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After-hours roistering

​It may have only been Monday, but there were signs even yesterday of things building up for the big final weekend, with the advance party from the Transatlantic Sessions, including co-musical director Jerry Douglas and double bass genius Danny Thompson, arriving to settle in ahead of rehearsals: even if you hadn’t spotted Thompson himself, you’d have known he was there, by the sight of his bass Victoria’s unmistakably massive white flight case, standing guard at the Holiday Inn’s front door. And even though Showcase Scotland doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, a handful of delegates have already been seen out and about, evidently keen to catch even more of the craic than a mere five days will allow.


We hope you already knew just how hard the Festival Club team work to keep you entertained late into the night, but just to underscore the point, a chat last night ended up ascertaining the fact that so far, over the seven nights the club has run, no fewer than 45 acts have performed, i.e. an action-packed average of more than six per night. Which works out as a maximum of £1.50 per act, assuming you’ve the stamina to see them all - or that you want to translate the experience into mere monetary value.


For those already missing their fix of after-hours roistering (to roister: “enjoy oneself or celebrate in a noisy or boisterous way”), never fear – Folkytown returns tonight at the Flying Duck, with a fabulous double-whammy rave-up, featuring Halcyon – John Somerville, Adam Sutherland and Barry ‘Spad’ Reid, in their floor-filling electro-Celtic threesome – together with folk/funk-tastic tunes from DJ Dolphin Boy. It starts 10.30pm, and costs just £5 on the door.


Performers from two of last night’s main shows continued to celebrate the spirit of Burns well into the wee hours, sharing songs together in the Holiday Inn bar, and keeping their lucky few listeners enthralled until long past planned early bedtimes. The voices of none other than Eddi Reader, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, together with Maeve MacKinnon and Fiona Hunter, entwined in truly sublime chorus and harmony – and now, thanks to careful instruction from Reader, the Wainwright sisters both definitely know the proper way to sing ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’.