Performances

Jewish Chronicles

£10 (£8)

 

Stuart McNair

£5

 

 

 

Fri 3 - Tues 7 August 2pm - 3pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Fri 3, Sat 4, Sat 18,

Thurs 23 August 8pm - 9pm

Sat 25 August 10pm - 11pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

A personal journey told in song about family and the Jewish world. Frank without controversy, personal without confrontation or any trace of bitterness and by turns, laughout- loud funny and deeply moving. Daniel Cainer unites Gentile and Jew through his honest style of storytelling.

 

With his stories within stories,

Cainer reminds me of Buñuel - Alan Bennett

 

Genius - 3 Weeks, Edinburgh 2011

 

www.danielcainer.com

www.jewishchronicles.com

 

A singer/songwriter from the American South, Stuart McNair combines Folk, Country, Bluegrass and Louisiana traditions for a joyous live show. Called “dazzling”, “uplifting” and “glorious”, his songs deliver an Earth-friendly message that deals with love, life and communion with nature.

 

A multi-instrumentalist, Stuart employs humour, irresistible bayou and mountain rhythms and unique tales.

 

www.stuartmcnair.com

 

 

 

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Soweto Entsha

£14.50 (£12)

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3-4 August 8pm - 9.15pm £8 (£6)

6-8, 10-15, 17-20, 27 August 8pm - 9.15pm

9, 16, 21-25 August 4pm - 5.15pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

An irresistible performance expressing the spirit of Africa through the rhythmic beauty of the human voice. During this feel-good experience, you’ll be dazzled, moved, and end up dancing in the aisles. Discover the new sound of African a cappella.

 

“Exhilarating Spirit”**** - Scotsman - 2011

Soweto Entsha - Come to Africa

Steamer Lane

by donation

 

Devi Satari Tribal

Fusion Belly Dance

£8 (£6)

 

 

 

Sat 4 August 4pm - 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Sat 4 August 6pm - 7pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Steamer Lane comes together for an hour of soft rock and gentle folk music. Share and enjoy their fresh vocal harmonies. Members of the band have toured extensively through the Czech Republic, Norway, Switzerland and have also appeared on BBC national TV and Scottish Television.  A great way to start the Festival!

 

www.cdbaby.com/cd/STEAMERLANE

 

www.myspace.com/1steamerlane

 

 

Be inspired by colour, movement and music. Devi Satari is a tribal fusion belly dance troupe based in Edinburgh. Accompanied by musicians the dance incorporates Middle Eastern and Asian influence to create something unique and beautiful!

 

www.devisatari.co.uk

 

 

 

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My Naked Heart

£7 (£5)

 

Matilda Brown With

Graeme Stephen

£8 (£6)

 

 

 

6, 8, 10 and 12 August 4pm - 5pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Mon 6 August 4pm - 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Melodic and melancholic songs on acoustic guitar by Scottish singer/songwriter, Duncan Gillies MacLaurin, who has now lived in Denmark for over two decades. He portrays the natural beauty of where he resides on the west coast of Jutland, pays homage to poets such as George Mackay Brown and Wilfred Owen, and paints the contours of his own personal vision. A complimentary pamphlet of his lyrics will be provided on entry.

 

www.gists.wordpress.com

 

An evening of songs and instrumental music in response to different people’s experiences of walking through mountainous landscapes.  We hope to lead you through all kinds of wonderful, sad, mysterious, joyful and beautiful musical atmospheres, just as the weather and climate leads us into different atmospheres and situations when we are walking in the hills. The concert is dedicated to Lulu Black and her love for the mountains.

 

 

 

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An Evening With Dementia

£10 (£8)

 

Sacred Gifts Recital

£5

 

 

 

Mon 6 August 8pm - 10pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Tue 7 August 4pm - 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Fringe sell-out award 2010

Enlightens, inspires, reveals what an individual with dementia might want others to understand if he could be the teacher. - British Medical Journal.

 

Empathise with the state of being, called dementia. From 9pm will be a discussion led by Professor June Andrews, the Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling.

 

www.aneveningwithdementia.co.uk

 

Lisa Buringrud is the principal flautist for the Kings Symphony Orchestra in Hanford, California and performs with chamber music ensembles throughout the State.

 

Lisa’s programme is taken from her album “Sacred Gifts”; a unique collection of instrumental sacred music.

 

www.lisaburingrud.com

 

 

 

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Strathmore High School Chamber Wind Ensemble

£5

 

Weds 8 August 4pm – 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Strathmore High School’s Chamber Winds Ensemble is a combined ensemble comprised of students from Strathmore High School and Harmony Magnet Academy located in Strathmore, California.

 

Currently the SHS Chamber Winds are recognized as “The Best Little Band of the West” - they have received accolades from nationally known music conductors throughout the country and numerous performance invitations within the past few years.

 

All proceeds are going to FoSP and its charities.

 

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Mindfulmess

£7 (£5)

 

Two Wings To Fly

Free

 

 

 

Tue 7 and Fri 10 August 6pm - 7pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Tue 7 August 8pm - 9pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

A rewarding and engaging performance of beautiful, meditative solo piano music and inspiring songs. It features reflections on the early stages of a journey, exploring how to live a spiritually fulfilling life in a modern, rational world.

 

Rich’s meditative piano music is enchanting recalling Einaudi, Debussy and Glass. His songs combine enchanting melody with ethereal vocals, thoughtful, reflective lyrics and sensitive piano accompaniment.

 

www.richbatsford.com

 

Two rather wise men from the east

 

Would really not mind in the least

 

If you joined them one evening

 

For spiritual seasoning

 

With poems that make up a feast.

 

 

 

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Grace!

£10 (£8)

 

The Craic Where The

Light Gets In

£8 (£6)

 

 

 

Weds 8 - Sat 18 August 2pm - 3pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Weds 8 August 8pm - 9pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Surprising, Irresistible. Radical.  Grace! is a fresh, moving and often funny take on the redemption story from Creation to present day.

 

Narrated by the superhero, Grace and his sidekick Gabriel. With live original music. Suitable for all.

 

Children Under 12 Free

 

www.mandetheatre.co.uk

 

They met at a poetry slam where he was competing, she was a judge. He won. They got married. Come and listen to Richard Medrington and Elspeth Murraytwo of Scotland’s most entertaining performers and poets” -Scottish Poetry Library- as they present a selection of their own and others’ poetry. With musical guests handpicked from the very best of Edinburgh’s Festival talent.

 

www.elspethmurray.com

www.puppetstate.com

 

photo credits:

Keith D Fourtheye Photography

 

 

 

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Kateřina Koulakova –

The Voice From The

Czech Republic

£5

 

Calling The Muse

£10 (£8)

 

 

 

Fri 10 August 8pm - 9pm CANCELLED

Sat 11 August 2pm - 3pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

Sun 12 August 12pm - 1pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Sat 11 August 6pm - 7pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Kateřina is a singer from the Czech Republic who plays the piano and guitar. Playing her own melodies, every song tells a story from life. Sit back, listen and relish the tunes and lyrics of the beautiful songs. Her goal is to give people positive energy and make them feel relaxed. A charming event for everyone, so come and enjoy IT!!!

 

www.katerinakoulakova.cz

 

Invoking the muse to guide her harp music Mio Shapley performs in the enchanting atmosphere of St. John’s

Church. She will be offering a selection of music from Classical through Celtic to her own compositions and Jazz songs on the Scottish clarsach and the stunning Salvi concert harp. Mio grew up in the alps of central Japan and brings the tranquillity, splendour and beauty of the East into her musical gift to you.

 

www.mioshapley.com

 

 

 

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Music From The Kingdom

£6

 

A Scottish Journey

And Beyond

£12 (£10)

 

 

 

Sat 11 August 8pm - 9pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Sun 12 and Sat 18 August 4pm - 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Music from the Kingdom: Costume Party, Johnstown Flood, Lucy Hume and

Pittencrieff Outcasts.

 

An exciting hour of some great live music from Fife including Americana from The Johnstown Flood, new pop from young Dunfermline group the Dolomites, dance/pop from Lucy Hume of Glenrothes and pop, soul and rock from newly formed Pittencrieff Outlaws.

 

4 bands for only £6!

 

Singer Coreen Scott performs with Laverock. Beautiful musical arrangements of Celtic ballads, favourite Scottish folk songs and the haunting French melodies of Edith Piaf.

 

Beautiful renditions of traditional and modern songs – Scotsman.

 

www.coreenscott.co.uk

 

 

 

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Last Tango In Edinburgh – Orquesta Atípica De Edimburgo £10 (£8/£5)

 

Leave To Remain

£12 (10)

 

 

 

12, 19 August 7.15pm - 9pm

14, 17 August 8.15pm - 10pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

13 and 14 August 4pm - 5.30pm

20 August 2pm - 3.30pm

Chapel at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Join Scotland’s leading tango band and embrace the passion of Buenos Aires’ music and dancing, featuring international dancers Jenny Frances and Ricardo Oria and guest singer Valentina Montoya

 

Sit back and relax in our candlelit café or join us on the dance floor and embrace the music of the tango.

 

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Following their personal experience of bereavement, writer Jo Clifford, and actor Suzanne Dance created Leave to Remain - a show that uses live music, ritual and storytelling to create an uplifting performance that is as warm hearted as it is cathartic.  With cellist Harriet Davidson.

 

There’s something intensely moving and comforting about this brief and beautiful experience. – Joyce Mcmillan, Scotsman

 

 

 

 

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A Musical Journey

With Euna Park:

Springtime In Korea

£10 (£8)

 

Exuberant Violin

£8 (£6)

 

 

 

Mon 13 August 6pm - 6.50pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Weds 15 August 4pm - 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Acclaimed classical flute player Euna Park reintroduces enchanting Korean traditional folk music with commentary by Jiwoo Kim. You are invited to this unique opportunity to discover the beauty of Korean culture.

 

Violinist Feargus Hetherington performs music for solo violin from J.S. Bach to Spirituals and traditional music, finishing with the exuberant tones of Belgian Eugène Ysaÿe’s Sonata no.6.

 

www.feargushetherington.com

 

 

 

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Dirty Paki Lingerie

£10 (£8)

 

Cantarina

£10 (£8)

 

 

 

Thurs 16 August 8pm - 10pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Fri 17 - Sat 18 August 6pm - 7pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

An outstanding one-woman play where Sex, Religion, and Politics collide as six American Muslim Pakistani females air their dirty lingerie...

 

Breaks down stereotypes of Muslim women - The Wall Street Journal

 

See this production - nytheatre.com

 

Followed by a discussion with Farkhanda Chaudhry OBE and the playwright and performer Aizzah Fatima and Shabnum Mustapha, Director of Amnesty International Scotland.

 

www.DirtyPakiLingerie.com

 

Cantarina is an enchanting, all women choir from Prague. With a fondness for black and orange they will light up the Church with their wide repertoire which includes folklore, sacred music and Latin-American songs. It promises to be an evening of delight, culture and beauty.

With special guest Alan Forrester for an international collaboration which deals with positivity in the face of hardship.

 

www.cantarina.com

 

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Shadows in the Water

£6 (£3)

 

Sat 18 August 6pm - 7pm

Sun 19 August 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Combining elements of jazz, avant-garde, gospel and alt-folk, this band are sure to put on a show that will be as intriguing as it is spiritually uplifting.

 

A truly stereotype-busting jazz worship project  - Crossrhythms.co.uk

 

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Harp And Soul –

Ailie Robertson

£8 (£6)

 

Voice Of The Heart:

An Introduction To

The Life, Poetry And

Stories Of Rumi  £8 (£6)

 

 

 

Sun 19 August 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Sun 19 August 4pm - 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

The harp has been used for centuries to produce soothing music that brings peace, rest and healing to the mind, body and spirit. Multi-award winning celtic harpist, Ailie Robertson will perform a programme of contemplative slow airs and uplifting, exuberant jigs and reels from Scotland and Ireland.

 

www.ailierobertson.com

 

A living introduction to the sublime life, poetry, and stories of Jelaludin Rumi. Duncan Mackintosh is an artist of the spoken word and has performed Rumi’s work for over 20 years.

 

[It] is beyond performance, it’s alive - it burns, caresses, consoles, reawakens. You are like embers, I felt like kindling! - Muriel Maufroy, Author of ‘Rumi’s Daughter

 

www.rumitour.co.uk

 

 

 

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StAnza Showcase

£5 (£3)

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony

by donation

 

 

 

Mon 20 August 4pm - 5.15pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Tues 21 August 11am - 12 noon

Sat 25 August 6pm - 7pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, is one of the leading poetry festivals in the UK whose main spring festival in St Andrews every March celebrates the diversity and value of poetry.  This special showcase event brings together acclaimed poets from recent festivals and offers a unique encounter with contemporary poetry at its best and most engaging.

 

www.stanzapoetry.org

 

“Cha-no-Yu: Way of Tea,” is a living art which originated in 16th century Japan. The 4 principals of the Tea Ceremony are Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquillity. It synthesizes the arts of elegant Kimono, flower arrangement, calligraphy, pottery and philosophy into a way of life. Mio Shapley, master of the Tea Ceremony, accompanied by shamisen player Hiromi Moffat, warmly invite you once again to come and share a cup of peace and simplicity.

 

www.mioshapley.com

 

 

 

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African Traditional Songs With Grassroots Zimbabwe

£10 (£8)

 

Susanna Orr Holland

£8 (£6)

 

 

 

Tues 21 and Thurs 23 August 2pm - 3pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Wed 22 August 8pm - 9pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Enchanting harmonies and glorious melodies to lift the heart and soul. Bringing songs from the Ndebele and Shona cultures of Zimbabwe, Grassroots invite you to this special performance. Grassroots is a theatre for- development company from Bulawayo, using dance, drama and music for positive change, aiming to reduce poverty through education.

 

www.grassrootstheatre.com

 

photo credit: GRAHAM CLARK

 

Mysterious music inspired by folk music from the Scotland, Ireland, and Indian Classical music, Susanna Orr Holland slides into the notes and gets inside your heart, transporting the listener with a beautiful and powerful voice through original song, improvisation and traditional ballad. Playing the guitar and Indian harmonium she’s joined, by Dave Boyd an exceptional Middle Eastern percussionist, and Marion Kenny a passionate oriental flute player.

 

 

 

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Scattering Stars Like Dust – An Evening With Rumi

£10 (£8)

 

Milosz In Living Pictures

£10 (£8)

 

 

 

Wed 22 & Fri 24 August 8pm - 10pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Thurs 23 and Fri 24 August 10pm - 11pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Scattering Stars like Dust: an Evening for all lovers in the company of Rumi “let the beauty we love be what we do.” Soak in the transmission that comes through the sublime Sufi master’s poetry and tales brought to life by Duncan Mackintosh

 

www.rumitour.co.uk

 

Previously shown in Vienna, Kraków, Sopot, Glenrothes and now back to Edinburgh: Miłosz in Living Pictures is a spectacle that combines visual art, music and poetry into one mesmerising piece.

Underneath the layers of sounds of Paweł Odorowicz and String Quartet’s seductive music and the rich imagery of Robert Motyka’s stunning 3D visuals lies the metaphysical poetry of Polish Nobel Prize laureate Czesław Miłosz. Unique, unmissable and simply beautiful show.

 

http://odorowicz.eu/milosz

 

 

 

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‘Wolf At The Door’ –

A Collaboration Of Eco-Poetry And Soundings By Mairi Campbell And Em Strang

£10 (£8)

 

Rhapsody Of Indian Melodies

£10 (£8)

 

 

 

Fri 24 August 8pm - 9pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Sat 25 August 2pm - 3pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

In their unique and powerful voices, award winning musician Mairi Campbell and poet Em Strang weave word and sound.  Mairi Campbell’s soundings are like the voice of the earth. It is as if they come from between the heart and some place of primal instinct. Beautiful, haunting, sensual, they give a whole new meaning to mouth music.

 

www.mairicampbell.co.uk

 

The Tagore Centre UK is proud to present a unique musical afternoon with a young team trained under Smt. Chandrima Misra, a Hindustani Classical Vocalist and Pt. Rajkumar Misra, the Tabla maestro. The Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, combined ancient Indian Raagas in his poetry. This blend of spirituality and musical excellence will be explored with vocal melodies showcasing improvisations of the rhythmic cycles.

 

www.tagorecentre.org.uk

 

 

 

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End Of Festival Ceilidh

£6 (under 12s Free)

 

The Glasgow Gospel Choir

£10 (£8)

 

 

 

Sat 25 August 7pm - 9pm

Hall at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Sat 25 August 8pm - 9pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Celebrate the end of this year’s Festival with The Caleerie Buskers in a traditional ceilidh for all the family, and don’t worry - full instructions will be given! When you’re not dancing enjoy some tasty refreshments in our Persian Tent. Light snacks and drinks are provided with more available to purchase.

 

Family Price: 2 adults

and up to 3 children £10

 

The Glasgow Gospel Choir is an energetic mix of talent. The choir, established 12 years ago by Jerry Boweh – originally from Liberia - brings a taste of soulful gospel to Glasgow. Styles include African, Gospel, Motown and Blues. Profits from the choir concerts go to the African Youth Development Action Project (AYDAP).

 

www.aydap.org.uk

www.glasgowgospelchoir.co.uk

 

 

 

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The Outside Track £8 (£6)

 

Sun 26 August 2pm - 3pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation.

Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre.

 

“Among the top groups in the world... Traditional, creative & brilliant!” – Live Ireland

 

www.theoutsidetrack.com

 

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Soundings And Songs

– Mairi Campbell

£10 (£8)

 

Submerge

£7 (£5)

 

 

 

Mon 27 August 2pm - 3pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

Mon 27 August 4pm - 5pm

Church at St. John’s (Venue 127)

 

 

 

Mairi Campbell is one of Scotland’s finest and most respected musicians. Awards include ‘Scots Singer of the Year’, ‘Female musician of the year’ ‘Tutor of the year’ and ‘Burnsong’ winner. This concert features Mairi’s soundings, (improvised viola and voice) which draws on her immediate surroundings and songs from her new album.

 

“Mairi Campbell’s improvised soundings nestle into me … a calling from her Celtic core to this modern world, a call of healing and deepening … stunning”

 

www.mairicampbell.co.uk

 

Indepen-dance presents Submerge, a beautiful duet by two of the company’s principal dancers - Kelly McCartney and Neil Price. Choreographed by the UK’s Leading Integrated Dance Company StopGAP, this piece sees the two dancers glide and guide each other across the floor, seemingly to aquaplane to a filmic soundtrack. As the music crescendos the couple dance, dive and dissolve into one and other. In revealing their commitment to each other they discover their underwater dance has become a shimmering reflection of one and other.

 

http://indepen-dance.org.uk

 

 

 

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News

New Director

The Festival of Spirituality & Peace has a new Director: Andrew Newman.  Andrew brings with him an African/ Scottish view on the path to peace, diversity and inclusiveness.

 

For information on how to contact him visit the 'Meet the team' page

Calling all Performers

 

FoSP is searching for innovative and thought-provoking events to be part of 2013's Festival

 

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