Alphabetical listing of all AMC2019 shows
A Taste of Summer
Sell-out shows at the Fringe 2016 to 2018 (inc)! Voci Voices are four classically trained singers, presenting an afternoon of songs from opera, operetta, musicals, jazz, swing and evergreens in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. If you know it, please do sing along. If you don’t know it, just hum! If our sell out shows in previous years are anything to go by, you should really book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
17 Aug 14:30 (1:30) £12.00 (£10.00) children free
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Fringe award-winning acoustic duo, The Boyds, perform their 55-minute show of all the best of The Fab Four. Expect to hear classic songs like Strawberry Fields, Let It Be, All You Need Is Love, Yesterday ... Plus, the genius of Lennon/McCartney with album tracks like Blackbird, Eight Days A Week, Drive My Car, She's Leaving Home. The Boyds signature sound of tight two-part harmonies coupled with percussive guitar make their creative interpretations a joy to listen to in this great concert.
Fringe/AMC sell-out award winning duo, The Boyds (Fringe laurels 2016, 2017 and 2018) present their terrific, brand new show -Acoustic Bowie. The duo perform the fantastic songs of 'The Duke' in a 50-minute show. Well crafted, stripped back versions of the songs that are regarded as timeless classics. Sweet, tight two-part harmonies weaving with percussive guitar make this show a must see! Performing totally live (no backing tracks) with one guitar and two voices. Expect to hear Space Oddity, Starman, Life on Mars, Let's Dance, Rebel Rebel and many more...
Fringe award-winning duo The Boyds re-present their 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere show, Acoustic Eagles. Emulating the sound of the iconic early Eagles' songs, these stripped back interpretations with sweet-n-tight two-part harmonies, coupled with percussive guitar, bring a fresh, inspired edge to these wonderful songs. One guitar, two voices, totally live, performing: Take It Easy, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Desperado, New Kid In Town, Lyin' Eyes .. Worth noting that in 2006/2007 Gus Boyd played as bassist/singer in 2006/2007 with Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder, creator of Hotel California. Only one performance tonight - definitely not to be missed!
Returning after three very successful years at Edinburgh Fringe/AMC -sell-out award winners in 2016, 2017, 2018 (Fringe laurels)- The Boyds premiere their new show, Acoustic Queen, perhaps their most audacious project of the six acoustic shows in their touring portfolio. Expect to hear their signature sound of sweet, tight two-part harmonies with vibrant guitar work creating a unique soundscape. Regarded as the UK's, 'Must see acoustic show exponents' (AMC), just turn up, tune in, sit back and enjoy their creative arrangements and passionate delivery of Killer Queen, Radio GaGa, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody plus many more.
Alex Yellowlees Hot Club Quartet
Sold out AMC2017, 2018! Alex - the Scottish modern day Stephane Grappelli on violin - and virtuoso guitarists Ged Brockie and Mike Nisbet plus legendary double bassist Kenny Ellis, perform truly intoxicating and inspirational Hot Club swing jazz laced with Latin rhythms and some Celtic gypsy flair! "Brilliant, don't miss them! Outstanding jazz musicianship" (Turin International Jazz Festival). "They will swing you into good health!" (BBC Radio 3). "Alex Yellowlees is little short of masterful. His tone and phrasing are out of the top drawer. Simply a must-see, come and hear them for yourself!" (Scotsman)
André Krengel Solo: Human Steps
André, from Germany, is a "traveller between cultures" because his virtuousity allows him to move amongst styles and cultures without sacrificing identity or style. From an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, flamenco, blues, pop and funk and Latin American influences, André blends a wonderfully harmonious whole. His repertoire ranges across original compositions and surprising adaptations of well-known pieces with improvisations. André Krengel is an award-winning guitar player with an international touring history, whose virtuosity and versatility, together with his musical sense of dynamics and soft sounds, creates guitar wizard with magic hands.
"One of Britain's finest song interpreters" (Sing Out). "...seems like Archie invented Scottish folk" (Boston Globe). From a singing Scots family (sisters Ray and Cilla were both professional singers) and known for superbly judged guitar accompaniments, Archie has long been a most highly regarded and respected Scottish folk-singer. He was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame (2006) and received an MBE for services to traditional music (2007). Along with a stellar international performing career spanning five decades, for 27 years Archie presented BBC Radio Scotland's award-winning programme, "Travelling Folk".
Arthur and The Scattered Notes
Local songwriter Arthur Wilson will be joined by members of his band The Scattered Notes to perform songs from their continually expanding repertoire. Arthur's latest album The Past on Wings, covers a range of topics and styles. Based in Prestonpans, Arthur has been gigging for many years and is now focused on writing and recording songs for himself and others. His high tenor voice has been compared to Roy Orbison and his songs are now starting to feature on Spotify and Apple Music playlist.
Black Never Die
Exuberant, vibrant, energetic, youthful! Black Never Die is a 10-piece rap outfit from Guinea Conakry in West Africa creating seductive, colourful solid, groovy urban music. BND have shared international stages with many big names of all genres in the world of music like ...Mr Leo (Cameroon), Kiff No Beat (Cote D'Ivoire), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Passi (DRC), Booba (France), Dadju (France), Negro Brown (France), Soprano (France), Capleton (Jamaica), Davido (Nigeria), Tekno (Nigeria), Wizkid (Nigeria), DJ Awadi (Senegal), Youssou N'Dour (Senegal).
9 to 15 Aug 22:00 (1:00) £10.00 (£8.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Brack'n'File Sing The Iain Rankin Songbook
Celebrating 50 years since the formation of Rankin File in 1969 two members of the band Tony Mitchell and Rick Nickerson are joined by the amazing voices of grandmother (Maureen Brack) and granddaughter (Amy Baillie) as Brack'n'File performing old and new songs from Scottish/Canadian singer songwriter Iain Rankin. Songs such as Call on Me, Mr Sax and Sense of Kind which were also covered in the 1970's by Rab Noakes, Barbara Dickson and The McCalmans and were sung and performed throughout Scotland in clubs and pubs. Also featuring Edinburgh fiddler Sarah Brown.
Jigs, reels, airs, beautiful Scottish songs from the Scots tradition by three of Scotland's finest musicians. BrÒg features legendary piper Gary West on pipes, whistles, vocals, guitar; virtuoso fiddler Greg Borland on fiddle and bass; the sensational Sandy Brechin on accordion. Gary currently plays with the famous Atholl Highlanders, is presenter of BBC Radio Scotland's 'Pipeline' and Professor of Scottish Ethnology at Edinburgh University, ex-Ceolbeg, Caledon, Clan Alba. Greg Borland plays with Other Roads, Burach, ex-Caledon, Kathryn Tickell Band. Sandy Brechin plays with The Jimi Shandrix Experience, The Sandy Brechin Band, Burach, ex-Seelyhoo and a host of other bands.
The Cheap Part of Town
'The Cheap Part of Town' is Louis Rive's first collection of songs. Bar-room bards and street philosophers, from the down-and-out and back up again, this collection focuses on the people and places that make up the patchwork of life holding any city together. Louis, a Scottish singer-songwriter, based in Barcelona, draws widely on folk music from the traditional ballads of the pub to the modern day tale-tellers and poets. Influenced by The Pogues, Hamish Imlach, Michael Marra and The Corries, to name but a few, Louis continues the grand tradition of the storytelling musician.
19 and 20 Aug 17:30 (1:00) £10.00 (£ 8.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Claire Hastings: Acoustic Covers
Since winning BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year (2015) Glasgow-based folksinger-songwriter and ukulele player Claire Hastings has made her name on the folk scene. Claire has toured throughout the UK, Europe, New Zealand sharing stages with Lulu, Jamie Cullum, Deacon Blue, BBC SSO. In this brand new show, Claire will perform songs from various genres alongside her usual folk repertoire accompanied by Jenn Butterworth on guitar. "Claire does more than simply sing a song, she takes you to the story and sits you comfortably right beside the singer" (Folk Radio UK). "A unique and original talent" (Maverick).
Claude Bourbon: Medieval and Spanish blues
"Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. His Spanish medieval blues evolved into Gypsy, Eastern European, with a splash of Paco de Lucia, Delta Blues and more, holding audience attention under a musical spell. Not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear, it is a sort of sensory experience like no other! Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today ...his playing is almost indescribable" (The Hook, Charlottesville, USA). http://www.claudebourbon.org
Clive Gregson returns to AMC displaying the songwriting craft that has impressed music industry giants, critics and discerning listeners alike. From 1980s indie-pop to folk-rock, from all electric to solo acoustic to world-renowned singer, musician, record producer. Clive has featured on countless albums, had songs recorded by a variety of stars, toured with stellar musical line-ups and is included in Guitar Player's "1000 great guitarists". All the way from Manchester via Texas, USA to Edinburgh - a rare chance to hear Clive tonight. Always a special treat when Clive Gregson takes to the stage, ".a class act" (Sheffield Telegraph).
Curmudgeon In Concert
Two Scotsmen and an Englishman welcome you to a concert of mostly Scottish traditional music and song played on guitar, mandola, Scottish small pipes, fiddle and whistle. Andrew, Donald and Laurie look forward to entertaining you again in the Acoustic Music Centre.
17 Aug 22:00 (1:00) £10.00 (£7.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Don't Give Up The Day Job
Ian W Brown
A songwriter's journey through life and art, its hits and misses. Ian has co-written hits (a West End musical's lead song) and enjoyed radio play and inclusion in films such as Fisherman's Friends and Wild Rose, but some songs -like She Can't Re-Cycle Michael and His Folding Bicycle, The Jeremy Kyle Song, The Five Foot Two Inch Giant- have not graced the charts. He can't think why!! The show lets the audience decide whether Ian should give up the day job as he opens the lid on some of his lesser known catalogue.
Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal
Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal are leading lights in the Scottish traditional music scene, playing traditional music and song strongly influenced by the music from Argyll and the West coast of Scotland alongside their own original compositions. Their passion for the music and their effortless musicianship clearly shines through in their performances. "Traditional and contemporary Celtic music genuinely doesn't get any better than the work of Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal." (Leith Folk Club). "The empathy between (Eilidh & Mark) is a thing of beauty in itself" (R2 Magazine).
Four Linties and a Craw
Lucy Pringle, Morag Dempsey, Helen Reid, Iyaah Warren, Scott Murray
Helen Reid, Iyaah Warren, Lucy Pringle, Morag Dempsey (the four Linties) and Scott Murray (the Craw) were in the singing groups Linties and Sangsters, well known throughout Scotland and beyond for their live appearances and recordings. Nearly all the songs we'll be singing are Scots - traditional songs, contemporary songs, funny songs, sad songs, uplifting songs. There'll be solos, duets, harmonies, some instrumental accompaniment. And there'll be songs the audience can join in with too - fine singing for sure and musical entertainment guaranteed!
George Duff and Kevin Macleod
Top Scots traditional singer/guitarist George Duff performs songs featuring classics by Robert Burns, songs from the coalmining industry and Scottish and Irish traditional songs and music. Accompanied by Kevin Macleod, one of Scotland's finest musicians on mandolin, bouzouki and resonator tenor guitar, they will also perform sets of traditional tunes from Scotland and beyond. Only Fringe performance so not to be missed! Sold out in 2018. Nominated as Scots Singer of the Year 2018. "One of the most soulful of Scots voices" (Karine Polwart). "One of the Scottish scene's best rounded performers" (Kris Drever)
George Machray (singer/songwriter) - Singing Off Quay
George is a fine and recognised singer/songwriter from the old fishing and mining village of Port Seton in East Lothian. He writes about what he knows about- the people and places found along the Firth of Forth coastline. Their themes meander from the humorous to the serious, from the ridiculous to the romantic. George is three-times winner at the Glenfarg Folk Club Song Contest and has been the audience vote winner twice in the annual Edinburgh Folk Club Song Competition. He has opened for artists such as Adam McNaughtan, Isla St Clair and Barluath.
BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 winner, vocalist Hannah Rarity, returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after her sell-out appearance at the Acoustic Music Centre in 2017. You will enjoy an intimate hour of new, old and original folk songs, beautifully sung by one of Scotland's brightest young folk talents. " ...crystal-clear delivery ...her voice soars" (4-stars, Scotsman). "Hannah Rarity has a just downright gorgeous voice ...no wonder Hannah is in such high demand" (fRoots Magazine)
Harpy Go Lucky
From Burns to Blondie - how a shy clarsach player ended up playing on the Barrowland stage, by way of a hippy chillout lounge and an Australian riverboat. Award-winning singer/songwriter Pauline Vallance will entertain with original songs and stories of life on the road with a harp. Songs that are "brimming with wit and invention" (James Grant). " .she delighted her audience" (Broadway Baby).
11 Aug 14:30 (1:00) £12.00 (£10.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Edinburgh's very own Harry Cullen returns to the Acoustic Music Centre after his great sell-out show there last year. Harry's new repertoire of favourite songs old and new with which he will explore both traditional and contemporary songs will delight all. Since last year, Harry's been entertaining audiences at local folk clubs and venues and will be making a special appearance in "The Singing Days', for a nostalgic look at the singing sessions of the 1960s and 1970s, on Monday 12 August in Edinburgh's Queen's Hall.
Ronnie Miller, Maggie Dewar & Helen Ross
Having performed recently to rave reviews at venues around the country, there is a definite buzz around this trio of outstanding musicians -Hoolet. Guitarist Ronnie is a seasoned journeyman, singer Maggie is deeply rooted in traditional folk music, Helen is a classically trained violinist but with the beating heart of a fiddler. Three disparate strands that, when woven together, create music that is uplifting, exhilarating and often deeply moving. Featuring a blend of traditional folk songs, classically influenced pieces and Ronnie's stunning originals this promises to be one of the highlights of the Fringe. Don't miss out. Book early.
Iain Rankin (singer-songwriter)
Born in Scotland, Rankin spent most of his life in Canada but returned to Edinburgh in the halcyon folk days of the 1960's and 1970's. Sessions with Gaughan, Rafferty, Henderson and Jansch, solo gigs, European tours with the superb "Rankin File" and a compilation Greentrax album, then back to Canada and returning now for his first solo gig in 40 years. Impressive songs, rich Canadian voice, smooth guitar and smoother intros. "He's still got it!" (Ian McCalman)
Kaivan Saraei and Jenny Clifford
Sell-outs at AMC in 2017 and 2018 bring InAbsence back again with another all-acoustic set of fan favourites and new tracks making their debut exclusively for this show. This talented local trio effortlessly blend haunting vocal harmonies over their unique fingerpicking style on twin acoustic guitars with the double-bass lurking moodily in the background. Each track will take you on an evocative, maybe melancholic, journey laced with elements of progressive rock and folk influences. One night only! Catch them now and yet again wonder at what other hidden talents, waiting to step forwards, hide in Edinburgh's musical undergrowth.
Iona Fyfe: Songs of the North East
Join the MG ALBA Scots Singer of the Year (2018) for an intimate performance of Scots Songs of the North East. With AMC sell-outs in 2017 and 2018 Iona is one of Scotland's foremost young folksingers, rooted deeply in the traditions of her native Aberdeenshire. At age 21 years Iona launched her debut album, Away From My Window, to a sell-out audience at Celtic Connections, followed by a new EP, Dark Turn of Mind: "a new interpretation to the country genre" (Maverick). "One of the best that Scotland has to offer" (Global-Music.de). https://ionafyfe.com/
Joseph Martyn: Songs From The Road
25 countries in 10 years, Joseph brings songs from his journey to Edinburgh. Originally songs for a band, this gig is a rare opportunity to see them arranged for solo guitar in an intimate setting. Not your typical singer-songwriter, Joseph emulates the band dynamics using his guitar. No loop pedal in sight, Joseph's guitar techniques (fingerpicking, bass runs, blues licks) combine with a rhythmic pulse all topped off with a lyrical melody to create a musical style leading to invites to perform all around Scotland. One to watch for 2019 and an AMC debut!
Kenny Young and the Eggplants
"The most brilliant left-field Brooklyn band you've never heard of" (Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music) - "mix brainy, funny lyrics with a fine sense of what makes pop music wonderful, and are intensely dedicated to showing their audience a good time" (Dr. Demento). Claiming to be from Brooklyn (but perhaps from another galaxy altogether), the Eggplants play surreal folk-and-roll songs about giant squirrels, frightening bits of cheese, malevolent washing machines, love, and other important topics. "Zany genius. Energetic, unpredictable, fun! Surreal entertainment" (Sunday Mail). "Most egg-cellent auber-geniuses!" (BBC Radio Wales). Herald Angel Award winners.
Korean Poetry Series: Part 1
Korean Poetry is a profound musical project using diverse eastern and western instruments to freely cross musical genres to showcase core themes of traditional Korean music and poems by putting them into new fusion arrangements. Based on, but not limited to, traditional Korean musical material, "Korean Poetry" challenges to push and expand the boundaries of fusion music by incorporating and balancing creative as well as popular perspectives into a new branch of genre-defying musical experience, in order to let the world know the beauty of Korea and its artistic culture.
Lisa Kowalski: Free Spirits
The cruelties of social media could have broken a girl's spirit. Instead she picked up a dusty guitar and turned to song. Lisa Kowalski started writing songs at age 13. She soon turned to singing on the high street, where she found a kinder audience. At 16, she became a big player in the Paisley UK City of Culture bid. Before turning 18, Lisa had released her first EP and music video, won several awards for songwriting and been invited to represent Scottish youth music at New York Tartan Week. Lisa shares the challenges and triumphs through music.
Lowit & Garrett
Peter Lowit and Steve Garrett
Virtuoso duo explore the complimentary, rich and mellow sounds of acoustic double bass and guitar, made by four hands, ten strings, and two bits of wood. Standing on the shoulders of giants like Danny Thompson & John Martyn, Ron Carter & Jim Hall, or Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Joe Pass. An hour of beautiful tunes, fusing genres - folk themes, jazz chords, renaissance rhythm, rock energy and film atmosphere. Launch event for new album, ' In Arden', featuring innovative acoustic compositions inspired by Nick Drake, the Scottish Guitar Quartet and Clive Carroll.
Luna Blu are a contemporary vocal trio based in the North -East of England. After meeting at university studying Contemporary and Popular Music, Frankie, Megan and Ada decided that they wanted to form a band that shared their passion for vocal harmony. Their individual music tastes come together to create a varied performance with different genres including folk, jazz, soul and pop. Their Fringe/AMC debut centres around an exploration of three-part harmony and their unique vocal blend through both existing songs and original material. Come along and immerse yourself in an eclectic and beautifully harmonised musical experience.
Following two acclaimed solo music theatre shows, Pulse and Auld Lang Syne, Mairi returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a concert inspired by, and responding to, her current exploration of land. Multi award-winning Campbell is a gravitational force in music and a compelling performer. Her threading of songs, viola and improvisation makes her a unique voice in Scotland's musical landscape. 'A mesmerising performer... an exhilarating blend of music' (Scotsman). 'National treasure' ***** (TheWee Review.com). 'Exquisite blend of skill, art, vitality and expression... Join [Campbell] and be uplifted' (MusicalTheatreReview.com).
12 to 14 Aug 19:00 (1:00) £12.00 (£10.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Mezzo: Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Mezzo are six strong Norwegian voices offering a cappella arrangements ranging from jazz, pop, Scandinavian folk music to classical pieces. This one hour show with foot-tapping rhythms and heart-warming harmonies will brighten up your day, and day! Mezzo celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. These experienced singers are known for the wide range of musical genres in their performances. They often team up with other musicians, but for this particular Fringe show, they will just bring a bass microphone, something old, something new and their much-loved musical gems.
AMC sell-out 2011 to 2014 (inc)! Winnner -"Best Act" Mettman Blues Week 2008 (Germany). Unashamedly good rockin' 12-bar blues on 6/12-string guitars (accurately picked at eye-watering speed), mouth-harps (Mike just packs 'em with great music and blows it at you), and a wee tottie drum-kit. Hear his show-stopping vocal percussion; a veritable tour de force. Mike sings, plays drums, writes songs, plus seems to have boundless energy - that's what it's all about: energy! The most dynamic one-man blues band around the Forth delta. There's one guy on-stage, but close your eyes ...it's Mike Whellans Band!
Mrs Shaw Herself
Mrs Shaw Herself is a one-woman show exploring the life of Charlotte Payne-Townshend aka Mrs George Bernard Shaw. Charlotte, a wealthy Irish heiress, was a suffragette supporter, philanthropist and Fabian. She met and married the world-famous playwright when they were both in their early 40s, a marriage that lasted until her death. The show reflects her life through her diary entries and letters as well as those of Shaw, Beatrice Webb, T E Lawrence and Mrs Patrick Campbell. This most unconventional of love stories is underscored by live music on Celtic harp.
8 to 11 Aug 16:00 (1:00) £10.00 (£ 8.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Music From The Heart
Andrew Leslie and Stephen Roberts
Music from the Heart with Andrew Leslie and Stephen Roberts is a concert for lovers of acoustic music featuring compositions by Andrew Leslie played on acoustic guitars and double bass. The instrumentals feature cinematic and romantic themes played in various styles with influences ranging from Klezmer through classical and folk to blues. The songs have lyrics drawn from the key of life.
7 Aug 20:30 (1:00) £7.00
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
North Sea Gas: In Concert
After last year's sell out shows Scotland's foremost folk entertainers are back. With a new album (due to be released in July 2019) and a new show, they will entertain you with guitar banjo, bouzouki and more. Their show will consist of songs from their new album and a few of the old favourites. Great songs, great craic. Come along and enjoy!
Praise At The Fringe
The Sound of Many Waters
Great AMC sell-out show in 2018! The vision of the Sound of Many Waters is to "Promote the rediscovery of God's voice through music and the arts". This is music filled with the message of Love, Faith and Hope of the gospel and is a compelling, vibrant mix of contemporary African-American and African gospel music. The exuberant group performs high energy and uplifting songs presented in the most engaging style. Audience participation is encouraged although much convincing will hardly be required. Come and join us as we Praise at the Fringe!
24 Aug 16:00 (1:00) £10.00 (£ 7.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Pernille & Stephen Quigg
Stephen Quigg, a long established folksinger and former member of the legendary band, The McCalmans and Pernille Quigg, originally from Denmark, a folksinger and songwriter. The combination of the two voices in close harmony in songs whether traditional or contemporary interspersed with anecdotes and a touch of humour has received much praise from both audiences and organisers. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folksong in its simple, yet highly expressive form, including beautiful harmonies and songs that seek the audience's participation.
The 15-strong troupe bring colourful, rhythmic, authentic local dances from Côte D'Ivoire (W Africa). Zaouli comes from the Gouro expressing beauty and joy; it has an important place in our culture and hearts. Tématé, inspired by the Kono dance, is a joyful dance from western Côte d'Ivoire (Man) created by the Wobés people in the 1960's. Tématé ("more beautiful") tells the story of rice, an important staple, from planting to cooking and eating. It is danced by young girls wearing a cowrie hat and a wide leather belt with the dancers simulating the movements of the workers.
Savourna Stevenson and Steve Kettley
Clarsach virtuoso Savourna joins forces with her old friend saxophonist Steve to showcase her compositions. Dynamic blends of haunting melodies, pulsating rhythms and stirring improvisations: daring yet accessible. Savourna is known for breaking stylistic barriers between musical genres while maintaining her Scottish roots. She has collaborated with performers such as Aly Bain, Eddi Reader and Toumani Diabate and is acclaimed for her recent orchestral and choral works. Steve leads several groups playing his original music, has composed extensively for the theatre and also performs regularly with former Scottish national poet Liz Lochhead.
Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe
Two of the UK Acoustic/Folk scene's finest songwriters join forces for a concert filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy. and a very special evening of music. "These two well-travelled veterans of the folk music scene have still got a great deal to say and can still say it with style" (Ukfolkradio.co.uk).
21 Aug 20:30 (1:00) £12.00 (£10.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
YOUTUBE: The Janus Game
FACEBOOK: Steve Tilston :: Jez Lowe
Swinging the Sixties
Morag McCall and SwingSet
Swinging the Sixties promises to invoke the days of beehives and mini skirts, black eyeliner and cocktail cigarettes. Songs made famous by the stand-out stars of previous decades are performed alongside the hits from the "new" siren singers of this, the hippest decade ever - Cilla, Dusty and Petula. Pop standards everyone knows and loves. Those wonderful songs the lyrics of which we can all remember as soon as the first note is played (can't we?!). You will find your feet tapping along to the coolest of cool jazz grooves played by this well-established Aberdeen band.
15 and 22 Aug 16:00 (1:00) £10.00
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Tim Edey and Ross Ainslie
Dear diary, definitely going to this!! Acclaimed, award-winning musical geniuses who are old friends and two of the best musicians of their generation come together for this rare demonstration of their combined talents. Tim (guitar, melodeon), " ...is brilliant -in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he's a magician. As a character he's off the scale" (Colin Irwin, fRoots). Ross, one of Scotland's finest traditional musicians and composers (pipes, whistles, cittern) is an acclaimed soloist and prolific collaborator performing regularly with Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean.
19 and 20 Aug 19:00 (1:00) £12.00 (£10.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Traditional Music with a Modern Twist
GWC Trad Band with Guests
GWC Trad Band is a nine-piece band playing Scottish and traditional music with a vibrant, modern twist. They will perform a range of different tunes old and new - airs, reels and jigs - including Friday the 13th (Adam Sutherland) and Chasing Daylight (Gary Innes). As well as an exciting set from our piper, the band will also accompany guest singers who will be singing Scottish songs such as Caledonia. The band features traditional instruments - accordion, fiddle, whistle and bagpipes - and a rhythm section with bass, acoustic guitar, drumkit and piano.
Ibiyemi and Stuart
There's a sense that we're missing an altruist authority or controlling system in society today. From the state of global politics to declining mental health, unresolved progressive vs traditionalist arguments, untrusted media and dangerous social media phenomena, the fickle court of public opinion etc. A lot of things seem quite unhinged! Vocalist Ibiyemi and musician Stuart return from their 2018 sell out Fringe to explore this human situation through the use of popular music. You will leave the show with renewed and collective empathy and a sense of hope from looking inward and taking personal responsibility and control.
Brian Miller and Ian Young
Brian Miller and Ian Young return to AMC with a brand new version of Wayfarin' Strangers featuring folk songs that tell a great story. Expect dazzling guitar, banjo and mandolin playing and bring your own voice to add to the fun. Brian and Ian have separately recorded with The Laggan, The Occasionals, The Singing Kettle, The Ian Davison Group and Na H'eilthireach and both have performed at Celtic Connections. They met at school in Rutherglen in the renowned Ballads Club. Last year's show won a coveted Fringe laurel for selling-out, so get your tickets early for this one!
Westward The Light
Westward The Light is a remarkable new band, a collaboration between piano/fiddle duo Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach (BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalists 2017), fiddle and viola player Sally Simpson (Catriona Hawksworth and Sally Simpson, Heisk) and guitarist and vocalist Owen Sinclair (Tannara, Inyal). On fiddle, viola, vocals, piano and guitar, this enormously talented young quartet creates a sound reflective of upbringings immersed in the nature and landscapes of Scotland. Elements of melodies are highlighted and explored by a varied instrumentation, audiences taken on an aural journey of Scottish sentiment, weather, culture and modernity.
11 Aug 19:00 (1:00) £10.00 (£ 8.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Winter Wilson: Folk with its Roots in Blues
Following triumphant tours of Australia, Europe, UK this Scots-English duo returns to Edinburgh (and AMC debut) with a live album recorded on the road with and featuring folk-rock legends Fairport Convention. "A tour-de-force display of outstanding songwriting" (Living Tradition). "Everything that defines folk music and what makes it great" (Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada). "We laughed, we cried, we sang along, then we clapped loudly and cheered for more" (Bindoon Entertainment and Arts). Singing out for the underdog in glorious harmony with a hatful of laughs for good measure- that's Winter Wilson.