The last time Ian Walker graced the Nitten Folk Club stage was, incredibly, in 2014, when he was joined by Ian Bruce. He returned on Thursday fronting The Ian Walker Band and an enthusiastic crowd turned out to welcome him back.
Ian led the proceedings, on vocals, guitar, autoharp, electric banjo (good grief) and a foot stompy thing, with Moe Walker on vocals and Jimmy Scott on guitar & vocals. There was even a shoemaker’s last thrown into the mix (I kid you not). They entertained us with a fabulous selection of the best of the Scottish folk music back catalogue and some of Ian’s wonderful self-penned songs. The trio was joined by an almost invisible (but, thankfully not inaudible) John Graham who joined them on bass, fiddles and occasional vocals.
The tiny Nitten stage was absolutely ‘stapped fu’ of assorted instruments, stands and musical paraphernalia – good job they didn’t bring on the dancing girls.
As usual, the floor spots were provided by a wonderful array of local talent ( we really are blessed with some wonderful performers at Nitten) and the raffle was again a resounding success. Another excellent evening at Nitten was had by all.
In a break from the norm we will be having a guest night on 11th August, when Ragged Glory will be entertaining us. They had been scheduled to play in March however the dreaded COVID struck and they were unable to perform for us. Thankfully they’re all back in fine fettle so it has been decided that they will appear at Nitten in a special summer show. Come along and join us for a fabulous evening of traditional and contemporary folk songs, plus original compositions and the inevitable toe-curling jokes. A wonderful evening is guaranteed so make sure you don’t miss it.
All the very best to all. The Committee.