Live Music in Edinburgh

Queer Faith and theMany: Radical Faeries, Leith Depot, Review

A show which, by its own definition, resists classification into any one category!

theMany – a “genderqueer blue collection of creatures in one body” – gently explores the kaleidoscope of emotions associated with the meaning of identity through the medium of song, and gentle interactive narration. With a distinctive bass Belgian voice, and a rich sonorous tone, theMany sings all of the songs acapella, and without text.

Rossini – Petite Messe, St Vincent’s Chapel, Review

The old saying that Rossini’s Petitie Messe is neither small nor solemn isn’t quite true.

As the conductor helpfully explained in an engaging and informative introduction, Rossini approached issues of length and scale in this particular work from a somewhat comical perspective. And of course, ‘solemn’ means something different liturgically than it does musically.

Kate Tempest, Leith Theatre, Review

In short, Kate Tempest was amazing. More accurately, the combination of her and a crowd that revelled in the music, spoken word and poetry, were amazing.

I’ve been to few gigs in which the atmosphere was so electric, everyone was feeling it, everyone was in the zone. This was one.

On entering a sparsely populated stage with a central back-lit black disk, Tempest (Clare Uchima on samples/keyboards) performed an incredible set that had a capacity crowd enthralled.

Foil Arms and Hog - Swines, Underbelly, Review

Foil Arms and Hog, internet sensations, return to the Edinburgh Fringe to premiere their new show ‘Swines’ in the magnificent McEwan Hall. With a mix of sketch comedy, audience participation and improvisation, this is the epitome of a fun night out. The energy and connection between the trio seems very genuine. Friends who met in University and ‘still like each other (no really).’ They appear to be having just as much fun performing as we are watching, openly laughing at themselves if a particular joke doesn’t land. Somehow the audience laughs harder than if it did.

The Gray Cat and The Flounder, Assembly George Square, Review

Once upon a time there lived a gray cat who liked to organise things and a flounder who liked to draw.

This is the both actual and fictional love story of the Gray Cat, in real life Bernadette Gabrielle Callery, (a librarian at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History), and The Flounder, her husband Joseph Newcomer. 

It’s a whimsical journey through pencil and rhyme drawing on around 4000 cartoon illustrations covering their 46 year conversation, from blind date to her death in 2012. The piece was commissioned by Newcomer in her memory.