Folk club need new faces to avoid clo­sure

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Staff re­porter

Stone­house Folk Club have made an im­pas­sioned plea for mu­sic lovers to join them in a bid to avoid clo­sure.

The club was set up 20 years ago, with mu­si­cians and singers en­joy­ing open ses­sions in the This­tle Inn on New Street.

As their pop­u­lar­ity grew, the club be­gan invit­ing mu­si­cians, bands and song­writ­ers to per­form for ever-in­creas­ing au­di­ences from Stone­house and all over La­nark­shire.

They soon built a rep­u­ta­tion as a fam­ily-friendly and wel­com­ing club, en­cour­ag­ing young­sters and new tal­ent to en­ter­tain au­di­ences who en­joyed con­tem­po­rary acous­tic and tra­di­tional mu­sic.

As well as the suc­cess­ful lo­cal tal­ents of David Gibb, Robin Laing, Tom Clel­land, Rudei­gin, Clova and Hag­ger­dash, the club has wel­comed the likes of Cal­i­saig, The John Wright Band, Alistair Macdon­ald, Colm Sands, North and Gaber­lun­zie.

The club now meets in St Ninian’s Church on Vi­cars Road, and is hop­ing to wel­come new faces through the door.

The group’s John Young said: Sea Gas “We need to get folks through the door or we will need to con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of clos­ing.

“The club was es­tab­lished in 1997, orig­i­nally meet­ing as a group of mu­si­cians and singers for open ses­sions in the This­tle Inn, held on the sec­ond and fourth Fri­days of the month be­tween Septem­ber and June.

“As a con­se­quence of changes to the li­cens­ing laws in 2009, the club were in­vited to move to the small hall within St Ninian’s Church on Vi­cars Road to en­sure chil­dren were still able to par­tic­i­pate and ex­pe­ri­ence live mu­sic in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“The venue opens from 8pm, with en­try £5 (an­nual sub­scrip­tion £5) and chil­dren un­der-16 are free.

‘Acous­tic Ses­sion Nights’ are £2 for ev­ery­one ex­cept chil­dren who are free. Sup­port artists at start of the night will get free en­try too.

“The venue al­lows visi­tors to bring their own bev­er­age or soft drinks and snacks. The au­di­ence also has the op­por­tu­nity to win half a cau­li­flower in the in­fa­mous raf­fle!”

He added: “Now in our 20th year, Stone­house Folk Club hopes you will con­tinue to sup­port the club and en­cour­age the growth of tra­di­tional mu­sic in La­nark­shire.”

Forth­com­ing ses­sions for the club in­clude The Wan­lock­head Ses­sions on Septem­ber 22, Andy Munro on Oc­to­ber 13, and an acous­tic ses­sion on Oc­to­ber 27.

For more in­for­ma­tion, find the club on Face­book.

Fu­ture The club needs to at­tract new au­di­ences to keep go­ing

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