Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Posted on August 9th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

While the world seems completely transfixed on London and a certain sporting event, the largest arts festival on the planet kicked off last Friday in Edinburgh – the Fringe.

The three-week festival boasts truly Olympic proportions – 2011 saw a record-breaking 2,542 different shows, staging 41,689 performances in 258 venues by 21,192 performers.

This year looks like another mind-boggling affair, so here’s a selection of some of the musical highlights the Songlines team would be making a beeline to (if we weren’t all holed up in London, putting the next issue together):

Anda Union from Mongolia; The Perch Creek Family Jugband and Flap! from Australia; powerhouse folk trio Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker [pictured below] and John Doyle; Mexican guitar whizzes Rod & Gab, Bhundu Boy Rise Kagona, Toots & The Maytals, Nkomba from Malawi, Fringe regular Antonio Forcione and not forgetting of course, a stack of great Scottish talent including Breabach, the Halton Quartet, Karen Matheson, Blazin’ Fiddles, Peatbog Faeries, Rua Macmillan trio, Treacherous Orchestra and Shooglenifty [pictured above].

 

www.edfringe.com/whats-on/music

www.arfringe.com/listings/music/

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