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Once a month (and sometimes twice) the joint is jumping and what we guarantee is happy, smiling faces. Since Brookfield Nights began, some top names have passed through. Everybody has a ball and each time, a charity benefits as profits go to a worthy causes. Among those we have helped are:

ROKPA, the charity which does so much valuable work in Nepal with Tibetan refugees.

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust, the hospital for wild creatures large and small in Ayrshire.

Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust

The Tsunami Disaster Appeal

Swarbaid, to help British folk legend Dave Swarbrick (Fairport Convention) get back on his feet after double lung transplant surgery.

African Youth Development Action Project, towards sports training initiatives for young people in Liberia.

Brookfield Nights may be popular with our regulars but musicians also enjoy our beautiful village hall as one of the better of the small-is-beautiful gigs in Scotland.

We aim to encourage more local communities to join with us to try and develop a circuit, using Brookfield as an example of what can be achieved in a rural setting.

In the past, we have been entertained by world-class performers such Huun-Huur-Tu, 3hattrio, The Stray Birds, The California Feetwarmers, The Mike + Ruthy Band, Furnace Mountain, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Front Country, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, The Hot Seats, Väsen, Chris Smither, Connla, Bronwynne Brent, Petunia & The Vipers, David Olney, Rebecca Pronsky, Laura Boosinger, The Wilders, The Wiyos, Woody Pines, Hillfolk Noir, Cam Penner & Jon Wood, Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, Greg Trooper, Nathan Bell, Fidil, Justin Townes Earle, The Crooked Jades, Andy Fairweather Low, The Mountain Firework Company, The Classic Jazz Orchestra, The New Rope Stringband, Vatersay Boys, Fraser Fifield, Lollo Meier Quartet, featuring Tcha Limberger and many, many more.

What do they share in common? They all want to return, and some have indeed been welcomed back.

Keep checking our forthcoming attractions list below for all of the news on who’s on next at these local events in Kilbarchan, where the best of roots music is showcased through the year.
Tuesday, September 11
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

Their music has been described as Appalachian honky tonk, and being from the mountains of North Carolina, that’s maybe as close as it gets. But, The Honeycutters have a richer depth of character than that suggests – a factor that has won them a much wider span of appreciation around the world.

The five-piece boasts a powerful lead vocalist in Amanda Anne Platt, who has been rightly compared to some of the great female performers of the post-war years.

Their albums attract 5-star ratings and have landed the band on many “Best-of” end-of-the-year lists.

“Remarkable! Delicious country songs” - RnR magazine

“Unquestionably one of the finest Americana bands”- Folk Radio UK

Friday, September 28
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
Alice Howe and Freebo

Alice Howe is for many, THE outstanding new arrival on the roots music scene, winning universal praise and a huge amount of media attention following the release of her debut EP last year.

Since teaming up with former Bonnie Raitt bassman Freebo for live work, the pair went on to complete a new album together – a record that is destined to establish them as a real force to be reckoned with.

Alice had been creating quite a considerable Stateside impact, winning coast-to-coast radio exposure. And many of her contemporaries had championed her.

Robby Hecht said she was “reminiscent of Kate Wolf,” adding: “Alice's earnest lyrics and heart-melting vocals might be the musical equivalent of lying in the dark beneath a clear sky of stars.”

Antje Duvekot said: “I could listen to her sing for hours. Her voice is beautiful as a bell, classic in that Joan Baez way.”

On tour here in duo format with that legendary bassman, here’s what some of the media have been saying:

“Up there with the very best of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gretchen Peters and Dar Williams” – Mike Davies, Folking.com

“A gem!” – AmericanaUK

“It’s clear why she’s been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez” – RnR magazine

Saturday, October 13
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
Tim Edey

Over the years, this hugely-talented multi-instrumentalist and singer has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in roots music including The Chieftains, Dougie MacLean, Altan, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Kevin Burke, Michael McGoldrick,  Lunasa, Session A9 and Julie Fowlis to name but a few…

Twice BBC Folk Award winner (Best Musician), Tim was again nominated in the 2018.

When an artist gets the kind of attention delivered by respected members of the media as well as highly regarded fellow musicians, the message couldn’t be clearer. This is how Sharon Shannon summed him up: “Ferocious passion ...beautiful tenderness, sensitivity, respect, understanding and love...the music of a virtuoso musician."

Top roots music critic Colin Irwin wrote in fRoots magazine: "Tim Edey is brilliant - in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he's a magician. As a character he's off the scale."

And, Living Tradition magazine declared: "Tim Edey plays a host of different instruments to a standard us mere mortals can only dream of. Listen and weep."

…In other words, he’s a musical genius.

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