Liam Rudden’s Edinburgh Fringe

Liam Rudden’s Edinburgh Fringe

He’s a busy man, Liam Rudden. A Leither born and bred and entertainment editor at the Edinburgh Evening News for almost 15 years now, he is also an award-winning writer, director and producer. At this year’s Fringe, Liam has a hand in no fewer than a half-dozen productions – all of which are worthy of inspection. Here, we take a look at those six shows… Thief by Liam Rudden Sailor thrives in the bars, dives and doss-houses of…

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High Five – Doug Johnstone

High Five – Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone is the author of seven novels, most recently The Jump (Faber & Faber). His work has been an Amazon Kindle #1 bestseller, a Fiction Uncovered winner and a Goldsboro Last Laugh nominee, as well as receiving praise from Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh and Chris Brookmyre. Doug is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Margaret University, and was previously Writer-in-Residence at the University of Strathclyde. He is also a journalist and musician, and…

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Top five films this week

Top five films this week

There are loads of films to watch in Edinburgh’s cinemas this weekend – both old and new – but here’s the five currently on offer that I think you’d be silly to miss… Inside Out: It’s been out a few weeks now, but Pixar’s latest remains the film to beat and, considering it’s made over £400 million at the worldwide box office, it’s likely to stay in cinemas for a while longer. If you haven’t…

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Alex Cornish’s AAA Edinburgh

Alex Cornish’s AAA Edinburgh

Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Alex Cornish has produced four critically acclaimed albums, toured with Alison Moyet, Amy Macdonald and Starsailor, enjoyed plenty of airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, and his songs have been featured in numerous films and TV shows. Most memorable capital event? Wandering around during the Edinburgh Festival, watching the street performers, the comedians, actors, musicians and magicians all flyering for their shows, seeing the city coming alive, even without going to…

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Fish’s AAA Edinburgh

Fish’s AAA Edinburgh

Born in Dalkeith in 1958, Fish (real name Derek Dick) shot to superstardom in the Eighties as lead vocalist for prog rock band Marillion, selling over 15 million albums worldwide, before embarking on a successful solo career. What’s your most memorable Capital event? Most memorable Capital event? Hibs parading the League Cup in December 1972 after seeing them beat Celtic 2-1 at Hampden. Standing with my Dad cheering them as they raised the cup on a…

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Edinburgh Festival round-up – Part 2

Edinburgh Festival round-up – Part 2

EACH Edinburgh Festival, Evening News Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden chooses 15 productions to put on his #MustSee list. In part two of a two part feature, here he highlights the final eight on this year’s list. Follow Liam on Twitter @LiamRudden Tonight With Donny Stixx Donny has committed an act that shocked everyone. Tabloids called him The Most Hated Boy Alive. But Donny doesn’t want forgiveness. All Donny wants is… his own television show. This…

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Top five films to watch this week

Top five films to watch this week

There are loads of films to watch in Edinburgh’s cinemas this weekend – both old and new – but here’s the five currently on offer that I think you’d be silly to miss… Inside Out: Inside Out, from the studio that brought us Toy Story and Up, is an animated adventure that takes us inside the depths Riley’s mind, an 11-year-old who’s forced to move cities with her parents. As a result, her emotions – Joy,…

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Q&A with Niki King – Jazz Queen

Q&A with Niki King – Jazz Queen

Edinburgh-born jazz singer Niki King can certainly claim to have been around for a while. The daughter of revered local jazz stalwart Freddie King, she was still in her teens when her first band’s debut record was released on the iconic Acid Jazz label (Jamairiquai, Brand New Heavies). In 1997, King signed up for Fionna Duncan’s jazz vocal course, and though she’d been singing for years, the experience she gained from the the course proved…

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Bruce Findlay’s AAA Edinburgh

Bruce Findlay’s AAA Edinburgh

A legend of the Capital’s music scene and beyond, we could write a whole book about Bruce Findlay’s life (and maybe one day we will), but he’s perhaps best known as the founder of iconic music store Bruce’s Record Shop and as the former manager of Scottish rock band Simple Minds, who he guided to world domination in the 1980s. Earlier this year, Bruce was (quite rightly) honoured with an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award…

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Edinburgh Festival round-up

Edinburgh Festival round-up

EACH Edinburgh Festival, Evening News Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden chooses 15 productions to put on his #MustSee list. In part one of a two part feature, here he highlights the first seven on this year’s list. The Titanic Orchestra, starring John Hannah The original TV Rebus John Hannah makes his first Fringe appearance for 25 years in the UK premiere of Hristo Boytchev’s madcap comedy of illusion, The Titanic Orchestra. Four tramps huddle together at…

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