Live Music – The Pick of the Fringe
Pick of the Fringe
Well August has arrived again, it seems to come round quicker and quicker every year. It already fees like half the world has descended on the Royal Mile. I took a walk up there the other day and wondered, in this day and age do we really still need people flyering? Is it as important now when we have apps and Social Media that can tell us everything we need to know about a show, and maybe the stuff we didn’t want to know? Someone handing me a flyer is obviously going to tell me the show I am going to is the highlight of the whole bloody month. However after a quick look on twitter or Facebook and I can see for myself that they have just lied to me in the hope I spend my hard earned fiver in a hot, smelly, sticky room listening to some guy who may or may not be the next Russel Brand!! (or Russel Grant)
Anyway I’m here to talk about the music. I have decided to pick 5 gigs that I would personally recommend, some of these show are technically not part of the Fringe but they are in August so if you fancy a night off the above then fire down to one of them. As I write this I have noticed that Thursday 14th August looks like it going to be one hell of a night in town for live music.
The Cairn String Quartet + Broken Records + Angus Munro – Electric Circus – Thursday 14th August – £8
The Cairn String Quartet have exploded all over the UK in the last few years, appearances at Glastonbury, T in the Park, the MOBOS with Emeli Sande and Professor Green, touring with Echo & The Bunnymen and the even played in front of the Queen herself at the opening of the Scottish Parliament. When trying to describe what these four girls sound like it is hard to do it justice. I first saw them backing up Stanley Odd at Record Store day where they churned out covers of Chvrches, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division and Foo Fighters.
Deathcats + Garden Of Elks + Passion Pusher – Henry’s Cellar Bar – Thursday 14th August – £5*
Fresh on the back of an appearance on the T-Break Stage at T in the Park and the release of debut album “All Hail Deathcats” on independent label Fuzzkill Records, Deathcats take to Henry’s Cellar bar slap bang in the middle of Pale Imitation Festival. I first heard this band when Sarah from Wozniak passed on a single. I instantly liked it. Unfortunately it took me until last week to get round to giving the album a full listen. It’s been on rather a lot since (including as I write now).
Support on the night is from Garden Of Elks & Passion Pusher
Rachel Sermanni – The Queens Hall – Thursday 14th August – £12
Rachel Sermanni first played the Queens Hall, also as part of the Fringe, in 2011 and has went from strength to strength ever since. She released debut album ‘Under Mountains’ in 2012 and has toured all over the world. I first met Rachel when I interviewed her when she was playing a Wide Days showcase and even early on her career she was tipped for big things. Already having released a couple of EP’s this year, Rachel has just announced her biggest headlining tour to date in October and November.
Holy Esque + Rebel Westerns + The Monty Hall Problem – Sneaky Pete’s – 19th August – £7
I will have to admit I don’t know a whole lot about Glasgow’s Holy Esque. However I do know that I loved playing their music on the radio show back in the day. They are currently out touring the release of new single ‘Sovereign’ out on Monday 11th August. The first 1000 downloads from the soundcloud page are free. So be sure to check back on Monday morning.
Jamie & Shoony + MOG + Conscious Route + Deadsoundz + Skyy Boi + State Of Play – Studio 24 – Friday 22nd August – £7.50
Jamie & Shoony have featured on this website loads over the last year or so, however Sunday night at Born To Be Wide’s Edinburgh night was the first time I had seen them live and they were brilliant. I first heard about these guys when they won the ‘Forth One, One To Watch’ Award and I thought it was just the 2 of them. Imagine my surprise on Sunday when 5 of then rocked on stage at Electric Circus and had the crowd in the palm of their hands. Amazing energy on stage and catchy tunes made for an explosive 10 minute set. I am very much looking forward to seeing them headline Studio 24.
What’s your music plans for August? Do you agree or disagree with these suggestions. Let me know by leaving a comment below of on Twitter.