Kelso Folk & Live Music Club promotes music making in traditional and contemporary fashion, both in an open mic performance situation and in the more informal environment of a Scottish pub session. All are welcome and the many regulars involved try to make visitors feel a part of the circle.
The club has two homes and two times, but always on a Friday night – every Friday night, very much throughout the year.
The earlier evening Open Mic (which does not exclude collaborations or open jams) is held at Abbotseat, located on the Golf Course Road about half a mile from the town centre. The Golf Club is the current venue but the adjacent ACE Centre (part of the Ice Rink building) has been a past venue and is set for a return of the club by 2015. It is an Open Mic which does have a PA and ‘stage’ but the informal setting is equally suited to those who prefer not to use the mic. It runs from around 7.45pm set-up to 10.45pm.
The pub session does not start earlier than 9pm, when you may find acoustic traditional music kicking things off. From 9.30 to 10.30pm it’s usually just two or three singers who anchor the Cobbles session with a small PA system if needed. By 11pm we usually welcome musicians and singers from the Open Mic and also from other Borders activities (Friday is a popular night). It’s not unusual for performers to arrive after midnight if they’ve been to gig first. The night ends around 1am.
Guidelines: if you have an instrument which is best with its own amplifier (such as a small bass amp or a battery portable) by all means bring it, but please don’t bring large gear or anything which needs mains power without asking/warning, especially to the Cobbles where space is limited and the staff don’t want to negotiate obstacles. Please do bring your own instrument lead, capo, instrument stand or clamp.