Gigs & Events

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Top Folk Bands playing for your pleasure



Gigs in 2020      


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Friday 15 May - North Sea Gas


Sorry Folks


Due to the increase in Corona Virus, this gig has been cancelled.



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Friday 5 June - Ragged Glory


Sorry Folks


Due to the increase in Corona Virus, this gig has been cancelled.



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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



After 8 Mince usually referred to as A'8'M was formed as a band after a Folk Club trip to Westport in Ireland. 

Over the years, we have produced 3 CD’s which have helped us to raise over £22,000 which has been donated to charities both local and national.  

We have had a few line up changes over the years the latest being Alistair McCabe replacing Val Valliant who had to stop playing due to an ongoing condition but still remains part of the band in another capacity.

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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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Top Folk Bands playing for your pleasure

Gigs in 2021

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Friday 15 January  2021 - The Sorries


The Sorries are Douglas Kay (vocals, guitar, bodhran, mandolin) and Martin Philip (vocals, guitar, bodhran). The duo sing, play and banter their way through a show inspired by the music of The Corries; performing a selection of tunes from that much-loved songbook as well as a few satirical comedy songs which cast a sardonic eye on present-day Scotland.

During the past decade Douglas Kay has honed his skills through tours to locations as diverse as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Europe, and with performances alonside the likes of Amy MacDonald, KT Tunstall and Billy Bragg. His extended travels have given him a wide range of influences and experiences which inform his performances both as a solo artist (Douglas Kay Band) and with The Sorries. He has recently received further national radio exposure following the release of his third album as a solo artist.

Martin Philip has toured in Europe and America as front man of the groove trio Gecko3 playing the Skye Festival, the Redbourn FestivalCa Jazz a Huy and Ronnie Scott’s amongst others. The trio have played support for Roy AyersThe Quantic Soul Orchestra and Spanky Wilson as well as The Cuban Brothers. He also appeared as a singer on KT Tunstall’s first album Eye to the Telescope and was a backing vocalist for The Skids on their reunion gigs in March 2010.

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.

The Sorries made their live debut in Edinburgh during December 2006. During 2007 they moved from the pubs of Edinburgh to the halls of Moray and on to Glencoe's famous Clachaig Inn. 2008 brought sell-out shows in locations as diverse as Lossiemouth’s Warehouse Theatre and the Isle of Eigg Community Hall. In May of that year they also released their debut EP ‘Live in Edinburgh’.




 

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Friday 5 February 2021 - The Mad Ferret Band


The Mad Ferret Band are known on the Scottish music scene for their hard hitting blend of traditional and contemporary folk music. Their lively, energetic performances are packed with “blisteringly fast mandolin solos”, tight vocal harmonies, driving Cajon beats and earth-moving guitar sounds.

The Mad Ferret Band supercharge influences from classic folk acts such as The Corries & The Dubliners, as well as modern tunes from composers like Gordon Duncan & Ross Ainsley. Therefore these influences plus the constant onslaught of touring, provides the inspiration for their original tunes & songs. Yes, and many of their songs are about grog, so if you don’t like a tipple you’d better like dancing!

The Duo features Chris Woods on Mandolin, Guitar and Vocals and Sandy Stirton on Guitar, Cajon and Vocals. The collaboration between these two raw musicians has produced many original songs and tunes; including New Dawn, Lassies of Edinburgh Toon and Bruce’s First Mistake. All featured on their previously released Live recordings and albums. They are continually developing their sets due to many a new tun


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Friday 26 February 2021 - Tarneybackle (Duo)


Fancy an evening to get you singing and your toes tapping?

The duo’s material is a blend of traditional and contemporary folk song, performed with strong vocal harmonies and a wide range of instruments. 

The group is comprised of Sandy Marshall (Vocals, Guitar, and Bouzouki) and John Davidson (Vocals, Guitar, Mandola, Mandolin, Whistles).

The group'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, including appearances at the Scottish Parliament, Orkney Folk Festival, and on BBC Radio Scotland radio shows “Reel Bend” and “Take The Floor”.  
Tarneybackle has released six albums to date

“Tullibardine”   “Distant Dreams”    "The Diamond”    “Winds of Freedom”, “Looking Out” and Singing Land

Quotes from their many reviews include:

“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 19 March 2021 - 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 16 April 2021 - 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 21 May 2021 - North Sea Gas

Over thirty-eight 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 11 June 2021 - Celtic Quines

  

The Celtic Quines are a Scottish band that features 3 of Scotland finest female voices around.

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Friday 17 September 2021

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Friday 15 October 2021 - Pure Malt


Pure Malt have 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 when they play for us.

We look forward to their return visit.

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Friday 12 November 2021 - Luckenbooth

 

Luckenbooth are a 3-piece folk band from East Kilbride.

They have been playing together around the folk clubs and festivals in Scotland for over 20 years.

The band is:

Christine on vocals, keyboard, whistle and percussion.

Mhairi on fiddle, viola, vocals and percussion.

Alex on guitar, vocals, whistle and mandolin.

They play a variety of traditional and contemporary folk songs, some country and pop and have a few self-penned songs in the repertoire.

Christine is known for her really awful jokes – you have been warned!

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Friday 3 December 2021 - 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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