Little Jazz Bird, The Jazz Bar (until August 24th) **
Nerves and whisky may have got the better of Victoria Bennett at her opening performance on this year’s Fringe, but luckily, the local singer has an endearing personality, a swinging band and a voice which is often quite lovely. The problem is that in most songs, it sounds as if there is more than one voice in there trying to get out: one with a transatlantic accent, one with a thick Scottish one (especially on the last word in many of the lines of songs), one whose deep, throaty sound evokes Marlene Dietrich and another which is more girlish. Confused? You will be.
* First published in The Scotsman, Monday August 11th