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Verity Sharp with an Edinburgh Festival 2017 concert

Verity presents musicians including Alasdair Roberts and Aidan O'Rourke, for a live showcase for the BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals.

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals: Verity presents a magnificent line-up of musicians and artists, handpicked from the current festivals and the city's underground scene, for a special Late Junction showcase.

Listen at home or join us in the audience at our broadcast hub in George Heriot's School for live performances from Alasdair Roberts, James Robertson, Aidan O'Rourke, Raymond MacDonald, and Lauren Sarah Hayes.

Prolific singer Alasdair Roberts is as adept writing epic ballads as he is performing centuries-old folksongs. In a 24 year career he has worked with the likes of Isobel Campbell, Jason Molina, and Will Oldham, and released 11 timeless solo albums. His latest, 'Pangs', is one of our favourite records of the year so far on Late Junction. He performs gigs in Edinburgh later this month.

Folk fiddler Aidan O'Rourke was inspired to write a tune a day for a year as a response to author James Robertson's book, '365'. The pair will perform part of this project live at the Book Festival on the 17th of August, and play us a special preview tonight.

Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist who explores the boundaries between improvisation and composition. He has collaborated with Evan Parker, David Byrne, and Jim O'Rourke, and passed on his knowledge as Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at Edinburgh University. He will be playing tonight with a group of 'Friends', including students and academic colleagues.

Lauren Sarah Hayes is a member of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop who builds her own hybrid instruments to perform a brand of experimental pop, techno, and noise. She completed a PhD in Edinburgh in 2013, researching the relationships between sound and touch, and is still based in the city.

Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Alasdair Roberts

    Farewell Sorrow

  • Lauren Sarah Hayes

    Riot Map Vision

  • Aidan O'Rourke

    (20th October) The Room Is In Darkness

  • James Robertson

    (18th March) Man on the Bus

  • Aidan O'Rourke

    (18th March) I Used Not To Be Able To Read On Buses

  • Jocelyn Pook

    The Awakening

  • Alasdair Roberts

    An Altar in the Glade

  • Raymond MacDonald & Friends

    Singapore Sing

  • Raymond MacDonald & Friends

    Overshadowing

  • Su-a Lee

    Moon River

  • Franz Schubert

    Ständchen

    Performer: Julian Prégardien. Performer: Georges Barthel. Performer: Philippe Pierlot. Performer: Xavier Díaz-Latorre.
  • Lauren Sarah Hayes

    A Vision Import

  • James Robertson

    (3rd April) - Imagination (feat. Aidan O'Rourke & Raymond MacDonald)

  • Aidan O'Rourke

    (3rd April) - There was once an old man so old that most of his family, and all his friends, had left the world long before him (feat. Raymond MacDonald)

  • Alasdair Roberts

    Wormwood and Gall

  • Alasdair Roberts

    The Golden Vanity (feat. Aidan O'Rourke)

  • Lauren Sarah Hayes

    Simian or Pivot?

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