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Date: Wednesday 1 June 2016
Venue: Pleasance Theatre Bar
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: £10 (non-members); £9 (concession); £7 (EFC members) - at the door or click here to book tickets
(For subsequent gigs see EFC's Programme 2015-2016 page)


EDINBURGH FC's 40th ANNUAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION this Wednesday has 18 entries. That may not be as many as some years but some might opine that could be a blessing come the night!

There's a jury vote (see below) and an audience vote. The prizes are 3rd £30, 2nd £50 and 1st £100. The winner has their name engraved on the cup. And, the audience vote-winner's name receives a quaich engraved with their name and the song title.

The judges for this year's song writing competition will be: Maggie Holland, Jim Welsh and Murray MacLeod.

Maggie is a well-known and respected singer from England who has lived in Leith for quite a while now. She currently performs solo, with The Broonzies and with Hot Vultures.

Jim Welsh, musical man about the city, has run jazz and folk gigs, written articles, and was a founder of Leith FC. Jim broadcasts currently on Radio Summerhall (see Music Waves – ibid).

Murray MacLeod, guitarist and acoustic guitar technician (if you need a guitar fixing – this is the man), is currently also Edinburgh FC's secretary.

Over the past 40 years there have been some well-known winners of the competition. Although she didn’t win in 1976, Nancy Nicolson scored a double in 1977 and 1978.

Ian Walker’s “Hawks and Doves” (1985) has entered several repertoires. In 1986, Robin Laing won with, “Isle of Eigg”. Jim Malcolm was on the top step in 1990 with, “Grandfathers”, and again in 1991 with “Achiltibuie”. Haddington’s Davie Robertson, mentioned in the last newsletter, won in 1998 and 2004.

In 1999, showing early promise, Karine Polwart came away with “Whaur Dae Ye Lie?”. Stevie Palmer lifted it in 2005 with “Rise Up Singing” while a run of three years saw well-known performers scoop the prize - Sharon King (2011), “Darling Pal Of Mine”, Tom Clelland (2012), “Dig” and Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis (2013), “If I Should Meet My Maker”.

Our first winner in 1976 was Sheila Douglas with "O Mither, Mither". The judges were Hamish Henderson, Ray Fisher and Alastair Clark - all four now sadly dead! In second place came Nancy Nicolson and still very much alive today.

Gigs through JUNE 2016 at Edinburgh FC ...

Wed   1   EFC Songwriting competition - book tickets. Click here for competition rules etc.
Wed   8   Lizanne Knott - book tickets
Wed 15   Vin Garbutt - book tickets 
(NB £12/£10/£8)
Wed 22   Martin Carthy - book tickets (NB £12/£10/£8)
Wed 29   Nick Dow
- book tickets
And, finally for our 2015-2016 season, until Wed 7 Sept and the start of our 2016-2017 season (#44!) ...

JULY 2016
Wed   6   Malinky
- 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.
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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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