DAVE KERR -MUSIC EDITOR, THE SKINNY MAG
"Rae first approached The Skinny to programme an evening of live music at Edinburgh University's now annual (and award winning) Pleasance Sessions in 2013 and has remained a trusted ally ever since. She has always remained tenaciously determined to coordinate (and execute) a festival that in some way topped the last. I believe she's done so.
I've always found her enthusiasm, determination and overall organisational skills to be a genuine source of inspiration in the often difficult arena of concert promotion and our three year collaboration was productive from the get-go. One of the most enriching and productive professional relationships I've had in a 12 year career, I can only hope our career paths converge again some day"
GUY ROBINSON - OWNER COALITION TALENT
"As a two time and very worthy winner of an Ents Forum Award, a highly coveted awards ceremony in the University entertainment space, I can wholeheartedly recommend Rae as a brilliant booker, venue manager, and all round top chick! Had many happy years working with her, (and drinking excessively in her venue!), and wish her every success in the future. She leaves huge shoes to fill"
VIC GALLOWAY - BBC RADIO SCOTLAND/ THE HERALD
Back home, Edinburgh will always play second fiddle to Glasgow as Scotland's main music metropolis. Population is key, but so is general attitude. As a resident of Auld Reekie, I am continually downhearted by the lack of interest in the capital's vibrant scene. People are too quick to complain, but less speedy in getting off the sofa to buy tickets. The Pleasance Sessions, however, could teach most festivals a thing or two. Three evenings of music took place in the beautiful wood-panelled Pleasance Theatre with the added Och!Toberfest beer tent and independent record label market, supplying the finest in local vinyl and merchandise, in the courtyard outside. Throughout the weekend, homegrown heroes such as Withered Hand, RM Hubbert, PAWS and Jonnie Common performed in a glorious setting to the gathered revellers. Once again, it was a triumph.
THE BEVVY SISTERS
Safari 2016, and in fact anything team Insider turn their collectively creative hands to, punches way above the shoulders of any other Scottish festival. This year, or before. A logistically ambitious mystery-tour leads the audience on staggered buses on several surprise stops, through a series of magical events pairing musical and gastronomical delights with beautiful locations.It’s the level of artistic detail and style though which is so delightful, characterful, unique and totally impressive, especially considering the fact that so few pulled this whole event off. Whole still-lives are set into gardens complete with antique furniture, bookshelves and lamps. 100 pimms at the ready. Brass band on the bar roof, live music on the shore of a loch, the red gazeebo in the white church, lanterns leading the way, a feast to finish. Just magical.
The Bevvy Sisters loved it (and every previous Insider Festival). We’d say to anyone of pretty much any age, to simply buy into it and trust in the outcome completely.
RORY PENMAN - DIGITAL OFFICER
"Rae's skilful and committed organisation of events, natural gift for people management and keen sense of style ensured the exciting and innovative events I was involved in with her at the helm were delivered with panache and a strong team spirit. Her ability was recognised by the industry at the Scottish Festival Awards, having been nominated for The Pleasance Sessions in 2013."