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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.
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

Thursday, October 4
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346
Nathan Bell

He picked up glowing 5-star reviews for his album, I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love - a CD that deservedly won him huge media exposure.

And, Nathan Bell ended 2017 on another high after being voted Male Performer of the Year in the Readers’ Poll at the influential AmericanaUK website.

He had made a rare visit to these shores earlier last year for a double bill show with James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, and stunned a capacity crowd into hushed silence when he took the stage.

Reviewing the performance here (AmericanaUK), writer Paul Kerr said:

“It was a raucous crowd that faced Bell when he bounced onto the stage but within minutes he had them transfixed with barely a murmur to be heard, his confident delivery and wry humour demanding attention

“Gruff and tender with a poet’s voice and a sincere sense of justice, Bell is the real deal…do yourself a favour and catch this true American troubadour. You won’t be disappointed.”

Since returning to his home in Tennessee. Nathan has recorded a brand new album to be released here just before he returns, and a ‘live’ album recorded in front of a sold-out crowd in Wales during his last visit will also get a UK release at the same time.

Some media quotes:

“Gritty and authentic” - The Telegraph

“Really, really special” – Ricky Ross, BBC

“Powerful – excellent” (5 stars) - Country Music People

“Poetry is coursing through his veins”
(5 stars)
– Maverick 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.

Tuesday, October 30
Doors 7:30pm – Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346

Since issuing their superb Songs of The Hollow album in 2017, CUA have gone on to become a band that has gathered in more praise than most from all the best sections of the media.

Awarding the album an 8/10 rating at AmericanaUK, top writer Jeremy Searle said: “This Irish trio stands right at the forefront of contemporary cutting-edge folk and even that description sells it a little short.”

Issuing a similar judgement for Acoustic magazine, Julian Piper had this to say: "At its finest, music should confound and amaze the listener, and this trio from Ireland have the luck - and the ability - to be one of those outfits who can pull this off."

Folkwords said, rightly: “Unlike anything else.”

As a result, there are many who cannot wait to catch the band in action and this will be their first ever Scottish tour.

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