Category Archives: A Cappella

Fascinating Aïda

I can’t believe it’s been this long since Fascinating Aïda was here, they are so funny.
On an earlier post in the old blog I had two of their great songs “Cheap Flights” and “Dogging”, both particularly British phenomenons.

Fascinating Aïda have in the past been described as “Absolutely Fabulous meets Noel Coward, as sung by the Andrew Sisters.”

So after checking around I found some new songs I’d missed.

First up is Fascinating Aïda’s post-Brexit song, this is hilarious whether you were for or agin Brexit. Or even if you don’t care. Check it out.

So Sorry Scotland

Sung by Fascinating Aïda at the Spiegeltent, Assembly, Edinburgh Festival 2016. “SO SORRY SCOTLAND”by Lyrics by Adèle Anderson, Liza Pulman & Dillie Keane: Music by Dillie Keane. Filmed by LA Media. With enormous thanks to William Burdett-Coutts and Sharon Burgess.

Now this one resonates with me a bit, and only they could make it funny. Though to be accurate Laura Linney did a pretty good job on it in the Showtime series a few years back.

So kick back and enjoy their take on the Big C.
Big C

As part of World Cancer Day (4th Feb 2017), we’ve decided to release this song on YouTube. Adèle, of course, was diagnosed with Big C in the spring of 2015 and we felt we had to write a song about it, if only to make ourselves laugh. It made it into our 2016 Edinburgh show – “Back In The Saddle” – and when we finally reconvene in 2018, it will no doubt make an appearance then too. Filmed by LA Media at the Assembly Spiegeltent, taken from the Fascinating Aïda DVD BACK IN THE SADDLE, available from their website.

For those of us outside the UK. Here the official version, but I like the Fascinating Aïda description better.
“OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.”
Enjoy this song about Ofsted.
OFSTED song for teachers

Fascinating Aïda in this video are: Dillie Keane in the blue. Adele Anderson in red. And, in yellow, the glorious Liza Pulman.

This final gem tips their hat to Gilbert & Sullivan among others, only Fascinating Aïda could bring humour into the banking arena. Enjoy.
The Market

Anneke Van Giersbergen


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Anneke Van Giersbergen needs no introduction, she has graced the pages of the old blog frequently, in particular in 2009, 2010 and 2012. But there were other times between.

Today I want to feature a mainly quieter softer side of Anneke Van Giersbergen.

But some time soon, she’s been teasing she is going to be presenting a new band VUUR!!
For the past few months they have been busy writing and rehearsing songs for their debut album that will be recorded early in the year and released in the fall of 2017. Be prepared for something heavy, melodic and progressive. Me, I can’t wait.

So let’s get to this softer music.

First up one of the most poignant Queen songs, and one of Freddie’s finest. Anneke does a beautiful interpretation here, with some great guitar backing from Esa Holopainen. A great live performance from Helsinki earlier this year.
Who Wants to Live Forever

Esa Holopainen from Amorphis joins Anneke Van Giersbergen on stage to perform an acoustic cover version of Queen’s classic song Who Wants to Live Forever. 25th of August 2016. Semifinal, Helsinki.

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With her beautiful voice, clear as a bell, and her wonderful guitar work I’m sure Pink Floyd would be pleased with this version. There are several Pink Floyd cover bands out there, many of them very good, but they all cover with the same sound as the original. This is a brilliant difference to change it up a bit and perform it simply and acoustically. And her voice, simply sublime.
Wish You Were Here

The Gentle Storm Acoustic Tour, Hybrydy, Warszawa; 27.02.2015

A brilliantly haunting song from Anneke, this from her days with the band The Gathering.
Just awe-inspiring with its simple beauty.
Locked Away

Anneke Van Giersbergen performs an acoustic version of The Gathering song Locked Away. Live at Semifinal, Helsinki, 25th of August 2016.

Chris Isaac once upon a time wrote this amazingly beautiful song, and Anneke takes it to new heights, to a new place. Devastating. Speechless.
Wicked Game

Live on GI:EL ~ a Dutch radio station

Finally today a wonderful song that families all over the world will appreciate. Oh Anneke, you have such a beautiful voice.
My Mother Said

2013 Anneke van Giersbergen – Taken from the album “Drive”
Produced, filmed and edited by Raymond van Olphen – Bullet-ray Xraymultimedia

OK, I lied, but I thought you may like to see this brief introduction to her new band VUUR.

Trio Mandili


Trio Mandili is a Georgian musical group consisting of three young women: Anna Chincharauli, Tatia Mgeladze and Shorena Tsikarauli. They became popular in Georgia because of a music video in which they perform a Georgian folk song.

Trio Mandili accompany themselves with classic Eurasian stringed instruments, such as the panduri and tschonguri, long-necked lutes.

Because Trio Mandili sing in the Georgian language I don’t understand a word. But the sound is just sublime. So listen along and enjoy the feeling.

This apparently is the winter version of this song, and the winter looks very cold there. But it doesn’t seem to bother them, they are still smiling. Oh I guess I did understand a word, yeah.


This one is much warmer, looks like summer. And the girls are still enjoying themselves and showing us around the pretty countryside. If you watch this without smiling you need to check your pulse.
Ai Dunia


The trio became a duo for this one, maybe the other one does not like the water. Fun by the waterside.


Here’s a great clip from a gig in Kyiv in 2015. (Kiev, Ukraine).
They appear to still be enjoying themselves despite the formal appearance of their dress and being on stage.


Our final song for the day, still summertime although the wind is messing with the microphone. A brief song to say goodbye.
Tsangala da Gogona