Brian Ferguson’s diary: Silly suds at Bristo Square | Stuart Nisbet
FAR from the Fringe revelry, it was hard to avoid the pictures and “silly suds” headlines marking the Tartan Army’s takeover of Trafalgar Square, which took a silly turn after a hefty dose of washing-up liquid was poured into its iconic fountain.
It would be a bit harsh to describe the Abbatoir VIP bar next to Underbelly’s cow as a Little England enclave – especially with its kitsch tartan decor – although the Etonian duo, Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, can usually be found there, alongside their own fancy fountain. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was only a matter of time before a prankster attempted to recreate those soapy scenes in Bristo Square over the weekend.
STUART Nisbet has been a man of many musical hats for a long time in Edinburgh, playing guitar with The Proclaimers and booking bands for the city’s Hogmanay celebrations. He started off the festival season in George Square with Nashville gospel queens, the McCrary Sisters.
Now he’s moved on to rock music, performing work by Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and and Jim Morrison along with singer Jack Lukeman in the 27 Club at the Acoustic Music Centre. He took advantage of a break in the show’s run to nip down to London for an appearance with Justin Currie on Terry Wogan’s show.
“Niz” will return to gospel in October when he finally releases his debut solo album, inspired by some of the classic soul sounds of the 1950s.
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