Each year, the Fringe and the offshoot Edge Festival provide a wide range of musical offerings to cater for every taste. From world music to avant garde; classical to techno – there’s something there for everyone.
The nominations for the Edinburgh Festival Insider Music Award 2009 are:
- Camille O’Sullivan with The Dark Angel. A mesmerising show and an electrifying performer, capable of hypnotising a crowd with the raw power of emotion.
- Patti Plinko and Her Boy. A bewitching set from Patti and The Boy, backed this year by a new addition on violin. Songs of love, death and suicide have never been so glamourous.
- Amanda Palmer. During her visit, the Edinburgh Festival seemed to turn into the Amanda Palmer Festival – her many and varied sets and appearances were always hugely entertaining.
- Creole Choir of Cuba. A wonderfully uplifting and accomplished performance that was the highlight of this year’s World Festival at St George’s West
- Brocante Sonare. Music and percussion created from machinery, chairs and other household objects by a talented troupe of French artists.
And the winner is…
Camille O’Sullivan with The Dark Angel
With a uniquely beguiling and emotional voice, Camille blows away audiences whenever she plays. An inspired choice of songs backed by a tight group of talented musicians allows her to fully exploit the power, passion and pathos of songs she cradles like children. A consummate performer, her line in between-song banter amuses and delights, creating little moments of relief before a song like ‘Hurt’ or ‘Look Mummy No Hands’ slowly draws your heart from your chest and into your mouth.
Music that can change you, and for that, Camille O’Sullivan is awarded the: