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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.
Monday, May 21
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
Chris Stout & Catriona McKay

It may have been seven years since the pair last presented us with a supercharged taste of where their remarkable musical journey had taken them, but it has been well worth the wait. When Chris Stout and Catriona McKay released their long-awaited Bare Knuckle album earlier this year, it created a huge and instantaneous impact.

Earlier this month, as a result, they carried off the Best Duo title in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

In twenty years of playing together, Chris and Catriona have become world-renowned and highly regarded purveyors of what has been rightly described as music that is always “startlingly fresh.”

In those seven years, they have travelled extensively and appeared in some of the most impressive venues, as far afield as Japan, Russia, Brazil and the USA.

Although these musical roots are deeply imbedded in their own traditions, they are driven to use this grounding as a starting point to challenge their instruments and develop and explore new territory. The result is always powerful, adventurous and invigorating.

A review of the new album in The Herald summed it up stating they were “operating at a rarefied level of expertise.” RnR magazine complimented the playing as "exquisite"

As trustworthy collaborators they have been part of many projects and are both members of the internationally acclaimed band Fiddlers’ Bid.

Wednesday, June 27
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
The Danberrys

One of the hottest acts to emerge from the rockier underbelly of Nashville’s music scene, the soulful pairing of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel have been building a sizeable fan base on both sides of the Atlantic. Superlative musicians and vocalists, they return to these shores after a triumphant visit in 2017, as one of the main acts for this year’s Maverick Americana Festival in Suffolk. The Danberrys have won various awards and nominations for Best Americana Album. Their most recent release created quite an impact, attracting glowing praise from the critics, such as:

“Wonderful” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“The sweetest harmonies you ever heard this side of The Everly Brothers” – RnR magazine

“A gift – and you should accept it with open ears” – Folk Radio UK

“Tremendous” – Mike Morrison, AmericanRootsUK

“Simply engrossing” – Folkwords

Thursday, July 12
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
Markus K

Blues fusionist Markus is the ultimate modern day ‘one man band,’ using, guitar, voice, percussion – and a looper – to build rich textures for his blues-infused original songs and reworks of classics. Originally from Holland, he lived in the UK for 28 years, where he fronted the excellent power trio GILES. But he got struck by a burst of wanderlust and began travelling worldwide.

In 2017, he toured Europe almost continuously, always setting up on the sidewalk in each destination and causing a stir everywhere he goes. “Playing on the street has been my most rewarding experience. There is a very direct connection with people from all ages and walks of life and the response has been amazing,” he says.

When performing in clubs and theatres, he likes to throw an invitation out to find one or two local musicians to join him onstage for a tune or two, always keen to throw it wide open for a section of the set to see what transpires. “I love jamming with people along the way – it’s always a great fun experience.” At concerts, his extraordinary mastery of vocals, guitar, drumbeat and looper is accompanied by anecdotes from his adventures.

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