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We are delighted to be performing at the 2017 Fringe by the Sea on the 9th August at 3.30pm in the Wee Spiegeltent. As a taster, here is an excerpt from our 2016 set.


ARC benefit, The Prestoungrange Gothenburg (30th September).

Message received from the lovely Avesha about the charity gig for Florentina's rescue dogs in Prestonpans last weekend.

"We have raised over £1,000!!! 🙂 When we add in the gift aid, the total will be over £1,200 🙂 WE HAVE DONE AMAZING!"

Thank you so much for everyone who came along, we hope you enjoyed the evening! Thank you very much to The Goth for the great venue, Sam Burns for publicity and being a ticket sales point (:)), all the artists who donated work, Geraldine and Gus, and Carol and Avesha for all their hard work organising the event.


Fringe By The Sea and PBH Free Fringe (30th August).

Thank you so much to the organisers and lovely audiences at Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick, and PBH Free Fringe in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was an absolute pleasure to play to nearly full houses at all events, and to see people come back for more! We 'gave away' nearly all our demo CDs, but if you would like one, drop us an email and we will pop one in the post. Special thanks to the Voodoo Rooms for letting us have one of our favourite venues.


Update (22nd July).

We have had a lovely summer so far, playing at Cockenzie House, Greywalls Hotel, The Marine Hotel, Murrayfield Gardens - and of course at Winton House, where The Duchess of Rothesay helped Scotland’s Gardens mark its 85th anniversary today at a special birthday tea party. Arlen provided music for the 200+ guests, performing a range of songs from the early 1930s onwards. The Duchess waved and smiled at us during our rendition of Misty, which was already one of our favourite songs and is now extra special.

On the 11th August we are thrilled to be part of the North Berwick Fringe by the Sea for the third year running. FBTS like our '...classic, great tunes...expertly played', which isn't as succinct a quote as last year's '...delectable...' but we'll take it :)

The 10th and 24th August see us returning to the Voodoo Rooms as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, under the banner of the PBH Free Fringe. Both FBTS and PBH's Free Fringe are free and unticketed, but we appreciate any donations and/or kind words. Or muffins, we're all quite partial to a muffin.


East Lothian Courier Review: 'All About That (Double) Bass', Abbey Church, North Berwick.


16th April, 2016

'All About That (Double) Bass', Abbey Church, North Berwick.

Concert review by Ian Walker

When the Abbey Church became a cabaret – for one night only…

On Saturday 16 April anyone who opted for an evening of jazz and blues delivered by Arlen had a real treat. But North Berwick’s Abbey Church a cabaret venue? Seriously, if you had closed your eyes you could have been transported to a New York speakeasy as vocalist Sadie gave evocative, heartfelt renditions of standards such as Feelin’ Good and Stormy Weather. Equally impressively, she put her own stamp on Sway and Misty which many of the audience would have associated with 1950s singer Julie London, while Peggy Lee’s almost smoky Fever also effectively showcased new member Chris Day’s skill on the double bass.

Arlen, named after the songwriter Harold Arlen – responsible for The Wizard of Oz – began life as a duo two years ago when Sadie Maskery was accompanied by guitarist Graham Cumber but now as a trio their repertoire has broadened to include songs by the likes of Cilla Black whose Step Inside Love, penned by Paul McCartney, brought the first part of their set to a close, and even Sting whose Shape of my Heart featured in the second. Just before the interval, supporting act The Flying Aspidistras (minus Chris Tabraham holidaying in Spain) gave us Lullaby of Broadway and When You Wish Upon a Star.

After the refreshment break, Sadie’s vocal range was perfect for a bluesy rendition of Angel eyes and a jazz-infused treatment of My Favourite Things which succeeded in erasing any lingering memory of Julie Andrews’ saccharine sweetness. This segued almost seamlessly into the bossa nova rhythms of Jobim’s Corcovado. In the zone, Sadie swayed seductively as she sang Somewhere over the rainbow - forever associated with Judy Garland – which she convincingly made her own. The evening came to an end – sadly all too soon – with Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man, and Black Coffee. Only two things could have improved this evening’s experience – the buzz of a larger audience and better amplification to do full justice to the nuances of Sadie’s vocal range. Hopefully these will be addressed when Arlen next perform in North Berwick. Let us hope we won’t have to wait too long!

All that jazz
The Abbey Church a cabaret?
You wouldn’t believe it, would you?
But it was true!
Transported not to heaven
But to some smoky den
Arlen’s vocalist Sadie sang from the heart,
Supported by Graham and Chris playing their part
Giving us a mix
Of established classics.
Never mind Over the rainbow,
We were over the moon!
Let us hope we hear Arlen again soon


23rd August, 2015

Tuesday 25th @ 7.45pm at The Street IS ON! Many thanks to Andy Brown for stepping in for Graham on this occasion. We may reprise Wuthering Heights. Maybe even Wuthering Heights on ukele. I'm excited by the ukele.


17th August, 2015

So, update! Ciao Roma was great fun - the audience was lovely, the bucket was rustly and my costume change distracted Graham adorably. Voodoo Rooms Ballroom, was, um, big! There was an enjoyable set at The Dome today - what a gorgeous place (and gorgeous people :)). But my phone ran out of battery so no photo unfortunately, argh! Hoping one of the guests took one... We have cancelled all busking except the 31st, sadly, and the last concert on the 25th at The Street will go ahead with Andy Brown and not Graham, IF our practice goes well tomorrow. (It will, he is magnificent.)

We will be back to full force at the Edinburgh Novotel on the 29th August at 8pm for an hour and a half. It is open to the public and it is rather a nice bar so if you need to recover after a Festival night out come along and say hello.



16th August, 2015

Here we are at the Novotel on Lauriston Place!


Latest press release

Local Duo In Choo-Choo Tune!

North Berwick and Edinburgh duo ARLEN have found a new platform for spreading their music – and it’s at Waverley Station.

The musical pair (Graham, guitar, and Sadie, voice) who perform their own arrangements of tunes from the 1920s to the present day, were delighted when the organisers of the World@Waverley offered them performances every Friday lunchtime during the Edinburgh Festival, saying they loved Arlen’s voice and guitar-playing.

“This August is going to be packed with excitement for us” said Sadie. “We are thrilled to be part of North Berwick Fringe by the Sea, playing on the opening day. We have three concerts in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and have also been offered slots performing on the Royal Mile throughout the Festival. But playing in Waverley Station will be a fantastic experience. It is an amazing space – and, unlike the Royal Mile shows, we won’t get wet if it rains!”

ARLEN will be at Fringe by the Sea on the 11th August at 1pm, at the Wee Spiegeltent, with their show ‘A Little Light Music’. Tickets from the FBTS box office or via www.fringebythesea.com.