Experimental Edinburgh Festival show to combine live music with a Scotch whisky tasting

An exciting new Edinburgh Fringe show is aiming to combine whisky tasting and live music to create an immersive new experience in an Edinburgh Festival first.

Published 23rd Jul 2019
Updated 12 th Sep 2023

The debut show, Two Guys, Three Drams: The Ultimate Live Blues and Whisky Experience, will feature the two festival staples side by side with live stomping blues music and three special single malt scotch whiskies fused together to create an interactive masterclass on Scotland’s national spirit.

The experience is a product of the Rhythm and Booze Project, which sees blues specialists and whisky experts Felipe Schrieberg (vocals/dobro guitar) and Paul Archibald (drums/percussion) meld live music and multi-sensory experiences into unique whisky tasting events.

The pair say their Edinburgh Fringe debut will call on their professional backgrounds in music and whisky to deliver a theatre show that will be "unlike any other", inviting audiences to enjoy great music and top whiskies while also
learning more about Scotch whisky and its production.

“We are excited to combine our passion for performance, music, and whisky in this unique show,” says Felipe.

Felipe Schrieberg and Paul Archibald. Picture: R & B

"We want our audience to walk away entertained, educated, and eager to jump into the wonderful world of whisky.”

The show is sponsored by a number of major whisky names among them Islay’s legendary Lagavulin and Bruichladdich distilleries, Speyside’s Balvenie distillery - as well as smaller independent brands including bottler Dramfool and Edinburgh whisky shop Jeffrey St. Whisky and Tobacco.

The Rhythm and Booze Project has previously presented live music and whisky tastings with the Lagavulin, Bruichladdich and Caol Ila distilleries during the annual Feis Ile, and hosted whisky tasting events and musical performances across the UK, Europe and even as far afield as India.

Christy McFarlane, malts communication manager at the Bruichladdich distillery said: “Felipe and Paul bring such energy and enthusiasm to our Laddie Stage when they play for us each year at our Music and Malt Festival on Islay.

"It’s a great honour to support them in return, as they take off on their own venture for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”

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The debut show marks Felipe’s ninth year as a producer at the Edinburgh Fringe promoting shows that involve blues music. This includes Blues!, a musical history of the genre that features an 11-piece band, which has been awarded a Spirit of the Fringe Award.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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