"Folk On The Boat" - Fundraiser for Celtic Music Radio

Photo: maid of the loch. Friday, 9th September, 2011

Maid of the Loch, Balloch

7 p.m. - midnight

Tickets £10
Book online

Fundraiser for Celtic Music Radio with all bar proceeds to The Maid of the Loch

Getting there.

Come along and enjoy the party

Concert Listing

  • Primrose Hill
  • Eryn Strachan
  • Alan Grant/Wilma Stark/Pauline Alexander
  • Ciaran Dorris

Second half

  • Tom Fairnie
  • Jean Livingstone
  • Gavin and Claire Livingstone
  • Jim Byrne and The Blackwoods
  • Mary K Burke

Photo: pauline alexander. Pauline Alexander

An emerging Singer-Songwriter from Glasgow's East End. Her music is extremely easy on the ear and encompasses Easy Listening, Folk or Acoustic elements.

Increasingly in demand - album of the week on BBC Radio Scotland with Iain Anderson (Jan 2011) and artist of the week on Revival FM on Iain Arbuckle's show. Pauline has lots of live appearances this year too.

Pauline Alexander - Facebook

Photo: mary k burke. Mary Kathleen Burke

'a wonderfully gifted performer, and a natural musician with an absolutely gorgeous voice.'
Dr Ian Green, Greentrax


Photo: jim byrne. Jim Byrne

Folk, blues and country songwriting; Americana with a Scottish twist.

'...on Black Sky Blues sounding like Johnny Cash never left Folsom prison...meditations on life that'll soon sound like old friends.'
Spiral Earth


Photo: ciaran dorris. Ciaran Dorris

"A powerful voice and an accomplished guitarist, with some exquisite moments of string plucking"
Evening Echo, Ireland


Photo: tom fairnie. Tom Fairnie

'a sound so heroic and wide ranging it?s a wonder how his stunning...yet subtle country sound isn?t flowing from the fingertips of an American songsmith with an endless Nebraskan landscape for influence.


Photo: alan grant. Alan Grant

Alan has played with many prominent musicians over the years, most recently with Ciaran Dorris and Tom Fairnie. Alan spent his early childhood playing with the Edinburgh and the Scottish Accordion Club. He plays a varied range of music but prefers not to conform with the expected! Be prepared to join in when Alan plays, he loves to get the audience involved in what he does.

Alan Grant Facebook

Photo: the icing. Gavin and Claire Livingstone

Claire and Gavin Livingstone are The Icing, Glasgow-based entertainers specialising in the comedy and tragedy of urban life as seen from?"The East End of Country and Western". ?

They adapt bluegrass, country, traditional and self-composed songs to tell tall tales and wryly observe life.

Gavin sings, writes songs, plays guitars (acoustic, electric, dobro and bass), mandolin, cittern, Indian sitar, piano, synthesisers, banjo, accordion, harmonica, Appalachian dulcimer, whistle (not all at the same time!), records and produces folk, electronic and rock music.

Claire, despite being involved in various aspects of the music scene, including sound mixing, has only now decided to let her voice be heard in public, and brings a freshness of approach to the duo's material.

Harmonious singing and skilful playing have delighted Scottish audiences, and a sense of enjoyment and good humour complete the package.

Gavin Livingstone Facebook

Photo: jean livingstone. Jean Livingstone

Jean has been playing guitar and bass guitar and singing in her old-style country band The Stoney River Band for the past six years in France. An Airdrie girl, she?s now harking back to her Scottish roots as she turns full circle to a solo career, and returns to Glasgow where she started singing many years ago.

She uses her voice without caution -- sometimes soft with emotion, but often belting it out, no holds barred, with hard conviction.

Her varied repertoire includes old traditional and modern folk favourites, country numbers, well-known ballads and her own songs.?

Jean Livingstone Facebook

Photo: eryn strachan. Eryn Strachan

With a strong Scottish heritage and a love of traditional and folk music, New Zealand born singer/songwriter Eryn Strachan emigrated in 2003 and now lives in Glasgow. Involved in music and theatre since the age of nine, Eryn graduated from the Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art in 1995 and has ventured into many aspects of performance including acting, dance, film, television and radio, but over the last five years she has returned to her first love, singing. Eryn also presents the "Antipodean Sessions" on Celtic Music Radio, combining the best of Australasian music with what's happening in the UK. Inspired by an eclectic range of musical influences and a love of poetry, Eryn continues to explore music in its many genres through writing, performing and recording.


Photo: Primrose Hill. Primrose Hill

The first thing to do is find yourself a wee cosy room and an audience that appreciates acoustic songs and handmade folk music and its history and origin.
Then offer the English singer/songwriter a nice cup of tea. Do not preheat anything, the character of the main menu depends on the freshness and well tuned consistency of at least 26 strings! Complete the native presentation of songs by seasoning with a mixture of the authentic Scottish & Irish flavoured voice from the bouzouki player. To perfect you need a bonnie lady adding empathetic violin melodies and spicy fiddle tunes finally garnishing it to a tasty delicacy by joining in the singing.

Photo: Wilma Stark. Wilma Stark

Poet and storyteller to music.
This will be the first musical collaboration between Wilma and Alan Grant.

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Photo: cltic music radio. Fundraiser Celtic Music Radio

All bar proceeds to Maid of the Loch

7 p.m. - midnight

Tickets £10
Book online

Getting there:

First Glasgow's local bus services 204, 205 and 215 from Glasgow City Centre (Glassford Street) provide a services to Balloch.

There are also regular train links from Queen Street Station, Glasgow to Balloch Station.


Anyone fancy staying over might like to try the Loch Lomond Youth Hostel

Maid of the Loch

Loch Lomond Steamship Company,
The Pier,
Pier Road,
Balloch G83 8QX

01389 711865