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Alex the Mind Reader

Alex McAleer / Free Festival Mentalist, mind-magician or psychological-illusionist - call him what you will, Alex McAleer reads minds. This is contemporary mentalism at its best, combining a sharp wit with 'uncanny powers of prediction' (ThisIsCabaret.com). Alex reveals strangers' secrets, demonstrates why you should…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

Studio

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 15 Aug

Studio

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

Studio

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 22 Aug

Lunch with the Literati

Fencible Productions The Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh's Rutland Square hosts a series of five encounters with Scotland's greatest masters of prose and poetry. You will be presented with the illustrated life and work of James Boswell, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle. One…

Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Scottish Arts Club

£12 (£10) / 0131 229 8157

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 7 Aug

The Midlife Crisis Cabaret Show

Cabaret show by a couple who just want to tick it off the 'to do' list.

The Hispaniola Restaurant, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Hispaniola

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Hispaniola

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Hispaniola

Free / 0131 557 3777

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 16 more dates until 23 Aug

Dick Lee and Brian Kellock: The History of Jazz

Dick Lee and Brian Kellock: The Story of Jazz. Reedsman and raconteur Dick Lee teams up with world class pianist Brian Kellock to present a vivid illustrated account. 'Dick Lee is a talented musician and a very knowledgeable man. He's also highly entertaining!' (Luise Valentiner). 1. An Overview 2. Early Days: The Turn of…

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 6 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 15 Aug

Hot Dub Time Machine. Best. Party. Ever.

An all night long mashup of instantly recognisable tunes from the 60s to the present day, presented against a video backdrop.

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

McEwan Hall

£7 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

McEwan Hall

£7 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 7 Aug

McEwan Hall

£12.50 (£11.50) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Celebrity Organ Recitals 2014-1

Simon Thomas Jacobs Experience the majestic power and glory of the Rieger organ in the historic St Giles’ Cathedral played by Simon Thomas Jacobs, St Albans International Organ Competition winner 2013. Full details: www.stgilescathedral.org.uk.

St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Cathedral

£8 / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Cathedral

£8 / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

David Vernon & Dick Lee

A virtuoso mix of music for accordion and clarinet from around the world: French, Jewish, Balkan, classical, traditional Scottish and more.

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 7 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 25 Aug

Patria

A look at the physical and cultural impact the Spanish Civil War had on the country through the music of Federico García Lorca.

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Wed 27 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thu 28 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Concerto Without Orchestra

Worbey & Farrell Worbey & Farrell are internationally acclaimed concert pianists with a wicked sense of humour. They have played with the world's leading symphony orchestras, achieved over a million hits on YouTube, and entertained all over the globe with their barnstorming blend of sparky comedy and utterly…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Ballroom

£12 (£10) / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£13) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Ballroom

£15 (£13) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Delusion of the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion

A large-scale music-theatre work featuring Harry Partch's instruments and inspired by Ethiopian myth and Japenese Noh theatre pieces.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 30 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Dick Lee's Swingtet Featuring Jazz Vocalist of the Year Alison Affleck

Dick Lee's Swingtet Classic swing: Goodman, Ellington, Miller et al. with Ali Affleck's take on Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. 'Entirely geared towards keeping customers satisfied and entertained' (Adams, Herald). Age category: PG

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 21 Aug

Gone Native

Two of Edinburgh’s finest resident songwriters perform a showcase of original and traditional Celtic music. Songs of love, travelling, pandas and trams. Nicholson and Gore have performed to audiences in Europe, Australia and the USA. ‘Quality voice!’ (Edinburgh Evening News). ‘Rock-solid quality song writing’ (Leith…

The Royal Oak, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

The Royal Oak

£8 (£6) / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Royal Oak

£8 (£6) / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

The Royal Oak

£8 (£6) / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools and his band play classic boogie woogie and rock'n'roll tunes for your merriment. Featuring guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall with special guest Melanie C.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sun 20 Jul

£36–£52.50 / 0131 529 6000

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The moving a capella ensemble who first came to international prominence on Paul Simon's 'Graceland' album and have remained at the forefront of South African music for more than 30 years. Please note date change.

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Sat 9 Aug

£10 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Napoli Mia! Dinner and Show

Philip Contini and his Be Happy Band Philip Contini sings Neapolitan Songs, tells romantic and funny stories about Napoletani, the beguiling people who live in Italy's most vivacious city. The Be Happy Band live on stage. Three course Neapolitan dinner before the show. Sunshine guaranteed. Age category: PG

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar, Edinburgh

Tue 5 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£8 / 0131 556 6066

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 8 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£11 (£9) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£11 (£9) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 25 Aug

Valvona & Crolla Vincaffè, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

Valvona & Crolla VinCaffe Ristorante

£37.50 / 0131 557 0088

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

Valvona & Crolla VinCaffe Ristorante

£37.50 / 0131 557 0088

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Owen Wingrave

Britten's television opera on stage as one young and troubled man fights to escape his family's militarism. Mark Wigglesworth is the conductor while Neil Bartlett is the director.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 17 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The KU Twist Singers

The Kingston University Twist Singers The exceptional KU Twist Choir premieres at the Edinburgh Fringe in the stunning setting of St Giles' Cathedral. The SATB choir comprises dance, drama and music students who bring music to life, performing a wide repertoire of choral music from a variety of genres. Recent high…

St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

Cathedral

Free / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tunder Anniversary Concert

David Hamilton Franz Tunder (1614-67) was Organist at the Marienkirche in Lübeck and one of the most important composers in the north German school of organ composition. His influence on other composers – not least Dieterich Buxtehude, his son-in-law and successor at the Marienkirche – was considerable. His surviving…

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Aug

Canongate Kirk

£5 / 0131 556 3515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Villani Plays Villani

Luca Villani International guitarist Luca Villani performs a recital entirely devoted to his own compositions from the sparkling Rwanda Suite to the poignant My Neverending Love Labyrinth, including his ultimate Edinburgh dedication, Leith Walk Clouds. 'Wonderful to hear' (Scotsman).

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Valvona & Crolla

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 6066

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Choral Celebration

St Giles' Cathedral Choir. St Giles' Choir, directed by Michael Harris, with Peter Backhouse (organ) in a concert featuring music by Bach, Brahms and Britten. Vibrant music and the spectacular Rieger organ fill the ancient splendour of St Giles'. All ages.

St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

Cathedral

£12 (£10) / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event that draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Fri 1 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 2 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sun 3 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

AdLibitum

Violin/accordion duo.

St Mark's ArtSpace, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Church

£10 (£8) / 0131 659 7600

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Alastair Savage Trio: The Scottish Fiddle

Alastair showcases the historic fiddle tradition in the fabulous acoustics of the Canongate Kirk. Joined by Euan Drysdale on guitar/piano and Iain Crawford on double bass, he performs the celebrated tunes of great Scots fiddle composers of centuries past, including 18th-century masters Niel Gow and William Marshall, as…

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

Canongate Kirk

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 3515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Archie Fisher

A mixture of Scottish traditional and contemporary songs from folk troubadour Fisher, known for his BBC Radio 4 award-winning show Travelling Folk.

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Big Room

£12 (£10) / 0131 346 8237

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Audience with Wendy Carle Taylor

Wendy Carle Taylor and Friends. Sell-out 2010, 2011 and 2012! Spellbinding new show. Stunning interpretations of Scottish, Irish, French and American songs and much more. 'Wonderful album, wonderful voice!' (Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2). 'True feast for the soul!' (List) 'Smiling eyes, beautiful voice…

Bruntsfield Church, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

Main church

£11 (£9) / 0131 229 0127

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 22 Aug

Main church

£11 (£9) / 0131 229 0127

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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