Stonelaw gig se­ries lines up dou­ble bill

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out And About - Jonathan Ged­des

The Acoustic Nights se­ries of gigs continues with a dou­ble bill this Fri­day.

Alan Knox and John Malcolm will be per­form­ing at the Meet­ing Place at Stonelaw Par­ish Church.

Alan started play­ing gui­tar and sing­ing at Ruther­glen Academy at the age of 14.

He played around clubs and pubs in the 60s and in the 70s work took him to Aus­tralia, where folk mu­sic was hugely pop­u­lar.

Alan re­turned to Scot­land in the 80s and took a sab­bat­i­cal of 20 years from sing­ing.

Now he has taken up play­ing again and per­forms reg­u­larly at the tra­di­tional mu­sic club in Strath­clyde Univer­sity, with British, Amer­i­can, Aus­tralian and Caribbean songs all part of his reper­toire.

His big­gest in­flu­ences in the early years was the sing­ing of Jean­nie Robert­son, Ewan McCall, and The Weavers.

La­nark­shire singer­song­writer John Malcolm has had an ac­com­plished ca­reer in the Scot­tish folk mu­sic scene.

As a solo per­former and mem­ber of Scots folk group Cru­achan his eclec­tic mix of Scots, Ir­ish and Amer­i­can songs is warmly re­ceived by au­di­ences through­out Scot­land and Europe.

As well as his work with Cru­achan, he has re­leased two solo record­ings ‘Bridges’ and ‘Sands of Time’.

He has also per­formed at the Edinburgh Fringe with the au­thor and sto­ry­teller Stu­art McHardy.

As a solo per­former John sings and plays gui­tar, mix­ing tra­di­tional Scots and Ir­ish songs with the blues and songs of Amer­i­can singer-song­writ­ers such as Bob Dy­lan, Tom Pax­ton and John Prine.

John, who stays in Strathaven, has given up his day job to con­cen­trate on his mu­sic and per­forms at folk clubs through­out Scot­land.

Play­ing sup­port on the night will be The Mairs Fam­ily Band and an­other guest artist.

Doors open at 7pm and tick­ets are priced at £5.

Tea/cof­fee and home bak­ing are in­cluded in the ticket price and chil­dren un­der 16 go free.

Ac­com­plished John Malcolm

Down Un­der Alan Knox

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