Aug
12
2006
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Three Mo' Tenors

After a lull of 3 days we started the weekend with a bit of culture at Three Mo’ Tenors at Assembly @ St George’s Church.

Lorraine has persuaded me to cast my festival going further than comedy again, what with flamenco last year, and Havana Rumba this year, so a trip to see some tenors in concert is yet another new experience.

Three black dudes dressed in what I would class as standard opera get-up (top hat and tails – without the top hat) perfomed various pieces, both as a trio and as soloists. Musically backed up by some top quality piano, drum, guitar, and double bass playing.

It was all brilliantly performed – foot tapping or completely emotionally enthralling – it had the entire range. All accompanied by some nifty footwork by the 3. In fact at some stages it was almost a song and dance show rather than just song. It all added to what was a great hour and a bit of entertainment.

Blm

Written by blm in: Edinburgh Festival |
Aug
07
2006
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4 nights in a row

Frankie Boyle finished off our 4th night in a row at the Edinburgh (Fringe) Festival.

Having seen him at least once (maybe twice – I can’t quite remember) at The Stand Comedy Club here in Edinburgh, I was expecting some close to the bone humour, and he delivered :)

Nothing was too taboo for Frankie, from paedophilia to the twin towers. It was all excellent stuff. The man has a very likeable delivery, chuckling away at his own jokes, and striking up the odd conversation with the audience. Very easy to watch – and laugh at.

There are still tickets available so book him now!

Blm

Written by blm in: Edinburgh Festival |
Aug
07
2006
0

It was Kylie!

Well spotted Lorraine at Havana Rumba! on Saturday night.

Noted here in the venue web blog.

Blm

Written by blm in: Edinburgh Festival |
Aug
07
2006
0

Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne – Coming soon – (he was very good in the meantime)

addition ->

Aye, he was proper stand up with witty tales of holiday booking on lastminute.com and lots of couples routines. Cool set too – I definitly wanted a shot… (I’ll say no more in case you end up going. Lorraine nearly wet herself with laughter at one point !

Show was loosely based on Ed’s frustration and it hung together on the film Falling Down and how simple things can drive a man to shooting up a burger joint.

Blm

Written by blm in: Edinburgh Festival |
Aug
06
2006
1

Havana Rumba! and Kylie?

After the successes of our visit to the Venezuelan Flamenco last year I was more than happy to broaden my normal narrow comedy festival horizons and head to some more Latin dancing with Havana Rumba!

It was fantastic. The music and singing was vibrant and filled with feeling, the narrator (at 70 this month) was full of character and spun the yarn well, and the dancing! It was sensual, balletic, energetic, totally amazing.

You will be tapping your feet and clapping your hands at every opportunity – and might even manage a conga at the end of the show!

This was the opening night of the show with them being delayed a couple of days coming from Cuba – this meant there were a few raw edges with lighting/microphones/etc but for some reason this added to the experience. Maybe it felt more real than a squeaky clean faultless performance?

And the Kylie bit?

When the conga and audience participation was happening at the end of the show and the Assemby @ St George’s organiser was on stage being very enthusiastic, he appeared to bring a petit pop star in a hat onto the stage who danced with everyone else. Was it Kylie? Lorraine is convinced and I might be persuaded. I’m off to hunt through the press to see if she is in Edinburgh.

Blm

Written by blm in: Edinburgh Festival |
Aug
06
2006
0

Fred MacAulay

We broke our Edinburgh Festival duck of the year by going to see the Fred MacAulay show in the Assembly Rooms @ George Street this year.
Now I’ve seen him in the past and remember being most amused by his reasonably clean performance – he is of the older generation after all and a lot of his audience probably tune in to his radio show on BBC Radio Scotland through the week. Nothing too outrageous.
The show on Friday night however was different – not because it was ‘alternative’ or he told blue/racist jokes or anything – it just wasn’t that funny :(
I know it was preview night so it was pretty cheap but it felt like he hadn’t really planned out his act. It started off very relaxed and quite amusing but then most of his show was taken up by a power point presentation of his school drawings from 1962 or thereabouts when he was 4 and a half years old.
This was quite amusing but didn’t really go anywhere. It seemed to last for 90% of his time though and when it came to the end and he checked his watch several times to see how long he had left we must have whizzed through them quicker than expected as he tried to pad for a couple of minutes. I was cringing by now as it was very awkward.
Anyway – it was the opening night so hopefully he will improve – he had better!

Blm

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