‘Twas a night of contrasts, with Pauline and Andrew doing some pre-interview swotting-up on classical string quartets and roller-skating chicks in string tights…well, fish-net tights but you get the drift.
We started the show chatting with the lovely violinist Philip Burrin, one of The Edinburgh Quartet. Although he came to the violin late – aged 14 – he has clearly wasted no time since in following his passion. He described the role of his string-quartet-in-residence at Edinburgh Napier Uni, mentoring students and bringing classical music to the parts of the world that other string quartets fail to reach. You can see the Quartet perform this Wednesday 23 Sept at the Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile, and check out details of their UK tour and gala concert in February 2010 at www.edinburghquartet.com
Next up was Dee aka Cherry Fury from the Auld Reekie Roller Girls, Edinburgh’s all female full contact roller derby league team. Anyone remember the film Rollerblade? Ok, take out the weapons, and you have ‘full contact roller derby’. This is scary stuff – mouthguards, helmets, elbow-pads, knee-pads and fish-nets must be worn at all times. And that’s just the spectators. These girls are wild – ‘we’ve only had two fractures this season’ – and apparently there is a real advantage to having a large, erm, booty with which to literally block out your opponents’ attempts at smashing their way into your team. Their next bout is ‘Hassle at the Castle’, Meadowbank Stadium, Sat 26th Sept. Check them out on YouTube – seeing is believing.
Finally, realising that Billy Connolly was not in fact coming in for interview – we’d assumed he was playing hard to get, and would turn up late – we played out our pre-recorded interview of the new face of Glasgow comedy, Kevin Bridges. Clare Carswell, another of our Leith Tonight presenters (currently living in Glasgow – Kevin, we have her details….) had the good fortune of interviewing Kevin Bridges during this year’s Fringe Festival. A rising star, definitely on the ascendancy. Kevin’s doing not badly either.