Folk concert to revive club
Musician Neil is behind Crieff move
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. eventbrite.co.uk.
To find out more about Neil’s music, go to www.neilthomson.co.uk.
Hat’s off Neil Thomson is spearheading the revival of Crieff Folk Club