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During the 52nd season, we booked a number of guests who were new to the club, including The Birdscarers, Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp, Sound Tradition and Jill Pidd/Doc Rowe. All of them gave us excellent nights, with the presentation of the making of “The Transports” by Doc Rowe being particularly interesting. The other big highlight of this season was the 52nd Birthday Night, when a full house for the Wilson Family had the clubroom shaking with the combined voices of the guests and the audience.

Wilson Family
Wilson Family

We also saw the last visits to the club by both Quartz, as well as Life and Times, who were disbanding soon after their visit to the club. On a sad note, following falling numbers, the club had to cancel the Christmas Ceilidh, which has been running since 1977, due to lack of support. The difficult decision was also taken to cease running Ceilidhs for the foreseeable future.

Our 53rd year kicked off with Hissyfit, who gave us a wonderful night, but unfortunately it will be their last visit to the club as they were calling it a day very soon after the gig. So far this season, we have booked 3 guests new to the club - Jimmy Hutchison, Barron Brady, and the recently formed JIB. We have also seen some guests who have not appeared at the Club for a while in the guise of Jimmy Crowley and Chris Foster (on tour launching his new CD).

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