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Date: Wednesday 25 November 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 really busy November at Edinburgh FC draws to a close with the month's final gig presenting Blyde Lasses, Claire White (below - Claire on the right) and Frances Wilkins.

In Shetland dialet, Blyde Lasses means ‘glad girls’, and this lovely duo are glad to have been playing together since 2006. Their performances are as rich in stories as they are in music, with their selections offering a glimpse into Shetland’s aert-kent musical tradition. Over the past few years Blyde Lasses have enjoyed touring the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and the UAE. In April 2013, after countless requests for recordings, their debut album was published containing traditional, contemporary and self-penned Shetland songs and tunes.

Shetlander Claire says. "Most of what I know about playing the fiddle comes from the renowned Shetland fiddle player and teacher, the late Dr Tom Anderson who was simply an awe-inspiring teacher.  Through Tom I joined my first musical family, Shetland’s Young Heritage, with whom I grew up and travelled worldwide on many musical adventures."  Claire thus began an continuing, serendipitous journey of sessions, fiddle lessons, ceilidh bands and concerts. Song writing and singing are more recent pursuits for Claire, inspired by her love of a good story and combined with a desire to weave more words into Shetland’s living musical tradition.

Frances fell in love with the music of Shetland while living there in the 1990s, and taught herself on concertina the local tunes she picked up.  She was a member of the well-known band Sølan and has travelled the world performing the music of Shetland and Scotland. Through her work as an ethnomusciologist Frances has collected traditional tunes and has been able to search archives to find a ready supply of fresh material for Blyde Lasses to perform.

"Fiddle/concertina/vocals duo Blyde Lasses comprehensively charmed everyone they met"

"The much-anticipated duo did not disappoint, with the standout song in their set being Box Social – a touching tale based on the social event that brought together Claire’s grandparents"

“The Blyde Lasses from Shetland are true ambassadors for Scotland”
Celtic Connections

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
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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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