The Queen’s Hall is ignited one Wednesday evening by the highly acclaimed eight-piece Scottish-Canadian supergroup. A self-proclaimed ‘accidental big band’, the members, including Mercury prize-nominated Emma Pollock and King Creosote, hail from varying musical backgrounds such as folk, pop and rap. The outcome of their creative collaboration is stunning; together, they have written and produced some hauntingly beautiful songs. This is a musical experience: constantly changing and swapping instruments, the Unit has a wonderful energy and sense of humour on stage. As Ian Rankin aptly said, this is “one long, involving variety show, full of colour and spectacle and not a few surprises.” Clearly they already have a large fanbase, and Burns Unit deserve to go far.
The Queen’s Hall, 24 Aug, 8.00pm (9.30pm), £15.00 – £17.00, fpp197.
tw rating 4/5