THE BOYS OF THE LOUGH
The Boys began life
in 1967 with a line-up consisting of Cathal McConnell, Aly Bain, Mike Whellans, Dick Gaughan,
Robin Morton and Tommy Gunn and have continued
to perform and entertain internationally ever since. Despite their various reincarnations,
they have, however, continued to display the amazing
music for which they are treasured and are still regarded as one of the finest bands
in Celtic traditional music, their technical brilliance and
integrity of performing Irish and Scottish music remaining intact over the
decades. It is a huge pleasure for the Club to have the Boys
perform at our 40th Birthday Bash; tonight's line-up consists of Cathal,
Brendan Begley, Kevin Henderson and Gary O'Brian, all stars in
their own right. Ceud Mile Failte BOL!
visit to our Feast for the multi-talented and multi-award winning singer-songwriter, recording artiste, comedian and
Richard Digance. A truly top-line performer, his popularity has grown and grown and it is now our turn to host his
talents. Having achieved
his 50th anniversary in the performing arts last year, it is with great excitement that we have invited Richard to
share our 40th this
Another huge welcome return
to the Club for the Irish
singer and guitar wizard John Doyle. Having
climbed the ranks of fame through his performances with the greatest names in Irish music and with
Transatlantic Sessions, John is now
impossibly in-demand as a solo artist. He is immensely talented and blessed with an acute ear, a
wicked sense of rhythm and a seemingly
endless stream of range in his playing, performing and producing. John has now established himself
as one of the most versatile, creative
and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music.
THE JAMES BROTHERS AND
result of their appearance at our Feast 2 years ago, we had to invite our Antipodean pals James Fagan and Jamie McClennan
back for a return
visit. However, on this occasion they are to be joined by the multi-award winning folk superstar (and Jamie's wife!) Emily
combination will ensure that we are able to bring our 40th Birthday celebrations to a suitable climax with a mix of high energy
wonderful vocals and sumptuous harmonies. A truly great act to finish a truly great Folk Feast.
MAIREARAD AND ANNA
We are delighted
to open our Saturday
concert with two of Scotland’s most
revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green and Anna Massie who combine to form
one of the best folk duos in Britain today. They
offer accordion, bagpipes, guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle to produce a breathtaking
example of Scottish music at its very best.
Having performed at our Feast in the past, we welcome them back to our 40th anniversary as very,
very special guests.
PAULINE ALEXANDER AND SANDY STANAGE.
Both having appeared at the Club in the
past in a variety of guises, we welcome Pauline and Sandy back as a duo which combines
incredibly pure vocals with equally fine guitar
playing. Their natural talent is beautifully balanced delivering a performance which is
spellbinding and which contains both original
material alongside interpretations, both believing that a good song is a good song regardless
of the genre. Welcome back folks.
THE SENSATIONAL JIMI SHANDRIX EXPERIENCE
Fronted by the legendary Sandy Brechin on accordion,
The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience has established itself a reputation
as one of the top ceilidh bands in the world. As regular
headliners at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party and at Celtic Connections, it is
only right that the boys will step up to provide our very
own 40th birthday party ceilidh entertainment! So, come and dance, laugh, and
enjoy the incredible "Shandrix".
As an original Club member,
it is a pleasure to invite
Tich to take to the stage again at our ceilidh-concert. He has enjoyed an amazing career in folk music since his
first steps with Bitter
Withy in the 60s and he continues to demonstrate the same vocal ability, musicianship and humour which have been his
trademark over the
years. A huge welcome back Tich.
THE FARG FOLK
For the past 15 years, The Fargies have always been a very important part of our reputation
fine singing club and their chorus songs have been used as a vehicle to set the scene for our evening concerts. On this occasion, the
start of our 40th anniversary of our Folk Feast, they will offer a glimpse of the past when 4 of their original line-up, Doris Rougvie,
Duncan McNab, Stan Ginter and Hamish Grant, will put in an appearance as a form of retrospective. They will combine their music with a
former member, Philip Ponton, and a guest appearance from a former Club personality! Ha, ha, the suspense is killing!
Having first performed at the Club as a very young local
fiddler some years ago, we are now honoured to welcome Charlie back to
undertake a workshop as the 2017 winner of the Radio Scotland Young
Musician of the Year award; a young man on the march!
An internationally famous musician, brilliant
story-teller and wonderful old-school character,
Cathal has been performing since the 60s when he first became the All-Ireland Champion in
both flute and whistle. Since then he has been
with Boys of the Lough through all their various re-incarnations! A craic-filled conversation