2016 Songwriting Competition
Saturday 26 November at the St Francis Xavier Hall
Yes, it's that time of year
Falkirk Folk Club's Annual Songwriting Competition returns to the St Francis Xavier Hall and looks forward to hearing those self-penned gems in what is always a fabulous night
As usual there will be three esteemed and independent judges to select the winning songs and also the popular peoples vote, your opportunity to pick a favourite
Great prizes, raffle and fun night with all welcome
Get in touch now with your song entries!
Belinda & Heidi's Capital Performance
With their new album 'Shadows’ our good friends O'Hooley & Tidow are doing a special Scottish launch tour including a date at Edinburgh's Voodoo Rooms venue on Wednesday 2 November
The latest album has already attracted brilliant reviews
'England's answer to the McGarrigles.’ The Guardian * * * * *
'Dense, complex, beautifully performed.’ Songlines * * * *
‘Deep and subtly dramatic.’ MOJO Folk Album of the Month * * * *
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as ‘one of folk’s mightiest combinations’ (Mojo)
Shadows is the follow up to groundbreaking album The Hum, which earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2014 and a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
‘One of the most vital, and indeed one of the most experimental acts on the folk circuit and beyond.’ Folk Radio UK
Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of heart 'Formidably brilliant' 'Brave, beautiful and full of love'
For Tickets use the link here https://www.wegottickets.com/event/358403
Falkirk Live 2016!
Karine Polwart, Rose Room & much more!!!!
Karine Polwart Sunday 16 October at Faw Kirk : Tickets £16
“One of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain” (The Guardian)
Folk fans will already be familiar with Karine Polwart, one of Scotland’s greatest contemporary musicians.Born in Banknock, the multi-award winning, singer draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, the range and dynamism of her arrangements, all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance.
Rose Room + Swinging Gypsies at Faw Kirk Friday 14 October Tickets £12.50
One of he hottest tickets in Scotland right now! Gypsy jazz and swing, played by a band that combines passion and verve with brilliant musicianship and a warm personality. Fronted by the “dazzling” fiddle playing and sophisticated singing of Seonaid Aitken, they recreate the excitement of Rive Gauche Paris in the 30s and 40s with Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt.
“Stupendous gypsy-jazz, a superb singer” – The Scotsman
Swinging Gypsies open the show. Young musicians with a new perspective on swing, gypsy jazz and jazz standards.
The exciting 3 days of Jazz, Blues, Folk, Classical & Indie music runs from 14 - 16 October
The Folk Club welcomes Falkirk Live 2016 with a pre-festival gig at The Tolbooth Tavern featuring the phenomenal king of boogie & blues piano the sparkling Bob Hall with Hilary Blythe
Full programme details can be found here at Falkirk Live!
Fab Line Up
Coming soon to Falkirk Folk Club an array of great talent from across the folk spectrum as we take our first steps towards autumn
San Fransisco based duo Mark & Cindy Lemaire drop in mid September with the superb Bob Hall & Hilary Blythe being followed by Findlay Napier and The Furrow Collective as we head into the darker nights in October and November
FindlayMark & CindyFurrow Collective
There's also our great session nights and the chance to take to the stage yourself for our Live at the Tolbooth event
And don't forget Folk Friday continues, a lively, often anarchic night of folk and chaos at the Tolbooth Tavern, brilliant fun! - Friday 30 September music from 9pm and Free
Folk Friday Frivolity!
You can now donate to Falkirk Folk Club
As a not-for-profit organisation, the aim of Falkirk Folk Club is to promote and provide a platform for the live performance of Folk and Traditional Music and Song in the Falkirk area.
We would be delighted to have your support in helping to raise funds which will ensure that we can maintain the high quality, range and variety of events throughout the year encouraging participation at all levels.
With our members, friends and associates active across the community we will continue to raise the profile of Folk and Traditional Music and enable enjoyment of its’ rich heritage and tradition to Falkirk’s diversity of groups and ages.
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