Make Tea Not War

Majk Stokes and Friends in Association with Venue Nine and Three Quarters

Featuring Majk Stokes and Beth Clarke: now in its sixth year, "Make Tea, Not War" returns to bookend the Venue 40 Fringe programme.

With gentle humour, and a strong environmental conscience, Majk performs some new songs and poems along with highlights from his show "One more cup of coffee, and then we'll save the world".

Having played on the Scottish traditional music scene for many years, Beth combines lively fiddle tunes with her own touching and gently humourous songs, played on a mandola and rooted in her Edinburgh home and its environs.

Music, Comedy, Poetry. Age: 12+

Venue 9¾ is a pop-up venue within a venue, visible only to those who appreciate lovingly-created homegrown music and who know where to find it. Discounts may be available for witches and wizards.

£10.00 (£7.00) Buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Want at the venue. [ All proceeds from ticket sales go to charity ]
Sat, 3 Aug
6:30 - 8:30pm
Sun, 25 Aug
6:30 - 8:30pm
Mon, 26 Aug
6:30 - 8:30pm


We were treated to a couple of hours of barefooted performance by this lovely couple, playing 2 sets of mostly their own work; Majk on guitar and Beth on fiddle and mandolin.

It's the place to be if you like a couple of hours of folksy singing away from the hustle and bustle of a very busy city centre. It's a performance with lots of Majk's songs – the environment, love, encouragement and … nitrogen … all get his surprising lyrical treatment, providing audiences with a few laughs - and Beth, grooving in her seat and at times adding a bit of intentional physical comedy, to her somehow familiar sounding tunes with stories of Edinburgh haar and words of comfort to the woman she'd been in “Union Street”. Her “All these things” was a particular gem.

While this wasn't Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, it did have the clear singing voice and music of Beth matched with humorous lyrics of the more talking-singing voice and music of Majk. And maybe it's a bit long, but you get a break of 15 minutes half way through, tickets are much the same as the shorter shows, there's a moments of audience participation, and there's a properly jolly, fun and delightful ending to hold out for. Oh, and you get the opportunity to buy a book full of more fun and sometimes heartwarming poems by Majk.

Quaker reviewer