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Date: Wednesday 26 October 2016
Venue: Summerhall EH9 1PL
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: .... £10 (non-members); £9 (concession); £6 (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)


HARPETH RISING comprises three musicians who each have a classical music training with degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music.

Hailing from vastly different parts of North America, each of the trio brings different influences to the core sound. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Maria Di Meglio began the cello in 4th grade, and developed her playing style studying both classical music and traditional songs of her families’ ancestry across Western Europe and the Caucasus.

Michelle Younger of Charlottesville, VA comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically - her family has been in the USA for generations, and she is a direct descendent of Cole Younger, a member of the infamous James-Younger Gang of yore and the ‘namesame’ of his very own banjo tune.

Jordana Greenberg, violin, grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster in her native Canada before moving to Southern Indiana as a child. She studied classical violin by day through the pre-college program at Indiana University, and spent her nights learning the folk tunes and classic rocks songs that her family plays at the annual post-Passover jam session.

All three women began singing after they completed their instrumental studies, and found a passionate new musical avenue. They developed their voices and arrangements to bring life to the lyrical expressiveness of their original songs.

Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective.

Their most recent album, Shifted, debuted at #1 on the Folk-DJ charts and was released to international acclaim. Tim Carroll of Folkwords wrote “Choose words to define this latest album - progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative - they all describe what’s on offer … Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorise their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.”

Chris Spector at Midwest Record said “Taking Newgrass to the next dimension, taking back lyric writing as an art form, if you’ve cleaned your ears out recently, this set is going to blow your mind. One of a kind, in a class by itself and simply superlative throughout.”

So what do Harpeth Rising actually play? They play “chamberfolk” which is described as original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet (albeit in a trio), lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello, layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.

Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical into something organically unique.
Gigs through OCTOBER 2016 at Edinburgh FC ...
Wed 26   Harpeth Rising - book tickets

And then, we're almost at The Carrying Stream Festival (Nov 9 to 16) - more to follow about November gigs

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.

To be considered for a gig at Edinburgh Folk Club gig, 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 September 16 2016, we're pretty well booked throughout 2017.
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.
email: Paddy Bort
t: +44(0)131-650 2458

No guarantee of a swift reply from this number - much better to email.
Click here to email items for inclusion in the club's weekly newsletter.
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EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB's weekly shows, from and including Wednesday 7 September 2016, will all take place at Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL. Summerhall is the former Royal Dick veterinary college at the east end of the Meadows and is located at the traffic lights controlling the cross-roads junction of Hope Park Terrace, Hope Park Crescent, Causewayside and Melville Drive.

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 (via Clerk Street-South Bridge, North Bridge or via Buccleuch Street, George IV Bridge, The Mound, Market Street).  That latter route takes you dangerously close to Sandy Bell's Bar in Forrest Road!).


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