Folk con­cert to re­vive club

Mu­si­cian Neil is be­hind Cri­eff move

Strathearn Herald - - INTERACT CLUB - Lynn Duke

Cri­eff Folk Club is be­ing res­ur­rected.

With a resur­gence in pop­u­lar­ity of tra­di­tional and folk mu­sic, or­gan­is­ers be­lieve it’s a good time to restart the club, which was once a pop­u­lar part of the Strath’s so­cial scene.

A spe­cial con­cert will take place on Satur­day this week in Strat­hearn Artspace to cel­e­brate the launch.

The man spear­head­ing the re­vival is Cri­eff- based com­poser and mu­si­cian Neil Thom­son.

Neil told the Her­ald: “The Artspace has been gath­er­ing mo­men­tum and get­ting more of a pro­file and is a very good venue to run a folk club and events from. There is also a good crew of peo­ple there to pro­vide sup­port.”

Neil was heav­ily in­volved in the folk scene in Glas­gow be­fore mov­ing to Cri­eff, play­ing folk clubs, fes­ti­vals and reg­u­larly putting on events at the Pip­ing Cen­tre, King Tut’s and the Tron Theatre.

He will be joined at Satur­day’s con­cert by spe­cial guests and will also be launch­ing his new al­bum ‘Live at the Glad Cafe’ on the night.

He con­tin­ued: “We have Nigel Gath­erer com­ing along as a spe­cial guest. He is well known on the folk scene as a teacher so it is great to have him in­volved.”

Neil en­vis­ages the folk club’s for­mat will take the form of monthly con­certs, with others sched­uled for October and Novem­ber.

Then, from 2018, there will be fort­nightly drop-in ses­sions.

He ex­plained: “The idea is to put a con­cert on a Thurs­day night once a month.

“And we will run ses­sion nights on a Thurs­day in be­tween so ev­ery two weeks there will be some­thing on.”

Neil is also ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion on the for­mer Cri­eff club.

He added: “Cri­eff had a very well known and re­spected folk club in the seven­ties and the likes of Billy Con­nolly and Hamish Im­lach played.

“We are try­ing to find out in­for­ma­tion from any lo­cals who were in­volved with the folk club at that time.

“If any­one has any pho­to­graphs or sto­ries we would like to put a board to to­gether and put it up when the folk club takes place.”

David Camp­bell of Strat­hearn Artspace said: “Come along and cel­e­brate a new chap­ter in the Cri­eff trad and folk scene, with this great gig.”

Doors open at 7pm on Satur­day and tick­ets cost­ing £ 10 (£ 8 con­ces­sions) are avail­able from Strat­hearn Artspace on 01764 655556 and Car­nelian Crafts – both on Com­rie Street – and from www.

To find out more about Neil’s mu­sic, go to www.neilthom­

Hat’s off Neil Thom­son is spear­head­ing the re­vival of Cri­eff Folk Club

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