29th October – James Keelaghan

Canadian folk singer and songwriter James Keelaghan is currently on a busy tour of the UK and Irvine Folk Club is on the gig list. James will be at the Irvine Club on Wednesday 29th October.
Calgary born but now based in Winnipeg, James has been in the music business for over 25 years and has nine albums to his name. It’s said that he has one of the most distinctive and easily identifiable voices in Canada. Much admired as a songwriter, his nine albums have brought him an enviable share of nominations and awards from Australia to Sweden.
James’ Dad was an Irish man and it is to him that James owes much of his early musical inspiration. His Dad was also a great storyteller and James is still trying to be as good as his Dad. The love of storytelling gave James a passion for language and history and both aspects are evident in his songwriting. As well as his own material, James also does some covers, Gordon Lightfoot being a favourite.
Appearing with James at Irvine will be Canadian multi-instrumentalist Hugh McMillan. Expect to hear a mix of roots, rock, Americana and contemporary folk when James Keelaghan plays at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 29th October in Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road. The Club starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB.
Finally, the 2015 Celtic Connections programme is now available. From 15th January – 1st February, 2100 artists will play at 300 events over 20 venues in Glasgow. Names to look out for include the Californian Feetwarmers, the interestingly titled Dick Gaughan and Lynched, longtime lead guitarist in the E Street Band Nils Lofgreen, Kieran Goss and Fairport Convention. The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall has full details.