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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, February 15, 2019
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
The Shackleton Trio



Listen to the music of The Shackleton Trio and you'll hear influences that span British, American and Scandinavian traditions. But this is no pick 'n' mix designed as a please-all gesture.

Instead, your head will be washed clean, bathed by the purity of the melodic blend that is distinctly their own.

These are three superlative musicians, so truly meant-to-be-together, the performance is a joy to behold, featuring powerful instrumentation and rich three-part vocal harmonies from Aaren Bennett (guitar), Nic Zuppardi (mandolin) and Georgia (fiddle and vocals). The band has earned its stripes from relentless touring both at home and abroad, in the process winning a reputation as one of the best live acts on the circuit. As well as working extensively in the UK, they are also popular in Belgium and The Netherlands.

In 2018, they were seen by more people than ever, having toured Scandinavia and played many of the bigger festivals, including a main stage slot at Cambridge.

“Caught the band at the Bearded Theory festival and thought they were superb with stunning harmonies” - Sean McGhee, Editor, RnR magazine

“Highly recommended – an accomplished and distinct flavour of versatility” – Folk Radio UK

 
 
Tuesday, March 26 - 2019
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
Thunder and Rain



With their roots in traditional bluegrass and folk, this Colorado-based five-piece has established a strong footing, appealing to the same audience as The Stray Birds, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys and The Pine Hearts. Fusing melodic elements of rock and pop with acoustic instrumentation, they have created a very distinctive sound of their own.

It took the release of their superb 2017-issued “Start Believing” album to stimulate the UK media into paying serious attention. Reviews were fittingly flattering and they got a load of radio exposure too. "Imagine The Stray Birds with a slightly bigger sound,” declared Maverick magazine, while Folk RadioUK maintained they were “recalling the early days of 10,000 Maniacs.” Over at RnR magazine, a writer who is taken more seriously than many, David Innes, told readers: “There’s something special happening here,” while AmericanaUK recommended them as having “a lovely warm feel that will brighten your day.”

 
 
Sunday, April 28 - 2019
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
May Erlewine (trio)



Having taken Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival by storm and been invited into the studio to perform live on Another Country with Ricky Ross at BBC Radio Scotland, this Michigan Songbird has finally made the kind of impact those in the know had been predicting would happen.

She had previously made a big impression when she played UK festival dates with one of her side projects, The Sweet Water Warblers, in 2017. Since releasing her stunning solo album Mother Lion, in 2018, the media began to sit up and pay attention.

Reviewers swooned as they wrote about the record. At Folk Radio UK, Mike Davies said: “She’s looking to tour the UK with her own band which will no doubt serve to widen her fan base here. You really should set up an alert for those dates now,” at AmericanaUK, Michael Farley lebelled it “superb - a coming of age” release, while Country Music People said she was “a huge musical talent.” RnR magazine told readers the album was “enchanting” and Country Music magazine called it “mesmerising.”

 
 
Tuesday, May 7- 2019
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
The Fretless



After taking Celtic Connections by storm at the start of 2018 and going on to emerge triumphant from Edinburgh's big TradFest event and Shetland Folk Festival, The Fretless ended the year on a high when they carried off the Ibnstrumental Group of The Year award at the prestigious Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Back on this side of tyhe Atlanttic as the headline act at Baltimore Fiddle Festival in Ireland, they are on the crest of a wave and tipped by many as "not-to-be-missed" performers.

 
 
Thursday, June 6 - 2019
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
The Mountain Firework Company



They've been one of our favourite UK bands for several years and always warm the heart and raise the spirits. The Mountain Firework Company made their first big impact in 2008 with a stunning debut album. It was a show-stopping set at Glastonbury that fully established the five-piece and by the time the follow-up, The Lonesome Losing Blues, arrived, they were winning widespread praise on both sides of the Atlantic.

Real crowd pleasers, the Brighton-based band has appearances at Celtic Connections and Shetland Folk festivals. “Irish folk may have informed Americana but few explore the link as well as The Mountain Firework Company,” said Q magazine; “Rich, bristling bluegrass melodies and instrumentation with a bruised modern heart,” wrote Time Out.

 
 
     
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