Mary has lived in France for many years and came over for the 50th MFF. She lived in Irvine and sang at the club and festival – a wee while ago. This video hasn’t been edited but I hope you find it interesting.
This is a video interview I did with Blair some time ago. It hasn’t been edited but I’m sure Blair won’t mind you seeing this. You might be surprised how far back he goes with folk music. Something to enjoy during lock down.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday evening Marymass Festival concerts are now available to purchase Online. FRIDAY 23rd August. 8pm Vineburgh Community Centre – The outstanding Celine Donoghue – fantastic tenor banjo player and fiddler and vocalist – will be joined by Neil Sturgeon on guitar and vocals and Thomas McCabe on Button Box for the opening concert on Friday Night at Vineburgh Community Centre. It would be advised to book a seat – Celine is a firm favourite with Irvine audiences.
SATURDAY 24th August. 7.30pm The Volunteer Rooms The Tannahill Weavers headline the Marymass Saturday Night Concert in the Volunteer Rooms.
To book online http://www.irvinefolkclub.org.uk/tickets/
For all info on the 52nd Marymass Folk Festival email JoyceIFC@aol.com phone 01294 551047 mob 07798 572926
It’s time to start planning for the Marymass Folk Festival, telling your friends, and even booking your tickets. Artists booked so far: Celtic Quines, Siobhan Miller Band, Tom McConville & Andy Watt, Sheena Wellington, Fiona Forbes, Fiona Hunter, Barbara Dymock, Pernille and Stephen Quigg, The Wendy Weatherby Band, John Graham & Jim Jack – plus storytelling sessions for all ages. Festival MCs: Willie Sinclair & Dominic Boyce. Tickets are available from the club, from Joyce Hodge or ONLINE: www.irvinefolkclub.org.uk/tickets
MARYMASS FOLK FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
THURSDAY 23 August: Celtic Quines in concert with Festival Residents
Vineburgh Community Centre – 8pm to 11pm – Tickets £15
FRIDAY 24 August: Siobhan Miller Band in concert with Festival Residents
Vineburgh Community Centre – 8pm to 11pm – Tickets £15
SATURDAY 25 August: STRONG WOMEN: Sheena Wellington, Fiona Forbes, Fiona Hunter, Barbara Dymock in concert with Festival Residents
Volunteer Rooms, High Street, KA12 0AB – 7.30pm to 12midnight – Tickets £15
Friday Lunchtime Session: The Ship Inn, 12.30 – 2pm
Friday Folk Concert for Senior Citizens: Volunteer Rooms, 2 – 4pm
Friday The Danny Kyle Tea-Time Session: The Ship Inn, 4.30 – 6pm
Saturday The Marymass Saturday Bash: Woodlands Centre, 11.30 – 3pm
Saturday A Session at The Ship: The Ship Inn, 2 – 5pm
Sunday The Marymass Sunday Singaround + World Whammy Diddling and Chuckie-Chucking Championships: Vineburgh Community Centre, 2 – 5pm
Sunday The Big MFF High Tea: Vineburgh Community Centre, 4pm (£5 must be pre-booked 01294 551047 by Friday)
Sunday The Survivors’ Session: The Ship Inn, 7pm onwards
We have previously announced two possible dates for the first of our special Marymass 50 concerts. Apologies for the confusion – but the final, final date is the FRIDAY evening. Friday 27th October, 7.30pm in the upstairs hall in The Townhouse / The Portal, Irvine. This is the fabulous room where we held the Marymass Exhibition launch.
The confirmed date for the first of our special Marymass50 Concerts in the Townhouse is FRIDAY 27th October, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8, available from Joyce at the Folk Club, or on-line. We can now announce that the main ‘storyteller’ for this evening will be Alastair McDonald. Please tell your friends about this concert. It will be a wonderful evening.
Tickets are now available online for the first of our special Marymass 50 Concerts to be held in the upstairs hall in The Townhouse, The Portal, Irvine. Friday 27th October, 7.30pm. This first concert is The Johnny Silvo Story
Johnny Silvo was a regular performer at Marymass Folk Festival over most of its 50 year history, and he was one who connected more than most with Irvine audiences. Johnny Silvo sadly passed away in 2011, just a few weeks after he had headlined the Marymass Saturday Evening Concert. Thankfully we have some wonderful live recordings of Johnny at Marymass and his musical legacy lives on in his songs and our memories. Johnny’s life story is a fascinating one and The Johnny Silvo Story will give you insight into the life of a travelling musician who was at the heart of the post war revival of music making which swept the country from the 50s and 60s setting the scene for so much of the music which thrives to the present day. Through the wonders of technology, The Johnny Silvo Story will be another chance to experience the music of Johnny Silvo, to sing along with him, and to see images from the recent and not so recent past. With Special Guests.
Tickets are £8 and are available online from this website www.irvinefolkclub.org.uk/tickets/ or will be on sale at Irvine Folk Club. The hall upstairs in the Townhouse is a lovely venue (it was where we held the Marymass Exhibition launch). We are limited to a capacity of 80 people, for what promises to be a very special evening. Please book your tickets early.
Tich Frier is our next guest on Wednesday 13th September. Tich has been a friend of the club since its earliest days back in the late 60s. A fine singer and a sharp wit. If you don’t know Tich have a look at his website but we advise you not to miss this one. www.tichfrier.co.uk (The photograph is one from our Marymass History archive – with Tich on the right hand side as one of the ‘spoof’ Opera Singers.)
The website has now been updated with the guests up to Christmas and most of them have website links so you can check them out at your leisure. 27th September – Eileen McGann www.eileenmcgann.com; 11th October – TBC; 25th October – James Keelaghan & Hugh McMillan www.keelaghan.com; 8th November – Flossie Malavialle www.flossiemalavialle.co.uk; SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, 11th November. Far, Far from Ypres – The Volunteer Rooms (Please get your tickets well in advance as we expect this special performance to sell out quickly.); 22nd November – Kieran Halpin www.kieranhalpin.com; 6th December – Luckenbooth; 20th December – Christmas Surprise Night!
Tickets are now on sale for Far, Far from Ypres which we are bringing to Irvine as one of our special 50 year anniversary events. This will be in The Volunteer Rooms on Saturday 11th November at 7.30pm. Currently this is the only scheduled performance of the show in 2017 – the next confirmed performance is at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh in November 2018. Tickets have deliberately been set at an affordable level and are only £10. We expect the event to sell out quickly and we advise you to book them directly from the Folk Club or On-line before our main publicity for this event is launched.