Eat, sleep and breathe: Ali McGregor

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  • 7 August 2012

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Eat, sleep and breathe: Ali McGregor

The opera singer turned cabaret diva puts a distinct twist on modern rock and pop hits

What time is breakfast?
6am with my two-year-old or 8.30 if my wonderful husband is on duty!

Tea or coffee?
Neither. Unless you have chai, which cafés rarely do here.

Smoking or non-smoking?
Non smoking. Unless it’s 3am and I should know better.

Sweet or savoury snacks?
Savoury, unless … (see above)

What food do you miss when you tour?
Home-cooked food.

Who’s the best cook you know?
I fancy myself as a bit of a cook actually #humble

What’s on your rider?
Water. And tequila but I usually have to supply that myself.

Which country / city has the best food?
Melbourne, without a doubt.

Do you eat out a lot?
When we are touring then yes. Sometimes that’s awesome but these days it means entertaining a two-year-old with crayons and breadsticks until the food arrives.

Do you drink onstage?
Um. Usually I like a glass of white but during a festival it’s water all the way (until the last week maybe).

Ali McGregor’s Alchemy, Assembly George Square, 226 0000, until 26 Aug (not 8, 13, 20), 9.10pm, £14 (£13).

Ali McGregor's Alchemy 2012

Ali McGregor's Alchemy

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Ali McGregor and Assembly. Ali McGregor returns to Edinburgh with her brand new show. Following from successes with La Clique, Opera Burlesque and Jazz Cigarette, Alchemy draws on her influences, from opera and cabaret, to trashy 80s pop divas. With the finest jazz musicians, she creates unique hybrids from popular songs…

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