Syn Festival presents a celebration of the Edinburgh music scene.
Seven bands, talented musicians and amazing music of all kinds – the evening will progress from world folk music, to Klezmer, Jazz, Blues, Funk fusion, Ska and Reggae and will close with Industrial Live Drumcore.
Will present an assortment of traditional folk music from Latin America, North America, the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe arranged for cello, guitar, flute and two voices! Eirini and Liana have recently begun collaborating, focusing on their shared passion of folk music from around the world and improvisation. Additionally, they have been exploring music making and improvisation within a clinical framework, as they are both training to become music therapists.
A folk trio composed of fiddle, guitar and accordion that plays original music which is somewhere between Scottish trad, Klezmer, and Jazz. Dowally make unclassifiable, thrillingly energetic music, fusing their love of traditional Scottish tunes with jazz harmony, Balkan rhythms and deep Americana raucousness. Dan Abrahams’ driving guitar and Rachel Walker’s swinging fiddle are joined by the extraordinary Phil Alexander (Moishe’s Bagel) on accordion.
A 5-piece Blues/Rock band from several parts of the world based in Edinburgh. It all started from an open mic, love for music and a ridiculous amount of good beer. Why Ambiguous? Well because there’s not a specific style. If it feels good, they’ll play it.
A 5-piece band from Edinburgh, playing their own style of funk fusion, with elements of Eastern European/Balkan influence, along with americana, and folk.
A 9 piece Funk, Ska, Reggae, Soul, Hip-Hop, Swing and Grime Band, in other words Edinburgh’s biggest genre mash up! Without fail, they can get a crowd of any size on the floor and bouncing, completely owning the audience, no one ever leaves a gig disappointed or without a face of sheer excitement!
A four piece band blending rock’n’roll full of infectious hooks, danceable rhythms and a healthy dose of psychedelia. “What do they sound like?!” You say. Well a mixed bag really, like a well crafted mix tape that smooth sails through a variation of styles. One might say they’re hearing 60s psych then space funk onto dreamy pop followed by jazz tinged prog. One thing is certain – you won’t hear the same song twice.
Edinburgh born and bred, they are a 25-strong crew of drummers who actually hail from all corners of the world; from South Africa to Cyprus, Amsterdam to Australia. But they have come together and built a sound and a style of live music which is totally unique to this city; Industrial Live Drumcore. The crew takes samples and inspiration from metal, industrial, a touch of drum n bass and even techno, live-mix the set on stage (lead by our fearless crew leader, Alex) and create a sweaty, heavy, moshing mix of beats and rhythms which connects to people’s very core. No two sets they play are ever the same and they can be adapted on the fly to suit the crowd on the day. But their sounds do tend to have the same mind-melting, ear-drum blowing, heart-beating, feet-stomping effect on Harbingers’ audiences.
Donations will be given to the Welcoming, a charity with a vision “of a diverse and inclusive Scotland where everyone feels welcome and can achieve their potential”.
A Short Film Screening Night presenting awarded films from the International Short Film Festival in Drama, followed by short films of nine UK based filmmakers showing their work inspired by this year’s theme, Utopias.
SHHE – Scottish-Portuguese artist and producer, Su Shaw – will create a sonic, visual and meditative reimagining of Dýrafjörður in front of a live audience. Part of Summerhall Lab.
Few in the field of explorative ambient music have remained as questing and unclassifiable as Canadian composer Tim Hecker. The experiential composer’s ninth official full-length, Konoyo was largely recorded during several trips to Japan where he collaborated with members of the gagaku ensemble Tokyo Gakuso, in a temple on the outskirts of Tokyo.
Hip-hop activist Lowkey makes a triumphant return to the live scene off the back of Ghosts of Grenfell – a devastating event that he witnessed first hand.