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Date: Wednesday 3 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)


A Yukon-based, Ontario-raised, farm boy, a three-time Golden Gloves champion boxer, school teacher, youth counsellor-turned-folk artiste, Tentrees has released six records while touring North America, UK, Australia and Europe with up to 200 concerts each year.   He has been nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards, International Song Competitions and has toured with illuminati like Kelly Joe Phelps, Fred Eaglesmith, Steve Poltz and Mary Gauthier.

His sixth album, Less is More, presents an incredible soundtrack to a storied past with songs of triumph, heartache and redemption and on which he plays dobro, guitar and harmonica. The album also includes guest appearances by Patrick Hamilton, Annie Avery, Lonnie Powell and the voice of east coast darling 2015 Juno winner Catherine MacLellan.

In the three years since his last release (North Country Heart), Tentrees wrote more than 30 songs for his new album, mercifully letting most of them die before hitting the tape.  Says Tentrees, “I was selective. I wanted to make an album I knew I could make, if I invested all my time and energy.”  New album keepers include, “Somebody’s Child”, written after watching the bombs go off at the Boston Marathon, while wondering if his wife had crossed the finish line, and, “Tired of Time“, the heartbreaking story of a man who dies of brain cancer years before his prime, while watching his family grow. Themes of despair turn to courage in “Wheel Girl”, an ode to Yukon heroine Jessica Frotten who went from road accident victim to wheelchair athlete.

Tentrees’ attraction to the disadvantaged continues in “Broken Hero”, a collection of vivid shots of everyday heroes, which include the story-driven hit, “Love in Ink“, co-written with childhood friend Oliver Greer.  Love rings true in, ‘Keno City”, and, “Wrong Town”, and album highlight, “Dead Beat Dad” may be the first recorded confession of a struggling father urging on his male pals to make a difference.

Most of Tentrees’ past three years were spent on the road, with concert dates from Spain to Texas, which comes through in the title track, “Less is More”, written in Holland after sleeping in the same bed as Townes Van Zandt on his last European tour before he died.

“Tentrees’ delivery is so relaxed and unpretentious it’s impossible to not get drawn into his world, sounding like a young John Prine.”
No Depression

“In the rough cut vein of Kelly Joe Phelps or Fred Eaglesmith, Tentrees is gifted.”
Globe and Mail

“This is the fifth album by a man who really should be a household name, thanks to the excellence of his vocal and writing skills and his ability to create atmospheres and arrangements perfectly suited to his writing, something not all great singer songwriters are able to master.”
American Roots UK 5/5

Deeply personal and moving, melodic and uplifting and lyrically rich – these are the songs that will tear your heart out, one note at a time. Master storyteller and multi-instrumental performer Gordie Tentrees has arrived!

And, at Edinburgh FC later in FEBRUARY 2016
Wed 10   The Chaplins - book tickets
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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