A healthy crop of ukulele acts, as always, at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Here’s a quick rundown of the acts I’d be going to see if I was there.
Helen Arney – Festival of the Spoken Nerd and Alchemy
Comedy ukulele nerd and star of Uke Hunt podcast #8, Helen Arney will doing a whole bunch of shows at Edinburgh including a two-off show Festival of the Spoken Nerd with Blue Peter spod Steve Mould and maths stand up Matt Parker.
She’ll also be doing AlchemyEH1 (“new sketches and songs in a secret off-Fringe venue”) and gigs with MJ Hibbett, Tricity Vogue and, fellow uncaged monkey, Robin Ince (who you should definitely catch if you’re there – I saw one of his preview shows and it was hilarious).
You can find everything Helen is doing on her website.
Tricity Vogue is going to have a busy time at the fringe. She’s doing both her Blue Lady Sings Back show and her free, bawdy and guest-packed Ukulele Cabaret. Guests so far have included Ria Lina, Helen Arney and Amanda Palmer.
Jo Stephenson – Can You Dig It?
Jo Stehpenson is teaming up with Dan Woods for vegetable-based songsmithery in their show Can You Dig It?.
Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer
Mr B will be chap hopping the fringe in his show How I Invented Hip-Hop and Other Faux Pas.
I was completely unaware of Emily Scott before seeing her Edinburgh listed. But after seeing a few of her videos I’m very interested in hearing more. And her Edinburgh show will feature a classical string trio.