Kelso Folk and Live Music Club is a thriving and vibrant group of musicians that welcomes new faces.
David Kilpatrick, club member, says the group is “very much a cross-border gathering. There is an open mic every Friday evening, first at the ACE Centre, Abbotseat Road, and then later on at the Cobbles Inn, Kelso centre.
“New players and singers are welcome to this very busy session. The Friday night twin venue activities continue all year with the exception of some Christmas and Hogmanay nights.”
Acoustic guitars form the mainstay for singers, but there is a vast range of talent in the club and members also play electronic smallpipes and piano, accordion, melodeon, five-string banjo, flute, fiddle, whistle, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, hand percussion, ukulele-banjo, acoustic bass and many other instruments.
David says that if a singer doesn’t play an instrument it’s not a problem. “Unaccompanied singing is appreciated just as much and many of our singers cover a range of tunes – current day and even originals from the 12th the 21st centuries.
Kelso Folk and Live Music Club was formed in 1995 and has an open mic session every Friday from 7.30pm to 10pm, at the ACE Centre, Abbotseat Road, (located in the Ice Rink building) with café and soft drink service, bring your own alcohol. A £2 entry charge supports the ACE facility and the club.
The group then moves on to the Cobble sInn, East Bowmont Street, from 10pm to closing time at 1am. Here there is a mixed acoustic and traditional open session. New players and singers are welcome to this very busy session.
The Friday night twin venue activities continue all year with the exception of some Christmas and Hogmanay nights.
On Wednesdays there is a traditional Celtic tune session is organised by club members at The Cloisters Bar, Bridge Street, Kelso (just in front of the Ednam House Hotel). This runs from 7.30pm.
There is a £5 annual membership charge which includes e-mail updates about dates and activities which include four guest concerts a year at the ACE, two staged in conjunction with the Cobbles, and participation in local festivals.