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THE TOM MILES QUARTET

Pleasance (venue 33), 60 The Pleasance (0131-556 6550), 7pm; to 2 Sept (not 31 Aug)

"It's wonderful to see so many happy, smiling spaces," Tom Miles announced to the assembled group of seven before launching into his selection of mock arias, soprano slanging matches and other grimy particles of operatic low-culture. Miles and his quartet give us an extended demonstration of the tedium of the Sunday service hymn, do a flighty spoof of Mozart and dip Schubert, grumbling and growling, into the vernacular. Some of the material certainly merits attendance in single figures. But the schmaltzy Barry Manilow-style tribute to Elephant and Castle and the last number about the perils of playing to empty houses are sublime.

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