The Star Folk Club in Glasgow has been an institution for over 40 years, featuring both established folk performers and newcomers. Sadly the club has decided to close its doors for the foreseeable future, and has cancelled all its weekly gigs until further notice.
In a statement on its website, it says: “Since starting back in March audience numbers have not been sufficient to meet our running costs. We have been able to sustain a loss each week with the benefit of funds accumulated over the years, but it is not economically viable for the club to continue doing so. It is very much hoped that this does not herald the end of The Star Folk Club. The office bearers and committee will do everything they can to ensure we start back again at some point in the not too distant future.”
This is a sad situation for such a well-respected city centre club, but we are hearing that they are not alone, and other clubs are facing the same situation. More power to their elbows as they try to re-establish audiences in a post-COVID world.