13th September – Tich Frier

Tich Frier has one of the most distinctive voices on the Scottish Folk Scene and it will be good to hear him again at Irvine Folk Club when he tops the bill on Wednesday 13th September. As his biog describes him so succinctly ‘Small guy, big voice, sharp wit.’ That’s Mr Frier.
Edinburgh born Tich was Head Chorister at St Mary’s School Cathedral Choir – not a lot of people know that – before deciding that his future lay in Folk Music. Tich first came to Irvine in the ‘70s as part of the much-loved Bitter Withy. A trio whose harmonies were second-to-none and filled The Eglinton – the then home of Irvine Folk Club and Marymass Folk Festival. Since then, Tich has concentrated on his solo career apart from occasional musical forays with, for example, the aforementioned Vindscreen Vipers.
The powerful voice of Tich, his passionate singing style, clear diction, skilled guitar work and sense of fun all add up to him being a great entertainer. He is comfortable singing traditional and contemporary Scottish songs, Burns material, self-penned songs as well as parodies – and all of them linked by his sharp wit and sense of fun. In days of yore, Tich’s ‘brother in mischievous fun’ was none other than the late Danny Kyle.
Tich’s ‘One Man’s Burns’ show is yet another string to his bow. In addition he has released a number of Albums and he also features in the 50th Marymass Folk Festival Exhibition currently on at The Townhouse.
To summarise, make sure you are in the Irvine Folk Club audience on Wednesday 13th September for 8pm at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road to hear Tich Frier. You will kick yourself if you miss him.