Folk Clubs in Scotland

We hope the following list will be a useful resource giving information and links to club's websites where you can find up to date information. If you know of any good folk clubs that might be added to this section, please let us know about them using the 'contact us' section of the website.

Aberdeen Folk Club

Aberdeen Folk Club meets at the Blue Lamp,Gallowgate, every Wednesday from 8.30pm.

For more details see: Aberdeen Folk Club

Almond Valley Folk Club, Midcalder

Almond Valley Folk Club - This club meets at The Railway Inn, 43 Main Street, West Calder, West Lothian, EH55 8DL on the THIRD Tuesday of each month from 8pm in the back room.

For more details see:Almond Valley Folk Club

Ayr Phoenix Folk Club

Ayr Phoenix Folk Club is a new and exciting venue in Ayrshire and beyond who enjoy traditional/folk/acoustic music. The Club is hosted at the highly accessible Ayr town centre venue, the Ayr Ex-Services Club, 15 Academy St, Ayr KA7 1HF. It meets on the first Monday of the month.

If you’re looking for a supportive and welcoming acoustic jam session, check out the Phoenix Jam every Saturday afternoon from 2-5pm in the same venue. If you don’t want to play or sing, just go along and listen. All welcome, and it’s free.

They also offer Phoenix Musical Hearts & Minds for Alzheimer’s/dementia/multiple sclerosis patients, their family and carers. More details on their website.

See the website - HERE

Ceilidh Place, Ullapool

The Ceilidh Place has a small concert room where they present a programme of music, small scale drama and other events.   Mostly traditional music interspersed with classical, funky and occasional jazz.
See their website for more details: The Ceilidh Place

Clydesdale Folk Club, Biggar

The CFC meets on the last Thursday of the month upstairs in the function room of the Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar.

See their website:Clydesdale Folk Club

Craigie Folk Club, Ayrshire

The Craigie Folk Music Club meet at the Craigie Inn, near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire on the 1st Friday of each month.
See details of the venue at Craigie Folk Club

Crail Folk Club

This club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. It usually meets in the Town Hall, with one off events in the larger Community Hall. Unfortunately both halls are not licensed, but you are welcome to bring your own bottle.

They welcome seasoned musicians, beginners and those that just want to come along and listen in a friendly atmosphere. During Singers' nights they feature local singers and musicians – everyone is welcome – if you don’t want to make music then just tap your feet. They have regular guest nights too. Starting time is usually 8:00 pm.

Website: Crail Folk Club

Crieff Folk Club

This club meets monthly at Strathearn Artspace in the former Old Library, with session evenings in between the monthly gig nights. For information email admin@strathearnartspace.co.uk or info@neilthomson.co.uk. Tickets for events are available through Eventbrite or Strathearn Artspace website

Dalbeattie Acoustic Club

This club meets on the second Thursday of the month in the Maxwell Arms Lounge, Dalbeattie at 8pm for a free sing-around and session. In addition the club also organises concerts featuring guest artists several times each year.
They also run the Dalbeattie Folktober festival on the first full weekend of October.

For more info see: Dalbeattie Acoustic Club website

Dalry Folk Club

Dalry Folk Club is the newest edition to a thriving music scene in Ayrshire, formed in the later months of 2015 and holding alternate gigs and sessions on the first Friday of the month. It meets in Dalry's Masonic Lodge in New Street

The club has many aims such as bringing members of the community together, sharing people’s talents and inducing people to new musicians and songs.

But what the club hopes to achieve in the long run is the introduction of traditional folk music to a younger generation, which will keep the genre alive for years to come.

For more info see: Dalry Folk Club website

Denholm Folk Club

Held at the Auld Cross Keys Hotel, Denholm, Roxburghshire, this club meets every second Thursday. Start time 8.30pm.

For more details see: Denholm Folk Club

Dunblane Folk Club

Dunblane Folk Club meets every Sunday at THE BRAEPORT CENTRE from 8:00 until 10:30 pm for an evening of songs, tunes, recitations and stories.
Admission £2. BYOB, but tea and coffee are available.

All styles of acoustic music are welcome. They play in a friendly and informal setting (no stage or paid guests), have a laugh over a drink, and generally enjoy the 'craic'.

See their website: Dunblane Folk Club

Dunfermline Folk Club

The Dunfermline Folk Club meets every Wednesday evening at the Thistle Tavern, Baldridgeburn, Dunfermline, KY12 9EG.

For more details see: Dunfermline Folk Club

Edinburgh Folk Club

Held on Wednesdays in The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh.
For more details see: Edinburgh Folk Club

Ettrick Folk Club, Old Kilpatrick

This club meets in The Ettrick Bar, in the village of Old Kilpatrick, every Tuesday from 8.30pm. It has grown over the past years, and now regularly has about 20 musicians turning up to play. All are made welcome and can join in. Call 01389 872821 for more details.

Falkirk Folk Club

This club meets at the Tolbooth Tavern, every Thursday. The evening begins at 8.00pm and run until approx. 11.00pm.
See their website: Falkirk Folk Club

Folk at the Salmon Bothy

Every third Friday monthly 7pm-10.30pm, with Guest MC each month. This is a family friendly venue and all are welcome. Entry Fee £3 - and a Raffle. Bring your own refreshments.

Please park at Links Road, Portsoy, AB45 2SS

There is also a first Wednesday session for anybody who wants to rehearse or try out tunes with other musicians. This will be Upstairs at the Salmon Bothy, from 7pm to 9pm, every first Wednesday monthly.

For more info see Folk at the Salmon Bothy

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Fyvie Folk Club

The club meets on the first and second Wednesdays of each month in the Vale Hotel, Fyvie in the North East of Scotland.

Fyvie Folk Club was first formed during the Folk Revival of the 1960's/70's, but faded away after running for a few years. However in 1992, a handful of like minded Folk enthusiasts got together and decided to reform the Club, advertising in the local press to try to gather some support.

On Wednesday October 7th, 1992 the newly formed Folk Club opened its doors to the general public in the Vale Hotel, Fyvie and the present incarnation of Fyvie Folk Club was born. The constitution of the Club is centred on encouraging new and youthful talent and a feature of the Folk nights has always been, free admission and an open programme of performers.

The compere compiles the programme "on the hoof", as performers turn up, with a few regular members providing the performance base of the evening.

On occasion, the evening is given over to a visiting band or artiste and again, admission to these evenings is free.

See their website: Fyvie Folk Club

Girvan Folk Club

Girvan folk club was formed in October 1964 with the aim of promoting traditional folk music and song. The club first met in the local scout hall where the lack of a licence meant refreshments were limited to tea and orange juice. A move to the British Legion Hall followed before the club found a welcome at the Jolly Shepherd Pub in Barr. Despite having many memorable nights in Barr the lack of transport in those far off days often proved a problem so the club were delighted to be invited to take up residence in the Queens Hotel in Girvan. Due to changing ownership and other problems the club has relocated to other establishments in the town for brief periods but has always returned to its home in the Queens.

The club meets in the Queens Hotel, Montgomerie St, Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland, most Friday evenings.

For more details see: Girvan Folk Club

Glenfarg Folk Club

The Internationally Famous Glenfarg Village Folk Club first met on 3 April 1978. Over thirty years later the club is still going strong. We meet every Monday night and offer a wide range of musical acts as well as providing an opportunity for budding performers to ’have a go’. Over the course of a year you can enjoy both traditional and contemporary folk from home and abroad, blues, jazz, ragtime, story telling, poetry and great humour. We are always tracking down the latest talent to break onto the folk scene as well as dusting down some of the golden oldies who have been around for a wee while longer. Every four weeks or so we have a singaround / session at the club (sometimes with a theme and sometimes not). Anyone who comes along gets a chance to perform in a relaxed and friendly environment. Many just come along to listen and enjoy the banter.

There is much more to Glenfarg Village Folk Club than Monday nights. Members also enjoy many social events throughout the year including a Treasure Hunt & BBQ, trips to other folk clubs, ceilidhs and dances, a quiz night, a golf tournament, a ‘November Weekend Away’ where we take over several log cabins somewhere in Scotland and eat, drink and be merry for three days and nights, and every April of course we have our Folk Feast. Our members put a lot of effort into our club and they get a great deal back.

The club meets in 'Backstage At The Green Hotel' in Kinross.

For more details see: Glenfarg Folk Club

Haddington Folk Club

This is a long established East Lothian club, where anyone with an interest in folk music (the term is adhered to very loosely) can come to listen or contribute.

Most of the evenings are of the 'singaround' variety; anyone who wants to, can have a go at showing off their musical achievements. They have occasional guest nights, featuring professional folk musicians, and shorter 'spots' featuring one of the members.

The club meets every Wednesday evening at around 8.30pm at The Mercat Hotel, Haddington.

See their website: Haddington Folk Club

Houston Folk Club

This club meets every Thursday evening at the Carrick Centre, Main Street, Houston from 8pm to 11pm. The premises are not licenced, so members and guests are invited to BYOB.

For more details see: Houston Folk Club

Inverclyde Folk Club

Inverclyde Folk Club meets every Tuesday night from around 8pm onwards at The Loreto Club, Houston Street, Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland PA16 8DA

Monthly events from Open Stages, Visiting Clubs, Guest Performers, Charity Events, Community Visits and lots more.
Old and New Members always welcome.
Originally meeting at Baxters then at The Liberal Club, Inverclyde Folk Club has been meeting weekly since 1990. There are currently around 30 members keeping Traditional Music & Song alive in Inverclyde.
Members range in age from 18 - 80 with a wide and varied mixture of talents and musical tastes.
Always encouraging traditional music and musicianship at all levels.

Irvine Folk Club

The club has been providing top quality music for over 40 years and every fortnight quality guest artists are guaranteed. The Irvine Folk Club is also responsible for putting together the Marymass Folk Festival which is held every year in August.

For more details see: Irvine Folk Club

Isle of South Uist Folk Club

This club meets in St Peter's Hall in Daliburgh, South Uist on the first Friday of every month.
For more info see: their website or contact Cameron on southuistfolkclub@gmail.com or 07956320559.

Kelso Folk & Live Music Club

Kelso Folk & Live Music Club welcomes everyone – there’s no ‘membership’, you become a member just by turning up at our meetings. You have a choice of two different venues every Friday night to suit early or late or both.
Our early session singaround (usually hosted by Andy Smith) starts at 8pm in the Oak Room of the Cross Keys Hotel – though occasionally it may be elsewhere in the hotel. The early session ends around 10:30pm. There is no admission charge but donations (towards club funds and guest artists) are welcomed.
The Cobbles Inn is an award-winning restaurant and Friday nights can be busy!
Our session does not start before 9.30pm and on most typical Fridays, 10.00pm is when you are likely to catch the music and songs really getting going.
Although there is more traditional content at the Cobbles Session, it is not just folk or celtic and a very wide range of material can be performed.
Completely unaccompanied or solo stuff can fit in as well, despite the tradition of all competent singers and players joining in almost everything.
We generally have amplification and microphones, which can help if it’s a busy night. The last Friday of each month is often an acoustic evening specifically suited for trad players. Check our webpage and the Kelso Folk & Live Music Club facebook page for updates.

Kelso Folk Club

Kirkaldy Acoustic Music Club

Held in the Polish Club in Kirkaldy, this club is well worth a visit!
It meets every Thursday @ 19.30.
For more info see: their website

Leith Folk Club

Meets every Tuesday at Victoria Park House Hotel, 221 Ferry Road, Leith

See the website: Leith Folk Club

Lomond Folk Club

This club meets at Corries Restaurant, Balloch Road, Balloch at 8pm on a Monday evening.
For more information see: Lomond Folk Club

Nitten Folk Club, Newtongrange

Nitten folk club is held in The Dean Tavern, 80 Main Street, Newtongrange, EH22 4NA.

Our club members are like minded people who enjoy singing, playing, listening, performing, reciting and socialising. Our main aim is to enjoy ourselves and we welcome new visitors at Nitten to do the same.

There is no one type of music you'll hear; like our members, the style is eclectic! From old style country rock to traditional Irish fiddle tunes, you'll hear them all at Nitten.

We have a varied membership and we welcome new members to join us at The Dean Tavern every Thursday for Guest Nights or our normal Club Nights.

Guest Nights are held on the first Thursday of every month from September through to May.

For more details see: Nitten Folk Club

Partick Folk Club

Held in St Peter's Hall, Chancellor Street, Partick, this club meets on the last Friday of every month. Music played includes traditional, folk, acoustic, americana and blues. Doors open 7.30 for 8pm start. BYOB venue!

For more info see: Partick Folk Club

Penicuik Folk Club

Penicuik Folk Club meets in Shottstown Miners Club, 165 John Street, Penicuik, EH26 8AT, in the lounge bar - a large, comfortable (but also cheery and COSY!) room that is large enough for most of our concerts and all of our singers’ nights. We will also be able to use the club’s large function room for any larger concerts, so all of our activities will be in the new venue, apart from the occasional collaboration with our pals in Penicuik Community Arts Association.

Plenty of parking, bus stop is just outside, disabled access is no problem. The door may be locked when you arrive, but a member of the club’s staff will open it very quickly if you ring the wee bell!

The club holds a concert once each month (generally the second Tuesday of the month) when a professional folk artist or band performs and visitors to the club pay an entrance fee. All other Tuesdays are free Singers Nights.

For more details see: Penicuik Folk Club

Quarter Acoustic Music Club

Quarter Acoustic Music Club (QAMC) meets at the Boolin' Club, Quarter, near Hamilton every Tuesday, though there is usually a summer break for July and August (however 2016 saw a change with 2 very successful singers nights mid July and mid August) and usually a couple of weeks missed over the mid winter festivities.
It is a friendly club who always welcome new faces.
There is a session/singaround every first Tuesday of the month and on the remaining Tuesdays they host a varied array of artists.

Further information can be gained from the club webpage

Rolling Hills Folk Club, Melrose

The Rolling Hills Folk club started to great acclaim in October 2006. The club takes its name from the Matt McGinn song The Rolling Hills of The Borders. There is room for about 40 people or so, which presents a more personal and intimate space in which to sing and play. We hope to encourage young and old alike whether singers or/and musicians to contribute to the evening.

Meets on First and Third Fridays of each month (except July and August). Smith Memorial Hall, Abbotsford Rd Darnick TD69AH

For more details see: Rolling Hills Folk Club, Melrose

Rosehearty Rowantree Folk Club

Every Third Friday Night in The Bay Hotel, The Square, Rosehearty,

For more details see: Rosehearty Rowantree Folk Club

Star Folk Club, Glasgow

With its roots in the heart of the folk revival, the club has endured the years in various forms and locations. Now in The Admiral in Waterloo Street, we offer a weekly helping of the best in acoustic music.

The Star Club was started in the late 70s by Arthur Johnstone of the Laggan in conjunction with other stalwarts of the folk scene in Glasgow and included amongst its founders Norman and Janey Buchan . Based initially in the Communist Party premises in Calton Place, it has consistently sought to provide a platform for local artists and those from further afield. Following Arthur’s decision to step down as club organiser after 16 years, Kenny Caird took on the role, keeping things running through some lean years (which saw many other local clubs close) including 3 venue changes but ensuring the club’s survival through dedication and some very hard work.

Following Kenny’s “retiral” as organiser, the club has been run by a small committee for the last few years, who have recently overseen a further venue change.

The club still meets every Tuesday at 8pm.

For more details see: Live at the Star, Folk Club

Stirling Folk Club

Stirling Folk Club meets every Monday from mid January until the first week in December. They meet at:
STIRLING COUNTY R.F.C.
BRIDGEHAUGH PARK
STIRLING

For more details see: Stirling Folk Club

Stonehaven Folk Club

Meets at The Community Centre, Bath Street, Stonehaven. Every Friday night from 8.30 pm

For more details see: Stonehaven Folk Club

Stonehouse Folk Club

Singers and musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome to come along to the open sessions in an informal sing-around. The acoustic music sessions are open to all styles of music.

Venue: St Ninian's Church, Vicar's Road
8pm

Bring your own wine or soft drinks, but no spirits.
For more info contact John Young on 01698 792479

Stranraer Folk Club

Stranraer Folk Club meets every wednesday, 9pm til late, except between Christmas and New Year, upstairs at The Grapes, Bridge St, Stranraer. Weekly singarounds and tune sessions, with occasional guest artistes. Visitors are always welcome. For more info contact 01776 700657 or email plewiscki@tiscali.co.uk

String Jam Club, Selkirk

The String Jam Club is the premier monthly live unplugged music venue in the Scottish Borders featuring headline acts from throughout Britain as well as up-and-coming local musicians.

Launched in 1997 by singer-songwriter Allie Fox, who is the host and resident musician, the String Jam Club is famous for showcasing great eclectic music and for its friendly atmosphere.

All musicians and all styles of music are welcome to contribute to the now legendary open mic spots.

The String Jam Club meets on the second Saturday of the month at the County Hotel in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

See website at : String Jam Club

Tarves Folk Club

Held in Tarves, Ellon, in Aberdeenshire, this club meets on the third Sunday of the month from 8.30-11pm in the Aberdeen Arms, The Square, Tarves.
They have a Facebook page under the heading of: Tarves Music (incl Tarves FolkClub)

For more info see their facebook page

Telstar Folk Club, Old Kilpatrick

A new folk club /music session has started in the Telstar Bar in the village of Old Kilpatrick on Thursday nights at 8pm. All levels of musicians or singers are welcome with a variety of music. If you just like to listen, come along too.

Contact Gordon McKay: 07960066120 or 01389383421.

The Wee Folk Club, Edinburgh

The Royal Oak is a real Scottish pub that has made its name as a live music venue. Steeped in history and atmosphere it is only a few minutes walk from the Royal Mile. With a fine tradition of musical entertainment every single night of the week you can hear mainly folk songs with a mix of other acoustic styles. The Royal Oak not only gives visitors the chance to hear some great tunes, but it also acts as a focal point for many of Edinburgh’s traditional musicians.

The wee folk club meets here every Sunday night.

The Royal Oak, 1 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

For more details see: Wee Folk Club, Edinburgh

Tin Hut Sessions, Gartly, Aberdeenshire

The club meets regularly on the last Thursday of the month with an acoustic music session and throughout the year they have occasional guest concerts with a variety of acts from within the folk music circuit.

For more info see: Tin Hut Sessions