This week

James Keelaghan

The Tolbooth Tavern, Tolbooth Street FK1 1NL
<p><strong>Barluath</strong>  Stunning set for our Tryst Concert <strong></strong></p>
<p><strong>Session Night</strong>  Always welcoming<strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong>Barluath</strong>  Stunning set for our Tryst Concert <strong></strong></p>
<p><strong>Session Night</strong>  Always welcoming<strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong>Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes</strong> Performed for us last April at Falkirk Town Hall</p>
<p><strong>Archie Fisher</strong> Superb, as ever, at our Tryst Festival Concert<strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong>Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes</strong> Performed for us last April at Falkirk Town Hall</p>
<p><strong>Archie Fisher</strong> Superb, as ever, at our Tryst Festival Concert<strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong>Eilidh Grant</strong>  Fab night with Eilidh and her new line up</p>
<p><strong>O'Hooley & Tidow </strong> Memorable night with Belinda and Heidi</p> <p><strong>Eilidh Grant</strong>  Fab night with Eilidh and her new line up</p>
<p><strong>O'Hooley & Tidow </strong> Memorable night with Belinda and Heidi</p> <p><strong>Kelpies</strong>  Andy Scott's marvellous sculptures</p>
<p><strong>The Lazy Boys of Banknock  </strong>Mostly hermless</p> <p><strong>Kelpies</strong>  Andy Scott's marvellous sculptures</p>
<p><strong>The Lazy Boys of Banknock  </strong>Mostly hermless</p> <p><strong>Mairi Campbell  </strong>Captivating performance at Falkirk</p>
<p><strong>The Tonkerers</strong>  Celebrating the Steeple 200 Event</p> <p><strong>Mairi Campbell  </strong>Captivating performance at Falkirk</p>
<p><strong>The Tonkerers</strong>  Celebrating the Steeple 200 Event</p>

Other news

Win By A Neck!

Thanks to all for ensuring a great night at the club's 13th Annual Songwriting Competition

It was a packed room again with a great mix of contenders for the coveted trophy and prizes

Fantastic to see and hear, not just the diverse range of styles of song, but to have competitors from around Falkirk, across the Central Belt and, in one case, as far as Kendal in Lancashire entering the competition

There were quality songs and memorable performances from across a wide spectrum of ages too, ranging from 14 year old Joseph Hewer to, well, the vastly higher end of the scale!

16 entries in total giving our panel of judges a far from easy task to pick a winner

Findlay Napier, Pauline Alexander and Councillor Robert Spears selected their 3 favourite songs and the audience picked theirs

Here are the final results

1st Place -The Redneck Banjo Band by Jim Fraser

2nd Place - Skin And Bone by Lewis Mullen

3rd Place - Follow The River by Scott Snaddon

Audience Vote - Home by Joseph Hewer

 

Every Chance!

 Findlay Napier

Drum roll ....... Falkirk Folk Club's 13th annual SONGWRITING COMPETITION takes place on Saturday 14th October at the St Francis Xavier Hall in Falkirk at 7pm for a 7.30pm start (BYOB and we will provide nibbles but please note that nuts are not permitted in the hall)

Whether you are competing or just coming along for the entertainment and craic it is always a great night

With £100 prize to the winner, there still just time to get that winning song written and for any songwriters from Falkirk or further afield to enter - we just ask that your song has not been entered in any other competition

You could win one of a number of very attractive cash prizes and maybe our coveted trophy

There is also an audience vote and prize for their favourite song and non competitors can of course try their hand in our famous raffle with fantastic prizes

 Pauline Alexander

Along with Falkirk Councillor Robert Spears. we are delighted to have two highly respected musicians and songwriters, Findlay Napier and Pauline Alexander making up the independent panel of judges

Prospective entrants should email with a copy of their song lyrics and we'll send on further details to you. To whet your appetite further, here is Andy McKean with last year's winning entry - Nae Chance

Falkirk Storytelling Festival 21-24 September

Brian McNeil, Alan Bissett, Tommy Sands, Christopher Brookmyre and much more

The first Falkirk Storytelling Festival takes place this month with a fantastic line up authors, poets, storytellers and musicians

With a great mix of spoken word and musical events, the festival reaches out to all ages and is hosted across 8 venues in the historic heart of the town

Of particular interest to folk enthusiasts is the concert and workshop with Brian McNeil at the Faw Kirk on Saturday 23 September

A unique chance to learn from one of the masters of songcraft and musicianship, the afternoon workshop has limited spaces, so be sure not to miss out

Irish songwriter and storyteller drops into the Tolbooth Tavern on the 21st and we can expect a full house for the world renowned performer

Friday 22 September at Coffee On Wooer offers another great night of songs with musicians from Carron Cast and Falkirk Folk Club providing the music and inviting you to Sing Out in this award winning venue for live music

For full programme details please vist www.falkirkstorytelling.com 

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Torphichen Folk & Ale Festival

Some of Falkirk's best and emerging groups are set to take part in a brand new festival in the historic village of Torphichen this summer

The unique two day event features Eddie Reader, Scocha, North Sea Gas, Katee Kross, Reece Hillis and many more

Presented by the fabulous Torphichen Inn, the ticket price also includes meals and drinks with a great selection of craft beers available

There's also camping at just £20 for two nights with music at both the main stage and at the Inn day and night from 2pm

 Katee Kross   Reece Hillis

The Falkirk contingent includes The Tonkerers, The Lazy Boys Of Banknock, Huroosh, Scuttlebutt McCoy, Andy McKean, Willy Thomson and Carron Cast

Be part of West Lothian's first village Folk Festival

Friday 18 - Saturday19th August

 Scocha

Full line up and details at http://www.torphicheninn.net

 'Torphichen Inn'

enquiries call 01506 652826

Special events

Headin' for Lithgae!

Falkirk musicians will be out in force for the 19th Linlithgow Folk Festival 6th - 10th September

Award Winning Songwriter Andy McKean will play at The Black Bitch on Thursday 7 September and on the following evening musicians from Carron Cast and Falkirk Folk Club will host the International Session at the Bowling Club

The event looks forward to welcoming the wonderful Barluath for the Satuday Night Concert and The Daddy Naggins entertain again for the Bluegrass gig on Friday

Along with workshops there is a great choice of sessions in the many pubs throughout the town and Music at the Cross on the Nora Devine Stage over the weekend just outside the entrance to the Palace

Full details here


2017 Memberships Available

Why not join and become a member of Falkirk Folk Club and enjoy the membership benefits of discounted tickets, workshop events and more

It costs £10 for the year and is a great way to show support for the club and it's work done to promote folk and traditional music throughout Falkirk and beyond

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.

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