is 81 years old. She started stand-up at 70 and regularly “talks dirty” …

Cabaret review: Lynn Ruth Miller: Get a Grip

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Lynn Ruth Miller: Get a Grip, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ It’s billed as cabaret but this is really more of a storytelling show about kindness, patience and learning to love yourself. Lynn Ruth Miller is 81 years old. She started stand-up at 70 and regularly “talks dirty” …

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August 24, 2015

Music review: The Craft of the Cooper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Craft of the Cooper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ Martin Luther King came to Memphis in the final weeks of his life to support the city’s striking sanitation workers, and his calmly issued call for real wages for all in a wealthy country still resonates today. However, …

Music review: The Craft of the Cooper

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Craft of the Cooper, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★ Martin Luther King came to Memphis in the final weeks of his life to support the city’s striking sanitation workers, and his calmly issued call for real wages for all in a wealthy country still resonates today. However, …

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August 24, 2015

Music review: Mike Vass: In the Wake of Neil Gunn

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Mike Vass: In the Wake of Neil Gunn, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★★ Since its premiere last autumn, folk multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass’s imaginative suite, inspired by author Neil Gunn’s life-changing 1937 voyage round Scotland’s north-west seaboard in a less-than-reliable motor launch and informed by Vass’s own recovery from …

Music review: Mike Vass: In the Wake of Neil Gunn

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Mike Vass: In the Wake of Neil Gunn, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★★ Since its premiere last autumn, folk multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass’s imaginative suite, inspired by author Neil Gunn’s life-changing 1937 voyage round Scotland’s north-west seaboard in a less-than-reliable motor launch and informed by Vass’s own recovery from …

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August 24, 2015

Music review: The AniMotion Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The AniMotion Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★★ AniMotion takes the art of video mapping on to buildings to a whole new level, with both music and painting performed and carried out live. This imaginative collaboration between Russian painter Maria Rud, the internationally acclaimed percussionist Evelyn Glennie and …

Music review: The AniMotion Show

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The AniMotion Show, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★★ AniMotion takes the art of video mapping on to buildings to a whole new level, with both music and painting performed and carried out live. This imaginative collaboration between Russian painter Maria Rud, the internationally acclaimed percussionist Evelyn Glennie and …

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August 21, 2015

Cabaret review: A Storm in a D Cup

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: A Storm in a D Cup, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★ Amelia Ryan is a perky performer in a sultry room. Kudos to her for taking to the stage in a big fluffy towel – she may be about to persuade a handful of blokes to look mildly …

Cabaret review: A Storm in a D Cup

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: A Storm in a D Cup, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd. ★★★ Amelia Ryan is a perky performer in a sultry room. Kudos to her for taking to the stage in a big fluffy towel – she may be about to persuade a handful of blokes to look mildly …

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August 21, 2015

Music review: Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist ★★★★ RAJU das Baul looks as if he has stepped out of a particularly opulent piece of Mughal art. Clad in vivid motley topped by an orange turban, bells jingling at his ankles, he is extravagant in garb and gesture and …

Music review: Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist ★★★★ RAJU das Baul looks as if he has stepped out of a particularly opulent piece of Mughal art. Clad in vivid motley topped by an orange turban, bells jingling at his ankles, he is extravagant in garb and gesture and …

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August 20, 2015

Music review: Guitar Multiverse

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Guitar Multiverse, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★ It feels a bit like British guitarist Declan Zapala’s likeable afternoon recital has been mis-marketed. Rather than being blown away by his wizardry – as the Fringe guide suggests – you’re more likely to emerge charmed and entertained by what’s actually …

Music review: Guitar Multiverse

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Guitar Multiverse, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★ It feels a bit like British guitarist Declan Zapala’s likeable afternoon recital has been mis-marketed. Rather than being blown away by his wizardry – as the Fringe guide suggests – you’re more likely to emerge charmed and entertained by what’s actually …

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August 20, 2015

Cabaret review: Dillie Keane

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Dillie Keane, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ From the moment Dillie Keane wafts on to the stage you know you are in the presence of class. Elegantly coiffed, superbly poised and resplendent in flowery evening pyjamas, she opens with a song which brilliantly subverts our expectations of how …

Cabaret review: Dillie Keane

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Dillie Keane, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith. ★★★★ From the moment Dillie Keane wafts on to the stage you know you are in the presence of class. Elegantly coiffed, superbly poised and resplendent in flowery evening pyjamas, she opens with a song which brilliantly subverts our expectations of how …

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August 20, 2015

Music review: Worbey & Farrell’s House Party

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Worbey & Farrell’s House Party, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray. ★★★★★ The Fringe’s most perfectly paired pianists are back for their fourth year, to entertain lovers of classical and contemporary music with their spin on some favourite tunes. If you don’t know the duo, Kevin Farrell and Steven Worbey …

Music review: Worbey & Farrell’s House Party

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Worbey & Farrell’s House Party, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray. ★★★★★ The Fringe’s most perfectly paired pianists are back for their fourth year, to entertain lovers of classical and contemporary music with their spin on some favourite tunes. If you don’t know the duo, Kevin Farrell and Steven Worbey …

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August 19, 2015

Cabaret review: Tales from a Cabaret

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Tales from a Cabaret, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ When setting out their stall for this show, the Creative Martyrs promise “no nudity or swearing, just stories and songs”. But what stories and songs. The Martyrs have been performing their jaunty brand of absurdist political satire for more …

Cabaret review: Tales from a Cabaret

Edinburgh Festival Fringe cabaret review: Tales from a Cabaret, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters. ★★★★ When setting out their stall for this show, the Creative Martyrs promise “no nudity or swearing, just stories and songs”. But what stories and songs. The Martyrs have been performing their jaunty brand of absurdist political satire for more …

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August 19, 2015

Music review: Tutte Contro Verdi

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Tutte Contro Verdi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★ “I am a feminist soprano,” declares Basque singer and actress Miren de Miguel at the end of her show, and while it’s possible that the language barrier has shifted the meaning of her words slightly, the evidence suggests not. The …

Music review: Tutte Contro Verdi

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Tutte Contro Verdi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock. ★★★ “I am a feminist soprano,” declares Basque singer and actress Miren de Miguel at the end of her show, and while it’s possible that the language barrier has shifted the meaning of her words slightly, the evidence suggests not. The …

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August 18, 2015
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