CarronCast 'Winter Set'
Andy 'Sails' To Title!
Congratulations to Andy McKean on winning the 2013 Falkirk Folk Club Songwriting Competition
His performance of the winning song capped a superb night and thanks go to all for the tremendous effort and support for the event on Saturday night at the St Francis Xavier Hall in the town
The packed hall provided a suitably electric atmosphere in which the participants excelled and all there were agreed that the standard was incredibly high, with a great variety of styles, giving us a brilliantly enjoyable and entertaining night!
The result was as follows
1st A MARINER WHO'S NEVER BEEN TO SEA Andy McKean
2nd A LITTLE MERCY Ian Doran
3rd A SONG FOR GERRY Ian Duncan
Honourable mentions were given for the following
TURKISH BARBERS by Hugh Hoffman
THE WADDIN by Sam Hughes
STREETS OF BERLIN by David Mullen & Colin McCulloch
I'M ONLY HERE TO MAKE UP THE NUMBERS by Myles Wallace
The audience vote also delivered the same winning verdict for Andy's song and with Ian Doran in second place
Joint thirds in the 'peoples choice' were Harry Wilson's THE LAST ONE and LEST WE FORGET by Lorna-Jane Grace
Thanks to our judges CATHY PEATTIE, DAVE GIBB and IAN WALKER and to all the contestants.
Keep on writing and we'll see you next year for the 10th anniversary of the competition!
Welcome In Winter with Falkirk Folk Club
Falkirk Folk Club's Welcome In Winter programme sees another tempting feast of folk at the Tolbooth Tavern.
Some of the most acclaimed artists from those well established and familiar on the folk scene, to some of the tremendous up and coming talent and those making there first visit to the town.
Along with the usual fun and frolics at our winter session nights, there's also the annual Songwriting Competition, Festive Session and Hogmany Hoolie.
The season begins on November 7th with the fabulous Coal Porters playing surely, the most intimate gig of their extensive tour and sure to be another memorable night at the club
Reserve tickets for any of the events by simply contacting
Work well under way on The Helix
The landscape around the Grangemouth Canal Basin and Carron Lock is changing rapidly and dramatically as work on The Helix Project continues.
For more details on the project click on the Helix box below.
1st Kelpiie base structure erected Two base structures set against Ochil Hills
The forthcoming Kelpies The Falkirk Wheel
The wonders of the Kist o Riches
A tremendous resource, the Kist o Riches website contains over 30,000 oral recordings made in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards. The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information.
Great information, offers and lively discussion
An excellent site to visit, download music, keep up to date with the latest releases or join in the forum discussions. Click on the banner above to take you to the webpage
For information on traditional music projects, opportunities and performances happening throughout Scotland click on the banners belowScotland's traditional music network (Falkirk Folk Club-affiliated member)
Cabinet re-shuffle as Jean retires from office
After seven years at the helm, managing the finances of Falkirk Folk Club, Jean Harris stepped down as treasurer at this year's AGM.
In recognition of her sterling work and professionalism in keeping the accounts in order and by way of appreciation, Jean was presented with a gift and flowers by guest performer Wendy Arrowsmith on behalf of all the club members
The AGM welcomed some new members to the committee with appointments in all positions,.....mostly voluntarily too!
You can now become a member of Falkirk Folk Club for just a Tenner!!
Yes, this year's membership has been set at the flat rate of a £10 for all and can be paid anytime now.
It's a great way to show support for the club and of course, there's the benefit of discounts for many of the club's events throughout the year too!
"We have enjoyed another tremendous year with top quality performances not only from high profile musicians but by the emerging talent and those being newly discovered on the scene" Stuart Miller, Club Organiser
"Over the past few years Falkirk Folk Club has grown thanks to the enthusiasm of club members, visiting artists, guests and the unparalleled support from the proprietor and staff of The Tolbooth Tavern. This base has allowed the club to become an active part of the community. Through 'Carron Cast', and developing links with the Falkirk Arts and Civic Council, Community Trust, Social Projects and local groups, the club is building a strong and fond reputation in the town with acknowledgement coming from the Scottish folk fraternity and Falkirk Council While maintaining the high standard of entertainment on Thursday nights, the social side is most worthwhile and important to our continuing success" Sam Hughes, Committee Member
You can now donate to Falkirk Folk Club
As a not-for-profit organisation, the aim of Falkirk Folk Club is to promote and provide a platform for the live performance of Folk and Traditional Music and Song in the Falkirk area.
We would be delighted to have your support in helping to raise funds which will ensure that we can maintain the high quality, range and variety of events throughout the year encouraging participation at all levels.
With our members, friends and associates active across the community we will continue to raise the profile of Folk and Traditional Music and enable enjoyment of its’ rich heritage and tradition to Falkirk’s diversity of groups and ages.
We would be most grateful for any donation of any size that you can afford to make.Be it £1, £2, £5, €10 or $50, every pound. dollar or euro will be used to ensure that Folk & Traditional Music remains at the heart of Falkirk's cultural development.
To donate, simply click the button at the top of the page and you will be redirected to the PayPal website.
There’s no need to have a PayPal account to use this option.