Danny Kyle Open Stage Fri 31 Jan 5-7pm
St Roch’s Ceilidh Band
Maths teacher Frank McArdle has been teaching Irish music to his pupils at St Roch’s School in Glasgow and to the youngsters of the “Glasgow Irish Minstrels” – a branch of the Comhaltas movement – since 1977. Having run a folk club in the school for several years, he felt the need to diversify. Volunteers to learn the accordion, fiddle and whistle were sought and the band was born. Their earliest engagements involved playing a few tunes for local community groups. Within a couple of years, however, they were playing their first ceili. They never looked back. They became much sought-after throughout the West of Scotland. Patricia McArdle is ‘instrumental’ in co-ordinating the group.
Working closely with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann ( the tradional Irish music association), the music lessons started on Tuesday evenings, opening the band to pupils from all over the city. Nowadays around 200 converge on the school.
His “St Rochs Ceili Band” has launched the careers of several stalwarts of the traditional music scene including John McCusker, Gavin Pennycook and Clare McLaughlin. They have even managed to produce All-Ireland Champions.
The band still plays regularly for ceilidhs and are equally at home with Scottish or Irish dances. Demonstrations are given and dances called.
The Muckle Spree
Ollie Rigg & Michael Muir
Mucke Spree is a progressive folk music sound that resolves Ollie and Michael’s long term desire to push that traditional – instrumental – boat out into new waters. At the core of the sound, Michael’s ,musical dexterity is honed into a multi-stage loop pedal coupled with and array of effects. Throught this, both instrumentalists weave an evoloution of riffs and tunes, creating drive and harmony that pushes both their abilities. The whole performance draws on a background of traditional instrument melodies, but balance them on a different edge-one that groves into the digital effects age.
Neil Donaldson & Seb Jonsen
Neil sang lead vocals with Figure 5, releasing the album Bonfire in 2010 and Red Sands whose self titled album from 2013 has become something of a lost classic. It was with The Beatroots where he would first team up with Seb, with a love of obscure 60s Psych and Mod tunes drenched in sitar. Seb has played drums with The Hardy Souls, Peter Daltry’s Kaleidoscope, Helicon, Tomorrow Syndicate and Lavinia Blackwall/Stilton. They started writing songs together in the Spring of 2016 and with the help of friend Graham Smith began recording demos in his Prestwick loft. This has now led to over 2 albums worth of material. Songs about love and loss, friendships, family…and football managers!
Laureline Morgan-Davis/ Hazel Imre / James Kirkpatrick / Eoghan MacManus /Eilish Macintyre
Madderam are a young, up and coming Folk Band based in Central Scotland. The band initially came together through the Feis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail, which they toured as through the Summer of 2018 and have now struck out on their own, performing at events and venues such as Linlithgow Folk Festival, Edinburgh Folk Club and Stirling Folk Club in the last few months alone. As well as this the band have recently been recording new material and are planning a headlining gig at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow. The band draws on a wide array of influences, from Breton and Gaelic Folk songs to Contemporary Scottish tunes and Self-Penned songs. All Five Members bring a unique voice and style to the band’s diverse and varied sound with a constantly developing and expanding repertoire.