Ruby Fruit Jungle
Yet more classy Aussie sounds from another gem-packed Spiegeltent programme — an all-woman sextet firin’ it up on a bewildering array of percussion while singing like angels. Congas, steel pans, djembes, surdos and marimba line up with accordion, electric fiddle, bass and drum kit, spicing their rootsy dance-mix with tasty African, Latin and Caribbean flavours, all topped with powerful multi-part harmonies. Lead vocalist, Julia Messenger can belt them out in stunning style, scaling the heights of tortured passion in ’Burn’, elsewhere coming over all cool and cutting, as in ’Lovesong' or ’To The Sea’. 'Wild Things’ struts along a sultry funk-rap groove, while the edgy, bittersweet 'Tell Me’ has ’perfect pop single' written all over it. (Stella Whitehead) l Ruby Fruit Jung/e (Fringe) The Famous Spiege/tent (Venue 87) 558 8070, 22—25 Aug, 2pm, £6 (£4).
BLUEGRASS PREVIEW Sensitive New Age
Deep in the heart of Edinburgh, there is a place which wrll remain forever Australia. That place, of course, is the Spiegeltent, and it has been home to some strange acts as the festival
Neither sensitive or New age but definitely cowpersons
unfolds. Rest assured that the Sensitive New Age Cowpersons are no exception, but then, you didn’t really need to be told that, did you?
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The basic concept is that a quartet of seasoned Aussie bluegrass and country pickers have got together to take the piss out of everything they can think off, from saving the whales to country rap (’or C-rap as we call it, or just simple ol' Crap music’), prog-rock gurus to heavy metal monsters, all delivered ‘as God intended, bluegrass style’.
Calamity Jim, Texas T Tex (aka Snoop Texxy Tex), Stan Pede and Chuck Steak are about as representative of the New Man as Paul Gascoigne, but they are also a decent bluegrass band, and even if some of the jokes qwckly wear thin, they should be good fun. (Kenny Mathieson)
I Sensitive New Age Cowpersons (Fringe) Spiegeltent (Venue 87) 558 8070, 26, 29 Aug, 7pm, £6 (£4).
CONTEMPORARY PREVIEW Mr McFall’s Chamber
’Dance movements for which steps have yet to be invented’ seems a fair enough description for a composer to give to what he has labelled his Book OfA/leged Dances. But this extremely difficult music is far from alleged and is about to have its British premiere from Mr McFall's Chamber Orchestra. Written for the Kronos Quartet in 1994, minimalist composer John Adam's Book has been exclusive to
them until May. With sampled percussion on pre-recorded track, headphones on one ear and amplified instruments, the challenges for string quartet are immense but rewarding. Different parts of Book, interspersed with singers, dancers and compositions from Piazzola and King Crimson will be played each day, with a performance of the complete book on Sat 22. (Carol Main)
I Mr McFa/l’s Chamber Orchestra (Fringe) Cafe Graffiti (Venue 90) 55 7 8330, until 22 Aug, 72.30pm, £5 (£4).
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