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Top Folk Bands playing for your pleasure



Gigs in 2019




                                                                
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Friday 20 September 2019 - Pure Malt


Sorry Folks - Fully Booked - all 90 seats taken.



In 1984 Gordon McDiarmid and wee brother Tam started off their folk singing days in local clubs and pubs. 

In 2002 Pure Malt were regular performers at the Blackness Inn, and took stage on occasion for the monthly folk concerts. At the jam sessions there they met up with Tam Clark who would join them for the occasional song or two during their gigs. Big Tam, or TC as he is known to ‘the following’, had much to offer by way of bodhran, natural vocal harmonies and charismatic banter, and jelled well in the group, bringing with him his own love of bothy ballads and Burns Suppers. And so, Pure Malt were three! The gigs continued and their following increased.
In 2006, at the Bridge End in Callander, they met up with a Lothian lad, Chas McLeod, who gradually over the months increased input into the band with ‘moothie’, then bodhran, penny whistle and now bass guitar. A talented lad, he's currently mastering the banjo.

Pure Malt has grown in stature, talent and professionalism and their own blend of music is well-liked and much sought after around the country. So - for the future – the boys have much to offer the folk scene with their traditional Scottish and Irish songs and their more contemporary ballads, and this will be evident given a night with Pure Malt.
                                                                 

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Friday 18  October 2019 -Yard of Ale


Yard Of AleAlistair McDougald, vocals, guitar, banjo, and percussion; Peter Gillan, vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonicas and percussion; Walter Mowat, vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and percussion.

Formed in 1973, Yard Of Ale are well established for their mixture of styles and their varied repertoire. Regarded as a complete entertainment package, Scotland’s favourite folk n’ fun band perform a great mixture of folk, country, traditional and contemporary music with plenty of close harmony and cheeky banter. Guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddle, harmonicas, bodhrans, washboards and kazoos, in fact anything they can rattle a good tune or rhythm out of is pressed into service

The band have recorded 3 CD albums and are featured regularly on many local, national and international radio stations.  Their music was also featured in Irving Welsh’s film “Ecstasy”.

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Please note change of date from Friday 15 November to Friday 22 November

Friday 22 November 2019 - Tarneybackle

                                                               

The group’s material is mostly from the Scottish tradition and is a blend of strong vocal harmonies with a wide range of instruments. 
The trio’s interpretation and presentation of Scots song has brought them praise from reviewers, and a growing fan base from their extensive live performances and radio work.  

Tarneybackle has released six albums to date:
“Tullibardine” (sold out)  “Distant Dreams”    "The Diamond”  
“Winds of Freedom”, “Looking Out” and "Singing Land"
Tarneybackle's albums have been broadcast on many radio stations at home and abroad, including Radio Scotland, Radio Tay, Moray Firth Radio, Two Lochs Radio, KPFZ and Zoomer Radio.  

Reviews “The enjoyment is infectious” – The Scots Magazine                                                                              “One of the best folk-based acts in Scotland” – Perthshire Advertiser

“I reverently suggest they be short-listed for a possible future "Sultans of Trad" award.” – FolkWorld
Orkney Folk Festival Reviews - "Tarneybackle gave a full-sounding and genuine performance.......kept the audience entertained between songs with humorous banter for good measure."
"fusion of traditional and contemporary folk, with strong vocals from John Davidson intensifying the performance.”

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Friday 6 December 2019 - On the Wagon


'Members Only Night'

20th Anniversary Celebrations


           3rd December 1999 - 6th December 2019

Presenting 

'On the Wagon'

with guest band 

 'Yard of Ale'




On The Wagon is a ceilidh/folk band that specialises in Scottish/Irish folk music and its own arrangements of country and blues.
The instrumental lineup includes guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonicas, accordions, bass pedals, percussion, Bouzoukis, small and big pipes, whistles including low D, ukeleles, banjo, with Derek & Ken providing the main vocals.  Some examples of their music can be found below.

They play clubs, pubs, festivals, hotels, Conference Centres (Edinburgh & Glasgow) and for Corporate events up and down the country.  Theytravel; to Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and Luxemburg and the Channel Islands.

On the Wagon have lots of original material as well as their own arrangements of well recognised material and are very comfortable in concert venues, weddings, ceilidhs, folk clubs and family occasions.

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Friday 17 January - The Sorries


The Sorries are Douglas Kay and Martin Philip. The kilted duo sing, play and banter their way through a show inspired by the music of The Corries; performing a selection of tunes from that well-loved songbook as well as a few of their own compositions which cast comical eye over modern Scotland.

The two formed The Sorries following a conversation during a tour of the Highlands where both Gecko 3 and Douglas Kay Band were performing. Coming from very different musical projects, Kay and Philip discovered a shared love for the music of The Corries. The duo, they decided, is still an ideal format in which to present so many of the sensational folk songs in which Scotland is so rich. That night, the two resolved to join forces.

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Friday 7 February - Johnston & Gordon

Euan Johnston and Andrew Gordon have been friends from the Scottish music scene for 15 years.  Finally getting together as a duo in early 2016, Euan and Andrew have worked on a set that shows their passion for Scottish and Irish Music.  Never taking themselves to seriously, they switch from the serious to the surreal, from syphilis to seals.  Their accompanying guitar and bodhran rhythms could be considered “robust” and when both bodhrans are out… Mighty! 

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Friday 28 February - The Ian Walker Band


Ian has now formed his own Band, “THE IAN WALKER BAND” comprising Moe Walker, Jimmy Scott and Ian with additional musicians and singers joining as the events dictate. The Band plays at a very wide variety of venues and the response has been very positive. The Band released an album called “JUST ONE MORE CHORUS” in late 2017 and it has been receiving warm reviews including “Album of the Week” status on radio. John Graham of The Clydesiders supported the Band on the album with fiddle, bass and mandolin and Ken Russell also contributed with Northumbrian Small pipes on one track.

Ian Walker is a successful and popular singer and songwriter from Glasgow.
He has released twenty albums/song books and his last solo CD in 2011, “Singing the River”, was nominated for the British Country Music Association (BCMA) Awards in London hosted by Alvin Stardust. In 1988, Ian won the Music Retailers Association (MRA) Award for Excellence in London presented by Sir Patrick Moore. Ian’s songs have been covered and recorded by many other artists worldwide and have been sung before Nelson Mandela and Arun Ghandi. Ian has performed in America, Holland, Germany, Ireland and throughout the UK. "One of the most gifted and accomplished performers on the Scottish music scene." Fife Herald News

Jimmy Scott is based in Bo’ness and has been singing and playing his own brand of country Gospel music since the 1960s. From an early age, music played an integral part in family life originally with the old Gospel hymns, but later melding with the songs of The Carter Family, Hank Williams, Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash amongst others. In 2005, Jimmy released his own solo album “Bread upon the Water” and supported “The International Ambassador of Country Music” George Hamilton 1V on his UK Tours in 2005 and 2006 and at the Americana Festival, Newark, England.
“Excellent! Super voice!” John Dichler, Radio Maria, Astra Satellite Studio 5, Austria

Moe Walker
Moe Walker is from Holywood, Northern Ireland and has performed as an acclaimed singer on the music scene for many years. With her group Tricycle she appeared on STVs popular Scottish Variety Show “THINGUMMYJIG” along with Alastair McDonald and The Alexander Brothers. In recent years, Moe has recorded and provided harmonies and accompaniment in a variety of line ups and has sung in the USA, Holland, Germany and throughout the UK.
“Delightful!” Rhyl Folk Club, North Wales

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Friday 20 March - MAK-A-DIN


Mak-a-din are a lively Scottish & Irish folk duo. Gordon & Davy, who are both from Grangemouth, have been together for almost 3 years now after playing with other bands & duo's. They believe in giving the audience what they want to hear. Their gigs tend to be a mixed night of Scottish / Irish & contemporary music

Gordon was born in Falkirk and his first singing and band partner Robert taught him the basics of the guitar. He went on to teach himself and within the first year Robert and Gordon had their first gig in the 'Vic Inn' Carronshore. They went on to form the band 'The Shoresmen' and had many gigs together but split up 5 or 6 years later. He went on to form a band Avonstray and a duo called Ereskybefore forming Mak-A-Din with Davy.

Davy was also born in Falkirk. His biggest influence was John Day, a fantastic accordionist and pianist whom he worked with for many years. His good friend Archie McDougall taught him the basics of the guitar and for the past 31 years he has given him invaluable support. He has played with many bands over the years including Ocean Drive, Harlequin and after years of playing club/cabaret music he decided to follow his patriotic heart and started playing what he always wanted to play, Scottish folk music. In November 2007 he teamed up with Gordon, forming Mak-A-Din.


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Friday 24 April - Schiehallion


Hailing from Inverness the capital city of the Scottish Highlands Schiehallion are a Scottish Folk/Ceilidh band who have spent the last number of years both at home and further afield building an impressive ardent fan base, this has culminated in them being deserving of their widely held reputation as a fiery and passionate must see live music act.

 

Consisting of founding member Kenny Jamieson Vocals - Guitar & Bodhran, Stuart Mackintosh Accordion, Cy Mutch Cajon & when required Calum MacGillivary on Bag Pipes, Schiehallion are ever present on the live music venue and festival scene.   

 

Immersed in Scotland's culture and music traditions Schiehallion's ability to engage and transfix their audience time after time has justifiably led to their richly deserved status as one of Scotland's top bands in their musical category and genre.     


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Friday 15 May - North Sea Gas


Over thirty-seven years and stronger than ever! "North Sea Gas" is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and around the world.

Their show, and their albums, consist of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material put together, in a style all their own, along with their humor and story-telling. This proves popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Turkey, and many other destinations both in and outside of their home in Scotland. Every year there are appearances on TV and Radio on both sides of the Atlantic including "Late Night Saturday," "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour," and "Song of the Mountains" shown on select PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) TV stations in the U.S

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Friday 5 June - Ragged Glory


A band who met several years ago in Newtongrange and made their debut appearance in 2010 at the Acoustic Music Centre, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
That debut appearance at the Fringe  sold out.
That entrance into the world's biggest arts festival came only four years after they met at Newtongrange Folk Club.
    
The four-piece folk band, who play traditional and contemporary material  also  completed their debut album called "Quiet Joys".
Band member George Archibald, who hails from Newtongrange, said: "We are from different backgrounds, but we obviously share a passion for good music."
     
Playing alongside the Nitten native are Aberdonian Charlie Milne and May and Jim Weatherston, who are from Edinburgh.
George added: "We just love being involved with the Fringe and get a buzz out of it each year." 
"May and Jim are married (to each other) and Charlie and Jim - who have written some cracking songs, many of which we do now, met as youngsters at Boroughmuir School and played music together under what they say was 'the excruciating name' of The Borough Boys."
Since those early days the group has played in Aboyne, Glasgow, Melrose, Kirkcaldy, Dalgety Bay, Dunfermline, Linlithgow, Innerleithen and of course Edinburgh. They were also part of the cast of 'Far Far from Ypres' which won the Event of the Year at the 2018 Trad Awards.
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Friday 18 September - Stephen & Pernille Quigg

Stephen Quigg has long since established himself on the Scottish folk scene and after more than thirty five years of singing, he is still dedicated to the music and the songs of Scotland.  Stephen accompanies himself on guitar and bodhran (occasionally also the banjo when he remembers to bring it) and with an outstanding voice, you can watch him capture the attention of any audience. Through wit, charm and an obvious love and respect for the music he delivers, Stephen has gained many constant followers, who travel regularly to his gigs in Scotland and beyond.

Pernille Quigg is originally from Denmark but has been living on the west coast of Scotland for the past 13 years. She released her debut album ´Driftwood´ in 2012 and has since released two albums ´River of Time´(2015) and ´Seeds I didn´t Sow´(2017) as part of her duo with her husband Stephen Quigg. The Quiggs now live, love and work together most of the time in harmony ;-) and can be found roundabouts on the folk scene in Scotland and abroad.
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Friday 16 October - After '8' Mince



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Friday 20 November - Yard of Ale


Yard Of AleAlistair McDougald, vocals, guitar, banjo, and percussion; Peter Gillan, vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonicas and percussion; Walter Mowat, vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and percussion.

Formed in 1973, Yard Of Ale are well established for their mixture of styles and their varied repertoire. Regarded as a complete entertainment package, Scotland’s favourite folk n’ fun band perform a great mixture of folk, country, traditional and contemporary music with plenty of close harmony and cheeky banter. Guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddle, harmonicas, bodhrans, washboards and kazoos, in fact anything they can rattle a good tune or rhythm out of is pressed into service

The band have recorded 3 CD albums and are featured regularly on many local, national and international radio stations.  Their music was also featured in Irving Welsh’s film “Ecstasy”

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Friday 4 December - On the Wagon

On The Wagon is a ceilidh/folk band that specialises in Scottish/Irish folk music and its own arrangements of country and blues.
The instrumental lineup includes guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonicas, accordions, bass pedals, percussion, Bouzoukis, small and big pipes, whistles including low D, ukeleles, banjo, with Derek & Ken providing the main vocals.  Some examples of their music can be found below.

They play clubs, pubs, festivals, hotels, Conference Centres (Edinburgh & Glasgow) and for Corporate events up and down the country.  Theytravel; to Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and Luxemburg and the Channel Islands.

On the Wagon have lots of original material as well as their own arrangements of well recognised material and are very comfortable in concert venues, weddings, ceilidhs, folk clubs and family occasions.

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