EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB ...
WHERE IS IT?
THE PLEASANCE CABARET BAR
60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Car parking (free) is available in the (cobbled) Pleasance courtyard or metered until 6:30pm on the surrounding streets.
Disabled access to the venue is relatively easy here - it's a straight run in from the courtyard.
There are no disabled toilets at the venue.
There is no bus route along The Pleasance but a lot of Lothian Buses services run not far away along The Bridges etc.
Waverley railway station is fairly handy (less than a mile) to the north and about 10-15 minutes brisk walk while St Andrew Square bus station is just a little further away beside Waverley.
Sign up to the Edinburgh Folk Club's email circulation list above to receive info 'as and when'. This info will be conveyed mainly via the club's weekly newsletter each Monday during the club's annual season. The newsletter is packed with info about EFC as well as info from all over Scotland about folk clubs, gigs and concerts, festivals - what's going on generally around the country to inform the travelling folk fan.
The current edition of the newsletter can be read on our website here and it is also published on our FaceBook page. You can find all back issues of the newsletter to mid-February 2016 in this DropBox folder.
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".
KEEP TRACK OF CHANGES TO THE SITE
Keep track of changes to this website by using the tracking websites listed below. Edinburgh Folk Club offers these sites without making any claims about them. Please be careful ... just in case. We all know that there are some serious oddballs out there in cyberland.
These first two sites offer comments on other site tracking facilities and services:
RBA Information Services
... while these two sites actually 'do the job':
Automatic website change logs and notification.
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Performers Looking for Bookings:
1 a brief bio (one A4 sheet max) ...
- 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 picture (JPG; 300 dpi)
4 Links to YouTube and / or other similar sites and audio link(s).
NB: Edinburgh Folk Club books ahead - as of August 2018, we're fully booked until February 2019 with some gigs now being booked for 2019-20, but there are a few gaps in 2019.
We also offer weekly opening or support spots of approx 15-20 minutes. Unfortunately we cannot offer performers payment for these spots. Dave Francis takes bookings for these typically six months in advance.
THE WEEKLY SHOWS
Edinburgh Folk Club meets weekly on Wednesday evenings for most of the year. The club kicks off at 8pm prompt, but doors open around 7:30pm to allow conversation and mingling - and the bar is open then too. We're friendly - please chat to us!
Most evenings, the opening act plays three numbers, and then the main guest plays their first set 8.15-9pm. We ask for audience silence during performance.
There is then a break until 9.30pm, giving you a chance to chat about folk music and to meet other enthusiasts. And to buy raffle tickets! You could win the headliner's album, free entry to next week, or tickets for other local folk clubs.
After the break, if there's time, one of our residents will sing a song. The opening act returns to play their final two numbers, and then we draw the raffle (with accompanying mirth).
The main guest returns to play their second set about 9.50pm and the evening typically finishes between 10.30 and 10.40pm, but occasionally runs a little later.
If you really, really want to go to a show at Edinburgh Folk Club it's ALWAYS better to book in advance.
Use the box office booking links with the shows or browse the box office here.
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 by an entirely volunteer committee.
While members get a great discount on tickets, 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 elsewhere on this page. Or even better than that - join the club, save money, and then book in advance!
Edinburgh Folk Club held its first meeting on Wednesday 3 October 1973 and has been in continuous existence since then.
Contact EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB ...
email: John Barrow
m: +44(0)7968 131 737
Usually better to email rather than call.
Click here to email items for inclusion in the club's weekly (usually) newsletter.
Editorial decisions on content are final.
ANNUAL SONG WRITING COMPETITION
EFC's annual Song Writing Competition will take place 29th May 2019.
All entries must be emailed to this address, by the deadline (to be announced). At the AGM we discussed some refinements to the process which will be finalised before the end of 2018. Go to the competition's webpage via this link to see the rules and procedures that have applied until now
NB: All entries are to be submitted via email.
The annual song writing competition is highly competitive, with many entries, and valuable prizes for the winners. Some have suggested that both writers and the folk community might benefit from more informal feedback to writers earlier in the process. So we are trialling a second songwriting event on December 12th December 2018. Writers and audience will be encouraged offer and accept suggestions for songs. More details will follow.