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Review: Kenny Young and the Eggplants, Ukrainian Community Centre, Edinburgh, Friday 11th August 2023, Remastered

Whilst perusing through literally thousands of acts performing during The Edinburgh Festival I stumbled across Kenny Young and the Eggplants. Three nights in Edinburgh were to be their only UK gigs in 2023.

After listening to a few tracks online my interest was peaked and so I purchased a ticket and headed towards the Ukrainian Community Centre on Royal Terrace for the first of the band’s three shows. The bar was open and reasonably priced (not the usual inflated Festival prices) so I was happy enough and it boded well for show ahead.

The venue was tiny and I mean Lilliputian – probably facilitating 100 attendees at most. At 7pm Kenny and his Eggplants (Gil and Ed) made their way on stage. They proceeded to entertain the (can I say ‘crowd’ for such a tiny congregation?) with a set-list that would bring a smile to the face of a lamp post.

I couldn’t help but grin and let out an occasional chuckle throughout this pun laden lyrical journey, distantly reminiscent of 90’s South London band Carter USM, albeit with a completely different predominantly acoustic style.

Subjects ranged from 6 foot squirrels, and a loveable grouse with a slight drinking problem, to discovering the face of Elvis in a slice of pizza.

Mid-set the band played their signature tune the ‘Savage Eggplant’, tonight on a table tennis set; this is very hard to describe.. you know when people say ‘you had to be there’ right? That pretty much applies here.

All too soon it was 8pm and their slot was over. The band decided however to continue playing until asked to vacate the stage and went on to take requests from the audience including fan-favourites and a memorable cover of a song by Patti Smith.

In conclusion, this was an uplifting and unusual performance, the perfect tonic to years of listening to The Smiths, Radiohead and Leonard Cohen. A band at their best playing live.

Eleven stars!

Thank you for reading.

the Edinburgh Insider

Set List:

Randolph Got a Haircut

He Was a Zombie (Before It Was Cool)

186,000 Miles a Second

Ursula Arugula

Pirate Radio (Radio Eggplantis)

Cameo Romeo

Ruff Justice

Perfect Vision of Love

Lushy the Grouse

Raisin D’etres

Love Glows Where You Go

Earl the Squirrel

Double Bubble Day

Savage Eggplant

The Aye-Aye Song

My Dinner with Elvis

Rage Against the Washing Machine

Fishcakes and Spaghetti

Dancing Barefoot (cover of original song by Patti Smith)


Kenny and the Eggplants, 11 August 2024, photo by Edinburgh Insider.

Kenny Young and the Eggplants, “Savage Eggplant”, played using a table tennis set as an instrument, photo by Edinburgh Insider.

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