Calendar of weekly gigs

Admission is usually ...
£10 (general), £7 (members), £5 (students)
... unless stated otherwise.

Ryan Young with Chris Amer

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

Scots Trad Music Awards 'Up And Coming artist of the year', fiddle player Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music. He recorded his debut album with triple GRAMMY winner, Jesse Lewis, who has worked with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Bela Fleck. Ryan holds both a first class honours and a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as being a twice in finalist in both the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

Ryan launched his debut album at Feakle Traditional Music Festival in County Clare, Ireland where he was accompanied by renowned guitarist, Dennis Cahill (Martin Hayes; The Gloaming). He was nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was the winner of's Best Musician for 2018.

Ryan focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way. He is very influenced by the fiddle playing of County Clare, Ireland and has been fascinated by the playing of renowned fiddlers such as Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes and Tommy Potts from Dublin.

Ryan's fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision.

Ryan's sound is very distinctive and he always manages to take the listener on an adventurous and emotional journey in any performance.

Ryan is accompanied by Scottish guitar player Chris Amer who is slowly but surely establishing a reputation for his tasteful, distinctive, musically intelligent playing style. Over the past few years Chris has developed an original sound that utilises space, texture and carefully chosen notes: an ethos that informs both his musical voice as a guitarist and his work as a composer.

Chris was born and raised in Edinburgh, and developed a keen interest in music whilst in high school. Throughout his teenage years he studied with renowned Edinburgh guitarist, Kevin Mackenzie, and moved to Glasgow in 2012 after gaining a place on the prestigious Jazz program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As well as Jazz, Chris is equally at home playing traditional Scottish music. He personifies, in his playing, the ever blurring lines between the genres.

'....leading the 'New Wave' of traditional Scottish fiddlers, virtuoso Ryan Young' - BBC World on 3 (August 2017)

'...Young's playing is so richly expressive, channelling such deep emotion, that it feels like a dramatic performance in a feels that here we have a potential heir to Duncan Chisholm for sheer emotional intensity. It's a remarkably mature debut album from one so young.' – Paul Matheson, Folk Roots 2017

'Uniquely graceful and expressive playing. A future star of the Scottish fiddle world' - Aidan O'Rourke (Lau)

'....His self-titled debut album simply brims over with originality and talent' - (August 2017)

‘.....they complement Ryan’s inventive and inspiring violin mastery so that the wonderful sound just takes flight, soars and swoops' – Folk Wales Magazine July 2017

'...the man makes the fiddle articulate the widest range of emotions and illustrations – and listening to him play you realise he is surely in possession of a magnificent gift' - FolkWords July 2017

“…a force of nature” ***** The Scotsman

'Nuance, wit, risk-taking, contrast and above all a real sense of joy in making music were all there in abundance and Young’s solo feature, where he appeared to have been truly possessed by the melodies, was as exciting as it was uplifting' - Rob Adams, The Herald

£10, £7 (members), £5 (students)

Claire Hastings with Jenn Butterworth

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

Glasgow-based folksinger, songwriter and ukulele player Claire Hastings has made a name for herself on the folk scene since winning BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015.

Since then she has toured extensively both as a solo artist and with her band, has shared stages with the likes of Lulu, Jamie Cullum and the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, appeared at internationally renowned folk festivals including Celtic Connections and Festival Interceltique de Lorient and performed at BBC Proms in the Park and on BBC’s Hogmanay 2021.

Claire has a strong ability to portray a story through song, and is known for her varied repertoire of traditional, contemporary and original songs as demonstrated in highly regarded albums ‘Between River and Railway’ (Exquisite Songlines) and ‘Those Who Roam’ (Highly engaging The Scotsman).

Claire also shares her passion for music and songwriting through various teaching projects and has recently worked with Fèis Rois, Survivor Arts, Live Music Now Scotland and Scottish Culture and Traditions amongst others.

Claire will be accompanied by Jenn Butterworth tonight who, as we all know at Edinburgh FC, is a mightily talented lass in her own right as she demonstrated earlier this year in October when she had her own headline gig at EFC and it sold out!

A remarkably talented singer-songwriter SONGLINES A compelling storyteller STIRRINGS A unique and original talent MAVERICK

£10, £7 (members), £5 (students)

Over The Moon

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

Canadian roots/swing duo Over The Moon's Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell are award-winning multi-instrumentalists/vocalists who met, fell in love, got married and discovered their voices blend so well together that people often tear up upon hearing them sing.

Living on a ranch in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains, it's inevitable there will be a strong sense of place and the rhythms of the land when you start to make music. When Suzanne and Craig released their debut album, "Moondancer", the resonances were there for all to hear reflecting the pulse of lives lived in a territory that is both dirt-hard rugged and beautiful.

Over The Moon's music is a wild ride from 1940's-sounding western swing and Appalachian old-time, to cowboy blues. Simple and sweet, all of their material has a common thread that speaks of the Canadian west and on the album's UK release, reviews were glowing. American Roots UK saying it was "exceptional" and Country Music People adding "There's so much to enjoy here." The editor of Maverick Magazine told readers "You will love this" Elmore Magazine, New York said "We knew we were on to something special"

Since their meeting and teaming up (and getting married as well), they have been getting rave reviews and gaining new friends and fans wherever they perform. Their first CD "Moondancer", was released in 2017 and reflects the beautiful two-part harmony style that they are known for and the wide array of acoustic instruments that they play. Most of the songs are original and tell stories of life lived in Southern Alberta's ranching country. The title song "Moondancer" was given to them by their artist/ranching neighbour Ian Tyson (remember him? One half of "Ian and Sylvia" and the well-known songs, like the now-classic, Four Strong Winds and You Were On My Mind.)!

£10, £7 (members), £5 (students)

St Patrick's Night with Cathal McConnell and Allan MacDonald

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

This year, Edinburgh Folk Club's annual celebration of a' things Irish, features Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle) who is actually from Ireland, and his great friend the Scottish piper Allan MacDonald. With these two musical luminaries we're in for a power-house of great folk music on the night.

£12, £8 (members), £5 (students)

Westward The Light

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

New to Edinburgh FC is Westward The Light, a remarkable new band which is a collaboration between piano and fiddle duo Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach (BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalists 2017), fiddle and viola player Sally Simpson (Catriona Hawksworth and Sally Simpson, Heisk) and guitarist and vocalist Owen Sinclair (Tanara, Inyal). On fiddle, viola, vocals, piano and guitar, this enormously talented young quartet creates a sound reflective of upbringings immersed in the nature and landscapes of Scotland. Elements of melodies are highlighted and explored by a varied instrumentation, and audiences are taken on an aural journey of Scottish sentiment, weather, culture and modernity. The band's approach produces dynamic, powerful results, which have been met with great acclaim by audiences across Scotland and beyond.

This band flat-out cooks (Divide and Conquer)

"" (Songlines Magazine)

£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