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NEXT GIG
Contact EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB ...
Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016
Venue: Summerhall EH9 1PL
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: .... £10 (non-members); £9 (concession); £7 (EFC members)
... at the door, or
click here to book on-line or,
click here to  book tickets by email

(For subsequent gigs see EFC's Programme page for 2016-2017)

PERFORMER
REAL TIME
REAL TIME from the Scottish Borders was formed in 2002 by Kenny Speirs and Tom Roseburgh (both ex-John Wright Band) and Judy Dinning (ex-Bad Pennies and Lucky Bags).

Their repertoire now as then includes many songs and tunes from both sides of the border along with contemporary and self-penned material. Sadly Judy died in October 2013 but not before the band released several albums to wide critical acclaim.

Following Judy's death the band’s line up became:

Kenny Speirs - Guitar/Vocals
Eilidh Grant - Vocals/Bodhran
Tom Roseburgh - Keyboards
Danny Hart - Fiddle


Kenny Speirs
Kenny, one of the founder members of the John Wright Band, is a fine singer of Scottish and contemporary songs. He is well known to audiences throughout Europe as an excellent guitarist and has released two critically acclaimed solo albums – Bordersong in 1998, was followed in 2002 by North Wind Blowing.

Eilidh Grant
Born in Glasgow to a west coast mother and a northeast father, Eilidh has been around folk clubs all her life. Her stunning voice beautifully renders both classic folk songs and original material. In 2011 Eilidh won a Scottish New Music Award for Best Folk/Traditional recording of year, when she finally brought out her long-awaited debut album Masks and Smiles.

Tommy Roseburgh
Tommy is an accomplished musician who plays keyboards with Real Time. He is also the owner and Senior Sound Engineer of Big Sky Studios which was established over 10 years ago at Tweedbank near Melrose.

Danny Hart
Danny is an accomplished fiddle and mandolin player from Carlisle. He plays with a number of bands including Blueflint and Southern Tenant Folk Union.

PERFORMERS
DO NOT USE THE EFC CONTACT PAGE
To be considered for a gig at Edinburgh Folk Club gig, email Paddy Bort (Performers) and send ...

1   a brief bio (one A4 sheet max) ...
  • Word document format
  • 'straight' text and no fancy formatting
  • no pictures included on the sheet
  • 12pt Times New Roman font
  • 500 words maximum
2   Your website URL
3   A hi-res picture (JPG; 300 dpi)
4   Links to YouTube and / or other similar sites and audio link(s).


NB: Edinburgh Folk Club books ahead - at November 14 2016, we're pretty well booked throughout 2017 with some gigs now being booked for 2018
 
DECEMBER 2016 gigs at Edinburgh FC.
Wed   7   Real Time - book tickets
Wed 14   Alastair McDonald - book tickets
Wed 21   Wendy Weatherby & Friends - book tickets

 

JANUARY 2017 gigs at Edinburgh FC.
Tickets aren't on sale yet at Summerhall for these gigs so meanwhile email Paddy to book in advance.


Wed  4    George Machray & Friends              
Wed 11   The Daddy Naggins                
Wed 18   Tannara                    
Wed 25   Burns Night (Haggerdash)

 

THE WEEKLY SHOWS
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.


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NEWS
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".

KEEP TRACK OF CHANGES TO THE SITE
Keep track of changes to this website by using the tracking websites listed below.  Edinburgh Folk Club offers these sites without making any claims about them. Please be careful ... just in case.  We all know that there are some serious oddballs out there in cyberland.

These first two sites offer comments on other site tracking facilities and services:
RBA Information Services
HONGKIAT

... while these two sites actually 'do the job':
ChangeDetection
Automatic website change logs and notification.
ChangeDetect
A free online service

 

ADVANCE TICKET ORDERS
Either use the "book tickets" link you can find with each gig, or just email > Paddy Bort .
NB: Include the performer's name and the gig date in the email subject line.
 
GENERAL ENQUIRIES
email: Paddy Bort
t: +44(0)131-650 2458

No guarantee of a swift reply from this number - much better to email.
 
NEWSLETTER
Click here to email items for inclusion in the club's weekly newsletter.
Editorial decisions on content are final.

 
WHERE IT IS
EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB's weekly shows currently all take place at Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL. Summerhall is the former Royal Dick veterinary college located at the east end of the Meadows at the traffic lights controlling the cross-roads junction of Hope Park Terrace, Hope Park Crescent, Causewayside and Melville Drive.

ACCESS
For information about Summerhall accessibility click here.

There are five steps up to the main/front entrance to Summerhall.
Step-free access is available through the gated entrance on the south side of the building (Summerhall Square).
Outside the hours of 9am-6pm (Mon - Fri) and 9.30am-6pm (weekends) you can call Summerhall's reception team to let you in using the entry intercom at the gated entrance. 

EFC will normally be using the cafe area adjacent to the main entrance on Summerhall's ground floor.
The cafe is easily accessible once you're in the building.
There is a nearby disabled toilet just along the corridor from the cafe.
Summerhall has lift access to some first floor and basement spaces.

Lothian Buses 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 31, 33, 37, 41, 42, 47, 49, 67 all go either close by Summerhall or to the door.

Waverley railway station is one mile to the north of Summerhall and about 20 minutes' walk away either via Clerk Street-South Bridge, North Bridge or via Buccleuch Street, George IV Bridge, The Mound, Market Street.  NB: that latter route takes you dangerously close to Sandy Bell's Bar in Forrest Road!.
 
WHY EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB?
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.