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Top Folk Bands playing for your pleasure



Gigs in 2020      


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Friday 28 February - John Graham, Jim Jack and Cy Jack



John started playing Folk Music in the sixties co-founding ‘The Clydesiders’ in 1968 with Sandy Kelso and remaining a member till they became inactive in 2000. They played on many TV and Radio shows as well as making 10 albums.

Jim’s introduction to Folk Music was in the Edinburgh Folk scene in the sixties and he went on to play with ‘Carterhall’ for a number of years , branching out in to Rock Bands in the 80’s and 90’s before returning to his Folk Music roots.

John plays a number of instruments including Fiddle, Mandolin and Guitar while Jim is on Guitar. They both share the vocal duties. They brought out their first album together, ‘Sae Will We Yet’ in 2018 and are currently working on their second.

Their act evokes much of the spirit of the folk revival with ample opportunities to join in choruses and a fair smattering of humour.

The band are joined by Cy Jack on Bass and Keyboard, an experienced musician who played many times with the Clydesiders as well as being involved in many of their recordings.

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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



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

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Friday 26 February

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Friday 19 March

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Friday 11 June

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Friday 15 October

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Friday 12 November

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Friday 3 December

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