Live at the Star Folk Club

rallion2011bs-300x239The Star Folk Club

Glasgow’s long established folk club offers a weekly programme of the best of acoustic music.

Thursdays at 8.00 

Doors open at 7.30

Tickets on sale at the door

All gigs are held in The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2

The Doghouse Roses Live at The Star Club 19 July, 2016

doghouse roses live at the star

‘We are delighted to be returning once more to Glasgow’s wonderful Star Folk Club in July. Come and join us for an evening of new music and some of the old favourites too.’

The Doghouse Roses Live At The Star

Tuesday 19 June, 2016

The Admiral Bar, Waterloo Street, G2 7GA

Strangeways, The Admiral Bar, 26 August, 2016
Soul Bowl, Dance Party, Saturday 30 July, 2016

New Season at The Star Folk Club starts 9 February, 2016

The Admiral Bar, Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA and start at 8.00pm.


9th February         Tony Mcmanus                                               £12

Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.

dave gibb

16th February         Dave Gibb                                                      £8

Left Handed, Balding, Middle aged, Songwriting Folky from Scotland’s Highest Village. A singer of songs and a teller of tales from the hills of Dumfries & Galloway who happily fingerpicks his way through life’s travails. Songs funny or sad, happy or grim, meaningful or meaningless played fast or slow (sometimes both at the same time)…….He likes a giggle.

23rd February         Archie Fisher                                                   £9

Archie is a seminal figure in the Scottish folk revival and one of Scotland’s finest songwriters and performers. His interpretations of traditional songs, his own compositions and the material of his fellow contemporary songwriters are fully endorsed by those who know and care.

1st March               Steve Dan Mills                                                 £9

American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills was the co-founder of Speed Limit 35, one of the first folk rock bands in the American South. He has been enjoying a solo career since the mid 70’s and has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s Festival and more. His music has been described as “the real thing, sensitive, moving, cathartic and healing.” He couples his very powerful vocals with acoustic guitar and harmonica. His masterful storytelling, based on his rich and challenging life experiences, lays the groundwork for each song in a most engaging manner. He elicits tears and laughter and instils hope in his audience. He has recently moved to London and has begun performing in folk clubs throughout the UK.

Argentine Tango, Dance Classes Glasgow
Pádraig Ó Baoighill – 'Rabbie Burns: The Link with Ireland' CCA 16 February, 2016

LIve at the Star Folk Club, Glasgow November/December 2015

All gigs 8 p.m.

The Admiral Bar

72 Waterloo St, Glasgow G2 7DA

Maria Dunn    

maria dunn

10th November, 2015 £8

 Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn (vocal, guitar, accordion) draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song. A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, she is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women. Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, Maria celebrates the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present.

Matt McGinn  plus Support 


17th November                    

£10 – from Ticket Scotland

Matt McGinn is a magical live performer and a lynch-pin of the Irish music scene. His current album, Latter Day Sinner proves right those who rate him as a leading Irish singer songwriter – and it has been gathering rave reviews. Matt has also enjoyed much success touring worldwide, performing with everyone from Nanci Griffith to Kim Richey Radio 2’s Bob Harris, no less, has seen Matt live and said: “He is fantastic.” His songs are heartfelt and he plays beautifully with a heart-warming touch, we’re in for a treat with this show. (In association with the Fallen Angels Club

The Quiggs   

24th November, 2015                   £8

The Quiggs” are the new husband and wife duo that has emerged on to the Scottish folk scene. Stephen Quigg is a long established folksinger and former member of the legendary band “The McCalmans” and Pernille Quigg, originally from Denmark, is a folksinger and songwriter. Together they comprise “The Quiggs”. Stephen and Pernille share a common feeling for the tradition of folksong and both know a good song when they hear it. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folksong in its simple, yet highly expressive form, including beautiful harmonies and songs that seek the audience’s participation.


1st December, 2015    £10

With their current four-piece line-up, centred on the outstanding voices of Fiona Hunter, Steve Byrne, and Mark Dunlop also featuring award-winning composer Mike Vass, with instrumentation including bouzouki, guitar, fiddle, whistle, bodhrán and cello, Malinky continue on their distinctive mission as contemporary champions of traditional Scots song.



8th December, 2015   £8

HAGGERDASH  are one of Scotland’s popular Folk Groups much in demand for Folk Clubs, Festivals, Corporate Events and Tourist Functions. The Band have been performing for many years and still have the same enthusiasm to entertain audiences both home and abroad. A night with HAGGERDASH is a night of fun and good music

The CC Music Scottish Ukulele Day 2015 Sat 7 Nov, 2015 12:30pm - 6:00pm CC Music Shop
Fat Suit Tour, Cottiers, 20 December, 2015

Live at The Star Club, October 2015

The Admiral Bar

72 Waterloo St, Glasgow G2 7DA


Marilyn Middleton and Sandy Stanage 

13th October                            £8

Marilyn was born in Chicago where she began singing professionally at the age of 15. Her first work was in folk music but she soon broadened her range to include Rock & Roll and then Jazz & Blues. Sandy has been playing guitar since the age of 12, when he formed his first band with schoolmate Jim (Midge) Ure. Sandy’s work over the years has earned numerous plaudits and huge respect from audiences and fellow musicians alike, often being cited as “the guitarists’ guitarist”. Marilyn and Sandy first worked together along with Ian Bruce as the folk/contemporary trio “Scotland Yard”, following which they worked closely for several years as a live duo and on Marilyn’s albums NOBODY KNOWS YOU and A DOLL’SHOUSE. 2015 sees them performing together for the first time in 25 years or more, through a desire to revive the music and the joy of those days “while we still can!”


Bob Wood    

20th October                                                                   £8

Bob hails from the west coast of Scotland but has long been based in London. An engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour, he’s known also as an accomplished finger-style guitarist. Exploring a range of open tunings, his playing and song interpretations have been described as displaying rare sensitivity, lightness of touch and great technique. “Bob Wood is one of the deftest pickers and tastiest arrangers of songs it has been my pleasure to hear …a real delight!”  STEVE TILSTON

Carrivick Sisters    

27th October                                                        £10

 The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK’s top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. Their busy touring schedule is rapidly building them a reputation for engaging and entertaining live performances with tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity. Having grown up in South Devon, an area rich in folk lore and legends, much of their original material is inspired by their local surroundings and history.       

LIve at the Star Folk Club, Glasgow November/December 2015
Live at the Star, Tuesdays 28 July - 25 August, 2015

Live at the Star, Tuesdays 28 July – 25 August, 2015



28th July, 2015 £8

Rallion are a three piece contemporary folk group, hailing from Glasgow and Perthshire. They bring a wide range of musical influences together to create their powerful persuasive music. Their unique sound is based around the fiddle powerhouse of Fiona Cuthill, the distinctive voice of Marieke McBean and the virtuoso guitar and bouzouki playing of Stevie Lawrence.

Siobhan Miller with Aaron Jones

4th August   £10

Siobhan Miller is one of the foremost singers in Scotland. Already a two time winner of the ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ award and a recipient of a ‘BBC Young Folk Award’ with Orkney’s Jeana Leslie. Siobhan has collaborated with many of Scotland’s top musicians and most recently joined ‘Salt House’ who released their debut album ‘Lay your Dark Low’ to great acclaim. ‘Flight of Time’ her debut solo album was made in collaboration with reputed singer-songwriter James Grant, and marks an exciting new chapter in her career showcasing her song-writing talent. With Aaron Jones on bouzouki, guitar, and vocals.

Real Time      

11th August    £9

REAL TIME are a Scottish Borders based band formed in 2002 by Kenny Speirs (guitar/vocals) and Tom Roseburgh (keyboards). With Eilidh Grant  (vocals/bodhran) and Danny Hart(fiddle). Their repertoire includes not only many songs and tunes from both sides of the border but also contemporary and self-penned material, and to date they have released several albums to wide critical acclaim.

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar     

18th August, 2015  £9

With two albums and successful tours behind them, Greg & Ciaran are acknowledged as one of the most talented folk duos in the country. Both Greg and Cia are from musical families and were regulars at folk festivals, clubs and sessions from an early age. Cia in fact won the under-12 section of the All-Ireland fiddle championships at the age of 11. They’re both talented multi-instrumentalists with Greg playing guitar, bouzouki and English concertina, as well as singing, while Cia (who also sings) plays fiddle, guitar and bouzouki. Their repertoire comes from the folk tradition, contemporary writing and themselves; a range of material which combined with their vocal and instrumental prowess continues to belie their youth.

Duncan McCrone Band   


25th August         £9

Duncan McCrone is a Glasgow-born singer-songwriter with over thirty-five years experience of live performance both solo and with a variety of traditional bands. Duncan performs original songs, traditional ballads and covers. His songs are love songs to life, to places, to the people and things that really matter.

The Clutha Re-opens, Friday 24th, July, 2015 – 8 p.m.
Iain Matthews and Egbert Derix, 1 August 2015, Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club

Live at the Star Folk Club

Thursday 7 Feb 2013

February, 2013

All gigs are held in The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA and start at 8.00pm.

12th Feb Arthur Johnstone & The Stars Band


Arthur Johnstone has established himself as the defining voice of songs of protest and struggle; though they are always delivered with large doses of both humour and humanity. Arthur is more than ably supported by the Stars Band: Brian Miller - guitar, mandolin, vocals; Charlie Soane - fiddle, mandolin; Gavin Livingstone - piano, guitars, banjo.

Photo: dave gibb. 19th Feb Dave Gibb


Hailing from the village of Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway Dave's songwriting is firmly rooted in the tradition of the storyteller. Contemporary and historical sources offer a wealth of material for songs that are performed in a style driven by his unique fingerpicking guitar playing. As a superb interpreter of traditional and contemporary songs his performances (whether on a folk club, concert hall or festival stage) combine all the attributes necessary for a modern day troubadour.

Photo: stephen quigg. 26th Feb Stephen Quigg


Stephen Quigg has long since established himself on the Scottish folk scene and after more than thirty years of singing, he is still dedicated to the music and the songs of Scotland. With an outstanding voice, you can watch him capture the attention of any audience. Through wit, charm and an obvious love and respect for the music he delivers, Stephen has gained many constant followers, who travel regularly to his gigs in Scotland and beyond.

Saturday 25 Aug 2012

August/September 2012

Photo: lori watson.Lori Watson and Rule of Three

Live at the Star -Saint Andrew's In The Square

30th August


Rule of Three is an exciting band celebrating the best of the Scottish tradition combined with their own contemporary sounds. Singer and fiddler Lori Watson is joined by Innes Watson and John Somerville in a "sizzling triptych" of fiddle and voice, piano accordion and guitars. Here is a fresh approach to some of the best music Scotland's heritage has to offer alongside Lori Watson's own wonderful compositions. This is a band that gets your feet stomping one minute, plays with heart-rending emotion the next and leaves the audience uplifted. Music of the highest order.

Saint Andrew's In The Square, Glasgow G1 5PP

Photo: simon hopper. Simon Hopper

Live at the Star -Saint Andrew's In The Square

6th September


Simon is a songwriter. If you like your stories unflinching, raw and tender, then this uncompromising, yet sensitive songsmith is for you. At turns provocative, poignant and funny, Simon's songs pour out of an informed social conscience and a chequered storybook of personal experience.

Saint Andrew's In The Square, Glasgow G1 5PP

Photo: david francey. David Francey with Mark Westberg (guitar)

Live at the Star -Saint Andrew's In The Square

13th September


Scottish-born Canadian, David Franceyis recognized as one of today's finest singer-songwriters. "David's straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day." ShelterValley Folk Festival

Saint Andrew's In The Square, Glasgow G1 5PP

Weblog archive

August at the Star: Friday 3 Aug 2012

July - August 2012: Friday 20 Jul 2012

June/July 2012: Friday 22 Jun 2012

Live at the Star: June: Friday 1 Jun 2012

Listings - April - May, 2012: Friday 13 Apr 2012

March listings: Tuesday 28 Feb 2012

February 2012: Monday 6 Feb 2012

November/December: Thursday 17 Nov 2011

October listings: Sunday 9 Oct 2011

Live at The Star Club October: Tuesday 4 Oct 2011

September, 2011: Thursday 25 Aug 2011

August 2011: Friday 29 Jul 2011

July Listings: Thursday 7 Jul 2011

Star Club June 2011: Wednesday 1 Jun 2011

Live at The Star Club May / June: Wednesday 18 May 2011

March 2011: Thursday 10 Mar 2011

Live at the Star - February 2011: Monday 24 Jan 2011

November - December, 2010: Tuesday 2 Nov 2010

Programme for October / November 2010: Thursday 30 Sep 2010

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