Hitlist: Festival music
This article is from 2009.
What to see this week
Pokey La Farge
The ragtime blues expert takes to the stage with a country-inspired set. Brace yourself for an instrumental invasion featuring the kazoo, harmonica and washboard. Acoustic Music Centre, Fri 28Sat 29 Aug.
A danse macabre opera set to the music of Bach, this is by no means a light hearted tale; expect a deeply affecting dramatisation focusing on death, vanity and life. Festival Theatre, Fri 4–Sat 5 Sep.
The band that revolutionised the punk scene in the seventies, influencing everyone from Radiohead to the Klaxons with their avant-garde style. Reforming last year for a comeback tour, their set will please both old and new fans. Picture House, Sun 30 Aug.
Her theatrical music production Viva! reaches a crescendo with a steamy night of drama set to the sound of the Argentinian tango and Frank Sinatra songs. Assembly Rooms, Thu 27-Sun 30 Aug.
Long-time members of the Scottish folk scene, the quintet celebrated their tenth anniversary with the release of their fourth album Flower and Iron. Tradition combines with modernity in this instrumental set. Acoustic Music Centre, Thu 27 Aug.
Previously a circus performer, the slinky, sultry songstress now has an international reputation as a gifted storyteller, interpreting songs from the likes of Jacques Brel and Nick Cave.
Assembly Hall, Thu 27-Sun 30 Aug.
A warm welcome awaits in this intimate venue, with Scottish songs, stories and music from the band. Diverse topics including Burns, Scottish food and sex are all on the menu. The Royal Oak, Fri 28-Sun 30 Aug.