It was around about 1980 (none of us can remember exactly) when a number of local Balerno folk first discussed forming Balerno Folk Club.
With the expertise of Alex Hood, then organiser of the Edinburgh Police Folk Club, we began in the Kestrel Hotel. The Kestrel has now gone, with the site having been redeveloped, and we are happily now re-located to Balerno Bowling Club, to whom we owe grateful thanks for an excellent performance venue where folk nights run on the last Tuesday of most months. Details of our scheduled performances can be found in the What’s on section.
Over time, and with the passing of weel-kent and much loved Club members and office-bearers, we are still going strong some 32 or more years later. To all of those and our supporters over the years, a special thank you is due, and to the present committee who give such great support and continue the work started all these years ago.
A variety of artists who have performed in Balerno have gone on to international careers e.g. Dougie McLean, John Martyn, Dick Gaughan and of course the ever- popular (and now retired) McCalmans who also recorded one of their albums “Out of the Heat” at the Club.
For the last few years we have been a participant in the Balerno Music Festival where we annually run a subsidised Children’s Concert on a Sunday afternoon early in the festival then, on the last weekend, a folk concert on the Friday night, and a very popular music session in the Grey Horse Inn on the Saturday afternoon. For the 2017 Festival we had a return visit from Artie Tresize with his “Artie’s Tartan Tales” for the Children’s Concert on 8 October and, for the Friday night concert on 13 October, the wonderful Isla St Clair with enjoyable and amusing support from singer/songwriter, George Machray. The session was on Saturday 14 October in the afternoon, in the new dining room in the Grey Horse. Everything went well and we are now thinking ahead for the 2018 Festival.