• Edinburgh Fringe Opening Event: Little Sparta & Lost Boat Party


To celebrate the opening of the Edinburgh Festival 2021, Dovecot is excited to present Little Sparta in a live in-person instrumental performance of their latest album Lost Boat Party. Named in tribute to the late Ian Hamilton Finlay, the three-piece will perform with an introduction from artist Jock McFadyen in the context of his new exhibition and collaborative artwork with Dovecot. 

Little Sparta are guitarist Alan Boyd, violinist Susie Honeyman and drummer Scott Skinner. Their latest release Lost Boat Party features Susie’s Mekons bandmate Sally Timms. An earlier album, Close: Music for and Exhibition is a collaboration with photographer Allan Pollok-Morris on his collection of images of Scottish landscape art.  

'Haunting and atmospheric folk with mournful violin and a side helping of country.' Americana UK 

‘Bittersweet and unpretentious’ Pitchfork  

'Elegant, waning violins and craggy folkisms' NME 

Space is limited to ensure 2m social-distancing and individual, double or triple tickets can be booked to maximise space. The performance takes place in the centre of the Tapestry Studio with seating on the Viewing Balcony above.This event is strictly 18+ with ID required on arrival at the venue. Doors and bar open 8.15pm.  

The Scottish Gallery
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Jock McFadyen

Jock McFadyen


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