Reel­ing with our fan­tas­tic fid­dlers

Mov­ing tale of bomb­ing

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE -

ACEL­E­BRA­TION of that most Scot­tish of art forms – fid­dle mu­sic – takes to the stage of His Majesty’s next week. And the Fid­dlers’ Spec­tac­u­lar prom­ises to be a night of more than just toe-tap­ping reels or poignant bal­lads. A spe­cial blend of guests is on of­fer to keep things rolling along, in­clud­ing top Scots co­me­dian Fred MacAu­lay, Scot­land’s su­perb three tenors, Cale­don, and nim­ble ac­cor­dion­ist Craig Paton – with the Fly­ing Pigs’ Craig Pike com­per­ing the three­night event. But it’s a night for fid­dle mu­sic first and fore­most. And who bet­ter to de­liver than Aberdeen and Ban­chory’s Strath­spey and Reel So­ci­eties? Be­tween them, they will show just what the fid­dle can do in the hands of ac­com­plished mu­si­cians with a pas­sion for the mu­sic that forms Scot­land’s heart and soul. The Fid­dlers’ Spec­tac­u­lar prom­ises to be an un­miss­able show and will run from May 5 to 7.

AFred MacAu­lay. N AWARD-WIN­NING drama based on the Lockerbie tragedy ar­rives at The Lemon Tree next week. Lockerbie – Un­fin­ished Busi­ness tells the story of Jim Swire, who lost his daugh­ter Fiona in Bri­tain’s worst ter­ror­ist atroc­ity that killed 270 peo­ple. With quiet de­ter­mi­na­tion, Dr Swire cam­paigned tire­lessly to un­cover the truth be­hind the bomb­ing of Pan Am Flight 103, and seek jus­tice. His quest forms the ba­sis for this com­pelling piece, writ­ten and per­formed by David Benson. It is a story of com­pas­sion and courage, grief and hu­man­ity, told in an as­sured and mov­ing per­for­mance. Lit­tle won­der the piece won a Fringe First award at last year’s Edinburgh Fes­ti­val. Catch the play at The Lemon Tree next Thurs­day.

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