Edinburgh Festival Fringe top ten music shows

Actress Elisabeth McGovern in her band Sadie and the Hotheads
Actress Elisabeth McGovern in her band Sadie and the Hotheads
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Entertainment editor Liam Rudden selects his Top 10 music shows at this year’s Fringe

Even more than with theatre and comedy, the music strand of the Fringe can be an exciting mix of acts and styles.

Hazel O'Connor. Picture: Comp

Hazel O'Connor. Picture: Comp

From pop to jazz, classical to folk, and punk to Motown, there really is something for everyone. However, if you can’t be bothered reading though pages and pages of listings in the Fringe programme, here are my Top 10 musical suggestions for the 2013 Fringe... again, there’s hopefully something for everyone.

Tickets for all shows are now on sale from the Fringe Box Office, 0131-226 0000 or from www.edfringe.com

• HAZEL O’CONNOR: BEYOND BREAKING GLASS

BREAKING Glass, the story of the rise and fall of troubled punk pop star Kate, was a seminal rock movie of the 80s. It starred Phil Daniels and Jonathan Pryce and made a star of Hazel O’Connor, who played Kate, scoring her Top 10 hits with Will You? and Eighth Day.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

In Beyond Breaking Glass, which first played the Fringe to rave reviews 15 years ago, O’Connor takes us on an emotional and very candid journey from her childhood right up to the present day - all interwoven with songs from her unforgettable catalogue of hits, backed by award-winning harpist Cormac De Barra.

Pleasance Courtyard, 19-26 August, 5.30pm

• MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS

“JIMMY, Oh Jimmy Mack...” Martha Reeves is back. Yes the queen of Motown makes her Fringe debut next month along with her Vandellas.

In Vogue - Songs of Madonna

In Vogue - Songs of Madonna

Expect (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave and Dancing In The Street, both of which made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Assembly Rooms, George Street, 9.30pm

• NOSFERATU: WITH NEW LIVE SOUNDTRACK

WINNER of the innovation Award at the 2013 Scottish Jazz Awards, Graeme Stephen performs his new score to a screening of the classic silent film Nosferatu.

Worbey and Farrell

Worbey and Farrell

Written for guitar and cello, featuring Mercury Prize Nominee Ben Davis.

Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 22-23 August, 1.30pm

• SADIE AND THE HOTHEADS

DOWNTON Abbey’s Lady Cora, aka Elisabeth McGovern, leads her band in a fusion of folk and country, inspired by the likes of Leonard Cohen.

New Town Theatre, George Street, 11.45pm

• ORKESTRA DEL SOL

Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman

NOTHING beats a good brass band, and this local nine-piece are one of the best.

Join them as they continue to strive to reinvent the sound of global brass music with their brand-new selection of scorching, dancefloor honk steppers and their usual brand of anarchic humour.

Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 8 August, 8pm

• RICK WAKEMAN

WITH more than 50 million album sales worldwide, Rick Wakeman has endeared himself to all genres and all ages. Join the one-time keyboard player with progressive rock band Yes at his piano for an intimate performance of songs and stories from a remarkable career.

Assembly Hall, The Mound, 6-18 August, 10.30pm

• IN VOGUE:SONGS BY MADONNA

MUSICAL theatre star Michael Griffiths strikes a pose as Madonna (though without a wig and frock) as he leads you on a journey through the star’s tough life and tender songs. A must-see for fans of the singer.

Playhouse The Boards, Greenside Place, 8-17 August, 9pm

• CHRISTINE BOVELL: PIAF

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s death, so it’s fitting that Christine Bovell should bring her 2011 and 2012 sell-out show back to the Capital. Discover the similarities between the singer and France’s little sparrow of Pigalle.

The Famous Spiegeltent, George Street, 2-3, 8-11,21-25 August, 8.30pm

• TUBULAR BELLS FOR 2

LAST year’s hot ticket, there’s a second chance to see this breathtaking, five-star recreation of Mike Oldfield’s masterpiece in real time.

Celebrate the album’s 40th anniversary with Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts, two multi-talented musicians who capture the playful lunacy of one of the most important albums of the 20th century.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 31 July-26 August, 5.45pm

• WORBEY AND FARRELL

EDINBURGH-based virtuoso concert pianists Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell demonstrate their wicked sense of humour in hi-energy show. The pair, who boast more than a million hits on YouTube performing everything from Rachmaninov to Coldplay have to be seen to be believed. Last time I saw them, they blew me away.

Assembly Rooms, George St, 1-15 August, 2.45pm