Music review: Christopher Rousset Harpsichord

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Christopher Rousset Harpsichord at St Cecilia’s Hall, reviewed by Susan Nickalls The stars of this concert were the two harpsichords on stage – Thomas Barton’s beautiful 1709 solid walnut instrument and the exquisite Taskin, quite rightfully regarded as the world’s most famous harpsichord. Christopher Rousset’s lack of articulation, sensitivity and …

Music review: The Irish in Scotland: Songs of Robert Tannahill

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: The Irish in Scotland: Songs of Robert Tannahill at Valvona & Crolla (Venue 67), reviewed by Jim Gilchrist Falling somewhere between lecture and musical entertainment, this intimate and good-humoured performance is drawn from the excellent series of recordings The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill, produced by Fred Freeman, who here discourses …

Music review: Valery Ponomarev Quintet

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Valery Ponomarev Quintet at The Jazz Bar (Venue 57), reviewed by Jim Gilchrist Valery Ponomarev knows how to blow his own trumpet, in every sense. He genially instructs us to give the loudest possible applause, he plugs his autobiography, which is on sale at the door (recounting, in fairness, a …

Music review: The Soil

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: The Soil at Assembly George Square (Venue 3), reviewed by Andrew Eaton-Lewis This South African trio describe themselves as a “four-member a capella group” – the fourth, invisible member of the band being “the Creator of All”. The name derives from the notion that God sculpted the land, and that …

Music review: Hannah Stone

Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Hannah Stone at The Hub, reviewed by Christopher Lambton How many ways can you pluck a harp? During Hannah Stone’s mesmerising recital I witnessed familiar ripples and whooshes but also bell-like poings, percussive plinks, and best of all great reverberating thwangs from the lower octaves. Now try to tell …

Music review: The Loveboat 
Big Band Summer Love-In

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: The Loveboat 
Big Band Summer Love-In at Summerhall (Venue 26), reviewed by Sue Wilson It’s unlikely that the founding fathers of the former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (now Summerhall) ever envisaged their lofty Dissection Room hosting a burlesque bevy of aerialist dancers, costumed as bathing beauties and strutting …

Music review: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra at Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), reviewed by Fiona Shepherd The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, as distinct from any other ukulele orchestras which may have sprung up in the Wellington area, was founded eight years ago by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords/Oscar-winning Muppet songs fame. …

Music review: Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish at PPleasance Dome (Venue 23), reviewed by Fiona Shepherd Video artist Cassetteboy has made a splash on YouTube in the past couple of years with his labour-intensive comic mash-ups, most famously splicing together split-second snippets from The Apprentice for the simple pleasure of making Sir Alan Sugar …

Music review: Cat Stevens Reconstructed

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Cat Stevens Reconstructed at The Jazz Bar (Venue 57), reviewed by Jim Gilchrist New York vocalist Jess Abrams taps nostalgically into her parents’ record collection with what is more of an affectionate homage to hit singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam, than a particularly radical reconstruction. Accompanied by piano and …

Music review: Drum Struck

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Drum Struck at Assembly Hall (Venue 35), reviewed by Fiona Shepherd There are numerous interactive experiences on the Fringe, but few which immerse so many as infectiously as Drum Struck. With a compact African drum – or djembe, if you want to get all drumming clinic about it – placed …

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