Calendar of weekly gigs

From Oct 5 2022 admission will be usually ...
£10 (general), £7 (members) ... unless stated otherwise.
All gigs start at 8pm; doors/bar open from 7:30pm

Jim King has made his home in Glasgow since 1985, having moved around the UK for a number of years after leaving his native Thames Valley. Much of his song writing, and the works he chooses of others, draws upon his profound belief in equality and social justice. Jim's songs tell stories of beauty, prejudice, sadness and joy, and the kindness of people. Hell inspire you, make you laugh and cry. Hell make you angry and calm, help you face shadows and introduce you to wonders.

Jim has successfully worked with diverse groups in communities around Glasgow, running workshops and master-classes. He has played pubs, clubs, and benefits, arts centres, theatres and festivals. Hes an acclaimed singer and songwriter who has been performing for more than 50 years.

£10.00, £7.00 (members)

George Machray is a fine and recognised singer and songwriter from the old fishing and mining village of Port Seton in East Lothian. He writes about what he knows about - the people and places found along the Firth of Forth coastline. The themes of his songs meander from the humorous to the serious, from the ridiculous to the romantic. While probably best known for his comical songs (Swinging In Dunbar and Hawkeye the Noo), songs like Charlottes Violin and Lazy Moon (Over Embra Toun) show George also has a serious side to his writing.

George is three-times winner at the Glenfarg Folk Club Song Contest and has been the audience vote winner twice in the annual Edinburgh Folk Club Song Competition. He has opened for artists such as Adam McNaughtan, Isla St Clair and Barluath.

£10.00, £7.00 (members)

Alastair Savage is originally from Ayrshire and has performed throughout the world as a traditional and classical performer. He was winner of the Land O Burns Scots fiddle competition in his youth alongside studying classical violin at the Royal Scottish Academy Of Music And Drama and at the Royal Academy Of Music in London.

Alastair has been a member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since 1997 with whom he has toured Japan, China, USA, South America and throughout Europe, as well as appearing as a traditional fiddle soloist with broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Radio Scotland and on national radio in the USA.

He released recently his 6th solo album entitled Tunes From The River which features a number of celebrated musicians from the folk music world. Previous recording projects include a critically acclaimed unaccompanied album Alone With History recorded at Crathie Kirk in Royal Deeside which features a mixture of music from great fiddle composers of centuries past including Niel Gow, William Marshall and James Scott Skinner as well as many of Alastairs own compositions.

As a composer, Alastair's music has been used by BBC Alba in documentaries and he was shortlisted in 2021 for a Scottish Award In New Music. He is in demand as a session musician when has worked with many top artists crossing dierent musical genres including Belle and Sebastian, Karen Matheson, Justin Currie, Ricky Ross and legendary Scottish band The Whistlebinkies.

For tonight's performance Alastair will be joined by Alice Allen, one of the countrys leading cellists who is originally from Banchory. Alice studied traditional cello with renowned instrumentalist Natalie Haas and has performed alongside Robyn Stapleton, Patsy Reid, Shona Aitken, John Goldie, Julie Fowlis and Kris Drever to name but a few. Alice recently completed an extensive study involving historic cello accompaniment for the music of James Scott Skinner and others and has been one of Alastairs main collaborators over the past decade, appearing in concerts alongside him throughout the country. Formerly young artist in residence with the Scottish Ensemble, Alice has worked with many of the countrys leading classical performing groups including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and her most recent recording projects involve her celebrated duo Gaia with violinist Katrina Lee.


a must for aficionados, a primer for anyone with a notional interest in Scottish traditional music (Keith Bruce, The Herald)

spectacular in simplicity, scope and delivery (Tim Carroll, Folkwords)

There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage's musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself (Su O'Brien, Bright Young Folk)

Alastair Savage is a master of the instrument, both in theory and practice (Ellie Willis, Edinburgh Three Weeks)

panache, grace and action (Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman)

£10.00, £7.00 (members)

Other events / info

Saturday 12 November 2022 at 12:30pm (doors 12:00pm) until approx 1:30pm
Annual Hamish Henderson Lecture

Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre (Theatre), High Street, Edinburgh.
Admission free but ticketed.

Guest lecturer: Tom McKean (see HERE for details) from The Elphinstone Institute, Aberdeen University

Wednesday 16 November 2022 at 8pm (doors/bar 7:30pm)
Singers / Open Mic nights - all welcome

Ukrainian Community Centre
Admission £5 'on the door' only for non-performers and £2 for performers to cover room hire costs (not available through our online box office).