Hitlist - the best Festival music

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  • 9 August 2007

This article is from 2007.



International Festival Opening Concert: Candide Jonathan Mills kicks off his first Internataional Festival at the helm with a concert that aims to bridge the gap between the Fringe and the Festival, featuring Bernstein’s vivacious Candide with Laura Aiken (pictured) taking the part of Cunegonde. Usher Hall, 473 2000, 10 Aug, 8pm, £10–45.

John Renbourne A solo outing for the one-time Pentangle guitarist whose highly original style changed the way people think about folk guitar playing. His repertoire is for the most part folk and jazz but he dips a toe in the blues pond too. Acoustic Music Centre@St Brides, 346 1405, 14 Aug, 7.15pm, £12 (£10).

Orkestra Del Sol A home-grown musical smorgasbord driven by a massive brass section throwing everything from eastern European vibes to jazz, Latin and pretty much everything in between. A ready made party, complete with soundtrack. Spiegelgarden, 667 8940, 13, 14 & 21 Aug, 8pm, £10 (£7).

Found Never afraid to go out on a limb for a musical adventure, this Edinburgh outfit take their organic, rootsy, folktronica to the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop for a special audio-visual installation. Edinburgh Sculpture Workshhop, 551 4490, 9–12, 16–19 & 23–26 Aug, 11am–5pm, free.

Seasick Steve and Dave Acari A genuine one off here: a bluesman who has the life story to fill 100 blues albums, replete with the hand-made instruments and a voice to suit. T on the Fringe, Liquid Room, 225 2564, 14 Aug, 7pm, £12.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Fun strumming from this amusing group. Assembly@Queen’s Hall, 668 2019, 9–11 Aug, 7.30pm, £20.

Amanda Palmer On half of The Dresden Dolls strides out on her own for the third year at the Fringe with a clutch of new songs frm her soon to arrive solo album and some familiar favourites. Spiegelgarden, 667 8940, 9–18 Aug (not 13, 14), 8pm, £12 (£10).

The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain

The ensemble performs classical and rock favourites.

Orkestra del Sol

World music that's out of this world.'Part of DrumBeat 2007'.

Seasick Steve

Vagrant American bluesman accompanying himself on a two-stringed guitar, wooden box and other handmade instruments.


A magnificent opening to the Festival, as Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Bernstein's inventive opera. 'Candide' covers a range of musical styles with wit and sophistication. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Festival'

Amanda Palmer

One half of the Dresden Dolls mixing Weimar cabaret with old school blues.

John Renbourne

Pentangle's finger-pickin' guitarist.

The Ads and Found

Fast paced guitars and electro-punk promised from The Ads plus experimental catchy pop from Found's unique acoustic, samplers and laptop set-up. Free tickets from www.themill-live.com

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