Feast on these free Fringe gigs at Bonnie & Wild

We’re ramping up our Edinburgh Fringe activities this year, with daily tastings, a flurry of free gigs plus our fabulous White Heather Club Fringe Ceilidh on Thursday, August 17th.

While the IM Bottle Shop has been pulling out all the stops (almost quite literally!) and organising daily Meet the Maker sessions, we’ve also been working in collaboration with Sofar Sounds to curate a series of very special gigs with some terrific performers!

Kicking off this Sunday, August 6th, we’re delighted to have Edinburgh singer-songwriter Mike McKenzie performing at Bonnie & Wild (show 19:00-19:45; doors open 18: 30). Mike’s a well known figure on Edinburgh’s music scene, though you’ve quite possible heard him on the BBC Jo Wiley Show, Radio Scotland or live at the Barrowlands, King Tut’s, Queen’s Hall and Transmit.

The following Friday (August 11), we have the Stone Jets performing live at Bonnie & Wild (show runs 14:00-14:45, doors open 13:30). London-based Stone Jets hail from South Africa and bring a unique composition of singer Given's distinct voice with Manfred's guitar prowess to create a top-tapping sound that includers a scattering of traditional elements. With a handful of international tours and several singles and albums behind them, we’re delighted to have them play at Bonnie & Wild.

On Sunday, August 13, we welcome Eve Simpson, songwriter, storyteller, and collaborative community artist (show starts at 16:00-16:45, doors open 15: 30). Originally from South Shields, Eve’s atmospheric sound sees her situate her Geordie lilts into the Celtic surroundings of Scotland. An accomplished performer, Eve’s a regular at gigs and festivals across the UK, having just finished her “All Her Strange” tour and performed at Edinburgh Hogmanay, Celtic Connections, Sofar Sounds, Sneaky Pete's Central Belter's

Drawing the Fringe to a close on Sunday, August 27th, we have two well known musicians coming to Bonnie & Wild for a beautiful double billing.

Scottish singer and multi instrumentalist Amy Duncan opens with the first show with her intimate lyrics, guitar and piano (show runs 15:00-15:45, doors open 14: 30). Amy’s ethereal, cinematic sound can be hauntingly sparse and her music has featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 and even Netflix. Her album, produced by Calum Malcolm of The Blue Nile, is out now.

Amy will be followed by Edinburgh-based composer, pianist and vocalist, David Paul Jones (show runs 16:00-17:15, doors open 15: 30). David produces intimate, atmospheric music from acoustic instrumental works, songs and larger-scale vocal works, to multi-award-winning soundtracks and sound designs for theatre and dance, and he was recently awarded Best Music & Sound at the 2023 Critics Awards For Theatre In Scotland.

Each show is free but ticketed. Tickets should be booked via the St James Quarter App.

Tickets for our White Heather Club Fringe Ceilidh on Thursday August 17th (also free), can be reserved here.