Jed Grimes – guest on Wednesday 17th April.

Described by some as the North East’s secret weapon, Jed Grimes is the special guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 17th April. His name, though familiar to many, is probably difficult to place. That’s probably because he is a seasoned veteran having played in a number of line-ups.

Photo of Jed Grimes with guitar

Jed Grimes hails from the North East of England and is a singer, guitarist and arranger of some quality….mhe also likes to paint and does printmaking too!  He was part of the renowned Hedgehog Pie which developed as part of the flourishing folk scene in the North East in the ‘70s. Jed then moved on to be a member of the successful Doonan Family – a band that played at Marymass all those years ago.

Jed then formed a six-piece band called The Hush which went on to be nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award with their acclaimed album Dark To The Sky. In more recent times, Jed plays solo and also as part of a duo with Bob Thomas.  Jed’s recent solo CD Head On has received rave reviews.

On 17th April at Irvine, expect to hear traditional songs and tunes from the UK, country blues and some contemporary material.  His ready wit and easy rapport with audiences are illustrated in his favourite quote – ‘Was anything ok?’!

For versatile and exciting musicianship from this assured performer, get along to Irvine Folk Club in Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road on Wednesday 17th April.

The Club starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB…and there’s a cafe.

Out and about ….

Elsewhere, Glenfarg Folk Festival takes place from 12th – 14th April. Karine Polwart closes the annual celebration in lovely Glenfarg.  What’s described as ‘a feast of authentic Scottish culture’ starts in Edinburgh (where else!!) on 24th April and continues until 6th May.  The headquarters of this event is in The Storytelling Centre in the High Street and includes song, music, dance, crafts and of course storytelling.  So much to do, so little time!