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Date: Wednesday 4 May 2016
Venue: Pleasance Theatre Bar
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: £12 (non-members); £10 (concession); £8 (EFC members) - at the door or click here to book tickets
(For subsequent gigs see EFC's Programme 2015-2016 page)


Martin Simpson is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling.

No-one has more successfully combined British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. 15 years living in the USA were well spent. His own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, Love Never Dies, to the moving Never Any Good and One Day.

Martin's career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Hawley, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, … and many more.

He has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the 15 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2015 saw Martin working in a new trio with Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr and the trio released an album, Murmurs, to wide, critical acclaim. He is currently working on new material for his next solo album.

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual, a guitarist of immense subtlety.

This gig is a hot ticket with the best part of 100 pre-booked. Make sure you get your ticket as soon as possible – now.
Buying at the door may not be an option this time!

NOW, WHILE Martin's gig is certainly one of EFC's bigger events please don't overlook the gig which precedes it on Sunday 1 May.
In the context of the creation of the Republic of Ireland, Edinburgh-born James Connolly was a significant figure in the left-wing politics of the day.  And 2016 in particular of course, is an important year for the Republic of Ireland.

Wikipedia ... James Connolly (Irish: Séamas Ó Conghaile; 5 June 1868 – 12 May 1916) was an Irish republican and socialist leader, aligned to syndicalism and the Industrial Workers of the World. He was born in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh, Scotland, to Irish-born parents. He left school for working life at the age of 11, but became one of the leading Marxist theorists of his day. He also took a role in Scottish and American politics. He was executed by a British firing squad because of his leadership role in the Easter Rising of 1916.

Ray Burnett and Alastair MacDonald present Connolly's story: James Connolly: From Edinburgh's Cowgate to the Dublin GPO

Sunday 1 May, 2pm, Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43 - 45 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1SR
The show is presented in association with Edinburgh and Lothian May Day Committee.

At Edinburgh FC through MAY 2016
Mon   1   NB: 2pm ... JAMES CONNOLLY - From Edinburgh's Cowgate To The Dublin GPO (ft: Ray Nurnett and Alastair McDonald) - book tickets
Wed   4   Martin Simpson - (NB: £12/£10/£8)
- book tickets
Wed 11   Southern Tenant Folk Union - book tickets
Wed 18   Pete Coe - book tickets
Wed 25   The Squirrell Hillbillies - 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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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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