The Irvine Folk club is looking forward to welcoming The Ian Walker Band (Ian Walker, Moe Walker and Jimmy Scott with guest John Graham) this Wednesday the 13th December for the annual Christmas night before the club takes a break during the festive season. Come along and join us for what is sure to be a night of great songs and good craic.
The club will start up again Wednesday the 10th of January with Scottish singer, musician, songwriter Alan Reid.
Irvine folk club is delighted to welcome Robin Laing. Originally from Edinburgh but now living in the Clyde Valley, Robin is an acclaimed writer, poet an musician.
This wednesday Irvine folk club presents Sunjay for what’s sure to be a great night of guitar-picking, feet-tapping music. Sunjay has performed before in Irvine and we’re delighted to welcome him back.
Irvine Folk club welcomes Tanninzie, a group formed in the 1970s. Today the band has three members consisting of Fiona Campbell ( lead vocals ), Ken Lorimer ( vocals and guitar ) and Mik Shaw ( vocals and electric bass). Expect to hear some harmony singing, fine playing and a broad range of material.
We’re delighted to welcome back Dan McKinnon to Irvine Folk Club.
Blessed with a glorious baritone voice, a graceful mastery on guitar, and a hearty laugh that delights any room, Dan McKinnon has carved out his own unique, musical path. From early beginnings in the coffee houses, pubs and bars of Atlantic Canada, to yearly tours throughout the UK, Dan’s performances reveal an enduring respect for the past, tempered by a profound attachment to the present. His keenly observed stories and passionately delivered songs convey a deep inquisitiveness into the human condition combined with the rich heritage of the Maritimes.
“Hearing Dan McKinnon for the first time reminds me of the first time I heard Stan Rogers or James Keelaghan…” – Rich Warren, Sing Out!
After celebrating her 80th birthday on the 14th of September the coming club night has been named Joyce’s “Almost” Retirement Party. Joyce has been involved with the Irvine Folk Club for 52 years, she has been the organiser of the club since 2002 and is a founding member of the Marymass Folk Festival. She now feels it is time to take a step back (not a complete disappearing act, merely a ‘put your feet up a little and let others do some of the work’ step back) and well deserved it is. As a testimony to her strong commitment and the friendships forged through the love of music this Wednesday night’s guests will gather with the loyal audience of the Irvine Folk club to celebrate Joyce.
Guests are: The Ian Walker Band, Alastair McDonald, John Graham & Jim Jack, Fraser Bruce, Haggerdash, Stevie and Anne, Dominic Boyce, Dominic Dunne, Maureen and Willie & The Quiggs
Club starts as usual at 8pm and during the break Joyce is putting on a buffet for all to enjoy.
“We write together, we sing my songs, the odd Robert Burns, some I’ve written for The Land We Love and the Young Territorial Projects, the odd rock standard acoustically and other old favourites like Streets of London and The Last Thing On My Mind. We’ve even found out we are both fans of early Fairport Convention. It’s all thrown into the mix which is encouraging the keen folk audiences to belt it out!”
The Marymass folk festival has come to a close – it was a fantastic weekend of great music and good company! Thank you to all who came along and supported our events, to the musicians, and the volunteers who gave up their time to make it all work.
We have just been informed that Hannah Rarity, due to illness, has cancelled tomorrow night’s performance at the Marymass Folk Festival! The concert will go ahead and we are currently searching for a replacement who will be a pleasant surprise.
Ticket refunds are available if requested but we hope you will come along and support our local festival.
23rd Aug – Pauline Vallance
Pauline Vallance a singer/songwriter and clarsach player from Ayrshire. She loves to explore different styles and genres and write songs about subjects as diverse as the beauty of the Northumberland coastline to the disaster of dogs eating mobile phones!
“Her songs are brimming with wit and invention and are entirely captivating”. James Grant