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Our Friday evening menu

The Kelso Folk and Live Music Club holds two weekly Friday night sessions which are open to all. Membership is free by registering your email details with the club; small admission contributions (£1-£2) may be requested for sessions.

* Email updates
* For musicians and singers, information on external club gigs such as concerts for local village halls or other organisations, where participation is invited
* Voting rights
* Becoming involved and help with activities as one of the team
* Club polo shirt or sweatshirt – order your own by calling in to Promotif on Bridge Street in Kelso, pick your garment and get the club logo embroidered on it!
* Buy the Club CD for a reduced price of £3 (normally £5 to visitors)

The early session (8.00pm-11.00pm) at The Cross Keys Oak Room, is an informal acoustic singaround. Full bar and dining facilities are available.

The late session (10.00pm or a little earlier until closing) at the Cobbles Inn, Bowmont Street, mixes traditional tunes and songs with popular acoustic evergreens on an ‘all join in’ basis with the occasional standout solo, or a wee group doing something too difficult for the rest of us. A good built-in PA system is provided. The last Friday of each month is dedicated to purely acoustic – no PA!

The Cobbles offers excellent lounge bar or upstairs dining room meals before the club session. Our anchor team normally occupies one table, in front of the fireplace of the lounge bar (section to the left after entering the pub) which is reserved for musicians from 9.30pm. Find yourself a table close to this if you want to join in.

For information and guest artist first enquiries, David Kilpatrick, (Cobbles session).

On Friday April 1st 2011 the Small Hall Band, which had been given a grant towards their West and Islands tour by the club in 2010, performed a guest concert set at the ACE Centre.

Regulars – singers you can expect to meet include Allan Conochie, Bob Strachan, Alec Douglas, Pete Gillespie, Graham Dunn, Dave McIntosh, David Kilpatrick, Dave Mullen, Jas Mackinnon, Andrew Hunter and also (at the Cobbles) Martin & Liz Marroni, Heather Nicol, Darren Scurfield, Roger Platfoot. Regular session musicians include Martin & Liz Marroni, Scott Turnbull, Bob Liddle, Arthur Cross, Steve Tees, Steve Dent, Kirsty Tees, Darren & Helen Scurfield, Ian Croall, Jimmy Nagle, Carly Blain and many others.

The club raises funds to support guest appearances and invites artists passing through the Borders, or local to Kelso, to contact us. We can not book large or fully amplified groups and our venues are best suited to solo, duo, trio. We are interested in tuition and workshop proposals. The club may, subject to committee decision, make grants from our fundraising to other organisations or events. The club welcome grants or funding from outside bodies in turn, to develop outreach events and extend the scope of its existing activities. In 2011 a grant of £400 from Youth Music Scotland helped bring in more young members for an allocated open mic period, with the lasting effect of more performances from this age-group.


Friday, September 7th, 2012

David Kilpatrick at String Jam Club

Chris Martin shot this video of Kelso’s David Kilpatrick singing another happy song at String Jam Club, end of May – Clive Carroll’s fantastic guitar skills being the real attraction, of course, with the usual support from several floor spots.

The small guitar is a Brook Bovey 21.5″ scale tuned to F#C#f#bc#f’# (DADGAD four frets up). The song is traditional with a strong influence on the guitar setting from Dáithí Sproule’s version as performed by Altan. See:

for more info on one of Ireland’s best respected exports.

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Le Jardin June 5th

Due to the noise from Le Jardin’s refrigerators, recordings of song performance were not so successful on Friday June 5th. Here, though, is an instrument which can mask the sound of a humming fridge with ease – Ian Croall on Deger electronic smallpipes!

– DK

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Videos of the Ancrum Village Hall opening

Kelso Folk and Live Music Club provided music for the opening night of the newly refurbished Ancrum Village Hall. The tightly programmed (and accommodated!) sextet consisted (as seen from the left in the line-up) of Peter Gillespie guitar & vocals, Ron Hastings g&v, Steve Dent percussion, Dave Mullen g&v and MC, David Kilpatrick g&v and viola, Ian Croall midi smallpipes.

Nicole Mullen shot some videos of the event – a difficult task given the lighting and the odd close-up balance created by the PA, it sounded better balanced back down the hall where the audience was.

The link to view all seven videos edited by Dave and Nicole, with sound mixed from recordings made by Nicole, Pete and David Kilpatrick, visit YouTube and search for ‘KelsoFolk’. We have removed the embedded link as it was slowing the site down.

The theme was a Scottish night by request.

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Dave Mullen sings ‘On The Nickel’

On The Nickel

Here’s a YouTube video from club member Dave Mullen, who appeared in a solo performance on Friday July 11th 2008.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Good Formby, bad form? Club hits the headlines!

KELSO Folk and Live Music Club has hit the national headlines after two members wrote to the ‘Southern Reporter’ complaining that George Formby classics performed by Roger Platfoot contained racist language. Keith and Cate Ryan have threatened to report the club to the Police Hate Crimes Unit if Roger plays the ‘Mr Wu’ songs (and others) again. (more…)

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Session April 18th – pictures

I AM testing a Canon 450D camera for the British Journal of Photography, and by coincidence a US (I think) magazine was looking for low-light shots of people taken on new Canon cameras. Canon had sent me a 35mm f1.4 lens which is a) expensive b) just right for no-flash, hand held pix in the Cobbles using the camera’s maximum sensitivity of ISO 1600. These are the pictures I liked, if anyone dislikes the idea of appearing anonymously in print in a pro photo magazine test report, let me know and I will discard the shot!


Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Session in the bar

Before the Cobbles was remodelled in February 2008, James Shepherd shot some pictures of the typical weekly Friday night sessions. Most of these showed slack-jawed yokels drooling over their guitars with eyes closed, because that’s what happens when you shoot singers and musicians after a couple of pints and mid-song. However, a few of us managed to stay reasonably sober-looking and composed.


Friday, February 22nd, 2008


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