Hitlist: Festival music
This article is from 2009
Pokey La Farge
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.
Maria Tecce in Viva!
A smouldering night of song steeped in raw sensuality, elegance, and Spanish spice from international chanteuse Maria Tecce. 'Sheer theatrical brilliance' (Times). 'Like Audrey Hepburn channeling Eartha Kitt... A tour de force!' (Boston Herald). www.mariatecce.com
Scottish songs, music and stories. Cheeky Nancy Nicolson, melodeon; irrepressible Alastair McDonald, banjo; brilliant Tony Mitchell, guitar. Programmes include history, humour, whisky, Burns, Stevenson, Scotland's food, and Scots and sex. Cosy venue, warm welcome. Afternoons and evenings. www.nancynicolson.com
A band that dragged British punk into new dimensions, Magazine reformed in 2008 and continues to be an influence in modern music today combining elements of avant-garde and pop.
Former Hackensaw Boy at the crossroads where Blind Blake, Bessie Smith, Lightnin' Hopkins, Townes Van Zandt intersect. 'Music that sounds as if it emerged through a time machine built in a ragtime scrapyard. A new-deal primitive' (Mojo). www.pokeylafarge.com
Scotland's leading folksong quintet. Their latest album was 'Scots music at its most evocative' (MOJO), the Guardian predicts they 'should be one of the folk bands of 2009'. Ancient ballads, cracking tunes, original song writing in the tradition. Malinky's 2009 festival show will preview some new tracks destined for the…
Camille O'Sullivan: The Dark Angel
Sell-out Edinburgh 08, London Roundhouse 09, singing Brel/Waits/Cave/Bowie! Stormed 'Later With Jools Holland'! 'It's as though her breath were soaked in paraffin; one spark and the whole room would ignite' (Telegraph).
A striking musical and theatrical experience that brings to life the minutiae and repetition of human behaviour as fifty members of the award winning Staatsoper Stuttgart Choir perform separate, interweaving pieces of sacred music by Bach within the cross section of a four storey building. A staged production sung in…