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Music Matters
Leith based singer songwriter, Kim Edgar, has taken time out to record, write and perform with the magnificent Burns Unit (the 2010 album Side Show is worth your attention) as well as working with The Big Project on a multi-choral commission for Celtic Connections, which comes to fruition at the Usher Hall on March 21st. Now she returns with the beautifully wrought album, The Ornate Lie. Ironically, given the title, Edgar’s lyrics are filled with a still honesty. ‘What is left is love’… Indeed. The CD launch will be at St. Mark’s ArtSpace on 24th March

Wise Words
“There has to be a division… Religion loves power and it should always be denied power.”
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks


Food Extra Edinburgh tapas pioneer (and all round character) Luis Letelier, formerly of Tapas Tree, has pitched up at The Parlour on Duke Street. On a Tuesday teatime the familiar smiling face delivered Asturian style chorizo, patatas ali oli and tortilla to my table. All were three quid or under and top notch. Specials, curiously, included beef stroganoff! Can’t recommend highly enough…Serving times? A kindly local offered; “Tue/Sat 5 till 8ish and they do Sunday roast.” Buen provecho, ole, ole, ole…(it says here).

What Jerry Hall’s Mother Should Have Said

It’s easy to keep a man;
You need sport in the living room,
Music in the kitchen
And Radio 4 in the bedroom.
– Rodger Evans

All Good Things
EMA: Past Life
Martyred Saints (CD)
Wu Lyf: Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (CD)
Wells Tower: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (Book)
Tom Franklin: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (Book)
Project Nim (DVD)

Its Colours They Are Fine
The admirable Alexander Wilson, he of the Proud to be a Leith Business and Campaign for the Return of the Leith Flag initiatives, informs us that the latter should indeed be unfurled in the auld port sometime in March, and that various Leith businesses are currently whitewashing their flag posts in anticipation of its colourful reinstatement. Look out for info on the ceremony at our homepage:

Art For Art’s Sake
I have to declare an interest here, Mr. MacDonald is an acquaintance of mine, but heck that is raw pedantry, his Herring Lassies exhibition, at the Dundas Street Gallery from Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th March is worthy of your perusal on its own terms.

Davy says: “The idea was to recreate and capture the spirit and camaraderie of the herring lassies. Thousands of girls from the Scottish Highlands and islands worked in the herring industry. Curiously, they always worked in a tight knit crew of three.”

More info – and yes, I’ve just realised, whilst checking their website, that I know the owner of the gallery (terrible footballer) quite well – no matter, go. More info:

Rosie Bond’s Charity Cycle…
…Starts in Vietnam and ends, 500 kilometres later, in Cambodia. She will pay all her own expenses and hopes to raise upwards of £2000 for Parkinsons UK. To kick things off, Rosie is hosting a rock night at, erm, the Jazz Bar on Chamber Street. A mere £7 entitles you to wig out to the musical stylings of Sharpshooter, Titus Pullo and Who’s Edna (eh?), all for a good, good cause. If you are ‘otherwise engaged’ please, pretty please, contribute at the dedicated charity page…

Noise Abatement Society Blues
At the end I ask if I can call him Ivor. Mr. Cutler drawls: “You could I suppose But I’d have to crawl all the way down the phone line and punch you on the nose”.
– Rodger Evans

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