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Moishe’s Bagel

Moishe’s Bagel: Acoustic Music From Scotland And Beyond

Date: August 24, 2017
Venue: The Queen’s Hall (UK/Edinburgh)

Review by  Fiona Mactaggart

In a relatively small city of less than half a million people, Edinburgh-based musicians not infrequently can find themselves playing in bands of mixed musical genres. Since 2003 Moishe’s Bagel, or “The Bagel” as they are affectionately known locally, are perhaps one of the most successful products of this fortuitous melding of musics, with four CD releases to date on the labels Eachday Music and Moishe’s Bagel, under their belts.

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Xylouris White

Xylouris White: Crete/Australia Duo of Master Musicians

Venue: The Dissection Room, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Date: August 28, 2017

Review by Fiona Mactaggart (Photo by James Duffy )

As often happens at uber hip Summerhall, the gig starts somewhat later than billed, no doubt contributing to some first night nerves for Jamie Sutherland. Known locally as singer/ guitarist in indie folk band Broken Records and for his love of 1970s open-tuned guitars, tonight Sutherland presents for the first time mainly solo, with some of his latest self-penned numbers, with occasional unelaborated backing from Ian on keyboard, Robyn on violin and Anna on bass. A brave outing, Sutherland should also be congratulated for his informed choices, in his capacity as Music Programmer for Summerhall.

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Gnoss

Glasgow’s Folk Band Gnoss Performing “Fresh” Celtic Music

Concert Review by Fiona Mactaggart (Photo by Dougie Coulter)

Date: August 11,  2017
Venue: Acoustic Music Centre, Ukrainian Club, Edinburgh, Scotland

This year Edinburgh hosts the 70th iteration of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (EFF), showcasing music and theatre from most regions of the world. Gnoss…this young band, however, hasn’t had far to travel: original members Graham Rorie (fiddle, mandolin) and Aidan Moodie (guitar, vocals) both from the Orkney Islands, nowadays augmented by Connor Sinclair (flute, whistle) and Gregor Kincaid (bodhran). Together they present a highly accomplished, charming and well – paced one hour set, demonstrating a maturity in their play significantly beyond what might be expected from their relative youth.

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Trichotomy: Australia’s Inventive Contemporary Music Ensemble Live in Scotland

Trichotomy Live: Australia’s Inventive Nu Jazz Trio

Date: February 8, 2017
Venue: The Jazz Bar (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Review by Fiona Mactaggart

The Oxford English Dictionary defines trichotomy as ‘a division into three categories’, an apt name for this accomplished Australian band of composer- musician individualists, who have despite some change in line-up, since the late 90’s developed an increasingly distinctive sound.

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