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EdFringe 2018

We’ve just finished our 15th Edinburgh Festival Fringe!  25 days in a row of “Jazz at Lunchtime” in the Tap Music Lounge at the Novotel Edinburgh Centre in Lauriston Place (Venue 188). The festival (EdFringe for short) is the biggest arts festival in the world and has been running for over 70 years.  You can see more on their website at:  www.edfringe.com

It the 3rd year we’ve been in this particular venue (The Novotel).  Its been absolutely fantastic for us, with the best part of 1,000 people coming to see us perform this year.  The venue is superb, an oasis of calm, but with great views of the bustling festival streets of Edinburgh going past the large glass windows.  People can choose to buy lunch or not (most do!).  The management and staff of the hotel work very hard throughout the festival and treat us with great warmth and friendliness.  Every day all staff members say “hello” or wave hello to us from a distance.  Quite magical.  An absolute pleasure for us – it made our job very easy!

Our banner outside the Novotel Hotel during the EdFringe 2018

Here’s a few photos of us playing, intermingled with some photos around Edinburgh showing some of the many posters for shows on display.

Inside the hotel reception

From the back of the Tap Music Lounge during one of our concerts (photo courtesy of Dom’s daughter, Gemma)

…..in full flow!

The Pleasance Dome – a major Comedy Venue

One of the many Pleasance Comedy Venues

One of the Novotel bar staff that had worked there the last couple of years was Jessie from Australia.  Half way through this year’s EdFringe her work visa finished so she headed back home.  We gave her a bottle of bubbly and a send off – we played her “Waltzing Matilda” as a ballad.  Its a beautiful tune played slowly.  Not a dry eye in the house!!!

Jessie’s last day working at the Novotel

We had some very busy days indeed!

A full house!   (photo courtesy of audience member Graeme Rae)

A very grateful duo!  (photo courtesy of audience member Graeme Rae)

Photo courtesy of audience member Alison Warden

Photo courtesy of audience member Alison Warden

A promotion for the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival

Poster promoting this year’s EdFringe

Some EdFringe posters around Edinburgh (some “colourfully” worded show titles…..!)

Posters in the Meadows area

More posters for comedy shows

And of course, the European Championships were also on with the diving held at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. (The Games were held in Glasgow & Berlin – which is why the sign says “Glasgow 2018“.)

Matthew Dixon, who won a silver medal in the diving, with the dark hair, in the red T-shirt and blue track suit

Tom Daley being photographed (Tom wasn’t competing, but part of the team & media coverage).

Everyone commented on how good the food was (served by the excellent & very hard-working staff).

Danny serving lunch

Jordan serving lunch

Photo courtesy of audience member Graeme Rae

You’re never too young to enjoy jazz!!! (photo of 6 month old Carys courtesy of Nicola & Heather)

The EdFringe ran a promotional campaign this year called #catchthepigeon on social media (check it out!)  We named our pigeon Charlie Parker (after “Bird” – Google it!!!)  Photo courtesy of audience member Mary Hurst.

Photo courtesy of audience member Shelley Hunter

Paul Merton is a well known British comedian and game-show panelist on TV and radio, and a regular at the EdFringe

More EdFringe posters around town

More EdFringe posters around town. Comedy seems to dominate…..

More EdFringe posters around town

Edinburgh Castle in the background (venue for the sell-out shows of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo every year)

There are even adverts for shows on the side of Edinburgh’s buses! (This one’s for well-known Edinburgh comedian, Daniel Sloss).

You see some amazing things in Edinburgh during the festival.

Apart from walking past famous people in the street such as Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings & a Funeral“, “Notting Hill” etc), Robert Bathurst (“Cold Feet“), Mark Thomas (British comedian), Rory Bremner (British comedian/impersonator), being nearly run over by German comedian Henning Wehn on his bicycle in a hurry on the way to his gig!, Allan Havey (US TV drama “Mad Men“, “Billions“, “Hail Caesar!” & a New York comedian) – who was very friendly to us on a number of occasions, I saw a squirrel in The Meadows running off with a whole bagel (tripping up continually), a woman get out of a taxi with two (real) Yorkshire Terrier dogs sticking out of her backpack, and one Sunday evening around 7.30pm near the university, 3 American ladies asked me how to see the ocean in Edinburgh (right now!).  I told them it was a bit out of town, but they said they were going to order a taxi.  I sent them off in the right direction – I only hope they got there before nightfall….

Another full house!

Food & Beverage Manager of the Novotel, Zoltán Füzesy

Some of the ticket stubs from our show

Outside the venue on the last day (photo courtesy of Dom’s daughter, Gemma)

Its been a great EdFringe for us again this year.  Thank you again to the wonderful, hard-working, helpful, warm & friendly team at the Novotel Edinburgh Centre.  We look forward to next year…..

 

Words and photos by Ian Millar © 2018

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