Join Musicians, Dancers and Singers for the Big Burns Supper Free Fringe

29 November 2015

A great event taking local performers into the community

The Big Burns Supper Free Fringe is attracting everyone from singers, poets and musicians to dancers and a magician – and now it’s set to get bigger.
The event gives local people a chance to show off their talents by putting on free shows – just like performers flock to do at the Edinburgh Fringe.

In this case the idea is that the performances will also take place in and around the communities where people live rather than in the town centre.

Graham Main, Big Burns Supper Artistic Director, said: “This is something very new for us and Dumfries and we had no idea what to expect when we put the call out for performers.

“But the response has been really encouraging so we have decided to expand the Free Fringe even further – so if you’ve got the talent and ambition to put on a public performance then get in touch with us and make it happen.”

Among those already signed up is singer Elia Davidson, who will be performing their own original works plus some covers alongside her friend her friend Kate Kyle.

Elia said: “We’re both excited to be part of the Big Burns Supper and are looking forward to having another chance to play our music to a local audience.”

And a local poet known as Ginger added: “It’s tremendous to take part in the festival fringe, a unique and magical event held in oor toon.’‘

The Free Fringe is also an opportunity for Big Burns Supper to carry out some talent spotting for future shows and events.

Sign up at or contact Jack Finlay for more information at

Those signing up should think of a short, sharp and appealing way to sum up what they do – sell it to us and potential audiences in a maximum of 10 words.

Big Burns Supper 2016 will take place over nine days from 22 to 30 January, with a whole host of shows and entertainment wrapped round the Bard’s birthday – there will also be the fabulous Burns Night Carnival.

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