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Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?

Joe Offer 26 May 15 - 12:12 AM
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GUEST, DTM 26 May 15 - 10:02 AM
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Jack Campin 27 May 15 - 09:58 AM
Jack Campin 27 May 15 - 01:07 PM
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Subject: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 May 15 - 12:12 AM

I will be in Edinburgh from Thursday 4 June through Monday 8 June. Any singarounds during that time that I should attend?
I did find http://www.scottish-folk-music.com/clubs.htm - look like it has some things for me to explore.

-Joe-
joe@mudcat.org


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: GUEST
Date: 26 May 15 - 04:23 AM

Try www.gigguide.co.uk

http://www.gigguide.co.uk

Search under events for sessions stc.

Some of the info can be out of date so best to check with the venue first.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: GUEST
Date: 26 May 15 - 05:18 AM

Babbity Bowster's pub in the Merchant City on a Saturday afternoon is good for a session - mostly instrumental but occasionally singers will appear. The great Scots singer Mairi Campbell is on at The Glad Cafe on Pollokshaws Road on Friday 5th June - there might well be other singers there at the gig who can give you the kind of info you seek for the weekend ahead!


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: GUEST
Date: 26 May 15 - 05:19 AM

ps - the above are Glasgow-specific recommendations.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 26 May 15 - 06:49 AM

There is a mixed singing/instrumental trad/rock&roll session at the Dalriada on Portobello Promenade (i.e. almost on the beach) on Sunday afternoons, 3-6pm. I haven't been for a while (not easy to get to from where I live) but it can be great fun. On sunny days it will probably be in the beer garden. Nice atmosphere because children are admitted - it's usually heaving with toddlers. Good beer but a bit expensive. There is a tipjar for musicians' drinks.

I might be there and will probably be at the Captain's Bar session on Sunday night (8.30pm-12.30am) - more instrumental than singing, more trad (though last night was mostly blues), tends to attract younger players, tiny bar with a sweat-lodge atmosphere.

I can't think of a straight singaround that happens in Edinburgh at weekends.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: GUEST, DTM
Date: 26 May 15 - 10:02 AM


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 26 May 15 - 10:31 AM

...and we get together for weekly performances of 4'33" on Saturdays, midday at the Thistle Chapel.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 26 May 15 - 03:23 PM

Joe - entirely different kind of event, but I think it's the Meadows Festival in Edinburgh that weekend; mainly a big open-air flea market but quite fun. There are all sorts of performers scattered about, lotsa Indian/Caribbean/miscellaneous food, funfair and last time I went, an air guitar contest.

Just realized I can't make the Dalriada, I'm working that Sunday. Should make the Captain's Bar, though.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 27 May 15 - 09:58 AM

Just remembered another one: Allan Hunter's monthly session at the Goth in Prestonpans on Sunday afternoon, 3pm on:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wCRTbRozCU

I've only been once - small and friendly. The pub does very good food, including gluten-free fish and chips. The no. 26 bus from Edinburgh city centre stops a few yards from the door.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 27 May 15 - 01:07 PM

Friday the 5th, there is a singaround at the Laird and Dog in Lasswade:

http://lairdanddoginn.co.uk/

No. 31 bus from Edinburgh, stops directly outside, and the N31 bus will get you back to Edinburgh late at night. Tends to be a bit too country-music-oriented for me, but it varies depending on who turns up. Attractive setting near the river.


Another one that might happen on that Sunday afternoon, a singaround at the Wally Dug in Northumberland Street in the New Town:

http://www.singingsession.com/

I've never been to it and I don't know if it'll be on during the summer (they only communicate to Facebook members). Tattie Bogle here used to go.


Monday the 8th, the Royal Oak (city centre) has a Singers Night:

http://www.royal-oak-folk.com/public%20bar.html

I find that place rather depressing but you might get on with it better than I do. You'll probably find something happening on the Royal Mile nearby if it doesn't work out.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: GUEST
Date: 27 May 15 - 07:23 PM

Jack - I think the Wally Dug monthly session is no longer.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 27 May 15 - 09:10 PM

And another one: Betty Pottinger's Bluegrass Night, first Thursday of the month at No. 1 High Street (formerly the Tass), so that means there'll be one on the 4th. Mixed instrumentals and singing. Carter Family stuff goes down fine. Betty is one of the nicest people you could hope to meet and the atmosphere is wonderfully welcoming. Drinks are phenomenally expensive though. The place does food, which is more reasonably priced and quite good.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 May 15 - 10:03 PM

Thanks for all the information, Jack and others. I worked out a way to go to a concert with Tattie Bogle on Thursday 4 June. I'll see what else I can work into my schedule.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 28 May 15 - 04:25 AM

Yes, sadly the Wally Dug session ceased a while back. There was a short-lived move to Ryrie's Bar, but that too is suspended for now.
I think Captain's bar has both afternoon and evening sessions at the weekend.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 28 May 15 - 04:10 PM

A couple of other ideas:
Skylark Café, Hamilton Place, Stockbridge: Friday evening session in the back room there from 8pm with Gill Bowman. Small and cosy session, BYOB, £2 entry. usually a mix of singers and instrumentalists happily co-habiting! Not too far from where you're staying, Joe.
And it's also the "Three Harbours festival" in East Lothian, centred on Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton. Arts, craft, music, open houses and things maritime. On 26 bus route from Edinburgh.
Full programme here: 3 Harbours Festival Programme
Definitely worth a trip down there if the weather's good!
Musical events in brief:
Sonsie Sangs - various times and venues in Cockenzie on Sat 6th
Ross Hamilton at the Thorntree Inn, Cockenzie - 7pm - 9pm Friday 5th
Prestoungrange Gothenburg, 227-229 High Street, Prestonpans - Live music in the bar on Saturday night, 6th June from 9pm -11pm, and Open Folk Music session with "The Barriegadgies" on Sunday 7th at 3pm.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 May 15 - 04:55 PM

Prestoungrange Gothenburg, 227-229 High Street, Prestonpans - Live music in the bar on Saturday night, 6th June from 9pm -11pm, and Open Folk Music session with "The Barriegadgies" on Sunday 7th at 3pm.

That's the one I already mentioned - the Barriegadgies seems to be whoever plays with Alan Hunter at the time and "The Goth" is what everybody actually calls the pub. It's one of the very few microbrewery pubs in Scotland of the type found in the US; they've been brewing beer in Prestonpans since the 18th century.

Have you actually been to the Skylark Cafe session? I assumed that with Gill Bowman involved it would be exclusively MOR nu-country snigger-snogwriter music with a faint Scottish accent - Eddi Reader without the hand movements.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 28 May 15 - 05:09 PM

Yes, been to the Skylark several times: what happens really depends on whoever turns up. One night we had 5 accordions (piano and button varieties), another it's all guitars and singers. It's usually a pretty eclectic mix. Not too many ocarinas though! Have YOU actually been - don't knock it if you haven't!

As for the Prestongrange Goth, was just quoting from the Annual 3 Harbours Festival brochure: hadn't realised (despite your earlier post, Jack) that it was the same old same old monthly event! Please forgive my lack of crystal ball!


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 May 15 - 07:15 PM

Edinburgh specializes in festivals that simply put a collective label on events that are going to happen anyway. That's what "Tradfest" is.

Giving the Goth an obscure historical name is asking to confuse people. It says "Goth" on the front - and if you ask for "Prestoungrange" on the bus you'll be dropped at the Prestongrange Mining Museum, a mile out of town.

That said, the local heritage industry has done a pretty effective job at raising the public visibility of the Pans.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 May 15 - 07:44 PM

We have a concert scheduled for almost every night of our tour. Our first night is Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan. Second night is Rod Paterson, who was my favorite on the last tour. No concert the third night because we'll be on the ferry from Aberdeen to Orkney - but I'm sure we'll sing sea songs on board. Although I'll have heard more than enough of Jim Malcolm after spending two weeks with him, it will be nice to see him with Tattie Bogle in the context of a Scottish folk club. I've only seen him perform for Americans.

A wonderful part of our last tour is that Jim's brother Scott Gardiner went with us. Scott sings the traditional stuff I prefer, and he was a delight to talk with. Jim's wife Susie is a good singer, too. Jim does a bit too much singer-songwriter stuff for my liking, but he's a terrific tour guide and a nice person overall and a brilliant conversationalist. He has a downright beautiful voice, and I like (most of) his interpretations of Robert Burns songs.

So, anyhow, what I'm looking for is a good singaround or two, not concerts. We'll have plenty of concerts - one almost every night of our tour.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 28 May 15 - 07:56 PM

Just do whatever suits you best, Joe!


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: GUEST,Scabby Douglas
Date: 29 May 15 - 05:46 AM

Hi

There's a good singing session hosted by Bernadette Collier in the Cathedral House Hotel each Thursday from around 8pm.
Cathedral House Hotel

There's a mixed session each Sunday in Dram! on Woodlands Road from about 8pm till midnight - Tunes and songs.

Dram!

cheers


Steven


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 29 May 15 - 05:54 AM

And for anyone (like me) who hasn't been down Woodlands Road for a while, Dram! is the Uisge Beatha. Has anything changed apart from the name?


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: GUEST,Scabby Douglas
Date: 31 May 15 - 05:51 PM

"Has anything changed?"
hmm.. The drink is definitely more expensive.

But I suspect that the same folk are still singing more or less the same songs they were, a year ago.

:)


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 07:13 AM

And it looks like you can see in. The Uisge Beatha had gun ports rather than windows.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 03 Jun 15 - 07:06 AM

Just a wee update about The Meadows Festival, aforementioned as taking place on Saturday ad Sunday this weekend. OK, not a singaround, but just heard that Eliza Carthy is the final act on the "Red Dog Stage" on the Sunday: not often you'll get a chance to see her for free! Scheduled for 5pm on the 7th.
http://www.meadowsfestival.org/live-music/main-stage/

(Don't think most of the rest is "my scene" but will be there both days at 2.15. for The Meadows Mummers!)


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 03 Jun 15 - 08:09 AM

Also at the Meadows Festival, the Forest Music Stage has the Badwills on Saturday 6-7 - south Italian trad music played pretty much straight.

http://www.thebadwills.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 05 Jun 15 - 05:35 PM

Spent a very enjoyable evening in the company of Joe and Christina Offer last night: Jim Malcolm concert at Newtongrange Folk Club, just south of Edinburgh. Great concert, and good to hear Joe sing for us: have to get that song about "The Key of R"!
The wonders of the internet too!


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Jun 15 - 01:38 AM

I met up with Jack Campin at the session at the Captain's Bar Sunday, and we had a great time. I really enjoyed the chance to talk with both Jack and Tattie Bogle. I just wish we had more time. They're both very interesting people.

Oh, and I gotta say: I took the X62 Bus from Waterloo Place near the train station in Edinburgh. It cost me 13.20 for an all-day pass on Sunday. The bus took me to Peebles, and then along the River Tweed to Galashiels. The view of the river and countryside was terrific from the upper deck of the bus, and I talked with two locals most of the way so I had very good tour guides. At Galashiels, I took a 20-minute ride on another bus to Melrose, an beautiful town with the ruins of an abbey.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 22 Jun 15 - 07:39 AM

Glad you enjoyed the rest of your stay, Joe, and that would have been a great bus ride.
I was going to come along to Captain's Bar after doing our play at The Meadows Festival, but then got into an almighty traffic jam along Melville Drive, so just turned off and headed for home! Had I known that you and Jack were going to be there, I might have made more effort.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 Oct 16 - 08:37 PM

Following up some posts from May 2015: I finally found myself in Stockbridge on a Friday night so I thought I'd check out the Skylark Cafe. There's a notice in the window that says it starts at 8pm. No mention of Gill Bowman, which is encouraging. I got there at 8.30; door locked, lights on, seats stacked on the tables, closed fiddle and guitar cases on the floor. Looks like whoever starts it off decided to bugger off and come back at some indefinite time later without telling anybody else when. This is not the way to run a railroad.


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Subject: RE: Edinburgh/Glasgow singarounds, 4-8 June?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 29 Oct 16 - 08:24 PM

They meet in the BACK room, not the front cafe area: they don't always hear the doorbell if they are in the middle of a song or tune, so try it several times if need be.


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