It you heard a rumour that Anna Meredith was juggling fire while swallowing swords on a unicycle at this year’s Fringe it wouldn’t be a surprise, such is the seeming omnipresence of this talented musical polymath across Edinburgh’s Festival programmes this August.Read More
Jessica’s Brother is the eponymous debut album from London trio Jessica’s Brother, comprised of songwriter Tom Charleston, Jonny Helm (drums, also of The Wave Pictures) and Charlie Higgs (bass, previously of Ramshackle Union Band).
Tom, the lead singer, spoke to The Fountain about the new album, and performing at Waves Fest soon.
Canadian indie-rock trio, Basement Revolver, are releasing new LP, Heavy Eyes, on 24th August via Fear of Missing Out records. The trio of Chrisy Hurn (vocals, guitar), Nimal Agalawatte (bass, synth) and Brandon Munro (drums) embarked on their first tour of the UK earlier this year, with a tremendous set at The Great Escape Festival and are looking forward to the album reception.
Chrisy spoke with The Fountain about their upcoming plans as well as what we can expect from the record.
There’s a palpable feeling of excitement in Summerhall’s Dissection Room. This gig is something of a coup, with Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin playing four of their six 2018 UK shows (the other two are in London) during the Edinburgh Festival, and the crowd is filled with giallo aficionados and zombiephiles eager to witness this legendary soundtrack composer live. The band enter the stage one by one, the applause gradually increasing, until Simonetti himself appears to roars of approval, smiling graciously. Simonetti perhaps doesn’t look quite how you might expect a composer of cult horror soundtracks to look, a little more like your cool, eccentric uncle, in colourful suit jacket and red-framed glasses. The rest of the band more than pick up the gothic slack however, with drummer Titta Tani and guitarist Bruno Previtali both dressed smart (metal) casual in all black, and bassist Cecilia Nappo, who presents a statuesque centre stage presence throughout, looking 100% rock in black crop top, hot pants and a wide studded belt. Simonetti positions himself amongst his huge bank of synthesizers at the left of the stage, obligatory devil-horn hand signs are flashed, and we’re ready to roll.Read More
“There’s more to this place than just a misplaced traffic cone.” Jamie Scott has created and curated The Glasgow Garden Festival ’18, celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Glasgow Garden Festival ’88. A long-forgotten event with hardly a mark left as proof of its existence, Scott’s record and event seeks to contextualise the impact it had on the city, what it could have stood for, and where Glasgow has gone in the years since.
Poet Liam Patrick Hainey, introduced as Glasgow’s makar, commences proceedings (alongside a Princess Diana lookalike and a bloke in a Prince Charles mask) with a class-conscious take on the notion that People Make Glasgow. Rousing and angry words are a brief overture of what is to come from an evening of city-wide introspection, remembering that behind the slogans and sheen, there has always been a people forgotten about.
Edinburgh Gin and the International Festival have indulged us with a rich programme of music titled Light On the Shore this year, which includes an evening with Django Django, C Duncan and Free Love, formerly known as Happy Meals. I had the pleasure of witnessing this gig down at Edinburgh’s new and stunning venue, Leith Theatre.Read More
Singer-songwriter Wrenne hails from Utah and currently lives in rural Leicestershire. She has many strings to her bow, with her website describing her as “Utah Child. UK Artist. Electronic Truth-catcher. Post-Mormon-Disney-Punk. Video-maker. Storyteller. Collaborator. Runner. Mother.” She brought all of these qualities, and more, to I Said Yes To Everything, her mesmerising one-woman show, which is being performed daily throughout this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. This multimedia performance was truly an immersive experience and a visual and sonic treat.Read More
There is no getting away from Scottish pop this summer, and to be honest why would you want to?! Whether it’s the Rip It Up exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland or the radio series on BBC Scotland, there is a vast amount of material out there and in several formats and structures, all bridging stories about Scotland’s music scene. And for those that are here for the Fringe this month and are wondering what else to do in Edinburgh, it is on our recommends list. For a mere ten pounds you can be guided through the history of Scottish pop music from the fifties through to the present day, a total bargain.
Vic Galloway, BBC Scotland presenter, was commissioned to write the book which accompanies the exhibition and was more than glad to be asked to speak about this with The Fountain.
Edinburgh’s intimate and atmospheric Sneaky Pete’s was the venue for a varied and entertaining night of music on 29th July, promoted by Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist Amy Duncan.
The opening set provided us with some angular and intelligent indie pop/folk, courtesy of Candythief (spearheaded by local singer-songwriter Diana de Cabarrus). Her striking original songs were interspersed with a couple of imaginative covers, including an atmospheric take on St James Infirmary Blues.
The Swedish-born Curb Records’ Andreas Moss soothes heavy emotion with slick synth beats on his inaugural EP, out now on all platforms. Moss amassed Dove Awards, number-one records, and headlining tours as a Christian recording artist before making his move into pop music in recent years.
Andreas spoke with The Fountain about his favourite gig as well as what we are likely to see from him in the near future.
Using merely his voice and a Roland TD-4KP electronic drumkit, award-winning poet Antosh Wojcik explores the effects of dementia on speech, memory and family in his debut work for theatre, How to Keep Time. Performing in Edinburgh’s Summerhall over August, Antosh takes his show, which stemmed from his grandfather’s struggle with Alzheimers, to a wider creative audience.
Antosh spoke with The Fountain about the influences and premise of the show as well as his personal plans for the Fringe which includes gigging with a band in Bannermans.
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