Music, Issue 610

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Jock Tamson’s Bairns - Child's play

14 Aug 2008

Bands have a saying that you are only as young as your youngest member. That places Jock Tamson’s Bairns at about 33 years old, the age of their newest member, the fiddler Anna Wendy Stevenson, who joined the legendary Scottish folk combo in 2006. ‘I…

Future of the Left

14 Aug 2008

Title contenders

You can’t beat a good song title, and Future of the Left have some of the best. The Cardiff based trio’s second single was the thrillingly angry rock of ‘adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood’, and the band’s debut album Curses was peppered with other gems such as…

Broken records

14 Aug 2008

‘It’s never been part of our gameplan to be a cool band,’ says Broken Records’ singer and guitarist Jamie Sutherland. In that case, they better start redrawing the rules right now. Attracting Arcade Fire comparisons like iron filings to a magnet, the…

Prokofiev - The Symphonies

14 Aug 2008

Russian around with the tireless Valery Gergiev

In one of the most exciting orchestral weekends hosted by the Usher Hall, the London Symphony Orchestra appears with its principal conductor, Valery Gergiev, performing all of Prokofiev’s seven symphonies plus the two violin concertos with soloist…

5 Reasons To Go See - Alanis Morissette

14 Aug 2008

She’s massively popular Before we get to any of the juicier reasons for re-igniting your mid-90s fervour for Ms Morissette, let’s lay out the bare statistics of her success. The angry songstress has sold over 55 million albums worldwide, and has scooped…

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Various - Tighten Up! Deluxe Edition

14 Aug 20084 stars

REGGAE (Trojan/Sanctuary) The times around the birth of Trojan Records were turbulent ones: 1968 witnessed social unrest and uprising from Cuba to Belfast, London to Vietnam. Musically, the sound emanating from Jamaica, popularised by Britain’s West…

The Verve - Forth

14 Aug 20083 stars

PSYCH-ROCK (Parlophone) Even their most evangelical of fans – of which there are still plenty – might have doubted The Verve’s reformation. Much of the solo material of the previously unimpeachable Richard Ashcroft flattered to deceive, and none of it…

Hitlist - Music

14 Aug 2008

Michael Franti and Spearhead He’s been here repeatedly for T on the Fringe and now drops in for the Edge, and with good reason, no one sums up the original politically astute, culturally diverse, socially inclusive spirit of the Fringe as this worldly…

Painting Music Workshop

14 Aug 20084 stars

The art of sound

There are several enjoyable aspects to this imaginative workshop, but the best one is the gift that keeps on giving. In just 40 minutes, Rhuti Carr and her musical cohorts give you a new skill that will stay with you for life. Gathered around a giant…

Also Released - Music

14 Aug 2008

King Khan and The Shrines - The Supreme Genius of King Khan and The Shrines (VICE Records) VICE records continue to expand their impressive repertoire with this Berlin-based psych-soul nine-piece. The ecstatic presence of front man King Khan shines…

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5 Reasons To Go See - John Renbourn

14 Aug 2008

1 He’s an axe hero OK, he’s not in the same mould as Slash, but the veteran English guitarist and songwriter delivers an exemplary, dextrous mix of blues, folk, classical and jazz to wow his audience. 2 He’s a Pentangle Renbourn was one of the…

Metropolitan Cathedral Organ Concerts

14 Aug 2008

New organ put through its paces

Fringe statistics tend to be fairly staggering, but if all the organ pipes on the Fringe were added together, their total would beat the lot. The new organ at St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral alone has almost 4000. Built in French style by Matthew…

Frank Satan In Person

14 Aug 20084 stars

Beguiling and bawdy drinking songs

If you dig Tom Waits, Dean Martin and Hank Williams, then Frank Satan (pronounced ‘Say-tan’) is your man. The long-time alter ego of the Cameo Cinema’s general manager Ian Hoey is back after a lengthy break to regale audiences with a bawdy combo of…

The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Revolutionnaire Et Romantique

14 Aug 2008

Good grief as Gardiner tackles Brahms

After an absence of almost ten years, authentic performance pioneer John Eliot Gardiner returns to the Edinburgh Festival with his Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. Performing Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Begräbnisgesang…

Julian Lloyd Webber and the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra String Ensemble

14 Aug 2008

Another unlikely Fringe debutante in the shape of cellist Lloyd Webber

Five firsts at the Fringe for Edinburgh Youth Orchestra which breaks fresh ground this year with its new string ensemble of leading players, both past and present. With cellist Julian Lloyd Webber as director and soloist, its Fringe debut also features…

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The Bastard Children of Australian Folk: CWQ

14 Aug 20083 stars

Oddball eclecticism from down under

Melting together genres from Celtic to klezmer, the pioneering Australian folk band CWQ present the result of mixing musical traditions from across the world in The Bastard Children of Australian Folk. Exploring and moulding the entire gamut of…

Opera Shorts

14 Aug 20083 stars

Intimate new work in bite-sized chunks

In its inaugural run of performances, this new opera company provides a showcase of some of Edinburgh’s freshest talent with a set of four 15-minute long operas. The intimacy of such a small theatre helps captivate the audience, and the paucity of props…

InvAsian festival set to host Elvis Idol competition

14 Aug 2008

Calling all Elvis wannabes. Auld Reekie will be transformed into a veritable Graceland during a two-day tribute to the king of rock'n'roll this month. Organisers of the InvAsian Festival, an event dedicated to promoting Asian arts and culture, have…

Chris Biscoe Quartet - Gone in The Air: The Music of Eric Dolphy

14 Aug 20084 stars

JAZZ (Trio Records) Eric Dolphy is a figure more often acknowledged than actually engaged with. As Brian Morton points out in his notes for this fine disc, the relative neglect of Dolphy’s compositions leaves them an open field for exploration - and…

Misterioso

14 Aug 2008

Exploring Monk’s elusive mindscape

The often chaotic, always creative and ultimately silent life and times of one of the greatest of all modern jazz giants, pianist Thelonious Monk, is celebrated in this amalgam of music, theatre and video projection from the London-based Theatralia…

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Travis & Fripp - Thread

14 Aug 20083 stars

JAZZ (Panegyric) The jazz strap-line on top of this review may prove misleading if you are coming at the recording from an acquaintance with Theo Travis’s more mainstream work with his various quartets over the years. The saxophonist also has a…

Skelpaig - …aye?

14 Aug 20084 stars

FOLK (Skelpaig Music) Skelpaig have been working on Highland time whilst putting this lively and accomplished debut album of purely instrumental tunes together, but their laid-back approach to deadlines is not reflected in the vibrancy of the music…

Late Of The Pier - Fantasy Black Channel

14 Aug 20084 stars

ELECTRO (Infected) The cover art sums them up nicely: Late of the Pier are a heady pastiche of their influences. They flip from the sticky rock-fuzz eccentricism of Muse to the nostalgic clunk of Gary Numan’s vampiric electro, and back again, without…

Jackie Leven - Lovers At The Gun Club

14 Aug 20083 stars

SINGER-SONGWRITER (Cooking Vinyl) Now something of a Celtic/Romany troubadour, the Kirkcaldy-born Leven returns with his umpteenth solo album. Opening with the gun-tottin’ title track, and featuring guest vox from his absinthe-guzzlin’ buddy, American…

The Automatic - This is a Fix

14 Aug 20083 stars

ALT.PUNK (B-Unique) What a difference one little personnel change can make. After ousting squawk-happy keyboardist Alex Pennie, The Automatic drafted in Paul Mullen of the criminally-underrated yourcodenameis:milo, and his influence has leant the…