Thursday 30 March 2017 at 8pm
Falkirk Folk Club is delighted to welcome Pete Grassby, a regular performer in New Zealand and Germany where he has played concerts and run dances. Singer-songwriter Pete plays Melodeons, Guitar and Hammered Dulcimer, as well as singing acapella.
His big break came in 2004 when he was invited to be the main British guest at the Auckland folk festival, singing in the main concerts, running workshops on French dance and melodeon. He gained the nickname ‘the one man folk festival’ from Roger Giles, of the Devonport folk club in Auckland, and has appeared there many times since the first time in 2003.
Having wanted to write a praise song to New Zealand he had the chance when Don Spice, a Maori-speaker, helped him write a song in Maori, with an easy chorus for non-Maori speakers. He has written about a variety of topics, from Spitfires to courting in the 70’s to the adventures of his travelling cat ‘Orca’ (who spent 15 years around the festivals from Edinburgh to Broadstairs to Wadebridge)
So, you can expect an evening of songs and tunes, some new to you, some old favourites, with some choruses to get your teeth into, seasoned with the odd story delivered with warmth and humour.
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£6 / £5 members
Thursday 06 April 2017 at 8pm
The Spring Sessions
Thursday 13 April 2017 at 8pm
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
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“Great guitarist, excellent singer and a wide variety of superb material in many styles…….from poignant to witty, from hard-hitting to gentle ballads, traditional to contemporary, songs that grab your attention and songs that tell a story. What’s not to like?”
The Wivenhoe Folk Club
£7 / £5 members
Thursday 20 April 2017 at 8pm
Pauline Alexander and Sandy Stanage
Pauline Alexander is one of Scotland's finest singers who hails from the East End of Glasgow. Her beautiful vocals are reminiscent of Sandy Denny with their easy on the ear and centred style. Performing as part of an acoustic duo, she has been accompanied by various guitarist over the years and currently performs with the founding member of Kentigern and fine virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist; Sandy Stanage.
Pauline regularly plays at festivals and clubs around the UK, bringing with her a blend of original and interpreted song from a range of genres that include contemporary, folk & blues.
'Thoughts For The Masses' is Pauline's debut album and an Iain Anderson album of the week on his BBC Radio Scotland show. Other highlights of her music career have been an Isambard Folk Award nomination, supporting Rumer, Dougie MacLean & Shelagh McDonald and being invited to sing at the Burns Cottage for their very own Burns Supper.
TV, BBC Radio and a number of community and specialist programming have all played Pauline's music or invited her to perform. Her TV credits have included a live performance with Edwin Gallacher on STV Glasgow's Riverside show and her Dear Sister music video was played on The Phil Mack Country Show. BBC Radio airplay has included Iain Anderson' Show, Frank Hennesey's Celtic Heartbeat, Colum Sand's Folk Show, Genevieve Tudor's Sunday Folk, Gordon Swindlehurst's Show and Dean Jackson's The Beat. Mike Harding has also played her music too.
As well as performing under her own name, Pauline has provided vocals for other musical projects. Electronica ensemble project The Grand Gestures as well as offering vocals for an as yet unreleased track by First Congress whose single The First was recently played on BBC Radio 2 at the time of writing [July 2016].
£7 / £5 members
Thursday 27 April 2017 at 8pm
The Spring Sessions
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.
Book your seat by email at
Clype website http://www.clypemusic.com/about
Jenny's website https://www.jennysturgeonmusic.com/
£7 / £5 members