EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB ... WHERE IS IT?
UKRAINIAN COMMUNITY CENTRE
14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB
Car parking (free after 5:30pm) is generally available on Royal Terrace.
Royal Terrace is a one-sided street, (houses on one side only) which takes some pressure off car parking.
Also, don't be put off by all the "Residents Only" car parking.
The rule is ... don't park in these bays while the meters are in operation but, after that, all spaces are up 'for grabs'!
Wheelchair access to the venue is relatively easy - three steps off the street on to the short approach 'runway' to the main door. There is a ramp to help negotiate these steps. After that it's straight run in (albeit with one small step at the main door). The room in which we run our gigs and the lobby bar are adjacent on the ground floor, so once you're in the building there are no more steps. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet also on the ground floor.
There is no bus route along Royal Terrace but a lot of Lothian Buses services run not far away along Leith Street, Leith Walk and London Road.
Waverley railway station is fairly handy (less than a mile) to the south west and about 10-15 minutes brisk walk while St Andrew Square bus station is just a little further away near-ish to Waverley.
Sign up to the Edinburgh Folk Club's email circulation list above to receive info 'as and when'. This info will be conveyed mainly via the club's weekly newsletter each Monday during the club's annual season. The newsletter is packed with info about EFC as well as info from all over Scotland about folk clubs, gigs and concerts, festivals - what's going on generally around the country to inform the travelling folk fan.
The current edition of the newsletter can be read on our website here and it is also published on our FaceBook page. You can find all back issues of the newsletter to mid-February 2016 in this DropBox folder.
As well as listing Edinburgh FC's weekly gigs etc., there are also two news pages "EFC News" (subtitled, "We Hear") and "Frae A' The Airts". This latter page carries miscellaneous and idosyncratically offered bits of news about musical and other more general art-ie things. You'll be emailed about items appearing in "EFC News / We Hear ... " but not the stuff in "Frae A' The Airts".
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Dateline: Thursday 29 July 2021
Performers Looking for Bookings
1 a brief bio (one A4 sheet max) ...
- Word document format
- 'straight' text and no fancy formatting
- no pictures included on the sheet
- 12pt Times New Roman font
- 500 words maximum
2 Your website URL
3 A hi-res picture (JPG; 300 dpi)
4 Links to YouTube and / or other similar sites and audio link(s).
NB: As of July 2021, we're fully booked (or at least we have mostly confirmed gigs and a only a few tbc's) until late June 2022.
Then we have our usual annual break until September 2022 (ie. after August's Edinburgh Festival Fringe).
Some gigs are now either fully confirmed or tbc'd for season 2022-23, but there are gaps scattered through the season.
We also offer weekly opening or support spots of approx 15-20 minutes. Unfortunately we cannot offer performers payment for these spots. Dave Francis takes bookings for these typically up to six months in advance.
THE WEEKLY SHOWS
Edinburgh Folk Club meets weekly on Wednesday evenings for most of the year. The club kicks off at 8pm prompt, but doors open around 7:30pm to allow conversation and mingling (cautiously under current COVID dictated social distancing) - and the bar is open then too. We're friendly - please chat to us!
Most evenings, the opening act plays three numbers, perhaps 15-20 minutes, and then the main guest plays their first set 8.15/8:20 to about 9pm. We ask for the audience's appreciative silence during performance.
There is then a break until 9.30pm, giving you a chance to chat about 'whatever' and to meet other members and music enthusiasts. And to buy raffle tickets! You could win the headliner's album, free entry to next week's gig, or tickets for other local folk clubs.
After the break, if there's time, one of our residents will 'do something'. The opening act returns to play their final two numbers, and then we draw the raffle (with accompanying mirth).
The main guest returns to play their second set about 9.50pm and the evening typically finishes between 10.30 and 10.40pm, but occasionally runs a little later.
If you really, really want to go to a show at Edinburgh Folk Club it's ALWAYS better to book in advance.
Use the box office booking links with the shows or browse the box office here.
WHY EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB?
Edinburgh Folk Club, aka EFC, is an organisation which exists to foster an interest in the wide international world of folk and related musics.
In common with all other folk clubs, Edinburgh Folk Club is a non-profit organisation run by an entirely volunteer committee.
While members get a great discount on tickets, you do not have to be a member of Edinburgh Folk Club to be able to attend the club's weekly shows. Just turn up and pay the admission charge at the door. Or, better still, book in advance - see elsewhere on this page. Or even better than that - join the club, save money, and then book in advance!
Edinburgh Folk Club held its first meeting on Wednesday 3 October 1973 and has been in continuous existence since then.
Contact EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB ...
Edinburgh FC chair ... email: John Barrow
m: +44(0)7968 131 737
Usually better to email rather than call.
Click here to email items for inclusion in the club's monthly newsletter.
Editorial decisions on content are final.
ANNUAL SONG WRITING COMPETITION
EFC's annual Song Writing Competition will take place Wednesday 25 May 2022.
All entries must be emailed to this address, by the deadline (midnight, Monday 16 May 2022 ). Go to the competition's webpage via this link to see the rules and procedures.
NB: All entries are to be submitted via email.