|After the R1001's recent
tour of the borders of Her Majesty's empire and colonies the airship and her
crew will be joining the Lady Lawson for their quarterly Rest and
We cordially invite all Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen of
the Realm to adorn their finery and join us aboard the R1001 when it docks
behind tePOOKa's Big Red Door on the 21st of August 2009 at 20:30hrs for
Edinburgh's first Steampunk extravaganza. Entertainment will be provided
from our New York colony by Mr Thomas Truax and a demonstration of the South
American charango from Messrs Karmadillo. A radio play shall be performed
live. All under the watchful eye of our announcer Mr Andrew J. Wilson.
Karmadillo bring the sound of a South American folk instrument known as a
charango and tie it to a Divine Comedy style of song writing to produce a
wide range of songs that have been described as "Hawaiiain Beach music gone
wrong" to a "cheered up Leonard Cohen". Lyrically its sometimes comedy,
sometimes its sadness and sometimes its political, but its always heartfelt
and tied to melodies that will buzz around your head for weeks later.
And as the Edinburgh Steampunk Night will be a slightly different platform
than their storming appearance at the London Ukulele Festival earlier on
this year expect a specially crafted one man show!
"what any audience really wants is songs, and here Karmadillo deliver in
"Rishi's reputation for weird and wonderful lyrics such as those featured in 'Rent Boy' and 'What Happens to Porn Stars' always leaves you wondering where he's going to
go next lyrically"
To commemorate the return of the R1001 to the Home Islands the Imperial
Broad-casting Service will be transmitting from the docking port. There will
be news from the Empire and acceptable foreign ports, a live report of the
Coronation Jubilee celebrations, a thrilling account of Imperial explorers
and military exploits upon the hidden planet of Venus. Prepare to be
elucidated, informed and thrilled.
"Inventive and Romantic"
Mr Thomas Truax by Mr Andrew Werner.
New York City's Thomas Truax
(pronounced troo-aks) is a left field troubadour and inventor/player of
strange self-made instruments like his now legendary 'Hornicator' and a
motorized mechanical drum machine called 'Sister Spinster'. He employs
these and other contraptions as well as traditional instruments in
exceptionally crafted, witty and often touching songs. Splendid magazine
called him "one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world
that you've never heard of...an exceptional talent, unique and resistant
to comparison, yet fairly accessible even to casual listeners."
He's got three acclaimed original albums under his belt ( 'Audio
Addiction', 'Full Moon Over Wowtown', and 'Why Dogs Howl at the Moon')
and his fourth, 'Songs From The Films Of David Lynch'(SL/Psycho Teddy
records 2009), is his first all-covers album. He has toured nearly
constantly for the past seven years, including support tours with the
Dresden Dolls and Duke Special. He's played Glastonbury and Edinburgh
Fringe festivals and appeared on MTV. His own radio serial, The Wowtown
News, plays on Resonance FM in London.
Dress to impress.
Victoriana, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, HG Wells, Jules Verne, Lords,
Ladies, Adventurers, Explorers and various Royalty of far flung foreign
With great thanks to Rhona from
the UK Steampunk LiveJournal community we now provide a list of companies
that furnish Steampunk regalia...
here for said list.
Tickets are now available for
purchase from the Big Red Door box office on Lady Lawson Street 12pm - 5pm,
calls maybe placed by ones staff to reserve tickets on 0131 229 1480
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
A stall of curios & creations by
Inkzoo to compliment her gallery on
the approach to your embarkation.
A selection of merchandise will be available from our hand
Kindly click above advertisement for further details and booking
We are pleased to announce an exhibit of
Mr Thomas P. Campbell's writings in Rocketry Scotland. These
documents, researched by Mr Gavin Inglis, form a section of a
larger display of works relating to experimental rocket science
in Scotland entitled Alba ad Astra. For the month of August the
newsletters will be on show in Transreal Fiction, the esteemed
literary emporium at 7 Cowgatehead, The Grassmarket, Edinburgh,
where you will be made most welcome between the hours of 11am
and 6pm on weekdays, 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and 12noon to 5pm
On your visit you will also be able to view a selection of
photographic plates by Mistress Madeleine Shepherd, the
well-known Edinburgh "blue stocking", including a particularly
fine representation of Lord Strathbungo's Improved Skyrocket
Manufactory. The plates are complemented by a selection of texts
from such Scottish luminaries as Mr Kenneth MacLeod, Mr Andrew
C. Ferguson, Mr Andrew J Wilson and Mistress Kirsti Wishart with
additional contributions from Fergus Currie Esq. of Athens,
Greece. The collected writings and images chronicle Hector
MacKracken's attempts to locate his missing father, William, who
is feared lost in a misfired rocket experiment.
The portfolio of plates and texts are
assembled in small booklet, also entitled Alba ad Astra, to
facilitate your more considered assessment of the research
undertaken. It can be purchased in person on your visit to the
aforementioned Transreal Fiction or ordered for postal delivery