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August 23, 2008

Fringe Reviews III

Filed under: Edinburgh Festival — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 1:21 am
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Even more reviews of Fringe shows, even though it’s pretty much all over now. Oh well. Go to http://edinburgh.threeweeks.co.uk/browse.asp?uid=2070271453&cnt=all for more things and stuff.


The Fires of Edinburgh
Nick Keir
Edinburgh is a perfectly lovely city. You only need to climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat and gaze down upon its grand landscape to realise its beauty. But an hour of doting songs with basic chords and cringe-worthy lyrics is not a suitable way to celebrate the nation’s capital. Nick Keir would seem to be better than this gig’s worth, having a real emotion in his voice, and a guitar technique that’s solid if not unbelievably impressive. This is sullied though by awkward attempts to get an audience to join in songs they haven’t heard that lyrics where hearts are “on fire” and emotions run deep as “wishing wells”. I can hear the shudders as you read this.
Diverse Attractions, 19 – 23 Aug, 9.25pm (10.25pm), £6.00 (£4.00), fpp 150.
eml rating 2/5 (more…)

August 20, 2008

Unscrambling Lee

Filed under: Edinburgh Festival,Interviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 1:20 am
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When I talked with Stewart Lee for a bit in a car on the way to Culross.  He was great.  This is the director’s cut version from Three Weeks which can be picked up at any big Fringe venue, or read on-line at http://edinburgh.threeweeks.co.uk/feature/5309.

Stewart Lee looking at something you can only imagine.

Stewart Lee looking at something you can only imagine.

“It’s been 23 years since I first came here, but I still love doing it. I don’t think I could ever miss it now.” Stewart Lee is one the festival’s real veterans. And with both a stand-up show and a play to put on, he’s back, and sure to be as critically acclaimed and big-selling as ever. (more…)

August 19, 2008

Broken Records – Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms 17/08/08

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Give them a few years, hoping that they learn not every instrument has to be played with the volume up to 11 along the way, and supporting act tonight, Jesus H. Foxx, may yet one day be mentioned in the same breath as Pavement. With similar anarchic backing vocals and spiky guitars, they belong in 90s America, though Edinburgh in the new millennium will gladly take them. And these cobbled streets wouldn’t say no to the headliners tonight either, with their Gothic euphoria something that can only be embraced by a city with such a beautiful but blood-stained past.

With numerous comparisons to Arcade Fire and Sigur Ros for a stunning orchestral sound and triumphant live performances that astound all lucky enough to bare witness to such a spectacle, Broken Records do have something of a reputation to keep up. The home-crowd elation, and a set of emphatically performed mini-epics, make sure this reputation is not only kept up, but enhanced in such a way as the mind boggles to think of how they could get any better, when still so young themselves. (more…)

August 16, 2008

Noah and the Whale – Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire 15/08/08

I don't see any whales!

I don't see any whales!

The hour long wait after the supports finish is almost unbearable. And not for excitement around seeing the latest folk popsters (pop folkers?) that have got the Zane Lowe listeners nodding in approval. The tiny cavern of Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire is crammed with waistcoats and floppy hair, and the battle to not pass out from the heat during the odiously long delay is something few bands are worth persevering for. (more…)

The Twilight Sad – Edinburgh, Liquid Room 14/08/08

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James Graham eating a microphone shaped ice-cream.

James Graham eating a microphone shaped ice-cream.

My Bloody Valentine deafened half the population of Scotland earlier this year with an astonishing comeback set at the Glasgow Barrowlands. And it seems the magnificent Twilight Sad have put paid to the ears of those still able to hold a proper conversation.

Not even Hoover Dam could contain the typhoon of noise that rages out the band’s speakers, decimating everything in its path, so it’s no surprise that at the relatively humble Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh, vocalist, James Graham’s microphone refuses to let his colloquial laments be heard. It does put of a bit of a damper on an impressive entrance that sees the band emerge from the darkness to launch into a kidney-stone zapping Walking For Two Hours. But the restart after a quick mic swap sees Cumbernauld’s finest soon flow into a relentless cavalcade that never lets up, and blasts away all competition for the best live band in the country. (more…)

August 13, 2008

More Fringe Reviews

Filed under: Edinburgh Festival — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 2:33 am
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Because I’ve been to see more shows. I’m so horribly busy, I do feel quite sick. I’ll also have interviews with Stewart Lee and Will Poulter (aka the schemey one from the brilliant Son of Rambow ) to come soon, but probably only after they’ve been in ThreeWeeks. They will be special extended versions though, so look forward to that. Anyway.


Bert Jansch
Bert Jansch
This was always going to be something special. The legendary folk musician behind Pentangle, widely-regarded as the most accomplished Scottish guitarist there’s ever been, was playing the Fringe. And the place was packed. Few could hold the attention of such an audience for over an hour with just one acoustic guitar for company, but Jansch’s playing is spellbinding, with every song so very special. For someone so talented, Jansch is humble too, with his slow methodical approach to setting up, taking great care to plug in his guitar, and between song comments portraying a man who knows he needs no rock star attitude to please a crowd. No, it’s about the music tonight, and what spectacular music it is.
Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 10 – 12 Aug, 9.00pm (10.15pm), £15.00 (£12.00), fpp 141.
eml rating 5/5 (more…)

August 9, 2008

Edinburgh Festival Reviews

Filed under: Edinburgh Festival — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 2:01 am
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It’s currently the Edinburgh Festival here in Edinburgh at the moment.  And I’ve seen lots of shows.  Here are my reviews.  I’m far too tired to write anything approaching humour at this moment in time.  Expect some soon though.


Sammy J In The Forest Of Dreams

Sammy J and Heath McIvor

Swearing puppets are not big, and they are certainly not clever. But, damn, they are funny. And pleasingly, the jokes are as strong as the language. Unhappy with his rut of a life and pissed off with the magical ideologies force fed to him by renowned frozen Nazi, Walt Disney, Sammy J enters a mysterious portal in his kitchen cupboard, discovering the Forest of Dreams. And as one would expect in a magic forest, Sammy embarks on a quest of revolution, friendship and sexually harassed squirrels. This is a truly unique show, superbly embracing elements of musicals, comedy and puppetry to create an offensive adventure that will make you care more about an inanimate object than you ever thought possible.

Underbelly, Jul 31 – 24 Aug (not 11 Aug), 6.00pm (7.00pm), prices vary, fpp 94

eml rating 5/5


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