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Review: Rhona Macfarlane, Hidden Door, Edinburgh, Scotland, Sunday 4th June 2023

On the final day of the five-day Hidden Door Event at the former Scottish Widows building near the Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, after watching the headline act warm up on the main stage I decided to explore further and headed towards ‘the Lounge’.

There was a gig already in progress and the small assembled crowd was standing mesmerised by the performance enfolding before them.

Two violinists accompanied Scottish singer-songwriter Rhona Macfarlane on an atmospherically lit nebulous stage. The sound emanating from the trio was at once both hypnotic and captivating.

Rhona Macfarlane switched back and forth between guitar and piano in harmony with the violinists giving each song a unique yet familiar sound. Lyrically each number reflected on themes from solitude and loss to love and reconciliation. Musically transitioning from folk acoustic to classical at ease.

Taking the opportunity to premiere mostly new material, any fans present would be thrilled by the prospect of the imminent release of a long-awaited debut album.

There were previously released tracks interspersed throughout including ‘Better When You’re Around’, ‘The Tide’, and ‘No Rain’, and all too soon the brief set closed with 2021’s appropriately titled ‘Closing the Window’.

The performance left everyone in attendance in cheerful fettle as they headed off into another gloriously sunny summer’s day in the city.

In conclusion this opening act on Sunday at the Hidden Door Event was without doubt a hidden gem. A standout performance from the festival and one to look out for in the future.

Set List:

How Do

These Days

Return To The East

No Rain

The Tide

Future Holds

Where Do You Go

Heal Yourself

Closing The Window

RHONA MACFARLANE (Live) Closing the Window, Hidden Door, Edinburgh, Scotland, 4th June 2023