5th August – Fraser Bruce

Fraser Bruce is back at Irvine Folk Club and he tops the bill on Wednesday 5th August after a fairly lengthy absence from the folk music scene. He was a very familiar face in the early days of the Club when it met weekly at The Eg although, depending on your age, this might be the first time you’ve heard him.
London born and Rutherglen reared, Fraser sang solo for a number of years singing traditional ballads as well as contemporary material. Then as now, he accompanies himself on acoustic guitar. There came a time when he brought his wee brother Ian to gigs and later they formed a formidable duo: each having a powerful voice and excellent guitar skills. In particular, their harmonies were spot on. They recorded three albums and toured worldwide. Ian then moved on to a solo career and Fraser took a break from the folk scene. But now he’s back.
Fraser has four shows at St Bride’s as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He will be appearing alongside brother Ian and Moe & Ian Walker. The programme describes them as ‘four veteran performers’!
Wednesday 5th August is the final Club night before the 48th Marymass Folk Festival starts on 19th August. Therefore, limber up for Marymass by going along to Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road on 5th August to hear Fraser Bruce. The Club starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB.
Speaking of Marymass, tickets are now available and Folk Festival leaflets giving all details of the five day bash are in all sorts of outlets. If however, you need to check info or want to reserve tickets – and that would be a smart idea as Vineburgh, the venue for the Thursday and Friday concerts, is a small, intimate venue – contact Joyce on 01294 551047 or visit www.irvinefolkclub.org.uk

Have just heard that Ian will accompany Fraser on his visit to Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday.