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John Murray
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Have you checked the Fringe programme yet? As always the music items are often overlooked as comedy fills most spaces in Edinburgh’s August. For one night only for example you can catch Admiral Fallow (Queen’s Hall, Aug 14), legend Archie Fisher (Acoustic Music Centre, 24), Battlefield Band (Queen’s Hall, 11), Carol Kidd sings Cole Porter (Brunton Hall, Aug 10), Karine Polwart (Queen’s Hall, Aug 17), vocalist Kim Edgar (Stockbridge Parish Church, Aug 24), King Creosote (Queen’s Hall, Aug 3), Rab Noakes (Acoustic Music Centre, Aug 11th), Red Hot Chilli Pipers (Queen’s Hall, Aug 14) and John Otway plays for free at the Jamhouse on Aug 12. The Assembly Rooms are again making headlines with an impressive line up of artists this year like former Runrig vocalist Donnie Munro (Aug 3), Dougie MacLean performing his original Caledonia (Aug 10), Horse (Aug 4), Hue and Cry (Aug 9), Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble (Aug 7), Love and Money (Aug 3) and Motown favourite Martha & The Vandellas on Aug 6 and 7. Playing a few nights, Dean Friedman returns to play in Sweet Grassmarket in the Apex Hotel, Flanders and Swann are revived for one week in the Pleasance Courtyard, accapella masters The Magnets are at Underbelly Bristo Square, Peter Straker sings Brel and don’t miss Yesman Rick Wakeman at Assembly Hall on The Mound. Tribute acts thrive on the Fringe and the best of these include Mac Floyd’s Pink Floyd, Pam Lawson has the songs of Marilyn Monroe and Doris Day and the surprise hit from 2012, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells ‘For Two’, The Rising play Bruce Springsteen, The Blues Brothers, Clive John becomes the Johnny Cash Roadshow, and Melvin Brown becomes Ray Charles.