Previous Acts

Here are some of the previous visiting artists who have graced the Falkirk Folk Club stage through the years:

Pauline Alexander

An extraordinary Scottish singer from the east end of Glasgow. 

Her stunningly beautiful voice interwoven with the richness and strength of her own compositions is well illustrated on Paulines excellent debut album "Thoughts For The Masses"

We were blown away by her brief Tryst Festival performance last year so it's great to have both Pauline and accompanist on guitar, Edwin Gallacher for the night at The Tolbooth

"... her voice is quite de luxe ! Never miss an opportunity of hearing her !"  Iain Anderson - BBC Radio Scotland

".....her live performance was simply stunning and was without doubt THE voice of this year's Festival"  Jon Hollingworth - Arran Folk Festival

http://www.paulinealexander.com

Dana & Susan Robinson

From Asheville, North Carolina, Dana and Susan Robinson bring to the stage an exciting blend of original songs of the American landscape and oldtime Appalachian mountain music

With Dana on guitar and fiddle, Susan's clawhammer banjo playing and harmony singing they bring a joyful energy to their concerts

Their music is the sound and feel of bedrock America  Two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience

Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage

Tonight you'll hear two rich, intimate voices, intricate and powerful guitar and banjo playing with a handful of fiddle and mandolin thrown in, a captivating performance rooted in the traditions of American folk

"...blazing fiddle and banjo tunes, harmony singing, and poignant songs and stories of the American Landscape."

"Many songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, or John Mellencamp have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and the soul of folk music." — Dirty Linen

Jez Lowe

Great to welcome Jez back to Falkirk. We are in for another memorable night at Falkirk Folk Club!

His reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music is renowned and revered

Recognised as an ambassador for his native North East of England, Jez has delivered over a dozen albums and has graced stages across the world over the past two decades

Among those who have recorded their own versions of Lowe’s songs, are Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Gordon Bok, The McCalmans, The Black Brothers, Liam Clancy, Bob Fox and literally hundreds of others

Songs like BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THE BERGEN, GREEK LIGHTNING and THESE COAL TOWN DAYS have generated scores of cover versions around the globe, and are now classics of their kind.

A wonderful and hugely popular performer, be sure to book your ticket by contacting

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“One of the hottest acts around” DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Some of the greatest contemporary English folk songs since early Richard Thompson are coming from the pen of Jez Lowe’ BOSTON GLOBE

‘the best songwriter to come out of England in a long time’ RICHARD THOMPSON

Wendy Arrowsmith

The quality and high calibre performances continue at Falkirk Folk Club.

With her stunning voice and warm personality, we are delighted to welcome multi instrumentalist Wendy back to the town.

She is a wonderful interpreter of traditional songs, and has also, in recent years, gained great recognition for her songwriting skills winning awards at Saltburn, Scarborough and Ryedale Festivals.

Wendy arrives in Falkirk in tremendous form with her latest album Life, Love and Chocolate receiving widespread acclaim and with her growing reputation as a superbly engaging performer

"Life Love & Chocolate is a superbly produced, exquisitely sung album, without doubt one of the most listenable albums I have heard for many a long month.... places her right at the top where she belongs"   Stan Graham BBC Radio York.


" Wonderful singer, voted best performer at this years Chippenham (2012)"   Bob Berry, Chippenham F.F. Director

The Coal Porters (SOLD OUT)

What a delight to have this exciting and dynamic five piece band drop into Falkirk offering a magical night of americana, folk and bluegrass

“Not your average fish and chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution.” Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros/Desert Rose)

“...the Coal Porters whisk together a hugely listenable cocktail of bluegrass, folk and country..." Uncut Magazine ****

“Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on with his current band, the Coal Porters.” Billy Bragg

“Swell picking, sweet vocals, strong tunes...a bucketful of tradition” Time Out

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Louise Jordan

Another stunning performer making their debut at Falkirk Folk Club

Louise plays guitar, piano and cello but it’s her voice which is most often celebrated as the pinnacle of her trade mark sound: captivating, powerful and evocative.

She has completed three UK tours with performances alongside Ralph McTell, Barbara Dickson, Eliza Carthy, Phil Beer, Cara Dillon, Kris Drever and Richard Digance. Her music has been played on both local and national radio radio and she also appeared in UK Vogue in recognition of her musical contributions. Louise remains an independent artist and has produced and released two albums under her own record company Azania Records.

 “a stirring, lilting grace” The Telegraph

“a masterclass in songwriting” R2 Magazine

“Absolutely, totally and completely brilliant” Mike Harding, BBC

 “the fragility of perfection” FolkWords

 

Eddie Walker

A stalwart figure on the UK folk scene and great to bring our friend back to Falkirk on the occasion of his farewell tour. A master of blues and ragtime guitar, Eddie has entertained, engaged and impressed many a Falkirk audience over the years and will still be attracting new fans as he makes his Tolbooth Tavern 'debut' for the club

A brilliant repertoire drawing from the roots of american blues to his mesmerising arrangements of traditional and contemporary folksongs

Sit back and relax as Eddie takes us on a musical journey and fingerstyle guitarists, be sure of a front seat to see those hands at work!

Fiona Hunter & Mike Vass

Young Scots singer Fiona Hunter, frontwoman of Scottish folk supergroup Malinky, launches her debut solo album, her first major production outside of Malinky

Fiona has also been selected to perform at WOMEX in Cardiff this October, an immense showcase of the best world music acts, attracting music professionals from across the globe

Coinciding with the album’s launch, the Fiona Hunter Band (including Mike Vass, Innes Watson, Gillian Frame and Euan Burton) will be playing on WOMEX’s Horizons Stage, a stage dedicated to showcasing the best local talent

Regarded as one of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, Mike Vass is in great demand as a performer, composer and teacher. He has toured extensively in the past few years with leading Scots Song band Malinky, in a duo with twin sister Ali, and with International super group Fiddle Rendezvous, featuring Bruce Molsky, Maryann Kennedy and Gerry O’Connor.

Winner of the prestigious ‘Composer of the Year’ award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in 2012, Mike Vass is fast gaining a reputation as one of Scotland’s foremost tunesmiths

A stunning collaboration, this tour offers a fantastic preview of the new material ahead next year's official launch of the album and we are delighted that Falkirk is playing host to two more of Scotland's finest young musicians for what will be another special event at the club

‘quietly joyous and melody-rich’  The Irish Times

‘brilliant and starkly beautiful’  The Living Tradition

‘Vass has an inimitable and distinctive sound that rings clear throughout …. he employs a Midas touch to his work’  Artree magazine

Steve Turner

A masterful concertina player with a delightful warm voice and accomplished and stylish performer.

Steve Turner comes from a family of singers and concertina players. His grandfather was known to have sung and played the instrument in the 1890's!

He began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. Joining the Geordie band "Canny Fettle" in 1970, he made two albums and toured in Britain and Europe with them for eight years.

In recent years, his solo work has met with great acclaim and he has toured extensively throughout the network of UK festivals and folk clubs.

Sure to have the Falkirk crowd singing in harmony!

Sangsters

Wonderful to see the long awaited return of this marvellous singing group from across the water (Fife)

Expect a great night of songs, humour, a tremendous repertoire and engaging performance.

This will be Anne, John & Fiona's first visit to the wee room at The Tolbooth and promises to be a truly special night 

Katy Moffatt

Another fantastic first for Falkirk!

We welcome Katy, no stranger to Scotland's Americana scene, for a debut performance at Falkirk Folk Club. The first date on the Scottish leg of her extensive tour will see her perform songs from an extraordinary catalogue of acclaimed albums from a career now spanning four decades

A fantastic voice, stylish and passionate performer attracting accolades from across the globe

.."her command is awesome. But it is not just the voice it is also the quality of the songwriting, a masterful microphone technique and accomplished guitar playing" -- Chris Haggett, Country Music Round-Up

"She is a must-hear for anyone who values the art of the singer-songwriter" -- Kenny Mathieson, The Scotsman

..."a genuine passion for music, and music-making, that comes through in every line she sings" -- The Oklahoma Gazette

   Click on image for a clip of Katy performing Walking After Midnight at the BBC

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

This phenomenal duo have blazed a trail across the folk scene picking up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award along the way at this year's award ceremony in Glasgow.

Both are multi-instrumentalist. Ciaran, as well as providing vocals, bazouki and guitar to Greg's superb and highly acclaimed songwriting, has also, on several occasions, been All-Ireland and All-Britain Fiddle Champion.

They perform with a confidence, energy, warmth and style which can be attributed to their roots in folk music from an early age and are now understandably in great demand at clubs, venues and festivals far and wide.

Their debut album The Queen's Lover received excellent reviews and extensive airplay displaying the duo's tremendous strength for composition and arrangement of traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs.

"The amount of fun we have on stage and playing the music, I hope there are many, many more years of the duo to come" (Russell).

Click to view Greg & Ciaran receiving their award at this year's Celtic Connections

Martin Carthy (SOLD OUT)

"Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all" - Q Magazine            

An absolute delight to welcome Martin Carthy back to Falkirk having played at the club in it's earliest venues, including the 'Bike Shed' where it all began in the town!

For more than 40 years he has been one of folk music's greatest innovators and one of its best loved figures.

His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. 

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums!

Whether in folk clubs, on concert stage or on TV, there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played. A ballad singer, ground-breaking guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material prefering to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position.

His settings of traditional songs with guitar have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon on both sides of the atlantic.

Tickets from - (THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT)

 

Bob Hall & Hilary Blythe

Another special night welcoming this dynamic duo performing an eclectic mix of boogie, blues, jazz, folk and original songs with piano, bass, guitar and mandolin in tow.

 "The finest example of piano blues" Paul Jones BBC Radio 2

Critically acknowledged as Britain’s finest blues and boogie pianist, Bob Hall’s distinctive and original piano style has influenced generations of piano players and left a lasting legacy.  He first came to fame in the rhythm ‘n’ blues explosion of the sixties, as a founder member of The Groundhogs and later Savoy Brown.

Other blues stars he played and recorded with at that time included Alexis Korner, Peter Green (in the Sunflower Blues Band) and Spencer Davis.

Nowadays, the Bob Hall Show is pure enjoyment, full of energy and enthusiasm. Much credit for this must go to Bob’s long-time partner, Hilary Blythe, whose crystal-clear harmony vocals and rock-steady bass playing underpin all his performances.  A diminutive dynamo, Hilary’s own moving treatment of blues and gospel classics are highlights of their show.

Marian Bradfield

Great to have Marian back again at Falkirk. One of Ireland's top female singers, a terrific songwriter and wonderfully engaging performer.

Her list of appearances on live shows reads like the who's who of the Irish TV and Radio scene. In concerts at home and abroad she has appeared with the likes of Altan, Maire Brennan, The Furey's, Liam O'Flynn, Mary Black, Kieran Goss, Aslan, Donal Lunny , Paddy Glacken ,Andy Irvine ,Jimmy Mc Carthy and The Chieftains to name a few.

The Morgan Lee Band

A brilliant blend of songs and instrumentals from this fab five piece group who delighted the 'Bairns' in an all too short set earlier this year.

The Glasgow-based group features Hugh Lee (lead vocals, mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, harmonica & whistles);strong> Emma Bullen  (lead vocals) ; Ann Morgan (fiddle, viola, backing vocals);  and Tony Llewelyn (accoustic & resonator guitars, backing vocals)  and Stevie Mason (Bass).

 "a delightfully entertaining band of tremendous charisma and musicianship"

Folk at the Tryst Concert with Brian McNeill, Barluath & CarronCast

Folk at the Tryst / Falkirk Town Hall (Studio)

A magnificent showcase of folk & traditional music

Born in Falkirk and regarded far and wide as one of Scotland's greatest songwriters, Brian McNeill celebrates his 43rd year of a career that has established him as one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music.

Barluath are a phenomenal 5 piece collective of young talent with a stunning mix of traditional folk embracing a wide variety of musical styles

CarronCast sees some of Falkirk's finest folk talents combine to deliver a powerful performance inspired by the folk tradition, the Falkirk people and it's landscape

Tickets from The Steeple Box Office

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Barbara Dymock & Chris Marra

Folk at the Tryst / Tolbooth Tavern

An exciting new collaboration and a special night to start off our Tryst Festival events.

Barbara Dymock, founder member of Ceolbeg and one of the finest Scottish revival singers joins Chris Marra who has gained the utmost respect as a guitarist in a career now spanning over four decades.

A double and delightful dose of Dundonian songcraft, humour and musicianship.

With support by Pauline Alexander

One of Scotland’s hidden gems, Glasgow based Pauline is set to flourish on the scene. A captivating voice and a remarkable songwriting talent, her debut album is deservedly attracting attention far and wide.

An Evening with Bill Adair, Sarah McQuaid & Richard Grainger

Three superb solo performers team up to present a superb evening in an informal “in the round” style.

Bill Adair, Sarah McQuaid and Richard Grainger will share the stage for the entire show, exchanging songs, ideas, harmonies and off-the-cuff improvisations in what promises to be a memorable evening of words and music. 

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Bill Adair is one of Scotland’s busiest and most respected singer/songwriters. Equally at home singing a traditional Scottish ballad, playing blues from the Mississippi Delta or performing one of his own songs. His performances are complemented by a natural story-telling style that is both thought-provoking and entertaining.

Rising star Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whisky, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine”
A captivating performer, her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries.

Richard Grainger is one of the most prolific and diverse artists on the Folk Scene today. 'Widely respected songwriter and guitarist with a clear and 'captivating' vocal style'.His 11th album ‘WAR HORSE’ received widespread critical acclaim and was described by folkradio.co.uk as: “a classic folk album that will stand the test of time”.  


Paul McKenna (Sold-Out) 7 February 2013

What a tremendous way to kick off our 2013 gig list!

We are delighted to be welcoming award winning musician Paul McKenna.

Paul is an incredible young talent and was named Scots Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards at Fort William in December.

With his band, which features fellow award winner, Mike Vass (Composer of the Year), Paul has performed extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. The band itself were also nominees at last years awards and are one of Celtic Connections Festival headliners this year.

So here we have a rare opportunity to see Paul live in a intimate solo gig at Falkirk Folk Club's historic and atmospheric venue at The Tolbooth Tavern.

To reserve your ticket contact

click on the image to go to the Paul McKenna Band website

Jeff Warner

Jeff's performances are the epitome of what it is to be part of a great night of American folk and traditional music. On his last visit to Falkirk he instantly connected with the audience and delivered a mesmerising show of the highest calibre. Those who were there will be back and those who missed out last time ...you are in for an absolute treat!

Jeff grew up listening to the songs and stories of his father Frank Warner and the traditional singers his parents met during their folksong collecting trips through rural America. He accompanied his parents on their later field trips and is the editor of his mother’s book, Traditional American Folk Songs: From the Anne and Frank Warner Collection. He is producer of the two-CD set, Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, the Warners’ recordings of rural singers, many of them born in Victorian times. “The scion of one of the nation’s most eminent families of folksong collectors, he represents a tradition that is fundamentally unbroken since preindustrial times” (Stuart Frank, Senior Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum).

Jack Harris

Welsh-born Jack Harris is a multi-award winning singer and songwriter who won Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Award aged just 19, the first non-American to do so, joining an elite band of previous winners that includes Nancy Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch and Devon Sproule.
Steeped in myth and mystery his songs bring the narrative tradition of folk and blues music into the here and now

His rich, complex lyrics and his powerful melodies draw upon a diverse range of influences - from the music of Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett and Laura Nyro to the local tales told by his grandmother.

Influenced by the old country blues masters and folk singers of the British Isles, his performances are a riveting display of soulful, smoky vocals and intricate, finger-style guitar playing.

“Mr. Harris is a born poet, and it would be a mistake to say he is destined for greatness. He is already there.” - Andrew Calhoun of Waterbug Records

“Great songs, wonderful guitar playing”- Kate Campbell

“A Unique lyrical Mind” - Q Magazine

With support by Iona Marshall

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Her highly impressive voice,  unique dynamic style and excellent songwriting skills all combined earning a prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Award in 2011.

From Glasgow, we are delighted to welcome and have Iona perform for us on the release of her latest EP Quiet toes.



Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman (SOLD-OUT)

The delightful Irish master of the fiddle makes a welcome return to Falkirk and again is with expert accompaniment in the form of Jonny Toman.

An immensely talented duo, the music is an absolute joy to hear. Add great warmth of character, a dose of Derry humour and we have another superb night not to be missed.

To reserve your ticket contact

Lizzie Nunnery

With the release of her debut album Company of Ghosts in spring 2010, Lizzie’s reputation as a captivating new voice in British folk has continued to grow.

BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding named the album in his top ten releases of the year, and it was nominated for Best Debut in the 2010 Spiral Earth awards.

has played at folk festivals and venues across the UK, and ended the year with a performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s Irish Sea Sessions, alongside a fourteen piece all star band including Niamh Parsons and Damien Dempsey.

http://lizzienunnery.co.uk/

O'Hooley & Tidow

Belinda O'Hooley (formerly of the Unthanks) and Heidi Tidow form this remarkable chamber-folk duo. Their beautifully unusual songs touch on everything from dark folk tales and ecology to the invisibility of the elderly, the global economy and cross-dressing historical figures. Expect an irresistible blend of thought provoking songs, lush harmonies and striking arrangements, tempered with cheeky Northern English banter!

'Best Act of Cambridge Folk Festival 2012'  The Guardian

"Idiosyncratic and classic....beautiful, oblique and sing-along"  MOJO

"Sublime...startingly original"  R2

"Marvellous"  Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music

Mike Whellans 28/6/2012

From his early work with Boys of the Lough to, in recent years, going down a storm at Glastonbury, Mike has been a long time fixture on the UK and European club, concert, TV, radio & festival circuit, as a solo performer, band leader and top rated session musician. A guitar maestro and legendary performer.


'...one of Scotland's heroes, a bluesman of amazing ability...a totally brilliant one man band.'  Mike Harding   

with support by Barluath

Exploring the Traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Glasgow based five piece band Barluath embrace a wide range of musical styles including Scots and Gaelic Song, Fiddle, Bagpipes, Whistles, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Clarinet  and Piano.

http://mikewhellans.com/

Lurach

Lurach are four superb musicians who explore Gaelic & Scots song traditions and perform tunes gathered in both Scotland & Ireland. They have built on their Danny Award success at Celtic Connections, performing at clubs and festivals across Scotland and hugely impressed the Falkirk audience at our Tryst Festival in 2011. The result is vibrant, distinctive music; "a sparkling mix" of fiddle, dual flutes, tenor banjo, whistle and song.

http://www.lurachmusic.co.uk/

Dick Gaughan

He has one of the finest and most sublime voices on the planet, capable of capturing the heart with the most tender of traditional ballads in one moment and stirring the fire of the spirit with his uncompromising commentary on social injustice in the next ... an unforgettable artist, able to change the way that you think and feel through the power of music

http://www.dickgaughan.co.uk/

Landermason

One of the most striking, vibrant and interactive acts to emerge on the folk scene
Fiona Lander and Paul Mason collectively known as 'Landermason' have been writing, recording and performing together for ten years. Multi instrumentalist Fiona (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul (guitars and vocals) have developed a unique sound which displays their undoubted talents. They combine both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles in their beautiful and striking arrangements.
Tracks from their four highly acclaimed albums have been featured on BBC 1 (Primetime TV), BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 as well as on many other radio shows across the network.
With an impressive LIVE sound, great variety and plenty of audience interaction tonight offers high calibre musicianship delivered with a refreshing and breathtaking style.

Support by Greg Russell - A remarkable up and coming young talent, a superb voice and great style. Greg performs with a maturity which belies his tender years. Great to see him make his Falkirk debut

                                                                                                                                               

Simon Hopper

A great start to our new season of events at the club we welcome the return of Simon to the intamacy of The Tolbooth Tavern.

Along with the excellent musicianship of Andee Price on double bass and vocals, Simon delivers his rich repertoire with a delightful and engaging style drawing widespread acclaim and affection across the folk scene.

"singer/songwriter based folk music doesn't come much better"

"heartily recommended for fans of Richard Thompson, Fairport and Steve Tilston"

http://www.simonhopper.co.uk/

David Francey 20/9/2012

A delight to bring one of Canada's most revered folksingers to the intimacy of The Tolbooth Tavern. A superb voice and finest songs combined for a memorable musical night in Falkirk. Across Scotland, his songs are covered by many of our most renowned musicians.

"folk and country gems. Francey has a way of making you sit up and pay attention"

With Support by Mairi Orr


Raised in the west highland village of Morar, Mairi has been a regular in the Edinburgh and Lothians bluegrass and folk scene with her melodic style and blend of American roots and Scottish traditional music. “…Mairi Orr is blessed with one of those perfect crystal clear voices
that perfectly suits carefully crafted roots music…”

Jonathan Aird, Americana UK

http://www.davidfrancey.com/

http://www.mairiorr.com/

Barluath Album Launch 27/9/2012

Falkirk Folk Club is delighted to host a launch event for the release of the debut album by one of Scotlands most exciting and indeed, hottest bands to emerge on the scene. Barluath (pronounced Bar-lhu-ah) have already delighted the Falkirk audience with a performance earlier this year.

Their stunning mix of traditional/folk music embraces a wide range of musical styles including Gaelic and Scots song, bagpipes, whistles, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, bass, clarinet and piano. 

Supporting Barluath will be some of Falkirk’s own finest musicians for what promises to be an exceptional night of great music.

Check out the band website http://www.barluath.com

Iain Thompson & Marc Duff

" A contemporary folk singer whose work I happen to think has a very special edge to it." Mike Harding BBC Radio 2.

Often referred to as The Singing Shepherd , Iain has been described as a man who writes contemporary songs with a traditional twist. His recent “Fields of Dreams” album winning critical acclaim and widespread airplay.

He is masterfully accompanied by one of Falkirk and Scotland’s finest instrumentalists Marc Duff, co-founder of Celtic band Capercaillie, nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Trad Music Awards, he has performed and recorded with an eclectic array of artists including Def Shepherd, Fish, Iain Morrison, Dick Gaughan, Billy Bragg, Wolfstone and as a soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing music for the BBC series A History of Scotland.

With Support by The Linties


Celebrating their first ten years and the new album “Frae the Forth” you can expect great harmonies and a braw selection of songs. A wonderful blend of Scots, Irish, the contemporary and traditional from Iyaah, Morag and Stuart.

http://www.iainthomsonband.co.uk

http://linties.co.uk

Anna Coogan & Daniele Fiaschi 4/10/2012

As one of the rising stars of the Americana/folk scene it’s great to see the return of Anna to Falkirk. Her ceative energy, dynamic sound, her songs and expressive voice have earned her a legion of fans across the world. Superbly accompanied by Roman guitarist, Daniele, together they celebrate the release of “The Nowhere, Rome Sessions” hot on the heels of the success and acclaim for Anna’s 2012 album “The Wasted Ocean” described by BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson as “absolutely gorgeous”

“Modern folk music at it’s finest” -Maverick Magazine

“Breathtakingly beautiful”-No Depression   

http://www.annacoogan.com    

Folk at the Tryst Concert 19/5/2012

Falkirk Town Hall (Studio)

A stunning line up of musicians for the Folk Club's Finale Concert to this year’s Tryst Festival. JEANA LESLIE & SIOBHAN MILLER, THE RACHEL HAIR TRIO, LIZZIE NUNNERY, THE ALBANACH DUO, CLAIRE MANN & AARON JONES are joined by performers from Falkirk's CARRONCAST PROJECT who will host this exceptional night highlighting some of the brightest talent from today’s thriving Folk and Traditional Music Scene.

Anthony John Clarke 25/10/2012

Always a delight to welcome this wonderful songwriting Irish Liverpudlian with the red guitar. A brilliant performer, engaging, elegant with distinctive style and warm humour. Anthony has graced festivals, folk clubs and theatres across the globe. His shows are funny, challenging and extremely popular and he is one of the music scene's real gentlemen.

http://www.anthonyjohnclarke.com

Hungrytown

From New England, which isn't the post independence referendum country but exists already, we welcome the extraordinary musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall & Ken Anderson. With distinctive retro style, their performance is rich in multi-instrumental artistry, impressive range and depth, style and substance. throw in a warm sense of humour and you have the makings of the perfect musical treat. They have toured extensively to high critical acclaim and enjoyed extensive airplay across North America, Europe and Australia. Their original compositions hark back to the earliest traditions of acoustic Americana, tracing a sepia-tinged line from the Carter Family to the contemporary lo-fi classicism of Gillian Welch.

Phil Drane

Phil's performances are an eclectic mix of ancient and modern material from his own Lancashire and English folk-culture (which he refers to as 'singing my ancestry'), his own compositions (perhaps the award-winning ‘Song For Jackie’?) and the odd surprise.


Along with uniquely creative arrangements (woven together with a dose of Lancashire blether and witty banter), and a natural ability to establish a warm rapport with his audience, Phil has been described by one club organizer as 'breathing new life into English folk-heritage material'.

http://www.phildrane.com

Bob Wood

Hailing from the west of Scotland, Bob Wood is a seasoned performer, so it's an added delight to have him visit our Tolbooth Tavern venue for the first time. A warm and engaging solo singer and performer and exquisite finger style guitarist with an easy going sense of humour.
A strong repertoire which retains firm links with the tradition, Bob also includes  a splendid array of more contemporary songs. Expect therefore to hear material ranging from Robert Burns to Pete Morton; from Archie Fisher to Hank Williams; plus a smattering of pipe, harp and other tunes on guitar.


"Bob Wood is one of the deftest pickers and tastiest arrangers of songs it has been my pleasure to hear...a real delight!~ STEVE TILSTON


"An artiste with an eclectic and entertaining repertoire of song which he accompanies with an innovative and always sympathetic guitar style ~ ARCHIE FISHER

Paul McKenna (SOLD OUT)

What a tremendous way to kick off our 2013 gig list!

We are delighted to be welcoming award winning musician Paul McKenna.

Paul is an incredible young talent and was named Scots Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards at Fort William in December.

With his band, which features fellow award winner, Mike Vass (Composer of the Year), Paul has performed extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. The band itself were also nominees at last years awards and are one of Celtic Connections Festival headliners this year.

So here we have a rare opportunity to see Paul live in a intimate solo gig at Falkirk Folk Club's historic and atmospheric venue at The Tolbooth Tavern.

To reserve your ticket contact

click on the image to go to the Paul McKenna Band website

Jed Grimes

We warmly welcome this most accomplished and versatile songwriter who has graced the English festival and gig circuit for many years.


With engaging style, his striking arrangements of traditional songs, rich voice and warm Geordie humour will bring delight to 'the Bairns' at the Tolbooth.

  
“Jed Grimes has a spectacular musical pedigree. He is not only a wonderful songwriter, but also someone with a charismatic quality that shines right through his music. His comfort and maturity stand out a mile: inventive and thoughtful.” Geoff Wall/Folk On Tap


http://www.blueguitarmusic.co.uk

Adam McCulloch

Adam has, most recently been noted for his work as a trio along with Scots Trad Singer of the Year Paul McKenna and Sean Gray producing a impressive collection for the album, In These Times and being nominated in the top 10 Highly Recommended Acts at the Danny Kyle Awards in 2012

An excellent songwriter and interpretor of the traditional folk song, Adam performs with endearing and engaging style and panache which sees the tradition in tranquil blend with the influences of gypsy jazz and bluegrass

Bruce & Walker

Over the years Ian Bruce and Ian Walker have enjoyed considerable award winning success with their albums and their own original songs which have been widely sung and recorded by other artists.

Although the influence of their Scottish heritage shines through in their sets, which include songs from the tradition and Robert Burns, the mainstay of their performance is the quality of their self-penned and co-written songs.

Whilst both still continue to pursue solo careers, audiences will enjoy listening to the refreshing, potent blend of their voices and instruments which include guitars, mandolin, autoharp, percussion and even a banjo!

I saw the guys recently at “The Edinburgh Folk Club” and I can honestly say it was one of the best nights I’ve had in a club for years. They create a relaxed atmosphere throughout the evening and their songs and delivery is second to none. Ian McCalman

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Maurice Dickson

Great to see Maurice back in Scotland and wonderful to have him perform for us in Falkirk.

An absolute genius performer, highly entertaining and engaging from start to finish.

"One of the most talented solo artists on the festival circuit today".
(Arran Folk Festival)

"Lifts you up, throws you down and spins you round in the way only a seasoned pro can."
(Scotland on Sunday)

David Francey

A delight to bring one of Canada's most revered folksingers to the intimacy of The Tolbooth Tavern. A superb voice and finest songs combined for a memorable musical night in Falkirk. Across Scotland, his songs are covered by many of our most renowned musicians.

"folk and country gems. Francey has a way of making you sit up and pay attention"

With Support by Mairi Orr


Raised in the west highland village of Morar, Mairi has been a regular in the Edinburgh and Lothians bluegrass and folk scene with her melodic style and blend of American roots and Scottish traditional music. “…Mairi Orr is blessed with one of those perfect crystal clear voices
that perfectly suits carefully crafted roots music…”

Jonathan Aird, Americana UK

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Falkirk Folk & Blues Fest with Gerry Jablonski & the Electric Band, Mike Whellans, Blue Dubh ( Duo)

Come join us for a fabulous one day festival of folk and blues music

12 hours of great music co-hosted by Falkirk Folk and Falkirk Blues Clubs

Baristas offers the perfect venue to compliment a feast of performances throughout the day rounding off with a feature concert at night with some of the best from Scotland's folk & blues scene

Mike Whellans, descibed by Mike Harding as " one of Scotland's heroes" is a  phenomenal talent and legendary figure on the folk circuit

If you're already familiar with Whellans,you'll know to expect a fired up and ready one man blues band explosion, but if this is your introduction, prepare to hear a talent who's not only his own man as a singer, guitarist and ace blues harpist, he's also his own rythmn section too!

Gerry Jablonski has been a stalwart of the Scottish music scene for 30 or more years and is well respected as a guitar playing phenomenon. In his latest incarnation he has teamed up with Polish blues harp sensation Pete Narojczyk to take the show to a new level mixing blues sensitivities with gutsy rock n roll attitude.

In the five years they have been together Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band have released 3 albums, included in Classic Rock blues magazine top albums of the year and have enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones Blues Show. With a work ethic second to none the band have clocked up 4 extensive and successful Polish tours, tours in Holland, Germany and Norway and played all the major UK blues festivals.

Also joining the set will be singer Sandy Black and bassist Charlie Tibbles from the excellent Blue Dubh

Some of Falkirk's finest folk, blues and traditional musicians will perform from 11am. Pop in and enjoy coffee, refreshments or choose from the great foods on offer at Baristas while enjoying the music

Falkirk's Folk & Blues Clubs greatly appreciate the support and contribution of Falkirk District Arts & Civic Council

Evening Concert Doors Open 7.30pm

The one man blues band Mike Whellans

Picture by Alistair Mulhearn

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald (Sold-Out)

Combining the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes with the rich sounds of the Cape Breton fiddle, Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, merging traditional influences from Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island, as well as the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

This fresh and talented duo pairs driving dance-tunes with expressive Gaelic airs and songs, bringing their listeners a powerful combination of passion and grace

Tempering the sharp edge of the pipes and fiddle, Ben and Anita are joined by Ciaràn Ryan (Dallahan, Larsa, Adam Holmes and the Embers) on subtle and sympathetic rhythm guitar and mandolin, to create a rich, warm, transatlantic groove

 "fiery, fresh, yet totally traditional, as well as excellent entertainment" Alex Monaghan of Piping Today

Maurice Dickson & Catherine Ashcroft

A stylish performer with an approach to stagecraft and songwriting shaped by his fascinating journey through musical genres

Maurice Dickson has been touring since the age of 16!

He delivers a phenomenal acoustic set and is no stranger to Falkirk having brilliantly entertained the club on many occasions

It's a delight to welcome his return and EXCLUSIVELY on this Scottish leg of his tour, he is accompanied at Falkirk by the immense talents of Catherine Ashcroft on Irish pipes and whistles

Their combination is as enthralling as it is enchanting, great beauty with those little gems of Irsh wit peppered along the way

Slow Air "Táimse im' Chodladh" played on Uilleann Pipes followed by "King of the Pipers" Jig.
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Robyn Stapleton (SOLD OUT)

Another amazing talent making their Falkirk debut

‘Gifted with a beautiful voice, warm, rich, flexible and distinctive.  Couple this with a true love and respect for her material and the ability to engage an audience anywhere from a care home to a Prom concert hall you have a very special singer indeed.’ (Sheena Wellington)

Since winning the BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year title, Robyn has performed live on BBC television, as part of the Commonwealth Games and to an audience of 8,000 at last year’s Proms in the Park with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Performing the traditional songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage, in the Scots, English and Gaelic language, she is described as having one of the finest voices in Scottish music, with a uniquely pure tone, wonderful control and an empathy and sensitivity for traditional songs and took great pride last year in becoming an Ambassador of the Scots Language.

She was awarded Person of the Year at this year’s Dumfries and Galloway Life Awards and was nominated for Scots Singer of the Year at the Trad Music Awards.

‘Great voice and presentation and deserving of every success coming your way’ (Robbie Shepherd)

‘Stapleton’s personable stage manner, allied to her winsome singing, will make her a credit to her newly-won title’ - Rob Adams’ review at the Young Trad finals

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Sunjay Brayne

Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars on the folk and acoustic circuit

A completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just 4 years old and hasn’t put it down since

His performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”

Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award, Nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2012 and at the British Blues Awards 2014, he has caught the eyes and ears of many venues and festivals across the country

"Already creating a stir with talents way beyond his years. A really soothing, natural sound and most definately destined for bigger things." Maverick Magazine

“The Demetri Martin of folk, Sunjay, has got so many songs in his pocket he has to carry his keys in his shoe. Nominated for the 2012 BBC Young Folk Artist Awards, he's a stick-like blur of fingers on the frets with tunes that recall early Tim Buckley.”  Exposed Magazine

“Sometimes you just see someone play for the first time and know they are very special. Sunjay is such an artist. Look out for him at a venue near you soon, he is definitely on the way and you really shouldn't miss him!”  John Richards

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Fraser Bruce

Fantastic to see Fraser back on the scene and to be the first Clyde supporter in decades to perform at the club!

It was with brother Ian that Fraser last performed for us at Falkirk almost twenty years ago and it's great that he returns to us with his own rich voice and continued passion for the songs and ballads collected to his repertoire

Inspired by the folk revival of the 1960's, Fraser "cut his teeth" in the ballads & folk clubs which flourished in his home city of Glasgow

Enjoying solo success, he went on to travel the world performing as a duo alongside Ian

Expect another fabulous and atmospheric night full of great songs and stories

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Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland

From Co. Down in Ireland, we welcome superb husband and wife duo Fil & Tom to the club

With a great mix of traditional and contemporary Irish songs, they deliver a highly engaging and entertaining night with the expert percussion skills of Tom perfectly complimenting Fil's exquisite vocals

They are regular performers on the UK folk circuit with vast experience of folk clubs and festivals far and wide

Their traditional recordings were the focus of a TV documentary series in Ireland

Songbirds  which profiled the lives and music of women singers from the early 20th century – Delia  Murphy, Margaret Barry, Mary O’Hara, Bridie Gallagher and Ruby Murray was described by the Daily Mirror as "a triumph" for the broadcaster RTE

“ The most sensitive percussionist on legs!"  Tykes News, Yorkshire

“ Vocals and rhythm – a unique combination” Zitty Magazine, Berlin Reserve

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Kirsty Law Band

A delight to welcome an extraordinary, indeed a trio of immense talent to Falkirk

Borders-born Kirsty Law has grown up learning traditional songs

Her strong interests in songwriting and poetry have lead to an exciting collaboration in which her own compositions flourish, inspired by the ideas and forms she finds within the tradition

She has now launched into a career of performing and writing, fast becoming noticed as a talent to watch

Accompanied by Rona Wilkie (BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2012) and Marit Falt (Vamm) they create a sound which is charged and exciting whilst resonating with stories, forms and melodies that have withstood the test of time

'In Kirsty Law, it's a joy to hear a young singer and writer in Scots with such welcoming, earthy and conversational character to her singing and songs' Karine Polwart, multi-award winning singer and songwriter

'Kirsty’s dedication to Scottish tradition shines through her singing - her voice has a rich, warm tone and her sensitive interpretation will touch your heart. Not to be missed!' Margaret Bennett, acclaimed Scottish singer, tradition bearer and folklorist

'Voyage is a superbly crafted storytelling experience in which narrative, song, music and evocative visuals all combine to draw us into the storytelling magic ’Donald Smith, director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, on the commission, 'Voyage'

Rona & Marit

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Anna Coogan & Daniele Fiaschi

As one of the rising stars of the Americana/folk scene it’s great to see the return of Anna to Falkirk. Her ceative energy, dynamic sound, her songs and expressive voice have earned her a legion of fans across the world. Superbly accompanied by Roman guitarist, Daniele, together they celebrate the release of “The Nowhere, Rome Sessions” hot on the heels of the success and acclaim for Anna’s 2012 album “The Wasted Ocean” described by BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson as “absolutely gorgeous”

“Modern folk music at it’s finest” -Maverick Magazine

“Breathtakingly beautiful”-No Depression   

http://www.annacoogan.com     

Adam McCulloch

Noted for his work as part of a trio, Adam, along with Scots Trad Singer of the Year Paul McKenna and Sean Gray produced an impressive collection of songs for the album, In These Times,  which saw them nominated in the top 10 Highly Recommended Acts at the Danny Kyle Awards in 2012

An excellent songwriter and interpretor of the traditional folk song, Adam performs with endearing and engaging style and panache which sees the tradition in tranquil blend with the influences of gypsy jazz and bluegrass

A fantastic first foot artist for our 2015 programme

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Rebecca Wright & Donald McKay

It's a pleasure to welcome back, all the way from Australia, Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay for what has become yet another special night at the club.

Since 2010, we have enjoyed exceptional performances by duos of the highest calibre to herald in the last month of the year and for 2014 it's another "cracker" (sorry!)

Two fantastically rich voices are complimented perfectly by their most creative and finely crafted arrangements

Their performance is a magical and refined blend of the contemporary and traditional, great songwriting, strong melody and all delivered in wonderfully engaging style

Be sure not to miss out!

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Penni McLaren Walker

Penni is a highly respected singer songwriter who refuses to be constrained by any particular musical style. She writes from the heart and in doing so has won the hearts of many.

A fabulous solo performer, Penni has also performed in duos and groups all over Europe and has won numerous awards for songwriting

Many of her songs have been recorded by other artists – the ultimate accolade. Her unique open tuned guitar style, coupled with the wide depth and range of her voice is a perfect match 

Her performances are an intimate affair with the audience, engaging on an emotional and musical level with influences of folk, jazz and rock 

An engaging performer and wonderful to have her with us at Falkirk this year

Forgaitherin

Forgaitherin entertain with a wide-ranging mixture of both traditional and contemporary folk songs,  employing chorus songs and group harmonies, and attempt full audience participation and craic!

Having recently completed their first CD, A Light in the Window, they have performed to wide acclaim at folk clubs across Scotland

A fabulous four-piece comprising of Lesley Toner, Hamish Grant, Hugh Toner and John Reid offers a brilliant night of strong vocals and harmonies with accompaniment on guitar, accordion, keyboard, whistle and cajon

Eilidh Grant

Eilidh's first performed as a teenager at Falkirk Folk Club in accompaniment with her father. Her voice then was utterly stunning and has continued to mesmerise and delight ever since

Following on from her Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections, the debut album Masks & Smiles saw Eilidh win the 2011 Scottish New Music Award for Best Folk/Traditional Recording of the year

This year she has toured extensively with Real Time in both Scotland and Germany and has featured alongside Eddie Reader, Dougie MacLean and Ralph McTell

Dave Gibb

The wan fae Wanlockheid!

Dave’s songwriting is firmly rooted in the tradition of the storyteller. Contemporary and historical sources offer a wealth of materials for songs that are performed in a style driven by his unique fingerpicking guitar playing.

Songs from his own extensive repertoire combine with his unique interpretation of traditional and contemporary material to deliver a performance that displays all the attributes of the modern day troubadour.

Ben Sands

From Newry, County Down, Ben has visited Falkirk many times over the years and always delivers a joyous night

His performance is a masterclass in conveying warmth, humour and poignancy through the medium of song and his compositions have found their way into the repertoires of many artists across Ireland and beyond

Great to welcome him back!

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Other Roads (SOLD OUT)

" Inividually they're excellent, together they're just magic! "

One of the finest contemporary folk bands to emerge on the scene

Pete Abbott, Gregor Borland and Dave Walmisley have successfully toured the globe drawing on their diverse backgrounds in Scotland, Africa and England to create a unique and exciting sound

From lilting ballads to foot stomping Celtic tunes and choruses the band perform with infectious enthusiasm and provide us with the perfect start to our new season of events

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Fèis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail / Ian Thompson & Marc Duff

This stunningly talented group of young musicians embark on their tour of Central Scotland and it's a delight to have them perform at the club for our Summer Concert also featuring the skilled musicianship and repertoire of Ian Thompson & Marc Duff

An extraordinary display of musicianship which hugely impressed the Falkirk audience last summer

Great to see Falkirk based musician, the vastly experienced Marc Duff, return to the club

Another night not to be missed!

Mairi Campbell (SOLD OUT)

It's a pleasure to welcome one of Scotland's finest singers and most renowned of performers on the Scottish and international folk scene

Her emotive live performances are stunning and her work has attracted a celebrity fan base singing for President Clinton & Sean Connery at the ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ back in 1999

She also caught the attention of Sarah Jessica Parker, who recommended Auld Lang Syne to the makers of Sex and The City

“Campbell’s voice can stop the clock"
Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman

“After so many years working in music isn’t it great when music yet again displays it’s power to shock and stun you and reduce you to tears.”  Tom Bancroft – musician

A regular workshop leader in song and fiddle in Canada and Scotland, in recent years she has picked up some prestigious awards including

tutor of the year – Scots Trad Music Awards

scots singer of the year – Scots Trad Music Awards

female musician of the year – Liveireland

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The Lazy Boys Of Banknock

Saturday 14 June at the FTH Cafe - 8pm

Don’t miss this hugely entertaining combo (as the name suggests!) playing a unique, occasionally anarchic, blend of folk & Americana enriched by the Scottish tradition and a solid dose of rhythm and humour


Multi-instrumentalist Ros McCulloch sets pace on an alluring repertoire which highlights the immense songwriting talent of Sam Hughes who, along with vocalist Stuart Miller and banjo picking songwriter Lewis Mullen, deliver a powerfully poetic and captivating performance

In association with Falkirk Folk Club and Falkirk Council


(TICKETS FROM THE STEEPLE BOX OFFICE)  £6

Jimmie Macgregor - From Dunbar to Yosemite

Saturday 14 June at the FTH Cafe - 2.30pm

Folksinger and broadcaster Jimmie Macgregor is well known for his series of long distance walks which were broadcast on television and radio. His personal favourite was a series he made in and around Yosemite about the great Scottish American conservationist John Muir


As part of the John Muir Festival we are delighted to welcome Jimmie to FTH in an illustrated talk about his adventures in America and what he learned about his hero.


In association with Falkirk Folk Club and Falkirk Council


(TICKETS FROM THE STEEPLE BOX OFFICE)  £10 / £8.50

Folk at the Tryst Concert with Archie Fisher, Barluath & CarronCast

Folk at the Tryst - Falkirk Town Hall Studio

Another highlight in Falkirk Folk Club's Homecoming programme

CarronCast perform in, and present this year's special show welcoming one of the nation's most respected folk musicians, Archie Fisher.

A champion of the folk and traditional genre, Archie has had a remarkable and far-reaching career, and is joined tonight by Barluath, for a dynamic and captivating showcase

Tickets from The Steeple Box Office, High Street, Falkirk - 01324 506850

Barluath, improving the air quality

CherryGrove

With traditional songs, contemporary melodies and original compositions, CherryGrove are one of Scotland's most exciting new folk ensembles

They have enticed audiences internationally with performances at the London 2012 Olympics and at Europe's largest celtic music event, Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France

With former students of the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and a 2013 finalist in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, the band produce an exceptional level of musicianship most evident in their thoughtful and sophisticated arrangements

Photography by Euan Robertson http://www.euanrphoto.com

Sarah Jane Scouten

Another exceptional talent making their first visit to Falkirk

From her base in Montreal, Sarah Jane has been prolific in her songwriting, extensively touring and performing a uniquly exquisite blend of original folk and old-time country songs, inspired by Appalachian, bluegrass, honky-tonk and Cajun music

With infectious melodies and candid lyrics, her highly acclaimed debut album Magpie Waltz, impressed with flavours of Lucinda Williams, Old Crow Medicine Show, John Prine and Nanci Griffiths

A delight to welcome her to Scotland

“Sarah Jane Scouten is the real new deal. New songs that seem instantly familiar, written in the old time style. Beautiful delivery and phrasing, imaginative narratives, and excellent musicianship. Sarah Jane is not to be missed - Sheesham Crow, Sheesham and Lotus

http://www.sarahjanescouten.com

Scott Murray

Great to welcome Scott to the club for a rare solo performance

With his superb voice and passionate delivery, it's little wonder that he was nominated for Scots Singer of the Year at the 2011 Trad Awards following the release of his solo album Evenin's Fa'

Here's just a few of the quotes

"It's a thing of great beauty. This is heartfelt, understated, unpretentious singing... Beautiful and honest... it's such a beautiful album" KARINE POLWART

"The CD is wonderful. It is folk music at its best. I love all the songs...a beautiful performance and recording" ROY BAILEY

"...a genuine heartfelt performance on every song from that big old voice... Great songs. Great album. A voice in a million" IAN McCALMAN

"...the honesty of it, the sense of place hit home to me. I love the design and the stories, Great job" STEVE BYRNE

"It is beautiful, warm, heartfelt and full of laughter and tears" SHEENA WELLINGTON

"It's the best music ever" GREGOR FORBES (aged 4 and a half)

Flossie

Folk at the Tryst - The Tolbooth Tavern

A great start to the club's Tryst Festival events

Flossie Malavialle's dual linguistics of French and Geordie is a delight in itself, but it is the purity and beauty of her voice that has mesmerised audiences at festivals and clubs across Europe

An extraordinary and engaging performer with an eclectic repertoire whose showstopping delivery of Edith Piaf's 'Je ne Regrette Rien' is a memorable wonder

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"...quality to stop you in your tracks..."

Jim Malcolm

'One of the most outstanding talents to have emerged through the Scottish folk scene in years'  The 
Independent

'Quietly, unforcefully and undeniably stunning'  MOJO

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic.

He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”


Though he now works solo, Jim was lead singer with the world-renowned and multi-award-winning Old Blind Dogs for eight years, a fantastic experience with some of Scotland’s finest musicians, taking him to the most prestigious festivals in North America and around Europe.

The Chickpeas

We kick off our Spring & Tryst Programme with a blast of superb musicianship and entertainment

The Chickpeas are a folk band based in Glasgow who are packed with musical energy and flare

After forming in 2010 the band have gone on to develop their own distinctive sound, combining dynamic rhythms with self penned tunes and beautiful arrangements of Scots and French Canadian songs

The band are Robyn Gray (Ayrshire) on fiddle and vocals, Marissa Waite (Vancouver Island) on bodhran and vocals, Douglas Millar (Glasgow) on piano, Kirsten Macleod (Ardnamurchan) on accordion and Chris Waite (Borders) on guitar

Each member brings their own regional style to the group which creates a refreshing live performance!

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Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes

Falkirk Town Hall
Friday 11 April 7.30pm


It's been twenty years since Fife born multi-million seeling recording artist Barbara Dickson last appeared at Falkirk Town Hall and this appearance in association with Falkirk Folk Club is extra special

Barbara and one of Scotland's finest singer-songwriters Rab Noakes have been friends since they were 17 years old

In their younger days in the folk revival of the 1960's they sang and played together frequently as part of various line-ups

Now they've re-united to play acoustic concerts and festivals playing a wonderful blend of folk songs, classics and self-penned favourites recalling their early years playing in Scottish Folk Clubs and Concert Halls

Innes Watson & Mike Vass

Innes Watson and Mike Vass are two of the leading multi-instrumentalists on the folk and roots scene.

Innes is best known for his work with Scottish supergroup Treacherous Orchestra and renowned Scots Funk band Man’s Ruin. Mike is best known for his work with Scots singer Fiona Hunter and for his critically acclaimed solo recording DecemberWell.

Together they explore traditional and contemporary music on acoustic and tenor guitars creating a dynamic sound that ranges from pin-drop slow airs to fiery flat-picked reels. The traditional material blends seamlessly with their own award-winning compositions. They debuted their unique live performance at the Ullapool Guitar Festival 2013 to a discerning audience of guitar aficionados and brought the house down.

Innes and Mike are both previous winners at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards; Innes for Instrumentalist of the Year and Mike for Composer of the Year.

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Kilmarnock Edition

A unique and remarkable 6 piece collaboration of talent hailing from all over Scotland..and Italy!

The group initially brought together as individual winners of "Burnsong International Songhouse" in 2009. They have since combined and developed their distinctive and exciting sound with elements of Scots and Gaelic folk song sauted with world rythmns and a sprimkling off jazz dust topped off with a liitle Italian humour

"..gloriously exhilarating.."

".....Yvonne Lyon, Lisa Rigby and Fiona MacKenzie's voices melted together irresistibly.."

"...a rich feast of musical elan"

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Eddie Seaman and Luc McNally

As a piper and whistle player, Eddie Seaman has worked alongside some of Scotland's leading musicians such as Finlay MacDonald, Phil Cunningham and Ross Ainsley

There can't be many who can say they've played with the Tannahill Weavers and opened for Dannii Minogue!

As well as his performance for Kylie's sister, he has enjoyed many incredible experiences following his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, one of which was playing alongside the Zakir Hussain Band at the London 2012 Olympics concert in Battersea Park

Falkirk's folk audience will be familiar with Eddie as co-founder of 5 piece Glasgow band Barluath. He is joined tonight by another wonderful young musician Luc McNally

Together they offer Falkirk an incredible start to a series of nights at the club to feature fantastic Scottish based duos

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Dannii

Marc Duff and Hamish Napier

An exciting new duo combining the immense talents of two of Scotland's finest musicians

Both Marc and Hamish have worked with some of Scotland's highest profile artists on the folk and trad scene including Capercaillie, Martyn Bennet, Donald Shaw, Eddie Reader, Treacherous Orchestra and Duncan Chisholm to name but a few

Two gifted instrumentalists who, through their teaching, are inspiring young musicians at home and abroad and it's a delight to welcome this brand new collaboration to Falkirk

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Alastair McDonald (SOLD OUT)

A legendary and inspiring figure on the Scottish folk scene, Alastair has entertained across our TV screens and over the Radio Airwaves for many, many years

He has graced festivals and concert halls throughout the country and visited every nook and cranny on the folk circuit

An absolute delight to see him return to Falkirk this Homecoming Year with his fabulous repertoire of traditional, contemporary and original material delivered in his distinctive and inimitable style

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Laura-Beth Salter & Rachel Newton

A phenomenal doubling of top rate Scottish talent. Founding members of BBC 2 Folk Award nominated all-female folk band The Shee, Laura-Beth (voice and mandolin) and Rachel (voice and harp) will provide us with another highlight of our winter nights programme. With an array of material from their solo projects,Laura-Beth's Celtic Connections "New Voices" show, Rachel from her recently released solo album, 'The Shadow Side' we can expect a varied a superb mixture of traditional songs, tunes and their own compositions with The Shee.