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Gigs in 2018

Friday 19 January 2018 - 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.

Publications which have featured enthusiastic reviews and commentary on their shows range from Three Weeks and Edinburgh Spotlight, through to The Herald and even The Financial Times.  Their lively audiences in August have included Bill Hill (who wrote many of The Corries’ comic songs such as The Portree Kid) and Ronnie Browne himself.  Ronnie Browne was later kind enough to give The Sorries a very positive plug at the Book Festival launch of his autobiography That Guy Fae The Corries, so it seems neither Bill Hill nor Ronnie Browne were purely in the audience to keep an eye on their copyrights.

Friday 2 February 2018 - Luckenbooth

Luckenbooth are Christine on vocals, keyboard, whistle and percussion; Mhairi on fiddle, viola and vocals and Alex on guitar, vocals, mandolin, whistles and flute.  

The band have been playing together for almost 20 years and plays mainly around Scotland’s central belt at Clubs and Festivals.  

Whilst their repertoire is a mix of traditional and contemporary, the band tailors their set to suit the audience – and it’s worthwhile noting this, because not everyone has this amazingly obvious approach to what they play!  Luckenbooth like to get their audiences singing along.  Humour is important too and Christine is learning new jokes for the occasion!


Friday 16 February 2018 - Makadin

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.

First and foremost we are a Scottish Folk duo, traditional music at its best, performing for a number of years. The bands expansive career includes performances in a variety of venues from open-air concerts in Germany Wine Festival in Hungary to private function, pubs, clubs & concerts .We have recorded 2 albums and maintained a large and diverse repertoire.

Mak-a-Din’ philosophy is one of quality folk music with entertainment.

Gordon Ritchie. Lead, Harmony Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica, and Bodhran. Gordon is the founding member of Mak-a-Din and has been performing as a folk singer for over 15 years, and has built up a reputation of on-stage fun and humour.

Davy Glen. Lead, Harmony Vocals, Guitar, Base, Harmonica, Whistle and Bobhran. Davy has been performing for over 29 years and recently followed his heart for his love of Scotland and its music. Davy has got one of those vocals that must sing ballads (Watch out Scotland). 

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.

Friday 16 March 2018 - Tarneybackle

Tarneybackle was formed in the year 2000 in the village of Blackford, Perthshire.  

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.  


“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.”


Friday 20 April 2018 - 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, Rachel Campbell Fiddle , also where appropriate and 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.   

Friday 18 May 2018 - 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 ten years. She released her debut album ´Driftwood´ in 2012 and has since released and album ´River of Time´ (2015) 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.

Friday 8 June 2018 - North Sea Gas

North Sea Gas: Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan

Over thirty-five 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!!


Friday 14 September 2018 - On the Wagon

'On the Wagon' is Derek Richardson, Pat Stuart, Ken Charleson and Davy McMartin

“On the Wagon is a multi-talented, Folk and Ceilidh band and have performed at some of the UK’s top venues and abroad to great acclaim in Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Channel Islands and Denmark.  We are absolutely delighted to have them play for us at the Folk Club.”


Friday 19 October 2018 - 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.

They supercharge influences from classic folk acts such as The Corries & The Dubliners, as well as contemporary tunes from composers like Gordon Duncan & Ross Ainsley. This, plus the constant onslaught of touring, provides the inspiration for their original tunes & songs. 

The Duo features Chris Woods on Mandolin, Guitar and Vocals and Sandy Stirton on Guitar, Cajon and Vocals.

They are an extremely hard working band performing an average of 180 gigs a year in intimate venues, cavernous concert halls & frantic festivals, both at home and abroad.


Friday 16 November 2018 -  Ragged Glory

“RAGGED GLORY -  “Honey harmonies that shine”. This very popular, four-piece group hail from in and around Edinburgh with their home folk club being “Nitten Folk” that meets weekly in the Dean Tavern at Newtongrange. The have one simple aim - to entertain. They enjoyed five consecutive years of much sought-after Fringe sell-out laurels – awarded for their shows at AMC @ St Bride's, Edinburgh.

They have travelled fairly extensively across Scotland having appeared at many of the best known venues - Edinburgh folk Club, Melrose, Glenfarg, Kirkcaldy, Partick, Irvine etc.  and have left their audiences with the warm glow of having enjoyed a really good night out.

Over the past two years they have also formed a key part of  Ian MacCalman’s highly acclaimed and sell-out show “Far, Far From Ypres” that commemorates the fallen of World War 1. That saw them singing in The Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Perth Concert Hall and The Beacon Theatre, Greenock appearing alongside the likes of Barbara Dickson, Dick Gaughan and Siobhan Miller.

Friday 7 December 2018 - 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”.