Reeling with our fantastic fiddlers
Moving tale of bombing
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.