13th April – Jimmie Macgregor

Jimmie Macgregor brings his One Man Show to Irvine’s Townhouse on Friday 13th April and it will be the closing event of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Irvine Folk Club & Marymass Folk Festival.
Jimmie Macgregor MBE from Springburn has a career in Folk Music and broadcasting that spans over 50 years. He is one of life’s great raconteurs and he is also very funny. His One Man Show started several years ago and recounts many of his tales from the music and broadcasting world.
His musical partnership with the late Robin Hall got them a five nights a week slot on the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme Tonight which was bringing in regular audiences of nine million and turned them into ‘stars’. The demise of the duo with Robin, gave Jimmie the opportunity to combine his music with his love of Scottish heritage and passion for the preservation and appreciation of the Scottish countryside. The extremely popular TV series on The West Highland Way was his first foray into being a presenter and led to a number of other TV shows in which Jimmie explored other walks around Scotland as well as more far-flung place like Canada, the USA and the Arctic. From that followed the successful and long-running Macgregor’s Gathering on Radio Scotland.
Tickets priced £10 for Jimmie Macgregor’s One Man Show, which starts at 7.30pm, are available from Joyce on 01294 551047. It would be wise to make sure of your ticket soon.
To coincide with Jimmie’s Show on 13th April, orders will be taken for a book which will be published in time for Marymass Folk Festival charting the 50 years of Irvine Folk Club & Marymass Folk Festival.
And finally, it was with sadness that news of the death of Sam Gaw was received. Sam will feature in the aforementioned book about the Club & Festival as he was one of the people who was in at the beginning of Irvine Folk Club. He attended the 40th Marymass Folk Festival but sadly was unable to be part of the 50th anniversary. The sympathy of Irvine Folk Club goes to Sam’s family. Sam’sfamily.