Ayr Phoenix Folk Club
Ayr Phoenix Folk Club has risen from the ashes of the old Ayr Folk Club. The Phoenix took to the air in November 2016.
Then and now several thriving session scenes operate in and around the town of Ayr. However, Ayr Phoenix Folk Club was set up to also provide a structured folk club presenting respected quality guest performers supported by club floor singers.
During lock-down when live performances were not allowed, the club organised over one hundred online Zoom sessions. These involved local musicians, some from other parts of Scotland and further afield in Ireland, Australia, Canada, and the USA. To this date because of the friendships developed during lock-down, several members still participate in a monthly Zoom session originating in Canada.
In July 2022 Ayr Phoenix Folk Club produced and directed an extremely successful Concert for Ukraine in association with Irvine Folk Club, Girvan Folk Club, Dalry Folk Club, OIR Folk Club, Girvan Traditional Folk Festival and The Gaiety Theatre Ayr. The Concert was in aid of Ukrainian refugees in Scotland.
Here is a little piece of historical information about the original Ayr Folk Club in the 1970’s. From the memory of someone who attended the original club: “The original folk club was in Loudoun Hall. George McEwan from Maybole ran it. He wrote Connolly’s Welly Boot song. I first saw Hamish Imlach, Matt McGinn, The Humblebums and many more of the worthies of the ’70’s Scottish folk scene there.”
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