15th February – Kenny Speirs

Kenny Speirs is the guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 15th February – an excellent night is guaranteed. A fine singer and musician and a modest man, Kenny has bags of experience and has played before at Irvine as a soloist and as a member of various bands.

Denholm in the Scottish Borders is home to Kenny. He was a driving force behind the acclaimed John Wright Band, formed a superb duo with the late Judy Dinning and continues to be a member of the four-strong Real Time when he is not doing solo gigs. Kenny learned to play guitar at 18 and spent his early years in rock bands before drifting into folk music. It was in 1990 that he and John Wright decided to form a band which went on to enjoy huge success until John’s sudden death. Kenny plays acoustic guitar, sings his own songs and those of his contemporaries.

Another quality music night is on the cards at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 15th February when Kenny Speirs is the guest. The Club starts at 8pm and meets in Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road. Yes it’s a Club, but non members are always welcome. Annual membership is £15 for which members get a discounted admission of £6 every Club night whilst non- members pay £8.

Elsewhere, on Thursday 9th February the North Ayrshire Young Trad Musician of the Year competition takes place at Garnock Campus in Kilbirnie starting at 7pm. Organised annually by NAC’s Music Services, it showcases young talent and your attendance would be welcome! Finally, if you haven’t heard North Sea Gas for a while, they are on The Star Folk Club in Glasgow on Tuesday 14th February which is in The Admiral Bar in Waterloo Street. All helping to keep music live!