Drunken and semi-psychotic singer Loretta Maine set for Edinburgh

Dark musical comedy with sick bags not included

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This article is from 2010.

Drunken and semi-psychotic singer Loretta Maine set for Edinburgh

You certainly wouldn’t invite Loretta Maine round to dinner with the folks. The hilariously drunken and semi-psychotic singer/songwriter left school in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 15, and now tours a repertoire which includes such colourful singalongs as ‘Cock Sucking Mother Fucker’, ‘I Had Your Baby But I Threw it in the River’ and ‘I’m Not Drunk I Just Need to Talk to You’ with her band, erm, DogVagina.

Slightly nervously, I ask about her impending Fringe. ‘Man, this is early. Why do we always have to do these things so early? I feel like someone carpeted my mouth in my sleep and then hoovered. What have I been up to? Mainly dragging my ass around clubs, and TRYING to get someone to recognise my immense talent. But they don’t understand tormented brilliance. I’m like Jeff Buckley but with bigger lungs. Have you got any Anadin?’ Um, no, sorry. What’s on the cards for your Edinburgh appearance?

‘Well, I was looking forward to it but then I found out I am playing in a CAVE. A cave? What the fuck? Do I look like Osama Bin Laden? No. I am a princess, and princesses don’t live in caves unless their empires have been destroyed. And I am yet to build up my empire to be destroyed so SOMEONE PUT ME IN A ROOM WITH DOORS … I think I’m gonna be sick.’

The Caves, 556 5375, 7–29 Aug (not 16), 6.35pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5.

This article is from 2010.

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Since moving to the UK from the US, Loretta has been disappointed by people’s inability to see her genius. She is an incredible talent, as we can see on her two self-released EPs 'I Had Your Baby But I Threw it in the River' and the current 'I’m Not Drunk, I Just Need to Talk to You'. Loretta is performing at the festival…

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