Thursday 27 April 2017 at 8pm
The Spring Sessions
Lets add some colour to summers' approach!
Bring along your instruments and voices and be part of the music
Always a great night, free and all welcome
pic. Born this day - B52s Kate Pierson
Thursday 04 May 2017 at 8pm
Clype with Jenny Sturgeon
Jonny Hardie was brought up in Aberdeenshire - an area of Scotland culturally rich in ballads and fiddle tunes. At the age of eight Jonny started playing fiddle. After leaving school he studied viola at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Jonny then returned to Aberdeen to concentrate on traditional music and soon became involved in various local bands. It was during this time that Old Blind Dogs were formed, along with Ian Benzie and Buzzby McMillan.
Over the last decade Jonny has toured extensively with Old Blind Dogs and has been involved with a variety of projects including theatre and production work.
Simon Gall is a musician, composer and arranger from Aberdeen, Scotland. He performs, tours and records with celebrated Scottish band Salsa Celtica, Glasgow-based Son al Son and north east folk-inspired group Clype. In addition to his performing work, he also works as a producer, educator and music development worker.
More recently Simon received a ‘Made In Aberdeen’ bursary award which was used to develop the Clype project with Old Blind Dogs fiddler Jonny Hardie.
"Jenny Sturgeon is a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill" R2 Magazine. The inspiration for Jenny's lyrics comes from folklore, historical events and personal experience, and having trained as a biologist her enthusiasm for nature creeps in to all her work.
In addition to touring her new album 'From The Skein', Jenny is involved in several projects including working as a songwriting workshop tutor, writing songs and tunes for St Kilda to celebrate 30 years of it being a World Heritage Site and collaborating with Aberdeen based artist and fabric designer Helen Ruth.
In 2015/16 year Jenny co-ordinated a songwriting project in conjunction with FitLike Records called 'Even in Winter', for which female musicians from different genres wrote songs inspired by the women of Aberdeen. The compilation featuring 12 origional tracks can be found here.
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Clype website http://www.clypemusic.com/about
Jenny's website https://www.jennysturgeonmusic.com/
£7 / £5 members
Thursday 11 May 2017 at 8pm
Tryst Session Night
We enter the club's busiest period on the eve of Falkirk's 10 day Tryst Festival programme and what better way to herald the the forthcoming events than to join us for a night of songs and tunes in the wee room at the Tolbooth Tavern, fine company and good craic
Friday 12 May 2017 at 7pm
The Lazy Boys of Banknock - Coffee On Wooer
All welcome to join the folk and country fun with Falkirk’s best named band!
"A brilliant and highly entertaining mix of songs and fine musicianship with a sprinkling of wholesome chaos"
Enjoy the music in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at C.O.W.
Monday 15 May 2017 at 2pm
Folk in the Pottery Garden - Bean Row Pottery
A splendid afternoon with live folk music and songs in the Pottery garden with tea, coffee & refreshment
2pm – 3pm : Free
Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 7pm
Barluath....Falkirk Junior Gaelic Choir.... Miller Academy of Irish Dance.... Carron Cast
Trad at the Tryst - Fàilte!
Barluath, Falkirk Junior Gaelic Choir, Miller Academy of Irish Dance, Carron Cast
WEDNESDAY 17 MAY
7.30pm £7.50 / £5 Children
A Celtic feast at this year's Tryst Falkirk's Scots and Gaelic traditions are celebrated in a fabulous evening of music, song and dance
Mod finalists are represented in both Falkirk's Junior Gaelic Choir and the excellent Scots Trad Award nominated group Barluath
Along with performances from the Miller Academy of Irish Dance, members of Falkirk's own Carron Cast will introduce, perform and compere
"Barluath is a folk band of virtuosos who can mix the lyrical and boisterous with absolute mastery"
An evening of high quality entertainment for all
Tickets from Falkirk Box Office
Call (01324) 506850
£7.50 / £5 children
Thursday 18 May 2017 at 8pm
Lizanne will tour with her musical partner Glenn Barratt with whom she runs a studio in Philadelphia.
This will be their third UK tour and Lizanne's fourth since 2010.
A long standing member of the Philadelphia music scene and partner of Grammy Award Winning MorningStar Studios, Lizanne Knott has also managed to make herself a home in Nashville as well as the UK. She has been captivating audiences throughout the US and UK, garnering accolades from radio listeners and peers around the globe. She has performed at some of the most prestigious listening venues, theaters and concert halls throughout the US, UK and Spain and at a growing number of mainstream festivals including; The Philadelphia Folk Fest, The Canterbury Festival (England) The Belfast Fest (Ireland) and The Sala BBK Fest (Spain). She has shared the stage with the likes of Shawn Colvin, Joan Osbourne, Josh Ritter, Jimmy Webb, JD Souther, Melody Gardot and more. A frequent featured artist on London's acclaimed Bob Harris Show, BBC2 and other BBC stations, she also receives airplay on AAA radio throughout the US. Her music has been used in independent films, TV movies, documentaries and by national non-profit organizations. Her newest record, Excellent Day is being released in Europe via Proper Music, April 11 and features a song Janis Ian, a long time fan, gave her exclusive rights to record. She is currently launching a non profit org; The Mission Room, which will serve to help those in need through music, funding and outreach. An animal lover and humanitarian, she resides outside of Philadelphia where she writes, records and recharges her soul amid her host of dogs and horses.
£7 / £5 members
Friday 19 May 2017 at 7pm
Once Upon a Tryst and Fair
Bletherin' Bairns present
Once Upon A Tryst And Fair
7.30pm : £5
A delightful evening of story-telling to help us 'spring into summer' with leading story-teller Joe Allison and his musical friends
Welcome to Bring Your Own Bottle
Tickets from Chequers Creperie, 44a Grahams Road 01324 227654
Saturday 20 May 2017 at 7pm
Carron Cast - Bairns, Boots & Bru
FOLK AT THE TRYST
Carron Cast in Concert – Bairns, Boots & Bru
The Faw Kirk
7.30pm : £7.50
A celebration in music, song and story with works that represent and reflect Falkirk’s journey to the present day
A fantastic blend of musicianship and great mix of vocal style, chorus and harmonies delivered with excellence by Falkirk's fabulous folk collaboration Carron Cast.
Tickets from Falkirk Folk Club e-mail or call 07535 097296
Sunday 21 May 2017 at 9pm
Folk Finale-The Tonkerers
Tryst Folk Finale with The Tonkerers
9pm : Free
A great way to round off this year’s festival
Great songs and fab tunes in the mix
Come join us and party with Falkirk’s finest folk-rockers!
Thursday 08 June 2017 at 8pm
“The Quiggs” is a husband and wife duo that has emerged on to the
Scottish folk scene. Stephen Quigg is a long established folksinger and
former member of the legendary band “The McCalmans” and Pernille
Quigg, originally from Denmark, is a folksinger and songwriter.
Together they comprise “The Quiggs”. Stephen and Pernille share a
common feeling for the tradition of folksong and both know a good song
when they hear it. They have toured together in Denmark, Germany and The
Netherlands with great success. The combination of songs performed
together in close harmony and a few songs sung solo interspersed with a
bit of humour has received much praise from the audiences and
organisers. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folksong in
its simple, yet highly expressive form, including beautiful harmonies
and songs that seek the audience's participation. The duo has released
the album "River of Time", which received fine reviews and airplay on
several programmes in BBC.
More information at http://www.stephenquigg.com/
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£7 / £5 members
Thursday 22 June 2017 at 8pm
Sally Simpson & Catriona Hawksworth
Tonight we welcome Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth who form a striking and dynamic fiddle and piano duo playing repertoire from the Scottish traditions alongside new compositions. Their music is primarily influenced by Scottish music whilst also incorporating elements of traditions from further afield. Their sound is intimate and personal, focusing on the link between the two musicians, making full use of dynamics and textures, whilst respecting the traditions from which their music is taken. Sally and Catriona have played together for many years having coincidently followed similar musical paths. Both musicians began playing at a young age, learning classical as well as folk and traditional music. They then developed their playing at the RSAMD Junior Academy, followed by some time studying at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton. Sally then went on to study Scottish Traditional Music at RCS, graduating with a 1st Class Honours Degree. Catriona is currently studying Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University. Both spent a year abroad in Sweden through the Erasmus programmes at their respective universities, which gives their music a unique edge. Having performed together at a young age, winning the Orkney Folk Festival Open Stage in 2012, they are now returning to their duo format, and will soon record an album to be released in summer 2017.
Artist website: http://sallysimpsonmusic.co.uk/sally-and-catriona/ and you can listen at https://soundcloud.com/catriona-hawksworth-1/sets/sally-and-catriona
We can also look forward to original songs and fantastic harmonies from the visiting floorspot we have lined up for this show in the shape of Friction Farm comprising guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay from South Carolina. Their album Every Mile Is A Memory, earned the duo a spot as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists in 2011. They combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes and quirky observations. More information at http://www.frictionfarm.com/index.html
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£7 / £5 members
Thursday 06 July 2017 at 8pm
Ella Munro is a young folk singer hailing from the Isle of Skye, on the west coast of Scotland. After studying for five years at the prestigious national centre of excellence in traditional music in Plockton she then went on to gain a place studying scots song at the Royal conservatoire of Scotland under the outstanding tutoring of Fiona Hunter and Rod Paterson.
During her time in Glasgow she has performed supporting well known acts such as the Paul McKenna Band, Archie Fisher, Blue Rose Code and many more. Ella has also performed at many high profile venues such as Eden Court, Edinburgh folk club, the Star folk club and others. She also frequently performs at local folk clubs in Glasgow and further afield and is indeed becoming a regular on the folk club circuit with performances at The Wee Folk Club, the Sutherland Sessions, Leith Folk Club, Stonehaven Folk Club and others. Ella’s passion for both traditional and contemporary music can be seen in her varied repertoire of scots songs by the likes of Dick Gaughan and Angus MacNaughton (to name but a few) to her self-penned songs, rapidly gaining awareness in the folk scene.
£7 / £5 members
Friday 21 July 2017 at 7pm
Auld Hat - New Heids at the Faw Kirk
A special 'out-of-house' event being held in the atmospheric sanctuary at Falkirk's Trinity Church.
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A licensed bar will be available in the Trinity Church Hall from 6.45pm
An introduction to tonight's special event from Fraser Bruce:
"In early 2016 our show/band/showband, "Auld Hat - New Heids" was but a twinkle in its daddy's eye. Many people were mourning the passing of the 'fun' days of the Scottish Folk Scene of the 1960's/70's, when practically every town of any size had a thriving folk club packed with people laughing, having fun and singing along to the chorus songs popular at the time.
Personally, I love nothing better than sitting in a crowd, singing their hearts out. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to try and recreate those days but in theatre/ festival venues and involving top quality musicians familiar and equal to the high standard of younger musicians currently on the 'scene'.
Our show brings back many of the old favourites.
Songs, not forgotten but these days rarely aired are delivered with the cheeky but passionate ways of my little brother and me (Fraser & Ian Bruce).
Our virtuosos Pete Clark (fiddle) and Gregor Lowrey (accordion) are simply stunning instrumentalists......and singers!!!
And all this to a slideshow backdrop of some of the characters dead and alive who drove the Scottish Folk scene in the second half of the twentieth century.
So. One year on, February 2017, we have already played many of the major Scottish theatres. Return visits are already in the diary and following a particularly successful Celtic Connections concert on 29th January 2017, many more prestigious venues have been in touch.
We're ecstatic at the response. Thank you everyone."