For the best in popular folk music

For the best in 

Scottish, Irish and American

popular and traditional folk music

We are always on the lookout for new bands who play popular and traditional folk music and song.              

We look for good musicians that have a sense of humour and react well with our members and guests. 

Our members prefer duos, trios and larger folk bands, however we do book solo acts occasionally.  We don't book bands that play all their own self penned songs all evening.

We are usually booked up 12 months in advance, so please check our 'Gig' page before making contact.

If you think that your band will 'fit the bill', please e-mail:
db01folkclub@gmail.com  






A blast from the past - Top folk bands remembered


The Clancy Brothers were an influential Irish folk group, which initially developed as a part of the American folk music revival. Most popular in the 1960s, they were famed for their trademark Aran Jumpers and are widely credited with popularising Irish traditional music in the United States and revitalising it in Ireland. 

The Clancy Brothers, Patrick "Paddy" Clancy, Tom Clancy, and Liam Clancy, are best known for their work with Tommy Makem, recording almost two dozen albums together as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. 

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem significantly influenced the young Bob Dylan and other emerging artists, including Christy Moore and Paul Brady.  The group was famous for its often lively arrangements of old Irish ballads, rebel and drinking songs, sea shanties, and other traditional music. Sadly now all deceased.

The McCalmans were a folk song trio from Scotland. Formed in 1964, they recorded and toured without interruption until they disbanded in December 2010. Their performance was based on searing three part harmony, humour and a deep love and respect for the folk tradition in Scotland. They performed all over Europe, and in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, Kenya, Belize and even the Falkland Islands. They had six major TV series and countless BBC Network Radio series and appearances.

The original trio was formed by Ian McCalman (born 1st September 1946, in Edinburgh) on his first day at Edinburgh College of Art, where he, Derek Moffat (born near Dundee) and Hamish Bayne (born in Nairobi) were studying architecture. Hamish left the band in 1982 and was replaced by Nick Keir. Derek died as a result of cancer in 2001, and was replaced by long-term friend of the band Stephen Quigg. The group disbanded in 2010 when Ian decided to retire from touring. He now runs a successful music studio. Nick and Stephen continued to tour together until Nick's untimely death in 2013.