Slept fairly late on Wednesday - no particular reason, probably just catch up from the previous few nights, combined with a late night Tuesday. Could also have had something to do with the amount of walking I did on Tuesday, something I repeated on Wednesday, but much moreso.
The two main gigs I'd come to Edinburgh to see were planned for today.
At 3pm, at The Stand Three, Mitch was doing his solo show - this run is his first Edinburgh solo show in twelve years. Now I've seen Mitch do several gigs with his group The Distractions, the unfairly sexy and incredibly talented Kirsty Newton, and the gloriously talented (and apparently equally sexy, though he's not my type) Ivan Sheppard. But I've never seen him do a solo show, and I was determined to see it.
I wasn't disappointed. A couple of new (to me) songs and routines, but full of old favourites, the opening bars of which brought a smile to my face. A superb hour, with inventive ways of presenting the material. Certainly, his method of providing the backing track for Macbeth, which he accomplishes using an iPhone to produce a live repeating four or five tracks has to be experienced to be appreciated.
After the show, I met Mitch's parents - who are, as you'd expect, delightful, and then we all decamped to see Clara and the girls at the Benn home-away-from-home. Lovely to meet more of their friends, and make new friends myself.
Mitch is only doing another three shows this run, so grab it while he's still there. (Looking forward to the full tour with Kirsty and Ivan in November.)
Afterwards, I went for a couple of hours' walking and coffee-shop-ing, discovering more of the City.
Had a bite to eat, then met up with Mitch and Clara again at The Gilded Balloon for the second main gig of the day - The Segue Sisters in JAILBIRDS. A genuinely funny, sexy, musically superb hour or so. It's no secret that I love this act, and all three of the women involved. Haven't yet seen them and had a bad experience doing so. I'd recommend them in a heartbeat. Best way to describe them, I think, is "The Andrews Sisters sing Megadeath". Ok, they also sing songs made famous by Aerosmith ('Walk This Way'), the Doors ('People Are Strange'), ELO ('Mr Blue Sky') and Alice Cooper (a personal favourite - 'Poison'), but you get the point.
They've managed to turn a cabaret act into an excellent hour long show that just, simply, works. Very funny, with showcases for all three women. If you're in Edinburgh for the next couple of weeks, go and see them. You won't regret it.
Went for a drink with them afterwards, and just after midnight, headed for 'home'... the subject of the next post.
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