NEXT EFC GIGS: February - March 2018


Wednesday 21 February 2018

The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: ... £10 (non-members), £9 (conc), £7 (EFC members), £5 (students)

Tickets are available on line or at the door from 7:30pm

Kaela Rowan Band comprises ... James Mackintosh (Shooglenifty, String Sisters) on guitar and percussion, and Ewan MacPherson (Shooglenifty, Salt House) on guitar, mandolin and jaw harp.


"Wrapping a warm balm of sound around your troubles" (Tim Carroll, Folk Words).

"Mesmerising" (Divya Bhatia, Jodhpur Riff).

"We book a lot of extremely talented bands playing Scottish and Irish traditional material but the Kaela Rowan Band has something special. It's a unique musical approach that is fresh and vibrant, yet totally respectful to the source material. The song arrangements are innovative and moving, but the real star of the show is Kaela's voice. No one juxtaposes power and fragility to such a captivating degree" (Douglas Robertson, Soundhouse, Edinburgh)

Although she has been a singer since her teens and fronted many bands, Kaela Rowan's solo career began in earnest in 2014 with the release of her first self-penned album Menagerie. Her second album, The Fruited Thorn, saw her return to the songs she learned growing up in the Scottish Highlands. Singing in Gaelic, Scots and English, she takes the listener on a tour of some of the finest Scots and Irish ballads, arranged in a unique style, both respectful and innovative. It also features the first recordings from her collaboration with Rajasthani singer Dayam Khan Manganiyar, a partnership that began in 2012 with Kaela's first trip to the Jodhpur Riff festival. She has since performed with Dayam in Rajasthan in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and was delighted that he was able to travel to Glasgow in 2017 to perform with her at Celtic Connections.

Kaela began her career in folk bands and playing sessions and festivals around her Highland home. Citing an eclectic range of early influences  John Martyn, Planxty and Joni Mitchell, amongst others  Kaela has since forged her own unique path in the Scottish music scene.

She is perhaps best known as lead singer with the influential Scottish band Mouth Music with which she recorded four albums and toured globally in the 1990s.

Much in demand for her beautiful voice, Kaela has also recorded and performed with Eliza Carthy Band, Karen Matheson, The Mike McGoldrick Band,  Nusa,  Anna Murray, The Loveboat Big Band, The Bevvy Sisters and many more. Most recently she joined Shooglenifty for their acclaimed seventh album The Untied Knot, bringing a dynamic new element to the band's sound. She toured extensively with the Shoogles throughout 2015 and 2016.

Kaela's career highlights (so far) ...

"Singing with the great Dick Gaughan was definitely a real highlight,  seeing as I ate, slept and breathed his  Handful of Earth album in my early singing days"

"Performing on the main stage at the Woodford Festival in Australia just before the bells on Hogmanay 2014/15 was incredible. The venue is a huge natural amphitheatre in the middle of the Queensland rainforest, and I sang a Gaelic air whilst Bunna Lawrie, an Australian Aboriginal singer and musician, performed an ancient fire ritual in front of a crowd of 40,000 people to bring in the new year, a real honour and such an amazing atmosphere"

"Every one of my trips to Rajasthan has been amazing, from our first performance in 2012, a dawn concert on a dias overlooking the city of Jodphur, from darkness to sunrise, with the city slowly waking below, to Shooglenifty's collaborative main stage concerts with the local manganiyar musicians in 2014 and 2015.

"Our first rehearsal with the Rajasthanis was unforgettable, as when those guys sing or play, they do so with incredible passion, and it's a really powerful, almost overwhelming experience to be sitting in the midst of them in while they're in full swing.

"Looking back to my younger days, just being in a session with the great Glenuig musicians Iain and Allan Macdonald was a pretty special experience"

"Having been a huge fan of his since my Glenuig days,  a total life highlight was meeting James Taylor, and spending a couple of hours blethering with him in a van en route to Edinburgh Airport. To my delight we got stuck in a traffic jam and I had the opportunity to sing some puirt into his left ear"

JAMES MACKINTOSH (Percussion, guitars)
From the Highlands, James first met Kaela Rowan at school. At the time his forays into percussion were distinctly hand knitted. Fearing for the integrity of her pots and pans, his mother eventually bought him a drumkit for his 15th birthday.

Some 30 years later James is widely recognised as one of Scotlands most innovative drummers. A founder member of Acid Croft pioneers Shooglenifty, he is responsible for the deliriously danceable grooves underpinning the bands sound. The Shoogle's drummer is much in demand elsewhere: most recently appearing with String Sisters, John McCusker Band, Transatlantic Sessions (live and TV), Misha MacPherson, and Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson.

James co-produced The Fruited Thorn with Kaela.

EWAN MACPHERSON (Guitar, mandolin, jaw harp)
Ewan began his musical career in Wales where he played in heavy metal bands. Eventually he earned enough cash to pay for a haircut and graduated to African Township jive, dance and electronica, and finally traditional and contemporary folk/roots music.

Multi-instrumentalist Ewan was a founder member of Scottish/Scandinavian combo Fribo and trad Scots quartet Salt House. He stepped into the coveted Shooglenifty mandolin slot in 2014 and has since become an indispensable part of this reinvigorated Scottish musical institution.


Wednesday 28 February 2018

The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: ... £10 (non-members), £9 (conc), £7 (EFC members), £5 (students)

Tickets are available on line or at the door from 7:30pm

With influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog rock, soul, and pop, it's impossible to class the sound Pilgrims' Way make as folk music.

Formed in Stockport in early 2010 Pilgrims' Way has grown to incorporate a dazzling array of instrumentation and millinery. With the extraordinarily omni-skilled musician Jon Loomes (22 instruments played on Red Diesel!), and champion renaissance woodwind parper and oboe wrangler Jude Rees joining along the way, the prospect of an early night is slim.

Off the back of acclaimed albums 'Wayside Courtesies' (2011), 'Red Diesel' (2016), and 'Stand and Deliver' (2017), the band are out on the road again.

Edwin Beasant (Melodeons, Guitar, Bass, Electric Mars-Bar, etc)
Edwin is a musician with a varied background. Steeped in the traditions of England, having been brought up in a Morris Dancing family, he sought further influences, finding inspiration in the continental and trans-Atlantic traditions, as well as through Motown and soul.

A compulsive multi-instrumentalist, Edwin plays many, indeed most things, including some that haven't been invented yet, but is best known as a talented and inventive box player with ABU and for his stint as the drummer with Jabadaw. A hugely empathetic accompanist, his greatest strength is in instinctively bringing out the best in other people's music with exactly the right textures and rhythms.

Jude Rees (Oboe, Vocals, Bagpipes, Woodwind)
Jude is the latest addition to Pilgrims Way.  A woodwind specialist, she is acclaimed for her lyrical playing delivered with drive and dynamism.  A founder member of Isambarde, Judes barnstorming oboe playing coupled with her ability to convey narrative through song has won her plaudits from audiences around the country. Jude is a sought-after session musician, has guested on numerous albums and arranged strings and brass for studio projects. Jude is also a fixture on the early music scene. She currently performs with Renaissance Consort Piva and is known for playing instruments that go PARP and singing a bawdy catch whilst wearing a variety of silly hats.

Tom Kitching (Fiddle, Mandolin)
Ten years and 1250 gigs a professional, Tom was described by Mike Harding as "one of the best English fiddlers ever" and is certainly one of the most in demand musicians on the scene, gigging with Gavin Davenport, Gren Bartley, and Albireo, as well as with his own band, and a duo with Mr Loomes. (see below). In 2015, he brought out his first solo album 'Interloper' to critical acclaim, winning a place on the Daily Telegraph's list of folk albums of the year, and being awarded 5 stars and 6th best album of the year in the Sunday Express. His hobbies include tarboats, watching Salford Rugby League club lose, collecting kettle leads and chairing the Stockport and District Formation Mild Drinking Squad.

Jon Loomes (Cittern, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Concertina, Vacuum cleaner)
A consummate performer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and ethno-musicologist, Jon is renowned for his work with traditional English folk music. His debut solo album was released by Fellside Records to considerable acclaim and he has subsequently appeared as a guest musician on numerous CDs, and has produced many more. Upon joining Pilgrims' Way, he was reckoned by James Fagan to have 'Filled in holes he didn't know were there', thereby saving the council a fortune in compensation cases. Rumours that he is merely the puppet at the head of a drunken feline world domination conspiracy are probably slightly wide of the mark.


Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: ... £12 (non-members), £10 (conc), £8 (EFC members), £5 (students)

Tickets are available on line or at the door from 7:30pm

Over 37 years and going stronger than ever!

North Sea Gas is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, moothie, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and vocals provide the music which is all leavened with good humour making a 'Gas show highly entertaining!

The trio - Dave Gilfillan, Ronnie MacDonald and Grant Simpson - have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as well as Edinburgh Folk Club and around the world!

Their 19th and latest album is "When We Go Rolling Home" and the trio are constantly adding new material to their shows. A previous album, The Fire and the Passion of Scotland, was "Album of the Year" at Celtic Radio in the USA, winning first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category. Their previous albums continue to be very popular with fans all over the world as evidenced by the Scottish Music Industry Association gold and silver awards for: "Dark Island," "Lochanside," "Glencoe Massacre," "Edinburgh Toon," "Rosslyn," "Tak A Dram Afore Ye Go," and "The Fire and the Passion of Scotland."

A 'Gas show consists of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material put together in a style all their own along with humour which has proved popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Turkey, and many other destinations both at home in Scotland and abroad. They appear annually on TV and radio on both sides of the Atlantic including "Late Night Saturday," "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour," and "Song of the Mountains" shown on select PBS TV stations in the USA.

The band has recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million, played in Istanbul, Turkey for the British Consulate and recently had the honour of performing - a bit nearer home - at the famous Rosslyn Chapel.

In addition to regular tours at home and abroad, they have taken their show to theatres, arts centres, colleges, schools, libraries and community halls around the world.


Wednesday 14 March 2018

The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: ... £10 (non-members), £9 (conc), £7 (EFC members), £5 (students)

Tickets are available on line or at the door from 7:30pm

One of the finest of the UK's contemporary folk bands, the trio Other Roads make a welcome return to EFC. Regular, continuous touring across Europe and 'down under' in New Zealand has given the band an ever-tighter sound and stage presence.

PETE ABBOTT is a highly regarded and respected singer/songwriter & guitarist. Pete is the driving force behind the band and leads from the front, bringing to the performances his own relaxed and confident style. Whilst being a seasoned solo artiste, his sheer enjoyment of sharing the stage with two great musicians and friends is there for all to see, and that enjoyment is transmitted to the audience in abundance. The emphasis of Petes performances is always on entertainment, ensuring that the band not only deliver high class musicianship but also a good time for their audience.

GREGOR BORLAND'S fiddling heritage is definitely impressive  a student of two legends of the Scottish fiddle, Donald Riddell and Hector MacAndrew and eight times Scottish Fiddle Champion, Gregor now teaches the same style of fiddle to students all over the world and passes on the legacy to many who seek it. His pedigree as a professional fiddle player is undeniable, having toured all over the world with various high profile musicians and bands from a young age. Hes equally at home on bass guitar or mandolin. The vast experience Greg has gained in music has given him a greater understanding of musical production and arrangements and he consequently takes on the role of producer and arranger for Other Roads.

DAVE WALMISLEY was born on a tobacco farm in Zimbabwe, moving to the UK at the age of 17, but still holds dear his roots in Africa. He was delighted to be asked to join Other Roads and continue his real love of getting out there and playing music! A talented multi instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, he adds his own touch of class to the bands arrangements bringing a great ear for harmonies as well as taking the occasional lead vocal.  Daves wonderful on-stage humour has made him a very popular member of the band.


Wednesday 21 March 2018

The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Time: doors 7:30pm / showtime 8pm
Admission: ... £13 (non-members), £11 (conc), £9 (EFC members), £5 (students)

Tickets are available on line or at the door from 7:30pm

Young traditional musicians Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are Glasgow born and raised with deep family roots in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Their repertoire comprises music interspersed with songs in English and Irish, many from their family repertoire. Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes. They have performed in venues and at festivals across Europe, America and Asia appearing on stage with acts such as Altan, The Chieftains, Lúnasa, The Máirtín O'Connor Trio, Cherish the Ladies, Solas and Fidil. They have played to sell-out audiences at the Acoustic Music Centre in the Fringe.

The Cathal McConnel Trio was " ... and friends" who are Kathryn Nicoll (fiddle) and Karen Marshalsay (harp). Cathal is one of traditional music's true legends. From the 1960s when he was a founding member of Boys of the Lough he has taken Irish music round the world touring the USA countless times and entertaining audiences with his sweetly sung ballads, his lightly worn tin whistle and flute virtuosity and his inimitable drolleries A one-man carrying stream of tradition, Cathal is particularly in his element when accompanied by his superbly talented friends.

An evening with Cathal McConnell in any situation is time well spent and this particular evening with the wonderful bonus of The Friels is sure to be musically enriching, hugely rewarding, a whole lot of fun and simply one which we will all remember for a long time.

The opening spot tonight comes from Martin Lennon stalwart of Leith Folk Club, and very welcome he is as well.




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SEASON #44 2017-2018

Please use the "book tickets in advance" link alongside each gig to order advance tickets.


Wed 14   Paul Downes :: book tickets in advance

Wed 21   Kaela Rowan Band :: book tickets in advance

Wed 28   Pilgrims' Way :: book tickets in advance

MARCH 2018

Wed   7   North Sea Gas :: book tickets in advance

Wed 14   Other Roads :: book tickets in advance        
Wed 21   The Friel Sisters and Cathal McConnel Trio :: book tickets in advance
Wed 28   Rab Noakes :: book tickets in advance

EFC has asked the performers who you will often see doing the opening spots on club nights, to join the list of resident performers which we're just beginning to compile. So far we have - with many thanks - and in alphabetical order ...

Alan and Carole Prior
Allan and Rosemary McMillan

Dave Francis
Gilly Hewitt
Jean Bechhofer
Maureen Brack
Nancy Nicolson
Tony Mitchell
Trish Santer