Young Spean Bridge singer rocks audiences at Edinburgh Fringe
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.