History

Falkirk Folk Club was founded in the 1960s and has had many venues since that time. The Bicycle Shed, The Star Inn, The Temperence Cafe, The Burns Bar, The Polmontbank Hotel, The Wallace Tavern, The Craiglee Inn, The Drookit Duck, The Polish Club, Argyll’s, and the Tolbooth Tavern, have all played host to the Club.

The Club has seen many great acts through it’s many doors. Famous names who have lined up at Falkirk include Barbara Dickson, Billy Connolly and Rab Noakes, Hamish Henderson, Archie and Jean Fisher, Tom Paxton, The Dubliners and many more.

As well as established performers from the wide spectrum of the folk and traditional music scene, the club has long provided a platform for new and emerging talent. With a strong commitment to encouraging local participation, the Club has aided the development of many fine musicians and songwriters from the area who ‘cut their teeth’ on the club stage and at session nights which have always featured regularly in the events calendar.

The Club blossomed in the 60s and 70s with a large youthful following on the back of the ‘folk revival’ of that period. However, times changed and and during the early 90s the Club nearly folded, but thanks to the sterling work of Elma Harkness, then the “Broons”, the Andersons, Robert McElroy and now the present committee and members, the Club found a new lease of life and retains a very healthy membership to the present day.

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