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Alan Longmuir will be appearing in his own story 'And They Ran With The Gang' at the Edinburgh Fringe
Alan Longmuir will be appearing in his own story 'And They Ran With The Gang' at the Edinburgh Fringe

John Murray counts down to the start of the 2014 Fringe

The Edinburgh Fringe is underway, and our Fife artists’ previews may have tempted you already.

The vast majority of shows these days are comedy-based though, but quite a few musical artists still find the lure of August in Edinburgh is worth putting up with all that is associated with Fringe.

As usual there are so many tributes based on our musical memories.

And They Played Shang-a-Lang about 70s Edinburgh returns Aug 13 – 24 in the Assembly Rooms, and debuting at Le Monde on the same street comes And They Ran With The Gang (Aug 3 - 21), the musical story of the original Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir.

Only this time Alan appears as himself and will take time for a Q & A after the show with the audience.

This trend continues as Glen Matlock stars in his own story I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol at Assembly George Square Jul 31 – Aug 6.

There are many tributes this year, too, with Pam Lawson’s tribute to Cole Porter (Anything Goes, Aug 11 – 17 at the Outhouse), The Songs of Kurt Weill in Berlin To Broadway (Aug 1 – 14), The Blues Brothers – Live in C, Chambers Street (Jul 30 – Aug 25), Brian Kennedy’s Love Letter To Joni Mitchell at Ghillie Dhu Aug 14 – 16, The songs of Julie London from Kerry Jo Hodgkin in the Jazz Bar, Aug 8 & 9, Andrea Pattison telling us The Dolly Parton Story in the Brunton on Aug 21, Rosemary George from NYC reprises the girl group era in Stupid Cupid, Aug 10 – 16 in C nova, and Dirty Harry claims the Ultimate Tribute To Blondie on Aug 20 at Electric Circus.

Popular shows so far include Them Beatles (Brunton Aug 14), The Sorries tribute to The Corries, Aug 4 – 23 at the Quaker Meeting House, Simon And Garfunkel Through The Years in Space @Symposium Hall Aug 1 -9 and MacFloyd: Scotland’s Tribute to Pink Floyd in the Brunton Aug 7.

Then again you can see the real Dean Friedman, Justin Currie, Karine Polwart or John Otway with careful searches.