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Last gig of 2015-2016 season

Date: Wednesday 6 July 2016
Venue: Pleasance Theatre Bar
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: .... £10 (non-members); £9 (concession); £6 (EFC members) - at the door or click here to book tickets
(For subsequent gigs see EFC's Programme page for 2016-2017)


MALINKY are no strangers to Edinburgh FC and this appearance is a great way to end our 2015-2016 season. Since forming out of the Edinburgh session scene of the late ’90s Malinky has focussed on traditional Scots song. Now, with five acclaimed albums under their belt and an extensive touring across the globe, they have become one of the most distinctive and accomplished bands on the Scottish folk scene.

The band is strong in both vocal and instrumental capabilities (including bouzouki, guitar, fiddle, whistle, bodhrán and cello) with the outstanding voices of Fiona Hunter, Steve Byrne and Mark Dunlop and award-winning composer Mike Vass.

Malinky’s hallmark song-based repertoire is performed by three superb lead vocalists with tastefully inventive instrumentation, uniting seasoned maturity with sparkling freshness. With two folklore and traditional music graduates in the ranks, Malinky combine a deep knowledge of tradition with a subtly creative approach, described as “one of the most imaginative of Scots-language bands” (Scotland on Sunday), breathing new life into centuries-old ballads from Scotland’s north-east, alongside original song-writing and tunes.  No wonder the band lifted the Folk Band of the Year award in the Scots Trad Music Awards of 2010.

Their touring schedule has seen Malinky entertain crowds in Europe, Ireland and the UK, with tours of N America. In the process they were described as “ ... the finest young Scottish band since Silly Wizard” (Boston Globe), performing “Scots music at its most evocative” (Mojo). With their “beautiful gentle delivery“ (Irish Music Magazine) and  understated acoustic instrumentation, Malinky need no gimmicks, relying instead on the inherent strength and power of traditional songs.

fRoots labelled Malinky, “a class act ... a quality of musical accomplishment previously associated with the likes of Ossian, the Whistlebinkies and Ceolbeg.” Perhaps R2 (Rock’n’Reel) hit it ending its 5-star review of the band’s 2008 release, Flower & Iron with: “If indeed it is the destiny of every child born in Scotland to be a folk musician, Malinky should be added to the milk.”

Gigs through SEPTEMBER 2016 at Edinburgh FC ...

Wed   7   Arthur Johnstone and The Stars Band
- book tickets
Wed 14   Jez Lowe - book tickets
Wed 21   David Francey - book tickets
Wed 28   Phil Hare - 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.

Ticket Orders
Either use the "book tickets" link you can find with each gig, or just email > Paddy Bort .
NB: Make sure the performer's name and the gig date are both correctly included in the email subject line.
General Enquiries
Paddy Bort
t: +44(0)131-650 2458

No guarantee of a swift reply from this number - much better to email.
To ask to be invited to be the main guest act at an EFC gig, please email Paddy Bort (Performers) and send ...

1   a brief bio - one A4 sheet maximum ...
  • 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 (300 dpi) picture (JPG)
4   Links to YouTube and / or other similar sites and audio link(s).

NB: Edinburgh Folk Club books ahead - at February 17 2016, we're fully booked until the end of 2016 and well into 2017.
Click here to email items for inclusion in the club's weekly newsletter.
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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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