Anyone who knows anything about good singing will be delighted to learn that Irvine Folk Club’s special guest on Wednesday 9th December is Christine Kydd. It’s far too long since Christine sang in Irvine and she will ensure that the final Club night for 2015 will be one of exceptional singing and full of life.
Christine was Glasgow born and raised but grew up musically in Edinburgh. Brian McNeill describes her as a great interpreter of song and Karine Polwart says that Christine features in a number of her favourite Folk Albums.
Singing traditional or contemporary songs, whether in duos, trios, as a soloist or in a choir, Christine’s warm and inviting vocals demonstrate a passion for discovering the riches of songs. She accompanies herself on Guitar but it is her impressive vocal talents and equally impressive skills as an educator that bring the respect and accolades.
For almost ten years Christine has been a Scots Song tutor at The National Centre for Excellence. She has umpteen albums to her name including appearances on four volumes of The Complete Songs of Robert Burns. It’s possible you could have heard her as one half of a duo with Janet Russell, as part of the super-trio Chantan or with Calluna. Christine has shared stages with the likes of Sheena Wellington and the late and much missed Jean Redpath. Her Kist o Sangs for Choirs was featured earlier this year at The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. In short, the expertise and experience of this lady is in much demand. Nor does Christine just sing or teach songs. She also excels at giving the contextual information of songs and the background.
So, get along to Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 9th December at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road for 8pm to hear the very talented Christine Kydd. The Club is BYOB and there is an excellent Café.
This Saturday 5th December, an Irvine Folk Club contingent will travel the road and the miles to Dundee to learn how the Club’s nomination in Folk Club of The Year has fared. The award ceremony takes place in the Caird Hall.
And finally, Irvine Folk Club’s first night in 2016 is Wednesday 6th January when Brian McNeill will be the guest.