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Coronavirus Poem by Willie Sinclair

Irvine Folk Club are very proud that this poem was written by Willie Sinclair , one of our members. (No not Willie the Vet – Willie, Archie Comrie’s pal) Dennis Lawson will read it on BBC Scotland TV on Friday night 24th April at 10.30pm

Coronavirus Poem by Willie Sinclair

Twa months ago, we didna ken

yer name or ocht aboot ye.

But lots of things have changed since then

I really must salute ye

Yer spreading rate is quite intense.

Yer feeding like a gannet

Disruption caused,  is so immense

Ye’ve shaken oor wee planet

Corona used tae be a beer.

They garnished it wae limes.

But noo its filled us awe wae fear.

These days are scary times.

Nae shakin hawns, or peckin lips.

It’s whit they awe advise

But scrub them weel richt tae the tips.

That’s how we’ll awe survive.

Just stay inside the hoose ye bide.

Nae sneakin oot for strolls.

Just check the lavvy every hoor

and stock-take your loo rolls.

Oor holidays have been pit aff

Noo that’s the Jet 2 patter

Pit oan yer thermals, have a laugh

and paddle ‘doon the waater’

Canary isles, no for a while.

Nae need for suntan cream.

and awe because o this wee bug

we ken tae be …19

The boredom surely will set in.

But have a read, or doodle.

or plan yer menu for the month

wi 95 pot noodles.

So dinny think ye’ll wipe us oot.

Aye true, a few have died.

Bubonic, Bird Flu and TB.

They came, they left, they tried.

Ye might be gallus noo ma freen

As ye jump fae cup tae cup.

But when we get oor vaccine made.

Yer number will be up.

Irvine Folk Club

Club Nights at Irvine Folk Club have been suspended until the end of May. This decision was made in an effort to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. The next scheduled Club Night was Wednesday 25th March when the guest was to be Dan McKinnon from Canada. This will now NOT take place. All information on Irvine Folk Club is available at www.irvinefolkclub.org.u

Wilson McGladdery

On Wednesday 11th March Wilson McGladdery will be back topping the bill at Irvine Folk Club.  And, for clarification, Wilson McGladdery is a duo – Gaynor Wilson & Paul McGladdery.

Gaynor & Paul stepped in last year at very short notice as the scheduled special guests were unable to be at Irvine due to illness. They went down so well that there was no hesitation in booking them in their own right.  Wilson McGladdery is a folky-ish band. They have great humour and play in a relaxed style which all adds up to a very entertaining package.  

Both Gaynor & Paul have each performed as solo artists and with bands. Six years ago, after meeting through fellow musicians, they realised that their voices blended well together and they were both keen on promoting original songs rather than covering well-known material.  The duo have built up a healthy gig list in that time, playing the length and breadth of England with occasional forays into Scotland.

They live in Saddleworth in Oldham. Gaynor plays violin, piano and recorder but is best known for her powerful vocals. She particularly enjoys acoustic singing.  Paul is a guitarist known for his prolific songwriting that reflects musical influences from folk to country to classic pop. His first love is writing ballads. Their most recent single Beans on Toast is available electronically and it’s a love song.

Wednesday 11th March, Wilson McGladdery at Irvine Folk Club in Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road starts at 8pm. Go along, you’ll not be disappointed.

26th February – Skirlie

 Skirlie – no, not the Scottish dish made from oatmeal fried with……..but Skirlie the four-piece band, and they are the welcome guests at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 26th February.

Rab Ferris, Kevin Patrick, Alison Tunnicliffe and Eddie McGlone are Skirlie. They play an eclectic mix of trad, celtic and transatlantic material which is reinterpreted using the Skirlification approach! Translated, that means they use their combined talents to enhance established songs and tunes.

The band features a range of instruments. Rab plays whistles and percussion, Kevin is on mandolin, dobro and guitar, Alison plays violin whilst Eddie plays bass and chapman stick. All four of them do vocals.  Rab, Kevin and Alison all come from a background of and involvement with trad music from an early age whilst Eddie has played with various bands including a UK tour with the renowned Soul singer Ben E King.

The origins of Skirlie go back to 2003 when Kevin and Rab met at the Rowantree Folk Club in Uddingston and formed a duo called Quaich. A couple of evolutions in the line-up and in 2016 the present four-piece Skirlie emerged.  They take Skirlification all over Scotland. This will be their first visit to the Irvine Club and that will vary from their other gigs in that Alison’s parents Anne & Gordon are members of the Irvine Club and will be in the audience.

Wednesday 26th February is when to hear Skirlie at Irvine Folk Club in Vineburgh Community Centre. The Club starts at 8pm. The band say that the audience should be prepared ‘to stamp your hands and clap your feet’. All part of helping keep music live!                                             

12th February – John Graham, Jim Jack and Cy Jack

John Graham & Jim Jack are the special guests at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 12th February and that means a night of good singing with loads of familiar songs.

They are a popular duo and it’s not difficult to explain why that is. They are easy-on-the-ear and from their vast experience in folk music, unfailingly choose material that suits their audience. Having been a member of The Clydesiders, a five-piece band formed in the 70’s, when the band folded, and after a wheen of years had passed, ex-Clydesider John Graham teamed up with Jim Jack to form a duo. The years of being a Clydesider means that John brings a wealth of experience of what and what doesn’t work in folk clubs.  John plays fiddle and Jim plays guitar

Since John & Jim topped the bill a couple of years back, they went down so well that they were invited to play at recent Marymass Folk Festivals. Expect them to play a mix of trad and contemporary material plus some jokes a bit on the corny side!

Wednesday 12th February at Irvine Folk Club in Vineburgh Community Centre with guests John Graham & Jim Jack will be a night for joining in with well-known songs – and that’s always appreciated at the Irvine Club. 8pm is the start time and it’s BYOB.

29th January – Stephen and Pernille Quigg

Scarcely believable, but Stephen Quigg will be 60 on Burns Day and, on Wednesday 29th January –  by dint of careful planning, his wife Pernille and him top the bill that night at Irvine Folk Club. Let’s hope for an especially tuneful rendition of Happy Birthday to You!

Ardrossan born Stephen started out at Irvine Folk Club when it was at The Eg and that means he has been on the folk circuit for almost 40 years. Jings, how did that happen!  Underlying Stephen’s successful and longstanding musical career is a very fine singing voice and sustained hard work. He carved out a successful solo career with his terrific vocals and thoughtful instrumental accompaniment.  In 2001, Stephen joined The McCalmans and managed to combine his solo career with a life with The Macs.  Just in case you have been on the moon, The Macs called it a day in 2011. Stephen then formed a duo with fellow ex-Mac, the late Nick Keir and still kept up his solo gigs. In recent years, Stephen & Pernille have become an established musical duo touring in Scotland and Europe.

Stephen plays acoustic guitar and his superb balance of voice and instrument is something that many other artists would do well to copy.  He also plays bodhran and, not often enough, the banjo. Traditional ballads as well as well- chosen contemporary material are his repertoire. He works hard to keep set lists fresh and it certainly pays off. Stephen also has a nice line in deadpan humour. And now with Pernille on stage alongside him, Stephen is a happy bunny – a happy 60 year old bunny.

It will be good to have Pernille & Stephen Quigg as the special guests at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 29th January. There is a strong possibility that some of Stephen & Pernille’s musical friends in the folk world will be along on the 29th at the Irvine Club. The venue is Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road and the first notes start at 8pm.

Meanwhile, Celtic Connections is in full swing at venues across Glasgow. Go online for full information.

15th January – Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald

Irvine Folk Club starts back Wednesday 15th January with a Canadian duo whose music is described as buzzing with energy. They are Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald and after doing the Irvine gig, they are playing at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections for three nights before returning to Canada. So, make the most of the opportunity to hear them in Irvine.

American born Ben now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Anita is from Little Narrows in Nova Scotia. They play Scottish Lowland Pipes and Cape Breton Fiddle with Gaelic song and step-dance. Described as one of the most important folk acts in Cape Breton Island today, Ben and Anita blend the threads of old and new world traditions by playing great music very well in a refreshing and entertaining style.

Ben and Anita have won all sorts of awards in the music business and are in demand around the globe as musicians and educators. They have played at Celtic Colours International Festival, Tonder in Denmark, Edinburgh Fringe plus festivals in Texas, California and Maine in the USA, not forgetting Austria, Italy and Switzerland!

A Day at the Lake was Ben and Anita’s debut album. On occasion, Ben and Anita team up with multi-instrumentalist Zakk Cormier from Prince Edward Island and go on tour.  The sometimes trio released an album South Haven to wide critical acclaim.

Seems like Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald will kick off the year at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 15th January in excellent style. The Club starts at 8pm, it’s BYOB, there’s a very good café and it all happens at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road.

Leaflets giving a list of artists appearing at the Irvine Club are available from Libraries across North Ayrshire plus various other places. The same info is also available online at www.irvinefolkclub.org.uk                                                                                 

18th December – Tim Edey

Irvine Folk Club could be said to be saving the best till last as Tim Edey is the special guest on Wednesday 18th December – the final night of the Club’s year. He is described as a highly entertaining musical genius and this will be Tim Edey’s first visit to Irvine.

Multi-instrumentalist with a superb singing voice, Tim Edey is a former BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year and is one of the world’s finest guitarists and melodeon players. He is also no slouch on a variety of other instruments including piano, banjo and whistles.

Brought up in Kent and now living in Perthshire, Tim honed his guitar style from his Dad Richard and listening to the likes of Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt. Tim has several albums to his name including recordings with Brendan Power and J.P. Cormier. He tours world-wide and has worked with The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Ry Cooder, Paul Brady, Sharon Shannon, Natalie McMaster plus many, many more. Tim has also appeared on Jools Holland on many occasions.

The Irvine Club audience can expect beautiful chorus songs plus a range of contrasting types of music including folk, jazz, blues and celtic. And, for those who want to improve on their guitar or melodeon skills, Tim does lessons via Skype and FaceTime – maybe make an ideal present!

To hear the immensely talented Tim Edey, be at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road on Wednesday 18th December for 8pm. It’s BYOB and there’s a café. Irvine Folk Club starts back in the new year on Wednesday 15th January when the guests will be Canadian duo Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald.                                                      

4th December – Jim and Susie Malcolm

Jim Malcolm – the man who plays simultaneous guitar and harmonica to an exceptional standard – is back at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 4th December and, for the first time here, playing in a duo with his wife Susie.

Jim Malcolm is known as a quality performer – very polished and very relaxed. Since he last played at Irvine some three years ago, Jim and his wife Susie now go out as a duo.  He is an accomplished songwriter but for many it is his thoughtful interpretations of traditional Scottish music that is his great strength.  Jim is a longtime admirer of the works of Burns and one of his solo CDs  Acquaintance  is made up entirely of the Bard’s compositions. But Jim can sing in any style.

The outstanding and confident guitar work and subtle harmonica playing of Jim just have to be heard. He is a master of inventiveness. So don’t be altogether surprised if you hear a Calypso or Jazz rhythm now and then.  Add to that, quality vocals from both Jim & Susie and it makes for a talented musical package. Holding the music together is Jim’s wry humour plus the history and story of the songs. A particular love of his and a source for his choice of much of his material is the wildlife and nature of the Angus Glens – and probably features strongly on their most recent album, The Berries.

The Berries is the second duet album the Malcolms have released. This is in addition to a solo album by Susie, Jim’s 13 solo albums as well as albums recorded when Jim was lead singer with Old Blind Dogs for eight years. In short, it adds up to a lot of material much of which has been written by Jim.

As well as playing at clubs and festivals, Jim and Susie, organise and lead Tours of Scotland which have gone down a storm – they are now taking bookings for 2021!  The Malcolms are two very busy people and still manage to tour extensively in the UK, Europe and America. So, to re-acquaint yourself with troubadour Jim Malcolm or to hear the talented Jim & Susie Malcolm for the first time, get along to Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 4th December for 8pm in Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road. You’ll be glad you did!