International flavour at folk club

The first guests of 2014 will be Cera Impala and The New Prohibition who will provide a red-hot evening of Americana. (Douglas Robertson).
The first guests of 2014 will be Cera Impala and The New Prohibition who will provide a red-hot evening of Americana. (Douglas Robertson).

Montrose Folk Club has announced an exciting line-up of guests for its2014 season, which will begin on Thursday, January 23.

The first 2014 guests of the club on January 23 will be Cera Impala and The New Prohibition.

Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona but now resident in Edinburgh where she is a member of the dynamic all-female harmony outfit, The Bevvy Sisters, Cera Impala and her band will be providing a red-hot evening of Americana to kick off the season for the club.

Just as in previous years, Montrose Folk Club in 2014 will present music from across the whole spectrum of the acoustic music world.

For example, over a fortnight in March and April, the guests will be, firstly, Fiona Hunter, formerly the lead singer of the award-winning Scottish traditional band, Malinky, and then Dean Owens, the Edinburgh-based singer and songwriter, best known for his recent C.D. entitled ‘Cash Back (Songs I learned from Johnny)’, inspired by one of Dean’s lifelong idols, Johnny Cash.

Dean has been described by Irvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting, as “Scotland’s most engaging and haunting singer-songwriter”.

Fiona Hunter, having left Malinky, will appear at the club to promote her highly anticipated debut solo album, supported by fiddler Mike Vass, also formerly of Malinky, and currently a member of the award-winning Paul McKenna Band.

Also as usual, the programme at the folk club will feature artists not just from the British Isles but from all other parts of the English speaking world.

These will include an appearance in February by The James Brothers, otherwise known as James Fagan, from Australia, on vocals, guitar and bouzouki, together with Jamie McClennan from New Zealand on vocals, fiddle and guitar.

In the second half of 2014, the folk club will also be showcasing a mini Canadian season.

This will feature return visits of folk club favourites in the Scottish-born, but now Canadian resident, David Francey and also an appearance after a break of a number of years by James Keelaghan, with Huw McMillan.

In 2014, James Keelaghan will tour Scotland to promote his soon-to-be released CD and DVD. This features a compilation of the best-loved songs of his career, which to date extends over 25 years.

Earlier highlights of the folk club’s programme will include an appearance on Friday, April 18 by Patsy Reid and Friends. Patsy, from Perthshire, was one of the founder members of the award-winning band, Braebach, and is currently a member, together with Catriona McDonald and Maritt Falt, of the new string trio called Vamm.

During spring 2014, Patsy Reid and Friends (who are Ewan MacPherson on guitar, Mhairi Hall on piano and Signy Jacobsdotter on percussion) will be touring throughout the UK to promote Patsy’s new album, ‘The Brightest Pass’.

For 2014, Montrose Folk Club will continue to meet in The Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose, but now on Thursday evenings, every two weeks, with some occasional Fridays.

The club will no longer be able to meet on a Tuesday evenings, as has been the case for many years until recently. On account of the proposals by The Links Hotel to convert the former nightclub area, recently known as the Links Suite, to bedroom accommodation, club nights from now on will take place in the Fairways Suite of the Hotel on Thursdays.