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Hi folks, getting very excited about Pulse at the Fringe… just sayin’! Tickets on sale now.
Kath Burlinson, co-deviser and director of Pulse, and I recently recorded a series of short videos about and around the show. We chat about the inspiration for the show, its themes, my connection to Scotland and to Gaelic, our highlights and even some of the gaffes along the way … such as the time we left the computer containing the whole show in the bar at the Tron Theatre! We’ll be distributing the videos on social media before and during the Fringe run and we hope you might enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them.
More details about the show on the flyer below. Book tickets here.
Pulse: Made in Scotland!
It really feels huge for Pulse to be selected as part of Made in Scotland, a curated showcase of Scottish performance on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.
This year, the showcase features 19 world-class dance, music and theatre shows, which the Herald’s Mary Brennan has described as “a vivid reflection of the creative energies at work within Scotland today”.
Check out the Made in Scotland website for the full list of acts. And here’s the short promo video of all of us.
Made in Scotland showcase 2016 from Made in Scotland on Vimeo.
Authentic Artist Collective at the Fringe
There are eight other members of Kath Burlinson’s Authentic Artist Collective with shows at the Fringe this year. So if you are confounded by all the choice of the Fringe why not go and see one of my artistic colleagues.
The Human Zoo Giant – click here for more info
Sarah-Louise Young Cabaret Whore presents La Poule Plombée – click here for more info
Skye Reynolds A: Version and Pitch – click here for more info
Christine Firkin The Fabulous Punch & Judy Show – click here for more info
Amy Duncan – who is playing for one night only, on Aug 21 – click here for more info.
Gabrielle Margulies Paper Hearts the Musical – click here for more info
Elyssa Vulpes Front Line – click here for more info
Mairi Campbell: Pulse at Summerhall – click here for tickets
Pulse the album
As many of you know, the show Pulse features six tracks from the album Pulse, which is the result of an ongoing collaboration since 2012 between producer Dave Gray of Soundcafe Studios and me.
Dave and I continue to work together in the studio. The music is guiding us and some fascinating tracks are emerging that will likely make up another album and theatre show. Dave’s skill in production, and as a musician, is right up there … and he makes a fine cuppa too!
‘Side by Side’ is probably my favourite track on the album due to the balance of image, sound and story weaving a magic presence. But they all mean a lot. ‘What the Devil ails ye?’ conveys my sense of loss and anger at being disconnected from traditional music during my time at the Guildhall school of music. ‘Darling don’t be silent’ gets the whole audience singing along during Pulse, which feels absolutely magical. And ‘Minnie’s House’ takes us to Minnie McMaster’s kitchen in Cape Breton, where I learn to do the old style of Scottish step dancing.
The CD of Pulse if currently sold out but you can still get the download and listen to snippets from the album in the shop on my website.
And before the Fringe…
There’s a lot to fit in before the Fringe run kicks off on the 3rd August.
I’ve already been up on Lismore for a few days and am just back from Cornwall to rehearse with violist pal, Sophie, who is the daughter of Peter Renshaw who features in the show. This evening I’m doing a gig at Leith Folk Club, and this coming weekend there’s a performance and a workshop at Music on the Marr festival in Cumbria (23rd and 24th). It’s a full on summer!
And did I mention that the Fringe run kicks off on 3 August??!
There are cheaper tickets on 3 & 4 August at our Preview shows and it would be lovely to see some familiar faces there. We also have 2-4-1 tickets on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 August so take a late lunch and bring a pal!
Hope to see you there.
“The sky was clear – remarkably clear – and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.”