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Escape to the Coast this Fringe!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe at The Brunton, Musselburgh

The Brunton (Venue 191), in Musselburgh is the complete Fringe venue by the coast this August. Enjoy a little theatre, catch a concert, hear tales from a rock ‘n’ roll legend or catch some free street Hip Hop. Stroll on the beach, soak up the sun, enjoy the fresh sea air and…relax.

The Brunton has worked hard to create a Covid – safe and welcoming venue and is delighted to reopen its doors and welcome audiences back to the airy and spacious Venue 1 for LIVE entertainment in East Lothian. 

A spokesperson for Brunton Theatre Trust said:

“We are absolutely delighted to re-open our doors and bring physically distanced LIVE entertainment to our audiences in East Lothian and beyond as we celebrate being part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival once again. Our staff and performers are looking forward to welcoming people back and all our events will be presented in line with the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 safety guidelines. We have prepared FAQs for our audiences to keep everyone safe.  Indoors and out, Musselburgh truly is the place to be for Festival Fringe fun!”

Relax with some classical music as Edinburgh born, award –winning guitarist, Sean Shibe (Fri 20 Aug) brings us the classicism of JS Bach together with the Spanish charm of Villalobos and Mompou. Sean’s programme is completed by hauntingly beautiful lute music from renaissance Scotland.

Jamie MacDougall (Sat 28 Aug in Venue 1)

Tenor Jamie MacDougall is one of Scotland’s leading musical personalities. Enjoy an evening of
songs from Viennese operetta, opera and musical theatre (Sat 28 Aug).

The Brunton welcomes award winning folk musicians Kris Drever (LAU), John McCusker & Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) for their first time on onstage together since 2008! Expect to hear many much-loved songs as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of Before The Ruin, their classic Scottish folk collaborative album, much loved by many (Thu 19 Aug).

Fringe favourite, award winning Dougie MacLean, renowned for his song Caledonia and music for Last of the Mohicans returns to delight our audiences (Sat 14 August).

Drever, McCusker & Woomble (Thu 19 Aug in Venue 1)

Scotland’s number 1 Michael Bublé tribute act, Michael Hastie, invites you to a night full of seductive songs and big band classics in a fabulous tribute to the Canadian Crooner and the era of swing. Enjoy Big Band Bublé’s fabulous tribute to the world’s favourite Canadian Crooner and the era of swing (Sun 29 Aug).

Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi shares the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock’n’roll when in an intimate evening of chat and music. Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes as Francis tells all about his mishaps and adventures of life on the road with one of the biggest and most loved bands ever! VIP tickets also available (Fri 27 Aug).

The Brunton is also about and about in Musselburgh this summer with a programme of outdoor theatre.  Enjoy events at Musselburgh Racecourse, Lewisvale Park and Fisherrow Links.

Illyria, Quantum Theatre & Scottish Opera feature at various locations within Musselburgh Racecourse.

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a much loved comic play, performed by Illyria, a highly respected outdoor theatre company. A little light relief for a summer’s evening. There will be a pop up bar selling tea, coffees, homemade cakes, beers, wines, spirits and mixers, soft drinks and ice cream (Fri 13 Aug).

Illyria present Much Ado About Nothing (Fri 13 Aug at Musselburgh Racecourse)

Quantum Theatre are regulars to The Brunton’s outdoor programme. They bring a swashbuckling, action-packed, new adaptation of the classic pirate adventure, Treasure Island to the Racecourse. For this family friendly adventure, audiences are asked to bring their own rug or low backed chair and if they wish a picnic (no alcoholic drinks please) (Sat 14 Aug)

Scottish Opera’s Pop-up Opera is back on the road with a tour featuring two of Gilbert & Sullivans’ best loved hits, HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance. Experience all the drama and wonder of grand opera on a miniature scale, with open-air performances brought to life by a storyteller, two singers, instrumentalists and a sumptuous set of specially created illustrations. 30 minutes of screwball humour, perfect for audiences of all ages (Sat 21 & Sun 22 Aug).

Outdoor theatre at Lewisvale Park, Inveresk (Double Dykes entrance) comes from Nutshell Theatre.  For older audiences (12+) join sisters Dora and Maddy in their allotment as they ponder: Do flowers matter as much as vegetables? Allotment follows the sister’s complex and quirky relationship as they live out the seasons and play out their rivalries among the plants. When the unexpected rocks their uneasy balance, it’s time to do something radical…a feast for the senses – a tale of life, death, Pink Fir Apple potatoes, and the secret power of worms (Fri 27 & Sat 28 Aug)

City Breakz bring their FREE Pop Up Hip Hop performance to areas throughout Musselburgh from 2pm on Friday 6 August with the closing finale at Fisherrow Links at 2.50pm.

Tickets for all events, must be purchased in advance either online at thebrunton.co.uk or by phone 0131 653 5245. Tickets will not be available to purchase in person either at The Brunton, Musselburgh Racecourse or Lewisvale Park.

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As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you entertained. Here are some online concerts and musicmaking activities for all the family.

Dougie MacLean
CREDIT: PIC – ROB MCDOUGALL www.RobMcDougall.com 07856222103 info@robmcdougall.com

BBC Proms at Home – offers easy, creative, weekly activities for families across the summer. To celebrate the First Night of the Proms and taking inspiration from Gerald Barry’s Canada; Jessie Maryon Davies guides families in creating their very own one word song using only voice and body percussion! Visit their website for all the info

Dougie MacLean – Streaming live concerts from his home and studio in the Old School in Butterstone, Scotland. Available to watch on Facebook or YouTube.

Scottish Opera – Spotlight On… Immerse yourself in some of Scottish Opera’s best loved productions, past and present. Never-before-seen photos, in-depth interviews, videos, exclusive programme articles and more to keep you entertained. Visit their website.

The ScotsmanThe Scotsman Sessions are short video performances from artists all around the country. Visit their website to watch.

Royal Scottish National OrchestraRSNO Friday Night Club – 15 free online concerts from our archives, featuring beloved music performed by world-class musicians RSNO website.

Music & Me – Songs, stories and creative exploration with Dave Trouton, East Lothian musician. Visit the Music & Me Website.

Drake Music Scotland – Accessible resources tailored for additional support needs children but useful for everyone. Visit their website for more information.

McMillan Young Musicians – Early Years fun songs and games from Charlotte McMillan, East Lothian Arts worker and creator of Hullabaloo. Visit her website to join in.

Incorporated Society of Musicians – Learning resources for primary, secondary and instrumental learning, as well as other useful resources. Many are free or discounted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit website to find out more.

ABC Music – Sign up to free online sessions with this great Midlothian based music project, for all ages!  Visit website.