A ONE-OFF show staged eight years ago, but continued and has raised monies for local charities may take place for the final time later this month.
‘This Could Be The Last Time’, an evening of nostalgia with the original members of the Arbroath Abbey Folk Club will take place in Hospitalfield House on Saturday, March 30, at 7.30 p.m.
It was back in late 1964 that the Corrie Folk Trio appeared at the Webster Memorial Theatre and after the show a group of assorted ‘folkies’ met up and decided to form a folk club in Arbroath.
The club’s first venue was a smoke-filled room in the Vaults in Kirk Square, but given the popularity of the venture it quickly became apparent that a larger venue was required.
The club moved to the Hotel Seaforth and the Arbroath Herald carried an advertisement announcing the opening night of the Arbroath Abbey Folk Club on Tuesday, July 13, 1965. For the next 10 years, the club featured many of the leading names on the folk scene.
In 2005, Brenda McLeod and Ian Lamb organised the ‘one-off’ Abbey Folk Club revival, but it turned out to be a lot more than that. And for the last eight years, along with ‘a little help from their friends’, the club has raised money for local charities, including Macmillan Nurses, Maggie’s Centre, Spina Bifida, Alzheimers Scotland and Arbroath Infirmary Treadmill Fund.
Carnoustie Rotary Club is also indebted to the club for helping to raise over £4,500 for their ‘End Polio Now’ campaign.
Four of the singers on that Tuesday were Andrew Webster, Nick Hunter, Bill Holroyd and Denis Arnot could not have imagined that 48 years later they would still be playing together, and, along with Janet Williamson, John Knox and Graeme Sutherland, they will appear in ‘This Could Be The Last Time’.
The show is part of Angus Council’s Tartan Week celebrations. In aid of the local branch of the Guide Dogs, tickets priced at £8 can be purchased at the door.