Calendar of weekly gigs

Admission is usually ...
£10 (general), £7 (members), £5 (students)
... unless stated otherwise.
All gigs start at 8pm; doors/bar open from 7:30pm

Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern

Ukrainian Community Centre, 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB

Hailed by the late John Renbourn as the best Celtic guitarist in the world, Tony McManus has been listed as one of 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine.

Julia Toaspern, from Berlin, combines classical violin and voice training with an interest in jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two albums of original songs and performed both as a classical player and as a singer/songwriter on both sides of the Atlantic. Her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make a very exciting fit with Tonys work.

The duos guitar treatments of traditional music is unique exploring the harmonic possibilities of these old, and sometimes not so old, tunes. Flat-picking or finger-picking at the highest level they are always at the service of the music rather than simply displaying technical prowess - although that is very evident as well. Julia's violin effortlessly morphs into a fiddle as she weaves from Italian madrigal to Scottish reel. Julias songs go to the heart of love and loss, hope and survival and are infused with a musical input from wide and eclectic experience of musical life.

Tony's music is beyond beautiful, it's perfect. (Tommy Emmanuel)

Julia's bell-like voice and her fiddle playing are thrilling. She moves effortlessly from fiddle to guitar, her solo is impressive. (Salon Festival, France)

£13, £9 (members), £5 (students)

Lovely to welcome back Jez to Edinburgh FC after the pandemic forced postponement of our earlier plans. A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards for Best Singer and Best New Song was a timely reminder of Jez Lowes standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.

£12, £8 (members), £5 (students)

Wendy Weatherby Band

Ukrainian Community Centre, 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB

A fave act at Edinburgh FC, Wendy was last with us at our Burns' Supper in "Oor Rabbie" and is most welcome back with her band tonight (they should have been during lockdown!). Wendy's wide musical interests have led her to sing and play at folk and jazz events worldwide. She has composed music for theatre and film and has vast recording experience as a guest on albums ranging from The Complete Songs of Robert Burns, and The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill to The Pearlfishers' Sky Meadows.

Her own CD's: A Breath on the Cold Glass, Two Loves (Lochshore) and A Shirt of Silk or Snow (Fellside) show her love of song as well as instrumental work; she was nominated in the Scots Trad Awards 2010 as Traditional Singer of the Year. Her commissions for Celtic Connections, Daybreak on the World's Edge, poems of William Soutar set for cello quartet and three male voices, and a large scale work based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's Sunset Song feature some of the best traditional musicians in Scotland.

Theatre productions include Bill Bryden's 'The Ship' and 'The Big Picnic'; John Betts' adaptations of Burns, The Jolly Beggars and Para Handy, and Wee Stories award-winning production 'Arthur, The Story of a King'. Wendy has composed, performed and directed music for Wee Stories, Lung Ha Theatre Company, Foolish Notion, Storyteller Scotland and Mull Theatre, and currently works regularly with Andy Cannon, one of Scotland's most highly regarded storytellers.

Wendy continues to guest with musicians of many styles the cello being well suited to the dark realms of the singer/songwriter to teach at workshops and festivals and, of course, perform with the Wendy Weatherby Band!

THE BAND Sandy Brechin, from Edinburgh, is one of the greatest exponents of the Scottish accordion. He is well known throughout the world, having toured and recorded extensively with Bùrach, Seelyhoo, The Sandy Brechin Band and his incredibly popular ceilidh band, The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience. Theatre shows include Mull Theatres The Accidental Death of an Accordionist and The Mini-atures for the Highland Festival.

Stevie Lawrence was initially involved in rock bands from his school days and was active in the Glasgow pub rock scene before turning to acoustic and roots music in the early eighties. He worked with Cruachan for six years, playing festivals and folk clubs all over Scotland before joining Iron Horse, recording three albums with the band as well as touring all over the UK, Europe, Russia and Egypt. After leaving Iron Horse, Stevie carved a career as a session musician and producer.

Scottish fiddler Fiona Cuthill from Glasgow was classically trained by Bill Baxter (who played with the famous Halle Orchestra) and then discovered the world of folk music after leaving school. Since then, she has been involved primarily in the ceilidh scene, playing all over the country with a variety of ceilidh bands. Along with The Wendy Weatherby Band, Fiona also plays with Rallion, and as a duo with Stevie Lawrence. Fiona teaches fiddle at Glasgow Fiddle Workshop.

£10, £7 (members), £5 (students)

Other events / info

Sat 12 Nov 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: tba

Wed 19 Jan and 18 May 2022 at 8pm (doors/bar 7:30pm)
Singers / Open Mic nights - all welcome

Ukrainian Community Centre
Admission £5 'on the door' only (not available through our online box office) to cover room hire costs