The Clutha – 50 years of The Clutha folk group
Friday 23rd January, 8pm prompt
Gordon Hotchkiss and Fraser Bruce introduce Clutha members Erlend Voy, Ronnie Alexander, Calum Allan, Tom Johnstone and Don Martin to explore 50 Years of The Clutha, from Glasgow, one of the seminal groups of the Scottish Folk Revival. Re-live a live performance recorded on the opening night of the Kilmarnock Folk Club in 1974. With special guests. (Doors open 7.30)
Billy Jackson. Ossian and The Wellpark Suite
Saturday 24th January, 8pm prompt
Gordon Hotchkiss and Wendy Weatherby introduce Billy Jackson, founder member of legendary Scottish Folk Group Ossian with historic footage and recordings of The Wellpark Suite commissioned in 1990 to mark the Centenary of Tennent Caledonian Breweries. The Wellpark Suite was performed by members of various groups including Ossian, Battlefield, Jock Tamsons’ Bairns and The Easy Club. It was a landmark in Scottish music. (Doors open 7.30)
Tommy Sands – The Ballad of a Songman
Friday 30th January, 8pm prompt
A One Man stage performance from Tommy Sands with a highly entertaining and deeply profound portrait of the Northern Ireland, where he grew up and the world he travels. The Story is told through song, music, video, poetry, prose, and humour. The performance is drawn from his acclaimed book The Songman.
Tommy Sands, Co Down’s singer, songwriter and social activist has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. From the pioneering days with the highly influential Sands Family, he has developed into one of the most powerful songwriters and enchanting solo performers in Ireland today. His songwriting, which draws the admiration of Nobel Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney and father of folk music Pete Seeger, prompts respected US magazine Sing Out! to regard him as “the most powerful songwriter in Ireland, if not the rest of the world”. (Doors open 7.30)
The story of Irish music in Glasgow – Jimmy McHugh
Saturday 31st January, 8pm prompt
This evening will look at the huge contribution to Irish music in Glasgow by the McHugh family. It will include historical live recordings by Jimmy and some of the cream of Irish musicians, together with live music from the current generation of Jimmy’s Four Provinces Ceili Band together with some special guests.
Born in Omagh, County Tyrone in 1930, Jimmy grew up in Glenfinn, County Donegal where he learned to play the fiddle at a very early age and in his lifetime became recognised as one of the finest players of his generation, a prodigious talent which brought him the coveted All Ireland Fiddle Championship 1957. Jimmy emigrated to Scotland in 1946 settling in Glasgow where his contribution to the development of Irish music and culture was enormous, including the establishment of the first branch of CCE outside Ireland as well as leading the famous Four Provinces Ceili Band.
Jimmy’s popularity was not only confined to Irish musicians but also included many Scottish musicians including the legendary box players Bobby Mcleod and Jimmy Shand. Until his untimely death in January 1999, Jimmy continued to lead by example, regularly playing at ceiliis, feisanna, fleadh’s as well as his Monday night sessions in Glasgow’s Sharkey’s Bar which continues, as Jimmy’s session, to this day. Jimmy’s memory lives on through his wife Ann, dancing teacher and adjudicator, his two sons Brendan and Martin, fine musicians in their own right, his many wonderful compositions and his very many friends throughout the world. (Doors open 7.30)
Silent Movies on the Radio – Live!
“Silent Movies were never silent and Radio is full of images even if most of them are in your mind.”
The simplest description of Silent Movies on the Radio would be to imagine a Radio show, presented live in front of an audience. Behind the participants will be a large screen projecting relevant images, including video or film footage. The shows will include recorded music, much of it historical live recordings, together with live performance and special guests.
The shows are associated with the Girvan Folk Festival Era photographic exhibition, currently on display at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections. The shows will take place at Adelaides, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HZ on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Friday 30th, Saturday 31st January.
Doors open at 7.30pm with informal music. The shows will run from 8pm to 10pm. The shows start at 8pm Prompt
Available online www.trad.org.uk/tickets
By Post: Traditional Arts Development, PO BOX 1026, KILMARNOCK, KA2 0LG
Tickets will be available on the door but advance booking is suggested.
For further information contact Pete Heywood – firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile 0784 332 8739
The series is created by Traditional Arts Development a not for profit community interest company. Sound and technical work on historic live recordings by John Weatherby and Kris Koren of Sound Sense. Media Partners: Celtic Music Radio. The Living Tradition. Thanks also to: Celtic Connections. Common Ground Scotland. The Tradition Bearers. Traditional Arts Development. Sound Sense. Designfolk. Girvan Folk Festival. Live at the Star. Irvine Folk Club