Strong harmony singing is always popular and is in short supply, so the guest appearance of Ragged Glory at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 19th September is doubly welcome. It will be their first time at the Irvine Club.
Ragged Glory is a four-piece band. They met at Nitten Folk Club some six years ago – Nitten being the local name for Newtongrange inMidlothian. George Archibald is a Nitten resident, May & Jim Weatherston are in Edinburgh and Aberdonian Charlie Milne completes the line-up. Their whole purpose is to have fun and, singing good songs with strong harmonies certainly contributes to that! Quiet Joys is the title of their CD and includes material from Burns, Karine Polwart, Phil Spector and Stan Rogers among others. They have two Edinburgh Folk Festival Fringe ‘Sell outGarlands’ to their name. A ‘Garland’ is given to shows which sell-out at the international festival. Not bad going!
Ragged Glory is also part of Ian McCalman’s much acclaimed ‘Far, far from Ypres’ a story told in song about events of World War 1. The production relies on strong singing and it therefore speaks volumes about Ragged Glory that Ian invited them to take their part in a line-up ofScotlands’ finest voices.
Reviews of Ragged Glory all make mention of their good choice of songs, strong harmonies and their evident enjoyment in what they do. Therefore, cut along to Irvine Folk Club in Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Roadon Wednesday 19th September for 8pm. It’s going to be good.
Finally, two dates for your October diary. On Wednesday the 10th October, The Whistlebinkies are playing at Irvine Burns Club. It starts at 8pm and admission is £10. And on Friday the 12th October at Irvine Sports Club at Marress there will a Folk for Heroes Concert. It starts at 7.30pm, admission is £5 and it features a number of local folk musicians. More details on both nights to follow. Irvine continues to help keep music live!