7th December – Alan Reid & Rob Van Sante

Two luminaries of the folk world will be the final guests for 2016 at Irvine Folk Club. They are Alan Reid & Rob Van Sante and Wednesday 7th December is the date.
Founder member of the legendary Battlefield Band, Alan was part of the Band for 40 years. When Rob became the ‘fifth Band member’ – aka Sound Engineer – in the 1990s, a musical bond developed. In 2010 Alan and Rob formed a duo. Since then they have released four albums and toured extensively throughout Europe and the USA.
Alan is a master storyteller in song. As well as his warm and gentle vocals, he plays keyboard, guitar and accordion. A teacher of Scots Song, Alan is in much demand at Festivals across the globe and his skills as a composer were recognised when he was nominated as Composer of the Year in 2009 at The Trad Awards.
Born in The Netherlands, Rob Van Sante has lived most of his life in England. Music has been an important part of his life since his early years and his first love has always been the guitar. Whilst it’s subtle guitar accompaniment and fine harmony singing that Rob is best known for, he is also a noted producer, recording engineer and session musician. With all their combined years of experience, it’s little wonder that Alan & Rob have a huge repertoire – modern and traditional.
This will be the first time that the duo of Alan Reid & Rob Van Sante have played at the Irvine Club and it will be a great way to finish the Club year. Hear them on Wednesday 7th December at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road. The Club starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB.
Irvine Folk Club starts back on Wednesday 4th January with Rallion as special guests.
Finally, news of the death of Declan Kelly at the weekend was received with deep sadness and shock. Declan was a long-time supporter of the Club and also Marymass Festival. He was a gentle man with a humour to match. The sympathy of Irvine Folk Club goes to his wife Maggie and the boys PJ and Sean.