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4th – Seán Gray & Andrew Finn Magill
Andrew Finn Magill is from the City of Asheville in North Carolina. Raised in an Irish musical household, Andrew Finn the Fiddler Magill grew up studying with many of the worlds best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops in Asheville, North Carolina .
Says grammy-winner Americana artist Tim O’Brien:
He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.
Finn has built his career on Irish music, having worked with many musicians including John Doyle, Open the Door for Three, and The Paul McKenna Band. Between these collaborations and others he has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, Olympia Hall in Paris, France, and Disneyworld.
Seán Gray is a flute, whistle and guitar player from the village of Coylton in the south west coast of Scotland. For the past 10 years, Seán has spent most of his time playing with the award winning Paul McKenna Band who were cited by The New York Times as:
“The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years”
In 2017 Seán was commissioned to write a piece for the highly respected New Voices concert series at the Celtic Connections festival held in Glasgow. He is currently in high demand as a music teacher and session musician, playing with a variety of acts across Scotland.
It was through touring the USA together with The Paul McKenna Band that Finn and Seán met. Since recording on Finns 2016 solo album Branches they have continued to play and write together. 2018 saw their first duo performance at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.
Finn and Seán play a mixture of Scottish, Irish and Americana music and song as well as self penned material influenced by Brazilian, Jazz and many other genres.
11th – Session A92
18th – Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
It’s great to welcome back Mairearad and Anna ith their fourth album Farran, multi-instrumentalists Mairearad Green and Anna Massie once again prove that they are one of the most talented musical collaborations in the traditional folk music world.
Building on the deliberate simplicity of their eponymous first album in 2009, the more complex arrangements of Doubling, and their first inclusions of songs in Best Day, in their latest album Farran, Green and Massie show that on their ongoing musical journey they follow no one’s map but their own and that they are the best of travel companions.
If anybody hasn’t heard them before, check them out at https://www.mairearadandanna.com/video/.
25th – Eilidh Shaw & Ross Martin
Eilidh Shaw (fiddle and vocals) and Ross Martin (guitar) are probably best known for their work with two top traditional bands; Eilidh with The Poozies and Ross with Daimh, although some may recall the 2000s when they made up 2 fifths of the cult folk explosion that was Harem Scarem.
Between them they have been at the heart of the Scottish Music scene and over the last 20 years have toured the world both with their own groups and performing as guest artists with a vast array of top performers, clocking up over 100 album appearances with names as diverse as Gaelic Superstar Julie Fowlis, Alt-Country legend Bonnie Prince Billy, Classic Crooner Tony Christie and World Music/ Jazz Fusion impresario Arnaud Ciapolino.
Check them out at https://eilidhshawrossmartin.com/word.
2nd – Ivan Drever
We are really pleased to welcome back Orcadian, Ivan Drever.
Ivan’s live set features songs chosen from all his albums alongside several as yet unreleased new songs. Now resident in Norway, Ivan regularly plays live.
Check him out at https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=AwrP4k_U2ZdcdV0A2DEM34lQ;_ylu=X3oDMTB0ZTgxN3Q0BGNvbG8DaXIyBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNwaXZz?p=ivan+drever&fr2=piv-web&fr=mcafee#id=21&vid=f23e50a1f1e3a1ecb230d34509dbe00f&action=view.
9th – Ye Vagabonds
16th – Fred Morrison
23rd – Frank McLaughlin & Stewart Hardy
Stewart & Frank are excited to be heading out on tour again, taking in some of their favourite venues. With music rooted in the traditions of Northumberland and the Scottish borders their engaging approach exemplifies the very best of partnerships between fiddle and guitar.
“…two musical minds entwined creatively, each gifting the other
with their presence and personality, producing music that’s at
once emotional, beautiful and graceful – savour.” The Living Tradition
Fiddle virtuoso Stewart Hardy and superb Scottish guitarist & piper Frank McLaughlin possess a rare musical kinship, holding listeners spellbound with their intriguing melodic interplay. As a duo they perform traditional and contemporary tunes stripped back to the bare essentials of fiddle and guitar. Their long-term collaboration has led to a deep and instinctive understanding of each other’s musical interpretations resulting in uplifting and joyous performances.
Thursday 23rd May, 7.30 pm
Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club, Fife
Photo credit: Andy Craig Photography (www.andycraigphotography.com)
30th – Session A92
6th – Rachel Newton
13th – Terry Lee Hale
20th – The Mile Roses
27th – Session A92
You just missed…
Eddie Walker – 28th Mar 2019
Thunder and Rain – 21st Mar 2019
Fake Thackeray – 14th Mar 2019
John Watterson, an adopted Yorkshireman, was born and grew up on the Isle of Man, which is where he first saw and met Jake Thackray in 1975. He recalls a performance at the local folk club, which had the audience in stitches and also a chat with a very modest and self-deprecating Jake at the interval – ‘a big man and a huge talent, clearly embarrassed by the standing ovation, Jake preferred to have a pint at the bar with the punters and didn’t really see what the fuss was about’.
On learning of Jake’s passing in 2002, John decided that the songs were too good not to be kept alive, so he set about learning more of them. ‘Before I had decided what to do when I grew up, it was time for my mid-life crisis. I told my wife, Carol that I wanted to give up the day job and sing Jake’s songs and she said – OK then – so I did!’
Jim & Susie Malcolm – 7th Mar 2019
It’s great to welcome back Jim Malcolm, along with his wife Susie.
At last – the duet album from Jim and Susie Malcolm. Spring Will Follow On is a selection of traditional and more contemporary songs we love, set alongside two new compositions from Jim based on popular fiddle tunes. A cheerful collection!
If you haven’t heard Jim before, check him out at http://www.jimmalcolm.com/video/.
Megan Henwood & Findlay Napier – 14th Mar 2019
Megan Henwood is an artist who calls on the elements in her songwriting. The distinguished English singer-songwriter is far too self-deprecating to describe herself as a force of nature but her third album ‘River’ reaffirms her unique ability to create roots music of beguiling purity from what’s around her.
Findlay Napier is one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene and has an insurgent talent that comes on like a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright. His most recent album ‘Glasgow’ captures the timeless essence of one of the world’s great cities, distilled to artful acoustic guitar and Napier’s remarkable voice.
Mike Vass – 21st Feb 2019
Mike Vass is one of the most creative forces on the Scottish music scene. As a musician, composer, producer and arranger Vass has amassed a body of work that encompasses early appearances as a livewire young fiddler, collaborations with many of the leading voices among today’s Scots and Gaelic tradition bearers, delivering multi-media performances, overseeing critically acclaimed recordings, and scoring for prestigious ensembles.
Fake Thackray – 28th Feb 2019
Jake Thackray was a singer-songwriter in the French tradition, a “chansonnier” whose songs are nevertheless convincingly and idiosyncratically English. He spent four years in France as a teacher where the likes of Jaques Brel and his particular hero Georges Brassens made their indelible mark. The influence of their songs and story telling propelled Jake towards his own writing and singing style. But despite this Gallic background his songs are no mere copies; they are firmly and recognisably rooted in the English countryside, character and language. They are also painfully funny, sad, tragic, rude, irreverent, incisive and happy, and often enough all these things at the same time. In short, they are unique.
Back home in Leeds and performing in folk clubs led on to a career spanning nearly thirty years during which he made over 1,000 radio and TV appearances.
Raintown – 7th Feb 2019
Session A92 – 14th Feb 2019
Your turn to share a song, a poem or a tune.
BrÒg – 24th Jan 2019
Chris Marra & Barbara Dymock – 17th Jan 2019
Edwina Hayes – 10th January 2019
Kinrick – FriDAY 28th Dec 2018
Festive folk from Dave Spittal, John Blackwood, Brian McArthur & Alex MacKenzie.
The Hoose Baund – 20th Dec 2018
The Hoose Baund features Bob Aimer (Scalded Cats), Lawrie MacMillan (Ray Wilson Band), Sandie Forbes (Callanish) & Fiona Forbes ( Sangsters) with guest appearances from Davie Craig, Ronnie Reid and surprise guests.
Jenny Sturgeon Band – 13th Dec 2018
The band Includes Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) and Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie). Jenny Sturgeon has been nominated in Composer of the Year in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018.
Boo Hewerdine – 6th Dec 2018
One of the best songwriters and performers. World renowned. Writes and plays for Eddi Reader. And a superb guitarist.
Stephen & Pernille Quigg – 29th November 2018
Cam Penner & Jon Wood – 22nd November 2018
David Hershaw & Sandie Forbes – 15th November 2018
Session A92 – 8th November 2018
Bring an instrument, a story, a one or just join the guid craic.
Cua – 1st November 2018
Eilidh Grant Band – 25th Oct 2018
Eilidh’s stunning voice beautifully renders both classic folk songs and original material. With a love for traditional and contemporary folk alike, underpinned by a passion for Burns, Eilidh has made a considerable impression on the British and European folk scenes. Her vocal style, with shades of a Caledonian Joni Mitchell, won her the Danny Kyle Award at the 2004 Celtic Connections festival. Her first solo gig was at the Star Folk Club in Glasgow and since then has gone on to perform at some of the best venues in the country and has shared the stage with some of the best and most well known musicians of today.
Martha Healy + David Latto– 18th Oct 2018
Ransvik – 4th Oct 2018
Take a Swedish singer-songwriter, a Danish guitar virtuoso and a Scots singer and multi-intrumentalist. You’ll be richly entertained by the result: Swedish lyrical ballads, world-class guitar instrumentals and Scots songs, all with a Scandinavian touch.
Alice Howe – 27th Sept 2018
With a soulful, impeccably tuned voice and finely crafted poetry, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe’s sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters echoing childhood influences including Taj Mahal, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Jackson Browne, and Joan Baez
Betse Ellis & Clarke Wyatt – 20th Sept 2018
Explorers of Ozark Music. Fiddle & banjo duet and Brushy Creek String Band.
Betse is a veteran of the club as a one time member of The Wilders.
Their music is familiar… and totally different; a fiddle and banjo duo with a sense of adventure. Old time music and song celebrated alongside inventive new compositions: a passion for the depth of tradition and a look to new creative paths.
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters – 13th Sept 2018
Blending old-school country roots attitude with influences of rock and folk
Tia McGraff – 6th Sept 2018
Tia McGraff is an internationally renowned and award winning Americana/Country songstress from Canada. With Scottish / Transylvanian roots running through her songwriting and voice, Tia’s talent has been described as “haunting and soul-gripping.”
6 international CD releases, 4 videos on CMT Canada, various film / tv placements, and numerous nominations and awards (including 2010 Hamilton Music Awards), have earned Tia a respect in the music industry and a global fan base that continues to stretch beyond demographics.
“Tia’s voice has a special beauty. She has the rare ability to touch people with her music and somehow make them better…” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Kate Campbell – 30th Aug 2018
Kate is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter whose memorable folk songs are infused with undercurrents of delta blues, folk, pop, and country. Her easy command of a full range of American musical styles has earned her recognition as a formidable talent. Time Out proclaimed her a “major talent” while Chicago Daily Herald described her as a “world-class singer-songwriter.”
The Danberrys – 21st June
The Carpenter & May Band – 14th June
Zetor in the Kailyard – 7th June
Eli West & Olaf Mjelva
Charlie McKerron, Ross Ainslie & Mark Clement – 3rd May
Woody Pines – 26th April
Connla – 19th April
Session A92 – 12th April
The Coaltown Daisies – 5th April
Ailie Robertson (support David Latto) – 29th March
George Machray – 22nd March
Archie Fisher – 8th March
Red Tail Ring
Check them out at http://redtailring.com/video/.
The Bowhill Players – 25th Jan
Eastwood – 11th Jan
The Troublemakers – 4th Jan
Check them out on YouTube:
Kinrick – 28th Dec 2017
Kinrick are a 2/3/4 piece folk band from Fife, Scotland. Dave, Alex, Brian and John sing a mix of modern, trad and self penned songs.
Scalded Cats – 21st Dec 2017
Madcap Christmas favourites join us again for a seasonal shin-dig (audience participation expected!)
It’s always a fab night with Jim Hyndman and Bob Aimer, no doubt and friends! Great bluegrass, fab music, songs and stories. A great way to escape from the business of Christmas!
The Way Down Wanderers – 7th Dec 2017
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 3 short years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young mencaptivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” – free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes.
They’ve already won a host of awards, too many to list here!
Front-men and founders, Austin and Collin, met in their hometown of Peoria, IL when they joined the same folk band and embarked on their first tour at the ages of 14 and 18 years old. The two became fast friends and soon began writing music together, ultimately forming The Way Down Wanderers when Collin was 16 and Austin, 20 years old.
Austin Thompson – guitar, lead & harmony vocals.
Collin Krause – Collin plays mandolin, fiddle and sings lead and harmony vocals for the band.
John Merikoski- Drums, Percussion.
John Williams – Upright bass and vocals.
Travis Kowalsky – Banjo & fiddle.
Check them out at https://thewaydownwanderers.com/video.
Roberto Cassani & Owen Nicholson – 30th Nov 2017
David Hershaw & Sandie Forbes – 23rd Nov
Nathan Bell – 16th Nov
Session A92 – 9th Nov
The Slocan Ramblers – 2nd November
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.
Findlay Napier – 26th October
Maria Dunn – 19th October
Martha Fields – 5th October
Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic Guitar – From Austin, Texas
Marty is an award winning singer, songwriter whose first memory is singing harmony while sitting on her mother’s lap in the hills of Appalachia. Born with folk and country music in her blood, she comes from a long line of singers, musicians and luthiers from the hills of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. A self taught guitarist, Marty started writing songs at an early age. She has shared the stage with Ricky Lee Skaggs and Merle Travis and after two successful tours in Europe, Marty is based part of the year in Bordeaux, France. This Texas troubadour pours out her soul in every song and transports her audience on an authentic southern musical journey. She is the real deal!
Session A92 – 12th
Forgaitherin – 28th September
The Black Feathers – 7th September
Session A92 (session / singaround / blether) – 14th September
The Horsenecks – 21st September
With roots in Portland, Oregon and Liverpool, England The Horsenecks play a dynamic mix of American roots music that they bring to life with the high-energy performance of a group of people who love the music they play. Top-shelf musicianship and a love of the lost art of Old Time music are swiftly making them a well-loved and highly respected staple in the traditional music scenes in the US and the UK.
The Danberrys – 22nd June
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards – 1st June
Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards have a vision for their band’s sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger.
“Ambition often follows talent, and Laura Cortese has an embarrassment of both. Her open-armed approach to her art reveals a determination to spread the word about folk music and dance without watering down their distinctiveness.” – John Wenzel, The Denver PostVera van Heeringen (Trio) – 18th May
Flossie Malavialle – 11th May
“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark,
with a pureness of quality to stop you in your tracks in the forest of a song”
“Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”
Lowest Pair – 4th May
Connla – 27th April
Woody Pines – 20th April
Gillian Frame Band – 13th April
David Hershaw and Sandie Forbes – 6th April
Judy Cook – 30th March
Folksinger, Author, Singer, Entertainer
Judy lifts the spirit and entertains with splendid traditional ballads and songs from a huge and varied Anglo-American repertoire. Her clear and engaging unaccompanied presentation combine with her joy of singing to delight all listeners.
Kaela Rowan Trio – 23rd March
“Subtle, evocative – a total killer of a record. Pure beauty *****”
Nominated for GAELIC SINGER OF THE YEAR – Scots Trad Music Awards 2016
Lizabett Russo – 16th March
Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo stands out in the most cluttered of genres, marked out by her Romanian heritage and her wealth of travelling experience. She brings a diverse and eclectic range of influences to her tracks, which move from traditional acoustic ballads to up-tempo jazz – and just about everything else in between.
“Wonderfully haunting” Late Night Junction, BBC Radio 3
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage – 9th March
Ragged Glory – 2nd March
A band who met several years ago in Newtongrange and made their debut appearance in 2010 at the Acoustic Music Centre, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
That debut appearance at the Fringe sold out. That entrance into the world’s biggest arts festival came only four years after they met at Newtongrange Folk Club.
The four-piece folk band, who play traditional and contemporary material also completed their debut album called “Quiet Joys”.
“Sing out – Loud and Proud! You guys are great!!!! Loved your night at the Polish club – Hoi!”
– Anne Murray – The Sangsters
Tia McGraff – 23rd February 2017
Ewan MacPherson Trio – 16th February 2017
Session A92 – 9th February 2017
The Jellymans’s Daughter (Trio) – 2nd February 2017
Session A92 – 26th January 2017
Cam Penner & Jon Wood – 1st December 2016
The Scalded Cats – 22nd December 2016
Fred Morrison – 8th December 2016
Jim Malcolm & Susie Allan – 17th November 2016
The Crooked Brothers – 10th November 2016
Sheesham, Lotus & Son – 3rd November 2016
Frank McLaughlin & Stewart Hardy – 29th October 2016
Quicksilver – 20th October 2016
Cera Impala & The New Prohibition– 13th OCTOBER 2016
Connla – 6th October 2016
Nae Plans – 29th September 2016
Hungrytown – 22nd September 2016
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West– 15th September 2016
Fraser Anderson Band – 8th September 2016
Session A92 – 1st September 2016
Paul Anderson & Shona Donaldson – 30th June 2016
Session A92 – 23rd Jun 2016
California Feet Warmers – 16th June 2016
Lizanne Knott – 9th June 2016
Adam McNaughtan & Scott Gardiner – 28th April 2016
PETE COE – 5th MaY 2016
WINGIN IT – 12th May 2016
TOP FLOOR TAIVERS – 19th May 2016
FFS! – 26th May 2016
Fiona Forbes, Sandie Forbes and Sandy Stanage – need very little introduction!
Brian & Alex – 2nd June 2016
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards – 21st April 2016
Bronwynne Brent – 14th April 2016
“SESSION A92” – 7TH APRIL 2016
Michael Philip Band – 31st MARCH 2016
Anthony Toner – 24th MARCH 2016
Rachel Ries – 17th March 2016
Vera van Heeringgen – 10th MARCH 2016
Woody Pines – 3rd March 2016
Tannara – 18th Feb 2016
Ivan Drever – 11th Feb 2016
Gordie Tentrees – 4th Feb 2016
Eastwood – 28th Jan 2016
Al Hughes (CD Launch) – 21 Jan 2016
SCALDED CATS SUNDAY – 3rd January 2016
KINRICK – Sunday 27th December 2015
SOUTHERN TENANT FOLK UNION – Thursday 10th December 2015
THE WIYOS – 3rd December 2015
Session Singaround – 26th November 2015
TALISK – 19th November 2015
Väsen – 11th November 2015
Brian McArthur and Alex MacKenzie – 5th November 2015
Michael Philip @Acoustic Session – 29th October 2015
Beverly Smith & John Grimm – 22nd Oct
Sandy Stanage & Maryln Middleton Pollock
The Johnstown Flood – 24th Sept
Nae Plans – 17th Sept
Sheesham Lotus & Son – 10th Sept
Jaywalkers – 28th May