Crail Folk Club 2016




A warm welcome to all. Please do come along and support your local club and enjoy a good evening out. Our exciting 2016 programme is below.

We welcome seasoned musicians, beginners and those that just want to come along and listen in a friendly atmosphere. During Singers' nights we feature local singers and musicians.  All are welcome. If you don’t want to make music then just come along and tap your feet.



We usually meet in the historic Town Hall in the centre of Crail. Occasionally we may decant to the larger Crail Community Hall – (100 yards from the Town Hall on the St Andrews Road) or the British Legion Hall (100 yards behind the Golf Hotel in the Nethergate). Unfortunately these venues are not licenced, so please bring your own bottle & glasses.



For all gigs tickets are sold at the door - except for the Tannahill Weavers gig where advance tickets are also available from Tony Kingsbury (01333 450572).



All gigs are on a Thursday evening and start at 8:00pm.



Please help to spread the word. Either by downloading our handy tri-fold programme or by putting up the odd poster (download into Adobe Reader) in the odd place.



A gallery of gigs held at the Crail Folk Club.



Comments and suggestions always welcome: to Tony Kingsbury (01333 450572, anthonykingsbury "at" or Jill Saunderson (01333 312485, gksaunderson "at"




28-Jan Burns Night   Golf Hotel £4 Join us for haggis, neeps and tatties with our local singers and musicians.
11-Feb Claire Hastings & Robyn Stapleton Town Hall £7

After her hugely successful show, with her trio, at the Crail Festival Robyn Stapleton returns to the Far East, as Flossie calls us, with Claire Hastings. As consecutive winners of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award the duo make a formidable start to our guest programme.

25-Feb Singers’ Night   Town Hall £1  
10-Mar Jenny Biddle Town Hall £7

With five albums under her belt, Australian songsmith and "Melbourne's Best Busker 2010-2012" Jenny Biddle will capture your heart with her intuitive lyrics, dirty blues harmonica, impressive guitar licks coupled with weird facial expressions, endearing stage banter, and a voice to melt your core. Over 20 years guitar experience, guitar players will delight in her explorations of alternate tunings.

24-Mar Singers’ Night   Town Hall £1  
14-Apr North Sea Gas Town Hall £7

One of Scotland’s most popular folk bands. Multi instrumentalists with tremendous three part harmonies. Fifteen albums on, they must be doing something right! Their last visit to the club was a sell out so come early.

28-April Dave Nachmanoff Town Halll £7

Perhaps best known in the UK for touring with Al Stewart, most recently a show at the Royal Albert Hall. A singer, musician extraordinaire and songwriter from California Dave has nine albums to his credit. Starbucks is known for a lot of things – music is one of the better ones. Dave’s fabulous song ‘Descartes in Amsterdam‘ is on their 2015 US and Canada playlist. This show is a must.

12-May Singers’ Night   Town Hall £1  
26-May Tannahill Weavers Community Hall £10

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences to electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable – but you already knew that. Sure to be a sell-out. Advance tickets are on sale NOW from Tony Kingsbury on 01333 450572. In CRAIL COMMUNITY HALL.

9 - Jun Singers’ Night   Town Hall £1  
23-Jun Jez Lowe Town Hall £7

A double nomination at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only is he one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks and The Young Uns. Consistently one of our most popular visitors.

30 - Jun Forgaitherin’ Town Hall £7 Having formed the group in 2013 to perform a single charity concert at their home club in Glenfarg, Lesley, Hugh, John and Hamish have gone on to entertain around Scotland, including gigs at both the Fringe and the Carrying Stream festivals in Edinburgh during 2015. They combine their strong vocals with multi-instrumentation and perform a wide-ranging mix of both traditional and contemporary material. Their second album is set for release in early 2016
14 -Jul Barbara Dymock
& Chris Marra
Town Hall £7

A singer from Fife who is a welcome addition to our programme. Known for her collaborations not least with Christine Kydd in Sinsheen. On this occasion Barbara is joined by Chris Marra, the Dundonian brother of Michael and member of the Hazey Janes.

11-Aug Singers’ Night   Town Hall £1  
25-Aug My Sweet Patootie Town Hall £7

An acoustic roots group from rural Ontario that brings twining vocal harmonies, monstrous finger style guitar, sizzling fiddle, percussion and abundant charisma together in one perfect package. Their music is a tongue-in-cheek Canadian blend of old country, vintage jazz, western swing & blues. Firm favourites in Crail. A must for those who like to be entertained and amazed.

8 -Sep Cindy & Mark Lemaire Town Hall £7

The remarkable guitar playing of Mark Lemaire (check out his instrumental version of ‘A whiter shade of pale’) combines with their beautifully harmonised voices, humour and short stories to result in an ‘almost magical’ evening. Mark and Cindy are touring from California.

22 -Sep David Francey plus Kim Edgar Town Hall £7 David Francey: We are delighted to have been able to re-schedule David from last year after he had to cancel due to illness. Another in our increasingly long line of guests from Canada (well sort of – originally from Ayrshire). A singer and storyteller with wry humour and astute observations alongside an openhearted singing style. Regulars will be familiar with his song ‘Torn Screen Door’.
Kim Edgar: At no extra charge (!) we also welcome Edinburgh’s Kim Edgar who is promoting her third solo album on a short Scottish tour. Guitarist and piano player Kim is also a member of the celebrated band Cara.
13-Oct Singers’ Night   Town Hall £1  
27-Oct Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

Photo credit Ricky Frew

Town Hall £7

Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence. The Poozies and Blazing Fiddles are amongst the various bands of which they are members. ‘You guys were killing it….amazing playing’ K T Tunstall. A huge hit at Glenfarg’s 2015 Folk Feast.

10-Nov Singers’ Night   Town Hall £1  
24-Nov Ewan McLennan Town Hall £7

Ewan McLennan has, in a short space of time, come to be known as a guitarist at the forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos. A regular now on Transatlantic Sessions.

8-Dec Christmas Party   Town Hall free Another year almost gone - so let's party!