Guest Archive

Some of our previous Guests

These were guests in 2011:

Wednesday 2ndNovember – Gavin Pennycook Nyckelharpa

Gavin is a fiddle and whistle player. The Nyckelharpa is a keyed fiddle the origins of which date back at least to the 1400’s. It is much bigger than a fiddle or viola and the bow used is shorter than that used for a fiddle. Gavin was a founder member of Deaf Shepherd and has always enjoyed the simplicity of a good tune.  He first heard the Nyckelharpa in 1994 and was smitten.  Most people in Scotland have never heard of, far less seen a Nyckelharpa…so hearing Gavin Pennycook at the Irvine Club will be breaking new ground.

Wednesday 16th November – David Ferrard

David is a singer and a songwriter of Scottish and American descent. Based inEdinburgh, he sings his own material as well as his own interpretations of traditional ballads.  His dual heritage is reflected in his music and he manages deftly to keep a foot in both cultural camps!   A fine guitar player with a strong yet easy-on-the-ear voice, this will be David’s first visit to the Irvine Club.

Wednesday 30th November – Tom McConville

On St Andrew’s Night the Irvine Club will be host to the world-class Tom McConville from Tyneside. Those with long but perhaps not always accurate memories think that Tom has played inIrvinealbeit some time ago. In any case, it’s time that this leading fiddle-player with the rich, warm voice was heard at Irvine Folk Club. On this occasion, he will be accompanied by David Newey on Guitar and vocals.

Wednesday 14th December – Janet Russell

Janet has worked on the folk circuit for 20+ years having started out inEdinburghpubs.  Throughout this time she has played with a number of other musicians including as a duo with Christine Kydd and it was as part of that duo that Janet was last heard at the Irvine Club.  She is an accomplished vocal harmony workshop leader and is an enthusiastic promoter of participation in folk arts.