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to watch the special Burns Night with Edinburgh FC, The World's Room and of course, Howth Singing Circle

Edinburgh FC, The World's Room (Edinburgh) and the Howth Singing Circle (nr Dublin, Ireland) have come together this year for a very special Burns Night to be held online on SATURDAY 23 JANUARY followed by an online singaround on SUNDAY 24 JANUARY.


For full information on this superb event go to this webpage to download the brochure.

Dateline: Friday 15 January 2021.
CARRY ON STREAMIN 1.15 is now available

To view the videos head over to EFC's YouTube channel and go either here for the companion text publication or here for the companion text publication.

Go to our CARRY ON STREAMIN page to find out more about the range of projects either in place now or being planned to raise money for our Paddy Bort Fund.

The whole point of Carry On Streamin is to raise funds for our Paddy Bort Fund which is intended to help folk musicians who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own. If you'd like to donate click here to go to our GoFundMe page.

Up to now in 2020 we have paid more than 65 performers a total of about £12 250. The fund is now running dangerously low and we need more money, URGENTLY,  to enable us to continue to help where help is needed. Any amount will do: £5, £10 ... it's all going to help.

At the same time, to create Carry On Streamin every fortnight, we are looking for articles, wee newsie items, pictures, online gig info - anything of interest from the broad world of folk and related musics.

Also, if you have anything you want advertise - gig, festival, CD, book - please send us an advert to run for you (jpeg format please). No payment required but a donation to PBF would be nice although that's not not a deal-breaker.

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Dateline ...
Wednesday 16 December 2020

EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB has cancelled all gigs
until early October 2021
because of the current situation with COVID-19.

Watch this space!

ACCESSIBILITY at the Ukrainian Community Centre

Edinburgh FC's weekly gigs take place on the ground floor of the Ukrainian Community Centre.
This means that wheel chair access is good.
There are three steps up from the pavement on to the 'runway' to the main door and then one further step up at that door
(see pic right of front door to UCC).
There is a ramp to assist in getting wheel chairs from the pavement into the building.

Once inside everything is flat - no more steps.
The door into the room has a wee rise to negotiate but it's only about 2 cm.
There is one wheelchair enabled toilet towards the rear of the ground floor

If you need any further information please give us a call (07968 131737) or click here to email or here (EFC secretary).

Now in its 47th season (2020-2021) - the weirdest one ever(!) -  the EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB meets every Wednesday (summer and xmas breaks and COVID restrictions excepted) and starts promptly at 8.00pm with an opening act, maybe two, followed by the headliner's first set.

After an interval there is usually a song from one of our residents, followed by a short set from the opening act, the raffle(!), and the headliner's second set. We aim to finish around 10.45pm or thereabouts.Tickets are available in advance for each event by clicking on the on-line box office links in the list of shows above.

You can usually get a ticket at the door from 7.30pm on the night (subject to availability)

However be warned that we do sometimes sell out so always buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on sold-out shows or cancellations due to weather.

In general ticket prices are ...
£10.00 (general/non-members)
£9.00 (usual concessions)
£7.00 (EFC members and any card carrying member of any folk club elsewhere in the world)
£5.00 (Any matriculated student from any college or university anywhere in the world.)

Some events may have special (usually more expensive) pricing (*) and if so we indicate that.


It is believed that Edinburgh FC has the unique distinction of receiving the above award as well as being awarded Folk Club Of The Year in the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards 2003. No other folk club in the UK has achieved "The Double".

This year, The Carrying Stream Festival, is in a very reduced form indeed for obvious reasons. The annual lecture has been retained and that takes place at 2pm on Sunday 15 November. Here's information about it and how you can see it; or head over to here ....

The great Scottish folklorist, poet, writer and soldier, Hamish Henderson died in 2002 having left a remarkable legacy of cultural endeavour.

In November 2002 Edinburgh Folk Club, one of the most respected and long-running folk clubs in Scotland (began in September 1973), devised a memorial event to honour Hamish's life and work on his birthday. See Hamish's obituary here in The Scotsman.

This event was called the Carrying Stream Festival and continues to this day every November. It was largely the brainchild of Eberhard 'Paddy' Bort who was chair of the club at that time. Paddy was an academic, Associate Director of Edinburgh University’s International Social Sciences Institute and academic co-ordinator of its Institute of Governance, convening the Institute’s Political Internship programme. He was also however possessed of very keen cultural eye and sensibility. Amongst other publications, Paddy was author and editor of 'Borne on the Carrying Stream - the Legacy of Hamish Henderson'. See Paddy's obituary here in The Scotsman.

I have attached information about this year's lecture, our 19th, which, unfortunately and unsurprisingly will be delivered online instead of 'live' as we would present it usually.

None the less we have a terrific lecturer, as always - Professor Kirsteen McCue, the Professor of Scottish Literature and Song Culture and Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at Glasgow University - who has pre-recorded her lecture for us. To that we have added, as we usually do, some songs with Alison McMorland and Georcdie McIntyre.

The Zoom stream of the lecture will go live at 2pm on November 15.
When the lecture has ended there will be time for a live question and answer session on Zoom with a link
in the box below the video.
Please use the information below to view the lecture ...
Meeting ID: 878 7408 6554
Passcode: 470643

In case you are not familiar with using Zoom you may find this link of use ...

We hope you will be able to tune in at 2pm on Sunday coming.

For information about Edinburgh FC gigs not obtainable elsewhere call m: 07968 131737