5th July – Ella Munro and Catriona Hawksworth

Ella Munro & Catriona Hawksworth are the special guests at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 5th July. One is from the Isle of Skye, the other is from Kilwinning and both have much admired musical talent.
Skye born Ella was a Finalist in this year’s BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Trad Musician of the Year. She is a very talented singer and is currently studying Scots Song at The Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow. A student for five years at the National Centre of Excellence in Trad Music at Plockton, it was there that she and Catriona first met. As well the duo with Catriona, Ella also fronts the Ella Munro Band and a debut EP is imminent.
Catriona is a gifted piano player who began playing at a young age, learning classical as well as folk and trad music. She attended the then RSAMD Junior Academy and now studies at Newcastle University. As is customary these days, Catriona also plays as one half of a duo with Fiddler Sally Simpson and their debut album is due for release this Summer.
Ella is attracting attention across the Scottish Folk circuit such is her fine singing of Scots and trad songs. But she really is a fan of good songs whatever the vintage and includes material by Dick Gaughan and Angus McNaughton.
Ella Munro & Catriona Hawksworth are well worth hearing. Be in the audience for 8pm on 5th July at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road for their Irvine Folk Club debut. It’s BYOB at the Club and there’s also a Café.
Elsewhere, Jed Grimes is the guest at The Star in Glasgow on 4th July and if you are in the North East area around the 6th – 9th July, make time for the Stonehaven Folk Festival or from 7th – 9th July in the beautiful South West, it’s the Newton Stewart & Minigaff Trad Music Festival. Closer to home, for budding and improving acoustic guitar players, on the first Thursday each month at 6.30pm Guitar Nights are in The Melbourne Café in Saltcoats.