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Date: Wednesday 10 February 2015
Venue: Pleasance Theatre Bar
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: £10 (non-members); £9 (concession); £7 (EFC members) - at the door or from Paddy
(For gigs in subsequent weeks see EFC's Programme 2015-2016 page)


The CHAPLINS are an Americana band based in Glasgow.

Jill (singer and songwriter) and Lisa (drummer) created the band as a fresh new project after touring the USA together in 2012. Inspired by their journey from New York city to New Orleans, the two established musicians embarked on a new chapter in their musical lives, enrolling Johnny (keys) as a third core member of the band.

Shortly after this, The Chaplins quickly won thousands of new fans whilst showcasing their debut EP Introducing The Chaplins as they supported RunRig on their 2012 European tour.

More recently The Chaplins' music has caught the attention of both BBC Radio and BBC TV with the band making their national TV debut on BBC TV's Andrew Marr show as well as featuring on many radio stations across the UK and USA.

The Chaplins cite Americana and country greats like Alison Kraus and Emmy Lou Harris as influencing their music but you will hear very personal touches as Jill, Lisa and Johnny meld their own influences into the band's performances to create a sophisticated live sound

"It was an absolute pleasure to have The Chaplins on tour with us - they went down a storm with audiences everywhere. Surely it's only a matter of time before this largely undiscovered band make a major breakthrough"

(Rory MacDonald, RunRig)


And, at Edinburgh FC later in FEBRUARY 2016
Wed 17   Ewan McLennan - book tickets
                  [ click this link >>> for Ewan McLennan video ]
Wed 24   Alastair Savage Trio - book tickets


Edinburgh Folk Club, aka EFC, is an organisation which exists to foster an interest in the wide international world of folk and related musics.

In common with all other folk clubs, Edinburgh Folk Club is a non-profit organisation run entirely by a volunteer committee.

You do not have to be a member of Edinburgh Folk Club to be able to attend the club's weekly shows.  Just turn up and pay the admission charge at the door (or, better still, book in advance - see below).

Edinburgh Folk Club held its first meeting on Wednesday 3 October 1973 and has been in continuous existence since then.

Edinburgh Folk Club meets weekly on Wednesday evenings for most of the year. At each Wednesday show, the club
kicks off at 8pm but doors open around 7:30pm - and the bar is open then too.

There will usually be an opening act, sometimes two, before the night's first set from the main guest from about 8.20pm/8.25pm to shortly after 9pm.

After the break the show continues and normally ends around 10.45pm, maybe slightly later.

If you really, really want to go to a show at Edinburgh Folk Club it's ALWAYS better to book in advance - use this email address to order your tickets.

For general enquiries, email: Paddy Bort
t: +44(0)131-650 2458

For ticket orders, use email: Paddy Bort
(NB: Be sure to include name of the performer and date of performance in the subject line)

Find out about performing at Edinburgh FC
please email: Paddy Bort (Performers).

Send him:

1   a brief bio - one A4 sheet maximum (text file format .txt)
2   website URL
3   picture (JPG)
4   video and audio link(s).

As of November 28 2015, Edinburgh Folk Club is fully booked until the end of 2016.


EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB's shows are all (usually) presented in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ, Scotland which is adjacent to the Pleasance Sports Centre of Edinburgh University.  The Pleasance complex of buildings is owned by Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) although Edinburgh Folk Club itself has no connection with EUSA, nor Edinburgh University.

Update: Monday 23 November 2015.
For the foreseeable future access to the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, which is in a courtyard off The Pleasance, will be limited to pedestrians because of the recently-started building works.  There is now no car parking available in the courtyard however, there usually seems to be spaces on The Pleasance itself around the entrance to the courtyard.  It's good to walk (a bit)!

There are no steps from the courtyard into the venue so wheelchair access is not a problem.  However, the room itself is on two levels separated by a few steps which prevents wheelchair access to the lower level.  Unfortunately the toilets are accessed only from the lower level and are not 'disabled friendly'.

There are several services (including nos. 2, 3, 7, 14, 31, 33, 45) stopping on surrounding streets within 5 to10 minutes' walk. Only one bus service runs along The Pleasance - Lothian Buses service 60 but this service only runs during the day mid-morning until mid-afternoon.  See Lothian Buses website for details of all city services.

Waverley railway station is about 15 minutes' walk away (via Jeffrey Street and St Mary's Street).



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As well as listing Edinburgh FC's weekly gigs etc., there are also two news pages "EFC News" (subtitled, "We Hear") and "Frae A' The Airts".  This latter page carries miscellaneous and idosyncratically offered bits of news about musical and other more general art-ie things.  You'll be emailed about items appearing in "EFC News / We Hear ... " but not the stuff in "Frae A' The Airts".

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