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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, The Bills, Furnace Mountain, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, The Hot Seats, Väsen, Chris Smither, Petunia & The Vipers, David Olney, Laura Boosinger, Beverly Smith & Carl Jones, Backstreet, The Wilders, The Wiyos, Woody Pines, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Hillfolk Noir, Cam Penner & Jon Wood, The Henry Girls, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, Greg Trooper, Fidil, Justin Townes Earle and The Crooked Jades; great home-based talent such as Andy Fairweather Low, The Mountain Firework Company, The Classic Jazz Orchestra, The New Rope Stringband, Vatersay Boys, Michael Marra, Fraser Fifield, Lee Patterson, The Old Dance School, Rory McLeod, Mike Whellans, Southern Tenant Folk Union, Leon Hunt n-Tet, Crescent City Soul, The Border Boogie Band, Black Rose Ceilidh Band, Glasgow Gospel Choir and Back Of The Moon; Cajun hot shots Bayous from Denmark; Roll's Boys from the Czech Republic; Eva Eastwood, Olav Larsen & The Alabama Rodeo Stars and Willy Clay Band from Sweden...and the one and only Lollo Meier Quartet, featuring Tcha Limberger.

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.

All events at The Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan - Doors: 7.30pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346


Saturday, May 6:
The Lowest Pair

It is a great pleasure to be bringing this outstanding duo to the UK for the first time. Rarely have we heard such beautiful music so perfectly performed.

Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee are in the premier league. As top reviewer Mike Morrison said at AmercanRootsUK: “A huge breath of fresh air!”

Since our sister operation, BloodygreatPR sent out review copies of their TWO new releases in 2016, the circuit has been buzzing.

These are just a sample selection of the quotes that have come in.

“A true joy” – Rudie Humphrey - AmericanaUK

“Music for sunshine and mint juleps” – Folk radio UK

“Incredibly atmospheric” – Julian Piper, Acoustic magazine

“A musical marriage made in heaven” – Lonesome Highway (Ireland)

“Vocal perfection” – David Innes, R2 magazine “Voices just born to sing bluegrass and old-time” – David Kidman, Fatea magazine

Doors: 7.30pm – music 8pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346


Tuesday, May 23:
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

They were hailed as one of the most outstanding acts at 2016’s Shetland Folk Festival and after touring here earlier, R2 magazine writer David Innes declared that Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards had been his “most memorable gig” of the year, saying they “swung and rocked with constraint-free exuberance, tugging at and capturing the hearts of everyone.”

The accolade was the latest in a long line of positive critical responses to both the ‘live’ shows and recorded material.

Laura Cortese has built a distinguished career following a path that led her to be one of the most in-demand musical partners and collaborators on the circuit while continuing at the same time, to make her own music…

Reviewers have always loved her performing style and panache, Songlines magazine stating: "This was a celebration of American string playing par excellence,” while fRoots magazine called her “powerful and gutsy.”

There’s a brand new album coming, to keep fans happy.

Doors: 7.30pm – music 8pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346


Wednesday June 7:
Chris Stout & Catriona McKay

It's hard to believe there's only two people on stage as Catriona McKay and Chris Stout weave their way between glorious soundscapes and music of breathtaking simplicity.

Chris and Catriona have taken these most traditional of instruments and catapulted them into the contemporary world of music making. They have excited audiences all over the world with their own unique style, inspired by the traditions of their native Shetland Islands and Scotland.

They have performed, recorded and collaborated with musicians from Japan to Brazil, Alaska to Australia - and on the biggest stages with Symphony Orchestras such as The Trondheim Symphony and the Russian Philharmonic.

Recent collaborations closer to home include working with Irish singing legend Seamus Begley and Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote - and regularly collaborating with the world-renowned pianist Barry Douglas.

Chris and Catriona are creating music that lives with the listener long after the concert is over.

‘Sonically exquisite' - The Guardian

‘Uninpeachable’ - The Irish Times

‘This music is Breathtaking’ – fROOTS magazine

‘Clear and strong…always a startling freshness and spontaneity at work…virtuosic and physically engaging’ (5-star review) - The Herald

Doors: 7.30pm – music 8pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346


Tuesday, June 20:
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 built a huge fan base on both sides of the Atlantic. On tour here in trio format, they have won awards and nominations for Best Americana Album. Their latest release created a huge amount of excitement, attracting glowing praise from the critics.

“Wonderful” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“The sweetest harmonies you ever heard this side of The Everly Brothers” – R2 magazine

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

Doors: 7.30pm – music 8pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346


Tuesday, July 25:
The California Feetwarmers

Recognised as one of the hottest bands playing out of one of America’s steamiest States, The California Feetwarmers return to Europe for festivals in Switzerland, Scotland and Ireland.

Last time the band was over here they wowed an ecstatic crowd at the 1000-capacity Old Fruitmarket during Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival.

Since then, the seven-piece has continued to impress on both sides of the Atlantic and gathered praise from some of the biggest names in the biz.

When they played the swankiest nightclub in Beverly Hills, where Hollywood’s A-list go to have themselves some fun, Sir Tom Jones enjoyed the show so much he declared himself a fan.

He wasn’t the first big name to fall under their groovy spell…this is the band that Keb’ Mo’ sought out to provide an air of authenticity when he recorded his BluesAmericana album. The collaboration won them a Grammy-nomination.

One of the main visiting atttractions for this year’s Edinburgh Blues and Jazz Festival, when Keb’ Mo’ grabbed them to provide the right feel for the track that won them so much attention, he did so as he wanted it to be “a joyous thing – a party,” he told The Wall Street Journal.

…Now couldn’t we all do with a bit of that in our lives right now!

Doors: 7.30pm – music 8pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346


Tuesday, August 8:
The Honeycutters

There’s been quite a hunger in the UK to see this band following the release of two stunning albums, each of which won them glowing reviews and put them in many “Best-Of” end-of-the-year lists. We are delighted to finally be bringing them in for a run of dates, to quench the thirst. Here is what some of the media have been saying on this side of the Atlantic:

“Amanda Platt has one of those gorgeous heartache-drenched voices that brings to mind Loretta Lynn or Sheryl Crow” – Julian Piper, Acoustic magazine

“Remarkable! Delicious country songs”– David Innes, R2 magazine

“Unquestionably one of the finest Americana albums of 2016” - Folk Radio UK

“Excellent – destined for a great future”– John Roffey, Maverick magazine

“One of my favourite albums of the year” – Mike Morrison, AmericanRootsUK

Doors: 7.30pm – music 8pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346

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