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Thursday 21 March 2019 at 8pm

Spring Sessions

Spring is here! As the equinox falls this week, join us upstairs in the wee room for the first of our Spring Sessions. All welcome - bring your instruments, songs, tunes, poems, jokes and stories or sit back and enjoy the music and craic!

Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start

Free (donations welcome)

Thursday 28 March 2019 at 8pm

Session

8pm (doors open from 7.30pm)

Free (donations welcome)

Thursday 04 April 2019 at 8pm

Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente

2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente are a vocal/guitar duo like no other. 

Calling the Isle of Lewis and Glasgow/Spain home, it's no wonder their music doesn’t focus on one place or on one of the many strands of Scotland’s web of traditions. 

They are well travelled, and well versed in music from across the land. On guitar and vocals in Gaelic, Scots and English, their music is a round tour, where centuries old ballads meet Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills, as well as some original writing. 

Josie's voice, crystal clear with its slight island twang, is equally at home in any of these domains. Accompanied by Pablo's dynamic, sensitive guitar playing, they illuminate the lyrics.

Their music at times sparse and haunting, at others driving and all consuming, leaves audiences stunned. 

They are both accomplished musicians in their own right. Josie Duncan is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with some of the masters of the Scottish and Gaelic traditions. She has toured extensively, performing at festivals and venues in Europe, Canada and America. Her other projects include a collaboration with innovative Gaelictronica band Inyal, and Blasta, a showcase of singers of the Isle of Lewis commissioned by this year's Festival Interceltique de Lorient. 

Pablo Lafuente’s experiences are no less varied. Of Spanish origin, he has put down cultural roots in Scotland, exploring the tradition to its deepest core. Since completing his studies of guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional music Pablo has been in high demand, playing, recording and touring internationally with artists including: The Outside Track, Barluath, Sketch and Spanish Gaita extraordinary Anxo Lorenzo. 

Since joining forces in 2016 Josie and Pablo have taken the scene by storm, quickly becoming one of Scotland’s most an in-demand live acts at festivals and venues across the country and in 2017 they were nominated for ‘Folk Band Of The Year’ at the ‘MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards’. In their short time together they’ve delighted the audiences of BBC Radio 2, Celtic Connections, BBC Proms In The Park, Cambridge Folk Festival, Sofar sessions, and a host of venues across Scotland.

Doors 7.30pm for an 8pm start

To reserve a seat, please email  or text 07766 205397

£7 (£5 members)

Thursday 18 April 2019 at 8pm

Avocet

This week, Falkirk Folk Club is pleased to welcome Avocet. The wistful combination of Vocals, Clarsach, Guitar and Double bass has seen the trio play a number of shows in Celtic Connections and festivals throughout Scotland. They have recently been signed to Dutch/Scottish record label Mink Records, opened for Ralph Mctell, received a Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections and sold out their shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

After spending time recording at the Abbey Road Institute in Amsterdam their new EP is available on all major platforms.

Ralph Mctell on Avocet "Some of my closest friends were in Pentangle and a comparison is not out of place... a very special group"

Some links:

Avocet EP: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ffDk1Ag8XpxQYHw7s9BIF

Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GYHml7izhQ

Mink Records Avocet Page: http://www.mink-records.com/index.php/artists/avocet/

Avocet Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Avocetunes/

Doors 7.30pm for an 8pm start

***NB: as an extra treat, tonight's floorspot will be provided by Andy Newall (info at https://www.birnamcdshop.com/product/andrew-j-newall/ )***

£7 (£5 members)

Thursday 02 May 2019 at 8pm

Quicksilver

This week Falkirk Folk Club welcome back Quicksilver who are Hilary Blyth and Grant Baynham. They were early visitors to the wee room on a night when we were almost snowed in and those in attendance will remember a special night. Then in 2016 they visited us on the day of the UK's EU membership referendum. Whatever turmoil, political or otherwise, may come upon us on 2 May 2019, some light relief is guaranteed if you come along to see Quicksilver at Falkirk Folk Club! 

Here is what they say about each other! -

Grant on Hilary - "Hilary has one of the most staggering voices in British acoustic music. Most folk fans will know it well from her work with top trio Artisan. If you haven’t yet heard her live, then the CDs will be, firstly, a quite-possibly-life-changing treat and, secondly, a demonstration of her breath-taking range of tone and mood. And now I get to play and write for her.  Yahoo!"

Hilary on Grant - "After four years on BBC1’s “That’s Life!” Grant Baynham became a household name. He is a formidable songwriter and has an energy and enthusiasm which create a high-powered performance of material from virtually every genre you can imagine. He’s also one of the funniest people I have ever met. Is it possible to be formidable and hilarious at the same time? With Grant anything is possible!"

For more information visit the Quicksilver web site at http://quicksilveruk.com/index.html

Doors 7.30pm for an 8pm start

£7 (£5 members)