Lauren Collier Band Cancellation

Lauren has been in a car accident. She fractured her sternum and a vertebrae but originally thought she could manage on strong pain killers. However last night she emailed me to say the Doctor had said she couldn’t play. Dave Gibb will now be our guest tomorrow night. Dasve has been to the club before and went down very well so looking forward to a good night.

The Mile Roses – 3rd November

Kate Bramley, Kari Macleod and Simon Haworth are three singer songwriters with eclectic and diverse roots yet somehow they seamlessly come together to create an utterly original and joyful sound. From haunting ballads to swinging country. Celtic roots to driving folk choruses , this band are guaranteed to show audiences good night out.

Mike McDonald – A tribute by Willie Sinclair

A friend of Irvine Folk Club for many years Mike McDonald was a regular floor-singer and later a volunteer provider of subtle sound reinforcement for visiting musicians, using his own equipment and years of experience. His contribution is an important piece of the club’s historical jigsaw. In 2019 he had life-changing surgery and chemotherapy for cancer. He pulled through and fought the disease but today, October 19th 2021, he lost the battle. Our thoughts go out to Moira and the family at this sad time.
Mike played bass guitar with Tommy Truesdale and the Sundowners for thirty years but his real solo talent was to recognise and interpret great songs from many genres, reshaping them and making them even more interesting and memorable. Standouts would be his version of Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” and (Maureen’s favourite) Mark Knopfler and James Taylor’s “Sailing to Philadelphia”. No style was out of bounds: The Beatles, Tom Waits, The Roaches, Fats Domino, Robert Burns. He was his own harshest guitar critic. Many instrumental pieces he played were his own work and I could always tell if he thought he’d missed a note even though the audience wouldn’t be able to tell. His face was the giveaway.
When Mike, my irascible, amiable, opinionated, self-deprecating, talented friend, was 50 (it was on his actual birthday) we were sharing a chuckle at the Folk Club at the Redburn Hotel. He was joking about how hard it would be for people to detect any early signs of dementia in him because he felt he’d always been a bit absent-minded, always going back to double-check he’d locked the house door or the car or his motor-bike. I laughed with him and went to introduce the first floor-singer. Some folk might remember that in the early days of small mobile phones I used to wave my phone at the audience and ask them to be sure to turn theirs off. That night I reached into my pocket and, instead of a mobile phone I produced a TV remote control. Mike loved that! A few weeks ago, more than twenty years later, I went to see how he and Moira were faring as his illness progressed. He was weak, a shadow of his old self, but the spark was still there. As I was leaving, my smart-phone fell from my jacket pocket and, hearing the clatter Mike called through from the front room: “I hope that’s not your remote-control.”
My friend has sung his last chorus. The world is a quieter and less interesting place without him. I miss him already.

22nd September Hicks and Goulbourn

Fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Steve Hicks and singer songwriter Lynn Goulbourn met at a gig in 2007. With a mutual love of folk, jazz, roots and acoustic genres, their musical partnership has flourished and taken them to all corners of the UK, to Germany, France, The Netherlands and the USA.

They thrive on the creative process of stretching established boundaries and perform mesmeric arrangements of traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs and music.

Expect the unexpected……….

Re-opening at long last!!!

Irvine Folk Club will restart on Wednesday 8th September at 8pm in The Vineburgh Community Centre. Admission is £8 for non members £6 for members. Please try to bring the correct entrance fee to reduce the handling of cash. Its BYOB and although we supply glasses it might be better to bring your own till this pandemic is over. There is a cafe serving teas, coffees and soft drinks. Masks must be worn and windows will be opened (slightly) to ensure good ventilation so bring a scarf or wear a ‘hoodie’
Sounds like a lot of rules but we just want everyone to feel safe and avoid any further lockdowns. HAGGERDASH are very popular in Irvine and we look forward to hearing them again.

Good News

The Club will restart on September 8th. Its been a long wait but at last we can meet again as a Club. Lots of you have kept in touch over the past eighteen months and like me just cant wait to get back to ‘normal’
The programme is
September 8th Haggerdash
September 22nd Hicks and Goulbourn
October 6th George Murphy and Frank Cassidy
October 20th Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland
November 3rd Mile Roses
November 17th The Lauren Collier Band
December 1st Tim Edey
December 15th Stephen and Pernille Quigg

Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Christmas Video

Hi there

To remind us all of happy nights at Irvine Folk Club Stephen and Pernille have put together a wee Christmas Folk Night for us. It went live a day of so ago – but is still available on YouTube to listen to at your convenience.
The link is:

The book is proving very popular.
Sorry no mince pies!
Have a lovely Christmas.


NOTE: This is a repost of an earlier news item where the link was faulty.

50 Years of Marymass Folk Festival

The book 50 Years of Marymass Folk Festival will be ready 7th December. If you haven’t yet ordered your copy please text me and I’ll keep one for you.
Pete has made an excellent job of it. Lets hope we can get back to some kind of normal next year. We’re all missing the club. Stay safe and well.

BOOK 50 Years of Marymass Festival

The book, 50 Years of Marymass Festival, is now available to PRE-ORDER. It is being printed in limited quantities – our own ‘First Edition’. Please place you orders over the next couple of weeks and then the book will be sent off for printing. It is a large book – about 1 inch thick in old money – with lots of photographs and plenty to read and dip in and out of over time. The club needs pre-payment to be able to pay for the printing, so please order online of you can, or contact Joyce to make other arrangements. Here is the link to order: BOOK 50 Years of Marymass Folk Festival