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

Andy Chung was born in Kirkcaldy, in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland, his family having settling there in the early 1960's after emigrating from Hong Kong.

With an obvious talent for the creative arts as a child, Andy studied at Edinburgh's Telford College and at the Glasgow School of Art.

With a growing interest in music, however, he found himself and his guitar fronting various bands before securing weekly solo residencies in a number of renowned Edinburgh folk music bars including the Royal Oak, the Hebrides Bar, the Scotsman Lounge and Sandy Bell's.

Nowadays, moving on, Andy is still travelling the highways and byways of his beloved Scotland, and is - as ever - in demand as a consummate musician and entertainer, as we witnessed at EFC early in 2022.

"Chung would alternate between ballads and bawdy tavern songs to entertain us. It's rare to find a performer of Burns that can perform his songs so genuinely and beautifully that can bring the audience to tears" BROADWAY BABY REVIEW, (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

£10.00, £7.00

Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world. He has performed in over 30 countries around the world confirming the universal appeal of the songs and stories with which he observes the minute and often humorous details of life.

On his travels Colum soon discovered that many of his songs had arrived before him carried by singers in their live shows or recordings - the likes of Andy Irvine, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, Roy Bailey, Mick Hanley, Gerard van Maasakkers, Rosemary Woods, Iain McIntosh and Enda Kenny.  He has toured all over Ireland and the UK as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and Denmark. Colum is working currently on a new album due for release in summer or late 2018. 

" ... Colum's gift is of breaking down cultural barriers through choice words and eloquent music. (John O'Regan, Rock 'n' Reel)

"An unforgettable, wonderful performer. I've just seen him play to 2500 people in the Australian National Folk Festival's biggest venue and make everyone feel as if they were sitting in his lounge room. He's warm, witty, moving and funny. Steve Barnes, Director, Fairbridge Folk Festival).


£10.00, £7.00

ZOR is a high octane group of young Roma musicians living in Glasgow. Their music brings together traditional and modern gypsy music to create a colourful repertoire. The group was formed as part of Ando Glasos youth project in 2019 (see below) and recently received support from the Youth Music Initiative. Since its establishment ZOR has introduced a large number of young Roma to various strands of traditional gypsy music and other different music genres. They work regularly with professional tutors to develop their skills and knowledge both as a group and individually. The group's work explores many different dialects of the divers gypsy music traditions from the Balkans to flamenco. The aim of the group is to become ambassadors of Roma culture and showcase it to a wide audience. ZOR has started to gain recognition by appearing at festivals such as the Kelburn Garden Party over at Kelburn Castle, Fairlie [ A distinctly magical atmosphere. (Scotsman), The best festival in Scotland. (Skinny), A jewel in Scotland's festival crown. (List)].

£10.00, £7.00

Stewart Hardy and Frank McLaughlin possess a rare musical kinship which, thoughout their 20+ year collaboration, has delighted listeners with their interplay as they explore music rooted in the traditions of Scotland, the Borders and Northumberland while incorporating sensibilities from the worlds of classical, blues, klezmer and jazz.

Stewart and Frank met at a festival of Scottish music in Northern Bavaria. From the start it was clear that they held common musical values and shared many musical influences. Initially contributing to each others projects, the fun they had working together led them to establish a formal collaboration.

Together they compose, produce and perform music of tremendous variety. As a duo they perform traditional and contemporary tunes stripped back to the bare essentials of fiddle and guitar. With their long-term collaboration, they have achieved a deep and instinctive understanding of each others musical interpretations.

The unique and versatile approach Stewart and Frank bring to their music, combined with their ability to draw on a wide variety of styles, produces an uplifting and joyous performance.

REVIEWS "The instrumental pairing of Stewart Hardy and Frank McLaughlin is one of traditional musics great examples of cross-Border co-operation" (Rob Adams, The Herald).

"Hardy is based in the northeast of England, although his fiddle playing on the Earl Grey strathspey here could place him as an Aberdeenshire native, and guitarist and piper McLaughlin lives in Edinburgh. When they get together, however, each belongs wherever the music takes them, be it in The Pilgrim's Way's Spanish dance steps or in the brilliantly mobile Irish set that culminates with Paddy Faheys Reel. Hardy brings a terrific range of colourful expression to his playing, from the gentle, poignant lilt of his slow airs, through the slippery hornpipe bowing that lights up The Locomotive and the swooping, steely poise of his own Thunderfoot, and McLaughlin is both an imaginative accompanist and an assured tunesmith, often transferring his pipers phrasing to the guitar strings" (Rob Adams, The Herald).

"McLaughlin's guitar can chime with a delicacy reminiscent of Tony McManus, or work up powerful drive, while his small pipes sound crisp melodies around which Hardy's fiddle twines" (Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman).





£10.00, £7.00

Recent years have seen Rab's lifetime in music-n-song flourish as he continues to tour and record. In 2019 he embarked on a 5-year expedition titled Distance No Object.

In recent years Rab has been receiving awards such as a Nordoff-Robbins Tartan Clef for Contribution to Music and a Hands up for Trad award for Services to Performance. He is delighted to have been included in the Fife Free Press 40 Fifers of 2018!

Recent highlights in his professional life include the production of high-profile, commemorative concerts at Celtic Connections for long-time compadres Gerry Rafferty and Michael Marra. Amongst a number of solo outings, many of 2020s shows would have been duo collaboration including collaborators Rod Clements, Barbara Dickson, Jill Jackson, Kathleen MacInnes, Allan Taylor and Brooks Williams. And in August 2021, one of these did come to pass when Rab had a gig at Fringe By The Sea with Jill Jackson.

2019 followed on from an active 2018 when the year began as Rab took part in a series of appearances at Celtic Connections all featuring songs from repertoires other than his own songs. They were followed throughout the year with more solo shows under the title Hitting the right note in 2018 and some creative collaborations with Rod Clements, Jill Jackson and Allan Taylor.

Yes, despite the covid hiatus, after more than 50 years of a very active and notable musical life, Rab Noakes doesn't seem to be slowing down. Itll be some time yet until he stops making songs, TV and radio programmes, or some other creative noise.


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: tba

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).