As we tiptoe tentatively into 2022 (tricky thing to say but doesn’t it alliterate beautifully? ) we welcome you all to our brand new website, designed for us by our very own Ronnie Miller. It’s here that you will find everything you need to know about the club and the exciting programme we have lined up for the coming months.
Clicking on ‘About’ will take you to a short resumé of the history of the club, which has now been operating for over thirty five years. You’ll also find information about our committee members, all of whom work incredibly hard to ensure the continued success of the club. It’s a valuable asset to the culture of Newtongrange and the surrounding community and is recognised nationwide as one of the best folk clubs in the country.
The ‘Guest Nights’ page provides details of the fabulous line-up of artists who will be gracing our stage this year. We have some seasoned regulars, like Alastair Mcdonald and Ian Walker and also some representatives of the new generation of Scottish Folk artists, like Coaltown Daisies and the stellar Hannah Rarity Trio. We even have visitors from the USA in the person of Friction Farm, a husband and wife duo that we’re really looking forward to seeing.
You can also find information on the website about our ever popular Singaround Sessions, as well as our Competitions and special Theme Nights. There are also details of upcoming special events, like our annual Charity Concert, which we’re going to try to organise for later in the year. More info coming soon.
The new site is still ‘under construction’. We need to get some mugshots – sorry, photographs – of the committee members and also some pics of the competition trophies. That’s all in hand and our resident ‘snapper’ Ian Young is on the case. There will also very probably be a few tweaks here and there but we’re happy to say that the site is up and running – as is Nitten Folk Club.
It would be no understatement to say that the last two years have been hard for all of us in the folk community. As well as missing the opportunity to take part in Sessions a lot of professional artists have had no audiences to play to and their incomes have taken a severe bashing. It’s heartening, therefore, to be able to say that even though the future is still a bit uncertain we’re facing 2022 with cautious optimism. An encouraging number of people have been coming along to the Singaround Sessions and we’re hosting our first Guest Night on 3rd February when we’re welcoming John Graham and Jim Jack to the club.
We look forward to also welcoming you. Hope you can join us.