Guest Archive, 2012

<strong>GUEST ARCHIVE:</strong>


<strong>Wednesday 11<sup>th</sup> January – Arthur Johnstone &amp; The Stars Band</strong>

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What a great way to start the Irvine Folk Club year on Wednesday 11<sup>th</sup> January with a guest appearance from Arthur Johnstone &amp; The Stars Band. Arthur’s links with Irvine date back to the early ‘70s when he was with The Laggan. Since then, whether as a member of a band or as a soloist, Arthur has remained deservedly popular. Be ready for well-chosen material, excellent vocals all wrapped up in the warmth of Arthur’s personality. With Arthur atIrvine will be Brian Miller and Charlie Soane.  Excellent.

<strong>Wed 25<sup>th</sup> Jan – Eddie Walker</strong>

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<strong>Wed 8<sup>th</sup> Feb – The Ideal Band</strong>

<strong>Wed 22<sup>nd</sup> Feb – The Barbara Dymock Band</strong>

<strong>Wed 7<sup>th</sup> March – Sean Donnelly</strong>

<strong>Wed 21st March – Flossie Malavialle</strong>

<strong>Wed 4<sup>th</sup> April – Mike Silver</strong>

<strong>Wed 18<sup>th</sup> April – Quicksilver</strong>


<strong>Wednesday 16<sup>th</sup> May, The Outside Track</strong>


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A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track’s marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre. Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards. This amount of talent alone would be enough to recommend the band but in this case the end result is so much greater than the sum of the parts. The line up comprises Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner), and Cillian O’Dalaigh. <strong>Members: </strong>Ailie Robertson (harp, Scotland), Cillian O’Dalaigh (guitar, Ireland), Fiona Black (piano accordion, Scotland), Norah Rendell (lead vocals, flute, Canada), Mairi Rankin (fiddle, vocals, Canada)

<strong>Wednesday 30<sup>th</sup> May, Nick Keir</strong>

<strong>Wednesday 13<sup>th</sup> June, Cara Luft</strong>

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Cara has been performing for most of her life, and recording music for over 15 years.  Her first foray into recording was a 3 song cassette of original material that was recorded in Calgary, an 18th birthday present from her folks.  Her second cassette, titled <em><strong>Train to Freedom</strong></em>, was recorded in 1996 in BC (where Cara called home for four years).  Initially made just for friends and family, it quickly started to make its way into the hands of fans and promoters, and Cara found herself selling out of copies at shows.  She then decided to make a “proper” EP, 1997′s<strong><em>Tragedy of the Commons</em></strong>.  Cara had entered a talent contest and won studio time as the first prize winner and it was the CD that brought her over to the UK for the first time, to perform as part of the Wirral International Guitar Festival.  By 2000, she knew it was time to record a full-length album.  <strong><em>Tempting the Storm</em></strong> was released in late 2000 on her own label in Canada (Blue Case Tunes) and over in the UK on Headroom Records.  In late 2001, she co-founded the folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys. In 2007 Cara released her acclaimed second full-length recording, <strong><em>The Light Fantastic</em></strong>, on the Black Hen label in Canada and on CRS (formerly Rounder Records Europe) over in the EU.

<strong>Wednesday 27<sup>th</sup> June, Anthony John Clark</strong>

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Anthony John Clark tells us “All I ever wanted to be was a writer of songs. From the minute I heard Barry Maguire singing the song Eve of Destruction and held the single Like A Rolling Stone by Dylan in my hand. From those beautiful Sunday evenings I would sit and watch Al Stewart, John Martyn, Claire Hamill and Christy Moore and a host of other greats grace the University Hall stage in Belfast, and from the time I spent my paper round money on a second hand Eko Ranger 6 at Smithfield Market, I was doomed.”

<strong>Wednesday 25<sup>th</sup> July –  The Alistair McCulloch Trio</strong>

<strong>Wednesday 22<sup>nd</sup> – Sunday 26<sup>th</sup> August 2012 – </strong><strong>The 45<sup>th</sup> Marymass Folk Festival</strong>

<strong>Wed 5<sup>th</sup> Sept      David Francey</strong>

<strong>Wed 19<sup>th</sup> Sept    Ragged Glory</strong>

<strong> Wed 3<sup>rd</sup> Oct        Janet Russell</strong>

<strong> </strong><strong>Wed 17<sup>th</sup> Oct       Vicki Swan &amp; Johnny Dyer</strong>

<strong> Wed 31<sup>st</sup> Oct       Bram Taylor</strong>

<strong> Wed 14<sup>th</sup> Nov      Broom Bezzums</strong>

<strong> Wed 28<sup>th</sup> Nov      Fil Campbell &amp; Tom McFarland</strong>

<strong> Wed 12<sup>th</sup> Dec      Alastair McDonald</strong>