Edinbur h Folk & Harp estivals


Festival listings compiled by Norman Chalmers.

I Workshops and Classes See programme. available at Teviot House.

I Dordan/Savouma Stevenson Trio with Catriona MacDonald Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 7.30 pm. £8.50 (£7). ()pening Concert. presented by the Edinburgh Harp Festival in conjunction with the Edinburgh Folk Festival. features the unique all- wornen Irish quartet performing their unusual mix of traditional and baroque music and song. led by tin whistle virtuoso Mary Bergin. Celebrated Scots harpist Stevenson performs her own jazz-tinged compositions with sasman Steve Kettley. bassist Brian Shiels and lvlacl)onald's eloquent fiddle. rooted in the Shetland style. See preview.

I Frank McLaughlin and Gillian MacDonald Elephant House. 8pm. £2. Formerly the folk band Vital Spark.

I Dancer's Dance Epworth Hall. 8.30pm. £5 (£4). Favourite Scottish dances. with a caller.

I Dick Gaughan Traverse Theatre. l0pm. £8 (£7). Scotland's leading political folk singer here interprets Ewan MacColl and Hamish Henderson.


I Workshops and Classes See programme. available at Teviot House. I Danny Kyle’s Open Stage Teviot Bar. 12.30pm and 5.30pm. Free.

I Wrigleys/Henderson/Thoumire Queen‘s Hall. 3pm. £7.50 (£5). Children £3 (accompanying adult £5). Family concert of past winners of the B BC Young Tradition award. Spectacular instrumental performances on fiddle and guitar. and harp. Concertina specialist Simon Tltoumire brings his new traditional music band Honest Lads.

I Clarsach Ceilidh Pleasance Theatre Bar. 7pm. £3.50. Short sets and the occasional dance with concert guests. tutors. and friends.

I June Tabor Teviot Hall. 7.45pm. £6 (£5). English diva of the masterful. moody voice and a repertoire that moves far beyond 'folk' idioms. accompanied by her usual viola. accordion and keyboards. I Sangsters/Sheena Wellington Teviot Howff. 8pm. £5 (£4). Traditional songs form the staple of this line Fife- based close harmony group. Support from another Fifer. and folk song diva.

I lain MacDonald and Louise MacKenzie Elephant House. 8.30pm. £2. Songs old and new from Exsl)esperate Danz Band musicians.

I Up in the Air Teviot Dining Room. l0pm. £4 (£3). Johnny Hardie and Davey Cattanach of the ()Id Blind Dogs. with the Iron Horse's Gavin Marwick. in an outbreak of fiddle fever. See preview.

I Singing Session Teviot Wine Bar. I0pm. Free.

I Occasionals Teviot Hall. 10.30pm. Ceilidh dance. £6 (£4). led by accordion ace Freeland Barbour. with Kevin Macleod. banjo.

I Workshops and Classes See programme. available at Teviot House. I Danny Kyle's Open Stage Teviot Bar. 12.30pm and 5.30pm. Free.

I Irish Set Dances and Ceili Teviot Hall. 3pm. £4 (£2). Belfast musicians and dancers All Set led by Mary Fox.

I Alice Giles Pleasance Theatre. 1.45pm. £5.50 (£4.50). Classical concert on the full-scale concert harp.

I Harvi Griffin Pleasance Theatre. 7.30pm. £5.50 (£4.50). Eclectic repertoire from virtuoso American concert barpist. New Age. country. Bach to Brubeck.

I Looking East Teviot Hall. 7.45pm. £5 (£4). Interesting. very well-performed Western/Indian acoustic fusion from a Scottish quartet.

I Adam MacNaughton/Will Noble and John Cocking Teviot Howff. 8pm. £5 (£4). Glasgow‘s consummate songwriter (‘Jeely Piece Song'. ‘Hamlet'l and patter merchant. in an evening of songs and yarns with two of Yorkshire's fittest.

I Rob McKilIop Elephant House. 8.30pm. £2. Early Scottish music on authentic instruments. including lute and

Ticket information

the closing time is 2am.

The Folk Festival is centred at Teviot House, Bristo Square and the Harp Festival at the Pleasance Theatre complex. at the Pleasance. There are concerts in the Usher Hall, Lothian Road. 228 1155 and the Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019; other events are held in Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404; Elephant House, George IV Bridge. 220 5355; and Epworth Hall. Nicolson Square (tickets from the Queen‘s Hall Box Office and at the door).

Tickets are available from Teviot House Box Office, 650 4673, and Queen’s Hall Box Office 668 2019. Credit Card Hot-line 0131 667 7776. There are discounts for group bookings. Information on any part of the Festival 0585 559870. During the Folk Festival. Teviot House is open IOam—lam. except weekends. when

Please note that entrance to Teviot House is free during the day but after 7pm is by £1.50 Teviot ticket. A ticket for one of the concerts is also valid for entrance to Teviot on that night. Tickets for Harp Festival events are on sale at Pleasance Theatre Box Office. Festival Web pages are found at http://www.go—edinburgh.co.uk.

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Scotsman cartoonist Graham High has another great talent as a guitarist and with tabla master Vijay Kan utkar, German flautist Michael Magg, and tanpura drones from Chiara Schi ska (all based in Scotland) is Looking East. Airier than John McLaughlin's lndo/Jazz fusions, and with nuances of Celtic influence, this is very accessible, exceptionally well played acoustic music.

I Workshops and Classes See programme. available at Teviot House. I Danny Kyle's Open Stage Teviot Bar. 12.30pm and 5.30pm. Free.

I Calluna/J‘anet Bennett Pleasance 'l'heatre. 7pm. £5.50 (£4.50). New additions to Calluna's flute and clarsach line-up with young Anna Murray (actress in illtii‘litiir) adding Gaelic vocals and her considerable skill on the bagpipe. with .»\nna-Wendy Stevenson on fiddle. ClassicalIy-trained. Bennett sings folk songs to a harp accompaniment.

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I Talitha Mackenzie Teviot Hall. 9.30pm. With her acoustic/electric band the Edinburgh-based American. es-Mouth Music. performs songs in various languages and contemporary arrangements. I Singing Session Teviot Howff. 10pm. Free.


I Workshops and Classes See programme. available at Teviot House. I Danny Kyle’s Open Stage Teviot Bar. 12.30pm and 5.30pm. Free.

I Sedrenn/Bachue Cafe Pleasance Theatre. 7.30pm. £5.50 (£4.50). Small harps to the fore in a concert by two duos. Breton traditions are contrasted with a jazzy take on Scottish roots. . I Smalltalk Teviot Hall. 7.45pm. £5 (£4). ()ssian's Billy Ross and Billy Jackson in a line quartet of Scots traditionalists. Vocals. fiddle. harp. whistle. flute and smallpipes.


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I Shanks and Russell Elephant House. 8.30pm. £2. Coffee house ambience. up- and-coming songwriters.

I Richard Wood Band Teviot Ilall. 9.30pm. £6 (£5). Not yet twenty. champion Canadian fiddler (and step dancer) leads his trio playing piano. guitar and bodhran with vocals. From Prince Edward Island. Nova Scotia. their music is. yes. essentially Scottish in origin.

I Singing Session Teviot Howff. lopm. Free.

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