The soul of Edinburgh, written in song, might sound something like this. Keir’s lyrics are melodic in quality even before they are set to music, and he is an excellent storyteller, combining humorous anecdotes with songs that flow right through the heart of the town he knows and loves. He derives gentle amusement from helping visitors around – “no, if you’re walking along George IV Bridge you absolutely cannot turn right into Cowgate without the aid of a parachute”. ‘Fires of Edinburgh’ was superb, and ‘Crooked Smile’ was a moving highlight. Unbidden, the audience joins in to sing the chorus of the final ‘American Accent’, before Keir returns for a foot-stomping encore. This is a beautiful tribute to Edinburgh and its history.
Valvona & Crolla, 5-13 Aug (not 6-9), 5.45pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Colette M Talbot]