Young Spean Bridge singer rocks au­di­ences at Ed­in­burgh Fringe

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

LOCHABER woman, Marianne Fraser, has emerged as a star of Le Hag­gis – the edgy Scot­tish cabaret win­ning high praise at this year’s Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val.

Marianne a 24-year- old vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist from Spean Bridge, per­forms a se­ries of clas­sics for the au­di­ence at the colour­ful cabaret, which fea­tures a va­ri­ety of su­perb Scot­tish and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers.

Marianne, who stud­ied at Lochaber High School be­fore go­ing to the Na­tional Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence in Tra­di­tional Mu­sic at Plock­ton, fol­lowed by the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land, said: ‘ It’s such an ex­cit­ing show to be part of.

‘It’s amaz­ing to be work­ing with ac­ro­bats and aerial per­form­ers of such an in­cred­i­bly high stan­dard – we’re hav­ing lots of fun.’

Marianne first showed her tal­ent when she started play­ing the fid­dle aged ten.

Nowa­days, she is com­pletely com­mit­ted to her mu­sic, per­form­ing all over the coun­try and teach­ing mu­sic in Dumfries and Gal­loway pri­mary schools.

‘Mu­sic is what I want to do – I don’t care if it’s en­ter­tain­ing peo­ple in a care home or on a big stage, I just love it,’ she said.

Marianne, whose fam­ily are still in Spean Bridge, also per­forms with Scot­tish sex­tet, Cher­ry­Grove, and alt-pop out­fit, Medals.

The bands have played at Fes­ti­val In­ter­cel­tique in France, T in the Park and have also sup­ported Twin At­lantic and Biffy Clyro.

Graham Main, Le Hag­gis artis­tic di­rec­tor, said: ‘Marianne’s style gives Le Hag­gis that bold, con­tem­po­rary voice in Scots trad which makes the show so ap­peal­ing to au­di­ences wher­ever they are from.’

Le Hag­gis is a pul­sat­ing mix of old and the new, tra­di­tional and edgy – it’s also rather saucy and strictly for adults.

Le Hag­gis is among the high­lights at the Assem­bly Ge­orge Square Gar­dens, where it takes place in the al­ter­na­tive re­al­ity of a huge mir­ror-lined Spiegel­tent Colom­bino.

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