Kelso Folk & Live Music Club promotes music making in traditional and contemporary fashion, both in a singaround situation and in the even more informal environment of a Scottish pub session with open mic. 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 acoustic meet is held at The Planet, a social centre on the side of the Kelso Ice Rink complex, next to the Golf Club. It is a singaround in the Planet’s café zone and at the moment, unamplified, a comfortable lounge seating for a circle of singers, players and listeners. It runs from around 7.45pm set-up to 10.45pm, and you may bring your own beer or wine (soft drinks, coffee and bites should be purchased from the café).
This is a really comfortable place to get to know a small circle of musicians and singers, whether you want to listen in, or join in.
The Cobbles Inn pub session does not start earlier than 9pm, when you may find acoustic traditional music kicking things off. From 10.00pm it’s usually just two or three singers who anchor the session. By 11pm we usually welcome musicians and singers from the Planet 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 by 1am.
Guidelines: please don’t bring large gear or anything which needs mains power without arranging beforehand, as this is a public lounge bar/dining room and the club and The Cobbles management have co-operated to install an excellent partly built-in HK system. Please do bring your own instrument lead, capo, instrument stand or clamp and let us help you plug in or use one one of the microphones.
Although many pub regulars refer to us as ‘the band’ we are not! We are there to encourage others to join in, stand up and sing with accompaniment from our musicians.