What's On

Thursday 21 September 2017 at 8pm

Jed Grimes

This week Falkirk Folk Club is participating in the Falkirk Storytelling Festival.

It is with huge thanks (for stepping in at such short notice!) that we warmly welcome this most accomplished and versatile songwriter. Jed has has graced the English festival and gig circuit for many years, both as a solo artist and as a member of bands including Hedgehog Pie and The Hush.

With engaging style, his striking arrangements of traditional songs, rich voice and warm Geordie humour will bring delight to 'the Bairns' at the Tolbooth.

“Jed Grimes has a spectacular musical pedigree. He is not only a wonderful songwriter, but also someone with a charismatic quality that shines right through his music. His comfort and maturity stand out a mile: inventive and thoughtful.” Geoff Wall/Folk On Tap

£7 (£5 members)

Thursday 21 September 2017 at 8pm

Tommy Sands - CANCELLED

Due to unforseen circumstance Tommy Sands is no longer able to perform for us on 21st May. We hope to welcome him back to the Club at a later date. Full refunds will be made to those who have purchased tickets via Falkirk Storytelling Festival outlets. Subject to final confirmation the Club will be hosting an alternative visiting performer for the evening and we will announce details shortly.

£7 / £5 members

Thursday 05 October 2017 at 8pm

Jefferson Hamer

Jefferson Hamer is a songwriter, guitarist, and interpreter of traditional music. In 2016 he recorded and co-produced the Session Americana album “Great Shakes” and traveled extensively in the US and Europe as electric guitarist with the band Murphy Beds. His 2013 “Child Ballads” album with Anais Mitchell earned a BBC2 Folk Award and was named one of NPR’s top-ten Folk releases of the year.

£7 (£5 members)

Thursday 12 October 2017 at 8pm

Greg Russell

Greg Russell was born bred and buttered in the city of Chester in Cheshire. His is a musical family, his mum a chorister and dad a singer and multi-instrumentalist, well-known on the folk scene in the North-West of England, Merseyside and North Wales.

Greg began his career in folk singing at the age of 14, performing floor-spots at Chester’s Raven Folk Club but quickly moved on to a wider audience, appearing to great acclaim at Chester Folk Day and Chester Folk Festival, starring in his high school’s production of the rock musical Buddy and playing Guest Nights at various local Folk Clubs in Chester and its wider environs. With remarkable speed, he established himself as a singer, musician, songwriter and song interpreter of great promise.

In 2011, Greg teamed up with fiddler extraordinaire Ciaran Algar of Tri fame and the rest (as they say) is History. Greg and Ciaran have taken the British folk music scene by storm, two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are testimony enough to that. They won the Young Folk and Horizon Awards in 2013 and 2014 respectively and this year are up for Best Duo. With two widely acclaimed studio albums on the Fellside label to their credit (The Queen’s Lover and The Call) and a live DVD (In Concert) also now available on the same label, they really have carried all before them.


Greg has other strings to his bow too. 2014 and 2015 have seen him performing in Mick Ryan’s outstanding World War One Folk-Opera, ‘A Day’s Work’ alongside a fantastic cast. He is available as a solo artist and in an exciting new duo with Mandolin-wizard Rex Preston, while he and Ciaran are part of a truly intriguing new band, The Tweed Project in which the pair have teamed up with the superb Mischa McPherson Trio from Scotland.

£7 / £5 members

Saturday 14 October 2017 at 7pm

Annual Falkirk Folk Club Song Writing Competition

The 13th Falkirk Folk Club Annual Songwriting Competition returns to the St Francis Xavier Hall and welcomes a host of talented writers,young and old, to compete for the coveted trophy

There's prize money too for the winning entries and the popular 'Audience Vote' where everyone gets the chance to select their own favourite

Three respected and independent judges shall adjudicate

Along with the excellent raffle, there's teas & coffee and nibbles and the event is a Bring Your Own refreshment 

****Important : Please note 'No Nuts/Peanuts' at this venue****

If you'd like to enter a song please get in touch by contacting (song entry is £5)

A brilliant & fun evening for all!


Thursday 26 October 2017 at 8pm

James Keelaghan

Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected and lauded music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons.

As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, intent and intensity, and curiosity.

Fusing his insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline Keelaghan also forges his pieces with brilliantly defined craftsmanship and a monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices of not only the Canadian scene, but as a member of the international singer-songwriter community.

Armed with a songbook that has enlightened and enthralled, and been embraced, by audiences around the world, Keelaghan’s life as an artist is one that is a perpetual journey on so many levels.

Most importantly it’s a journey that has invited fans of literate and layered songwriting to be a part of his artistic expeditions, some that weave their way through marvelously etched stories of a historical nature with underlying universal themes, and others that mine the depths of the soul and the emotional trails of human relations.¨His masterful story telling, over the course of nine recordings, has been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan his share of nominations and awards, and acclaim from  Australia to Scandinavia.The necessity to write has always been a double-edged sword."

£7 / £5 members

Thursday 09 November 2017 at 8pm

Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle is a French born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002. Several years on, she has become an accomplished performer playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK (and beyond) and supporting acts such as Fairport Convention and Show of Hands.

Flossie’s powerful yet sensitive rendition of songs combined with her quaint northern twang and humorous banter will no doubt entertain and leave you with a smile :-)

Her collection of 12 albums (so far) is a reminder of how much work and dedication she has put into her music career: from well established folk songs to jazz standards, from blues numbers to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel’s classics, her wide répertoire appeals to all. Scroll down to listen to one of Flossie's latest tracks "Girls' night out" by The Judds.

Book your seat by email at

Artist web site http://www.flossiemalavialle.co.uk/welcome.aspx

£7 / £5 members

Thursday 23 November 2017 at 8pm

The Lasses

Reserve seats by email at for the first visit to Falkirk Folk Club by this fabulous duo.

The Lasses have been playing together since 2012, when they met at a folk song session in Amsterdam. Sophie learned to sing traditional songs at The Royal Oak in Edinburgh, so she was well versed in Scottish folk, while Margot learned the American repertoire of traditionals from years of busking all over Europe. At that first meeting the women noticed how well their voices blend together and how much both love to sing songs with a good story, no matter if they are from the Appalachian hills, from English moors or Scottish highlands. After that first meeting things quickly went out of hand: The Lasses were invited by Luka Bloom to play in Ireland, toured the US twice with Portland-fiddler and songstress Kathryn Claire and recorded two albums with a third one on the way. 

fRoots wrote about their second album: “Clear-sighted treatments of songs from the US, Ireland, Scotland and England showing their understanding and love of storytelling in a song. A grower, and rather recommendable” 

£7 / £5 members

Thursday 07 December 2017 at 8pm

Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and rebel ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae. Featuring one of the most captivating double-bassists you're likely to see and some of the finest instrumentalists on the UK scene, their blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty political comment and a deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads. Since hitting the road full time in 2005, Jez has played well over a thousand gigs; from the Glastonbury Festival to the Kispiox Valley, New York to Taipei, Istanbul to the Iberian Peninsular, gaining fans far and wide.

“Ridiculously enjoyable… an unequivocal thumbs up.” Folk Radio UK
“Beautifully crafted and stunningly delivered… a staggering jigsaw of musical invention and a sonorous voice that drags you into every song.” Folking.com

The word Djukella is a common insult in the Balkans, meaning mongrel, and goes some way to describe the mixed provenance both of the music and the musicians themselves.

Nye Parsons is a virtuoso double-bassist with a lyrical style which'll have you craning your neck for a better view. He's played with countless bands over a 30 year career and has worked with Jez since 2006.

Fiddlers James Patrick Gavin & Julie Rands-Allen from England, Alastair Caplin from the Isle of Lewis, Zoe Moffat and Cam Neufeld from Canada and Polish Maestro Piotr Jordan provide the top end, sometimes one at a time, sometimes two, depending on logistics. Dominic Henderson, on Uilleann Pipes and Whistles and Tommie Black-Roff on Accordion (James' band-mates in cutting-edge London folk trio, TEYR) complete the orchestra when budgets allow, creating oceanic depths of sound.

£7 (£5 members)