Moonshine Freeze by This is the Kit


You know when an album just goes ‘bang’; hits the middle of the target?

Sounds unique?

Grows and grows and grows?

Well, this is one of them.

This is the Kit. Moonshine Freeze. On Rough Trade.

Led by Kate Sables from Winchester before Bristol and now Paris.

It’s a goldmine of folky Pop and was led off by the title track as the lead single earlier this year and rotated heavily on Radio 6.  But dive into the album and you are rewarded with much pleasure.

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The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe. The final Reckonings.


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You’ve put up with me so far so here’s the final evaluation.  And the Gorman Awards.

Best show:  Nederlands Dans Theatrer.

Best Musical (excluding Pippin):  Les Miserables.

Best Play:  The Divide (Part 1)

Funniest Show:  Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour

Best Venue:  Summerhall

5 stars *****

Nederlands Dans Theater

Rain

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour

Border Crossing

Richard Gadd: Monkey See, Monkey do

The Divide (Part 1)

Meow Meow’s The Little Mermaid

£¥€$ (Lies) by Ontroerend Goed

Gus Harrower

Adam

4 Stars****

Les Miserables 4.5*****

Lilith: The Jungle Girl

The Gardener

Dolly Would

Meet me at Dawn

Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon

Staffa

Sweeney Todd

The Divide (Part 2)

Into the Woods

Nina

3 stars***

Flight

Blanck Mass

Guy Pratt

Seance

2 stars**

Party Game 2.5***

The Performers by Irvine Welsh

 

 

 

 

Staffa by Ned Bingham and Gerry Fox at the National Library of Scotland: Edinburgh Festival review.


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Staffa is a 12 minute film of the island that is home to Fingals Cave.  It consists of a Tryptich of films in which Drones capture the island and the cave at different times of year set to Ned Bingham’s score which is an homage to Mendelssohn’s celebrated Hebrides Overture and was recorded by the RSNO.

It’s a delightful find in the Boardroom of the National Library and was so good I sat through it twice (Big deal. Ed).

A perfect blending of drone photography by Stef Williams and Pete Stanton and music that is both stirring and sublime.

A wee gem.

4****

Flight by Vox Motus at The Churchill Theatre: Edinburgh Festival Review


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This is a truly unique theatrical experience.  For a start there are no actors.

Essentially it is a moving diorama of tiny little figures that light up in small ‘stages’ over the course of 45 minutes and accompanied by a high quality recording of the story of the flight of two brothers from Afghanistan to the ‘Promised Land’ that is England and their scrapes and scraps along the way.

It has received huge praise and from a technical point of view I would certainly echo that.

It’s a vivid, unique and highly immersive experience.

My only criticism is that the story itself lacked real emotional grit.  It’s a familiar story now, over familiar almost, that added nothing to the body of written and film work out there.

But technically an absolute triumph.  For that reason I was pleased to see it.

3***