IN 2005 as a finale to Arbroath’s Tartan Week celebrations Abbey Folk Club held what was intended to be a one-off concert in the Hotel Seaforth to celebrate the club’s 40th anniversary.
The performers included three of those who appeared on the first night in July 1965 (Andrew Webster, Nick Hunter and Dennis Arnott) along with Janet Williamson, Spindrift with James Hutcheson, Inchcape the NBG Band, the late great Smokie Gray and compere John Knox. It is fair to say that the response was incredible with around 150 attending.
It would appear, however, that not all Arbrothians are “folkies” since shortly after announcing that another concert would take place in 2007 a fire destroyed the Seaforth! Folk singers are dedicated people, however, and the club has continued to hold nights in Arbroath raising money for local charities including British Heart Foundation MacMillan Nurses and Spina Bifida.
In the past four years four concerts have been held in Carnoustie and accounted for around £4,500 of the £6,500 raised by Carnoustie Rotary Club as part of Rotary’s ‘End Polio Now Campaign’.
The Club’s latest folk night will be held in Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, next Friday (June 15) with money raised going to Alzheimer Scotland (Angus Branch) when it is hoped that a song called ‘Lovely Arbroath’ will be performed by Inchcape. It was written by Scottish songwriter Walter Russell McFadyen who had a great love for the town and the words and music were donated to Angus Council by his wife, Lenore, and can be seen at the Signal Tower Museum.
Tickets are available from Brenda McLeod (01241 878724) or John Knox (01241 853808) and also at the door on the night. The concert starts at 7.30 p.m.