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NEXT GIG
Date: Wednesday 28 September 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)

PERFORMER
PHIL HARE

PHIL HARE’S solo music career began almost 25 years ago and he is now widely regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive guitarists working on the UK acoustic / folk music circuit.

Phil is from the Wirral. His first musical influences as a teenager in the 1970s came from contemporary popular music and he played guitar and bass in bands around Liverpool. However Phil realised that his real love was acoustic music, mainly influenced by the likes of Roy Harper, John Martyn, Dylan and Joni Mitchell amongst others.

As a solo singer/guitarist playing mostly traditional style material, Phil started to secure gigs in the many folk clubs that then  existed North West England. Phil’s first independent commercial recording in 1986 (‘The Din Of Inequity’) was a mix of traditional material alongside some of Phil’s own songs and won many favourable reviews resulting in more bookings around the UK.

Phil’s next offering (‘Maidenhead Revisted’) in 1988, produced by friend Mike Johnson was equally well received and led to an album deal with Fellside Records. 1990 saw the Fellside release ‘Living On Credit’ further establishing Phil’s credentials as a guitarist/singer-songwriter of great worth. Phil returned to Mike Johnson who by then had set up 101 Records and Phil is now exclusively published by 101.

Phil’s recordings with 101 include ‘Broken Timing’, ‘Tears From The Tracks’ and the album ‘Everyone’s A Hard Man Now’. Phil's new/latest album 'The Twilight Tone' is a totally acoustic guitar/vocal affair and has been independently released (late 2015) on March Hare Productions.

Phil’s song-writing often reflects his own social and political views, not in a ‘tub-thumping’ way but in a more thoughtful, often humorous and chorus-based style, reminiscent of his folk roots.

On stage Phil is an accomplished performer mixing his virtuosity on the guitar with songs highlighting his rich, husky voice. He is a hugely entertaining performer and with a good line in humorous banter.  In other words he entertains!

Over the years, Phil has toured and performed his music in the USA, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany & the Czech Republic, as well as throughout the UK. He has also played with a who's who of folk and acoustic-related acts including The Spinners, (the late) Jake Thackeray, Isla St Clair, Tom McConville, Phil Beer, Jacques Stotzem, Woody Mann and Clive Carroll.

Today Phil is increasing his global audience by posting videos on MySpace and YouTube.  Some are live clips from the many concerts and festivals at which he's played. Others are more relaxed, domestic clips.  Whatever - all show Phil’s expertise in exploring the acoustic guitar as a solo instrument.

There are many press quotes available about Phil ... , "Some beautiful guitar playing from the vastly underrated Phil Hare" (Living Tradition), "If folk song is history from underneath, then Phil’s songs are today’s broadsides" (Daily Telegraph ), "The songs are British, maybe even Northern English, but this guy is a world class player" (Dirty Linen USA).
 

BREAKING NEWS ...
LULO REINHARDT & ANDRE KRENGEL QUARTET
(inc Konstantin Weinstroer (bass) and Uli Kramer (cahon)), will open the second half of tonight's show and give a taster of what to expect at their own show on Sunday 2 October when they return to Edinburgh to headline at their Soundhouse gig at the Traverse Theatre Bar.

Click here to see Lulo and Andre in action.
Click here to hear a track from the quartet's album.

" ... Lulo is a fantastic musician, worthy of the Reinhardt name" (***** London Evening Standard review of Jazz Cafe gig, Dec 2010)
 

Last gig in SEPTEMBER 2016 at Edinburgh FC ...
Wed 28   Phil Hare - book tickets

... and now, gigs through OCTOBER 2016 at Edinburgh FC ...

Wed   5   Clype- book tickets
Wed 12   Slyvia Barnes and Sandy Stannage
- book tickets
Wed 19   Quicksilver
- book tickets
Wed 26   Harpeth Rising
- book tickets
 

WHY EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB?
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.

THE WEEKLY SHOWS
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.


PERFORMERS
DO NOT USE THE EFC CONTACT PAGE FOR THIS
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.
 
ADVANCE 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
email: Paddy Bort
t: +44(0)131-650 2458

No guarantee of a swift reply from this number - much better to email.
 
NEWSLETTER
Click here to email items for inclusion in the club's weekly newsletter.
Editorial decisions on content are final.

 


WHERE IT IS and ACCESS
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.

ACCESS
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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NEWS
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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