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Since forming in 2011, Inverness-based indie-folk band Dorec-a-Belle have been busy touring with the likes of Squeeze and The Magic Numbers, and performing at some of the country’s biggest music festivals. This month will see the band, who are supported by Creative Scotland, play their first Edinburgh show as part of the Fringe.
Ahead of their gigs at The Merchants’ Hall on Hanover Street and on the BBC Castle Stage later this month, AAA caught up with band member Liza Mullholland.
You’re performing at The Merchants’ Hall as part of this year’s Fringe and the shows are actually going to be your first in Edinburgh…
That’s right. We’re from Inverness and have performed all over Scotland but somehow or other we’ve never actually played Edinburgh. We’ve just never been given the opportunity before so we’re chuffed to bits to be playing at the Fringe. The Merchants’ Hall is an incredible venue and we’re delighted to be playing two shows there.
We’re also playing a free show on the BBC Castle Stage on 12 August, which will be fun.
You mentioned you’ve performed across Scotland. What have been the highlights?
We’re actually playing Belladrum Tartan Heart festival this weekend for the fifth time and that’s one of favourite places to play and hang out. I think we’ve played just about every stage they have – this year we’ll be on the Potting Shed Stage and we opened the Main Stage last year, which was great.
How did your Fringe shows come about?
We were approached by the team that were putting the programme together for The Merchants’ Hall after they seen us perform at Belladrum last year. We were delighted that they got in touch and are really looking forward to the shows.
For those that might not have heard of Dorec-a-Belle before, how would you describe your music?
We call ourselves an indie-folk band but it’s really hard for us to pin down a genre. Harmonies are definitely a big thing for us. We are an all-female band but we actually have two male musicians that perform with us to add to the harmonies and instrumentals at bigger gigs. We have someone playing accordion and someone playing double bass – people don’t automatically think they’d work together but they really do!
Each band member brings a lot of different influences to the band, which is great. We come from very diverse musical backgrounds and all of us are classically trained. Most of our material is original but we also do a few covers that the audience might recognise.
Are you a regular Fringe-goer?
I used to live in Glasgow and would always come through to Edinburgh to for festival, but I’ve never been able to spend that much time at the Fringe. We’ll all be down for a few days so it’ll be great fun for us to spend some time together enjoying the festival. We’re hoping to catch some other bands and comedy acts whilst soaking up the atmosphere.
Dorec-a-Belle, The Merchants’ Hall, Wednesday 10 August (9.15pm) and Saturday 13 August (12.30pm), http://www.admevents.co.uk/book/
Words: Amy Anderson