During the “lock down” to combat the Covid 19 virus musicians are seeing live performances cancelled and postponed across the world as well as travel being curtailed.This is having a serious effect on live music and on the ability of many working musicians to make a living. It also has an effect on the venues, clubs and promoters. To this end we have taken a rather good video recording of Ivan’s performance at Falkirk Folk Club in 2019 and made it available as a download. As well as giving people a chance to enjoy a live concert in their own homes this also helps musicians survive whilst they are unable to work.
The download is available from our on-line store and costs just £10. It also includes the audio from the performance in MP3 format. Alongside this we would urge people to support venues like the Falkirk Folk Club, especially where they can donate to keep them running. Falkirk Folk Club have a link on their homepage where you can donate to them. All donations however big or small are welcomed by the club.
In the spring of 2019 I went on a small tour of Scotland. One date I was looking forward to was in Falkirk where the Folk Club meets at the Tollbooth Tavern. The club not only recorded my set but they also provided us with a copy of the recordings which have been compiled for my first ever live album. There were no overdubs or studio gimmickry; that was how I sounded on the night, warts and all!
When Charlie Tibbles from the Falkirk Folk Club passed the recording on we were surprised at the quality of the recording. It captured the essence of recent live performances and the material I’ve performed this past two years. And we were delighted to put it out as a limited edition compact disk. Charlie also provided us with video footage of the performance and here it is in all its digital glory!
Falkirk Folk Club is well over 50 years old and has had many venues over the half century. 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 now hosts events in the historic, and the town’s oldest public house, The Tolbooth Tavern, beside the High Street’s steeple landmark. I certainly want to go back there again to play to one of the best audiences in Scotland.
Falkirk Folk Club is a warm, welcoming gathering and I’m grateful to them for contributing so positively to this recording. Find out more about the range of events and other things they are involved in via their website which is to be found at: falkirkfolkclub.co.uk and do visit them if you are in the area.
All the songs and tunes are original compositions, the video track listing is:
- The Ballad of James & Isa Cursitor
- The Rose of St Magnus
- The Ballad of Jimmy Fry
- El Caballo Blanco
- Walk Beside Your Shoes
- A Peedie Heart
- Close It Down
- Fiona MacDonald’s/Road To Joppa
- Won’t You Come Home
- Tall Ships
- The Fisherman
- The Dark Haired Ruby
If you want to play the recording back on a PC, Laptop or a smart device we recommend VLC media player which is free, open-source software and can be downloaded at videolan.org and is available for just about every platform.