Monday 15 June 2015 ... the first day of this new EFC website. Bookmark it now.  The site will be under fairly continual development for a while yet but the essentials are here now.

Welcome to the official website for the internationally renowned Edinburgh Folk Club - probably the best folk club in the world!

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, EFC is a non-profit organisation run entirely by a volunteer committee.

It is not compulsory to be a club member to be able to attend the club's weekly shows.  Just turn up and pay the admission charge at the door.

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

EFC 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 EFC it's better to book in advance - use ebort@ed.ac.uk for this.

EFC'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 EFC itself has no connection with EUSA, nor Edinburgh University.

The Pleasance Cabaret Bar is in a courtyard accessed through two archways from The Pleasance.  One of the archways is for vehicles only which brings you right to the venue door.  You can park safely (and for free!) in the courtyard.

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'.

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

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

Contact EFC ...

Paddy Bort
t: +44(0)131-650 2458



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