Fine folk con­tin­ues at Stonelaw Parish

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

Stonelaw Parish Church will present its al­ways pop­u­lar folk mu­sic night this Fri­day (Au­gust 28).

This week the evening will be head­lined by the tal­ented He­lens­burgh based band The Broads.

Singer Marysia Less­nau and gui­tarist Jim Yule were in the pop­u­lar folk/cabaret band New Ce­leste.

Af­ter ex­ten­sive tour­ing and record­ing with the band, they left to form their own band, Dick Broad and the Fallen Goats, which later be­came The Broads.

The lineup also in­cludes bass player and song­writer, Cy Jack to com­plete the line-up.

The Broads’ blend of cool ap­peal, orig­i­nal­ity, and mix of folk, rock and swing has de­lighted au­di­ences from Shet­land to Shet­tle­ston.

Sup­port on the night will come from The Mairs Fam­ily Band, a fam­ily blue­grass band fea­tur­ing close har­mony vo­cals and in­stru­men­tals on fid­dle, guitar, do­bro, man­dolin and dou­ble bass.

Louise Mairs, who or­gan­ises the evenings and will also per­form with her group as the sup­port act, said: “We get quite a few peo­ple com­ing up for it regularly, from Ayr­shire, East Kil­bride, Kil­marnock and even Dumfries.

“So there’s quite a loyal au­di­ence there for it.

“It’s a good wee place to put mu­sic on, and hav­ing live mu­sic take place in Ruther­glen is al­ways an im­por­tant thing.

“The Broads are re­ally good - they played here a cou­ple of years ago and we’re glad to have them back, as they went down re­ally well then.

“New Ce­leste were very pop­u­lar and had a lot of suc­cess, be­fore they be­came the Broads.

“Marysia is a great singer, and they’re ex­cel­lent mu­si­cians too.

“Since the wall was taken down in the church we’ve been able to ex­pand it a bit more, and get more peo­ple in to hear the mu­sic.”

Louise al­ready has plans for the next year.

She said: “We’re booked ahead for the next year or so, so we’ve al­ready planned ahead.”

En­try is a sug­gested £5 for do­na­tions and chil­dren go free.

Cof­fee/tea and home made cakes are in­cluded.

Mak­ing Mu­sic

The Broads will be play­ing the Fri­day Night Folk group at Stonelaw Parish

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