Top Singer Sings the Duncan Lamont Songbook

Leading singer Tina May releases 52nd Street (and other tales) on 33 Records on Friday, December 4th. Featuring a collection of songs written by Scottish musician and composer Duncan Lamont, the album is full of the character and wit that Lamont, who died in July 2019, brought to his work as an astute observer ofContinue reading “Top Singer Sings the Duncan Lamont Songbook”

Treats from the Traverse across this December

As we all plod our way through a bleak 2020, this strange year’s final month will be lit up by some festive fare from the Traverse Theatre’s all year digital platform known as Traverse 3. The range of shows, from new productions to returning shows, should bring some theatrical anticipation this advent. Award winning GlasgowContinue reading “Treats from the Traverse across this December”

Cigar au Miel (Honey Cigar) French Film Festival at Home

An accomplished debut feature from filmmaker Kamir Ainouz, with a terrific central performance from 17 year old Zoe Adjani opens up the world as experienced by a teenage girl who, as if coping with impending adulthood is not enough, has to deal with the demands of both French and Algerian cultures. Set in 1993 Paris,Continue reading “Cigar au Miel (Honey Cigar) French Film Festival at Home”

Drummer’s Dreams Come True on Solo Album

Dutch drummer-percussionist Joost Lijbaart realises a life-long ambition with the release of his first solo album, Free, on November 30th.  Known internationally for his work with saxophonist Yuri Honing’s trio and quartet over the past twenty-five years, and more recently for leading the ambient improvising voice-guitar-percussion trio Under the Surface, Lijbaart devoted six months duringContinue reading “Drummer’s Dreams Come True on Solo Album”

Programme of Winter Activity Unveiled by Scottish Opera

Scotland’s national opera company, Scottish Opera, has unveiled a programme of digital and live performance as part of its 2020/21 Winter activity that includes filmed productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. To mark the milestone of the 50th Anniversary of the Company’s Outreach and Education, Scottish Opera Young Company (SOYC)Continue reading “Programme of Winter Activity Unveiled by Scottish Opera”

The Son’s Room New Restoration on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital

StudioCanal release on 23rd November StudioCanal make it a magnificent hat trick of releases this week with this superb restoration of Nanni Moretti’s Palme d’Or winning story of grief and bereavement. For me, this is one of the most outstanding films of the first twenty years of this century, one that will always feature inContinue reading “The Son’s Room New Restoration on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital”

Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2020 Goes Digital This December

Edinburgh International Magic Festival, aka Magicfest, that was founded in 2010 by Svetlana McMahon and Kevin Quantum, is a not for profit organisaton that promotes magic as an art form.   Like other arts organisations, Magicfest can’t have live performances so, like many others, is going digital over 5 days in December 2020 with a line-upContinue reading “Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2020 Goes Digital This December”

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Launches Fringemas Fundraiser

The 2020 Fringe may have been cancelled but hope runs high for 2021 with the launch of a campaign called Fringemas Fundraiser that aims to raise £25,000 by the 17th December 2020 for the charity. The money will allow the organisation to help bring back the festival in 2021; support artists and other participants toContinue reading “Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Launches Fringemas Fundraiser”

Early Festive Treat at Traverse from Irish New Play Company Fishamble

As part of the Traverse digital programme, a Scotsman Fringe First Award winner in 2019 comes back to Edinburgh in Traverse 3 for the first two weeks in December. Mustard, written and performed by Eva O’Connor, is a one-woman show about heartbreak, madness and condiments as coping mechanisms. When E meets the man of herContinue reading “Early Festive Treat at Traverse from Irish New Play Company Fishamble”

New Version of Annual Manipulate Festival Announced for 2021

Scotland’s visual theatre, puppetry and animated film festival, Manipulate, that’s been brightening Edinburgh’s dark early months since 2008, announce it’s 2021 return in a new form.  In a brief YouTube video, Puppet Animation’s CEO, Dawn Taylor launched the programme that will run from 21st January till 21st February 2021 with the three aims of provocation,Continue reading “New Version of Annual Manipulate Festival Announced for 2021”