The Edinburgh International Festival will make a triumphant return this August now that Covid restrictions have been lifted. To coincide with this world-famous event, the Thistle Street Bar will showcase free live music from some the finest Edinburgh-based artists over the four week period. As a taster in the run up to the Festival, we’ll be offering weekly live music events so keep an eye on our website for forthcoming dates and the musicians who’ll be appearing.

Tim Leslie,
Wed 1st Jun, 8pm

Tim Leslie

Philadelphia born Tim Leslie’s signature Americana and Bluegrass sound is well known to the Edinburgh music scene. A multi-instrumentalist, Tim is renowned for playing guitar and banjo and he regularly hosts music sessions alongside other terrific artists in some of the city’s most well known pubs and bars.

Dominic Blaikie & Rachel Walker:
Thu 9th Jun, 8pm

Dominic and Rachel had a residency at the Thistle prior to Covid so we’re delighted to have them back for a few one off gigs and also regularly throughout August. Both are highly accomplished musicians as you will see (and hear) by clicking on the videos from their YouTube channel. Enjoy!

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Dominic Blaikie and Rachel Walker

Loan Bear,
Wed 15th Jun, 8:30pm

Lone Bear by Malena Perrson

Internationally acclaimed Lone Bear plays early Delta Blues and Ragtime Music on steel resonator guitar, harmonica and powerful vocals. His repertoire features classics from the early acoustic blues artists of the 1920s & ’30s, infectious hill country blues numbers, upbeat ragtime tunes along with several originals with strong fingerpicking and the iconic bottleneck slide. 

Growing up in Brazil and now based in Scotland, he has toured across five continents in a career spanning the past ten years, recording five albums and a live DVD with 10,000 discs sold worldwide. His latest album “Live in Clarksdale” was recorded in the “Birthplace of the Blues” in Mississippi, USA during the renowned Juke Joint Festival 2018. Lone Bear is a fine story-teller, sharing an authentic songlist of spirited tunes and rogue tales from the Deep South.

Catch some of Lone Bear’s Blues by clicking here

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