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Best folk venues in Glasgow

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Hi folks,

A couple of pals are coming from Iceland to Glasgow in late November for a conference and making a weekend of it. They were asking me about good folk music venues, both for ceilidh/trad music or just singer-songwriter Scottish or even Irish folk songs. I said the Park Bar was always good, and I've always enjoyed The Scotia ; but could anyone from the area or someone in the know recommend a few great places for them to hear some music, and a good atmosphere?

Thanks very much.

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Park Bar and Scotia are probably the best, but the Ben Nevis and Islay Inn in the West End usually have folk bands on.

MacSorleys close to central station has a folk night one night of the week, but unsure which.

Could be wrong, but I think Cottiers Bar on Hyndland Street also do nights occasionally, the Sunshine Appeal have hired their resident band, the Big Stupid Ceilidh Band, for our Burns night in January.

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1 minute ago, Squirrelhumper said:

it's closed down.

 

Recently?

Was in for a pint before the Albania game, and while a lot quieter than usual, was no indication it was closing down.

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18 minutes ago, wanderer said:

Recently?

Was in for a pint before the Albania game, and while a lot quieter than usual, was no indication it was closing down.

Closed last week.

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1 hour ago, Squirrelhumper said:

Closed last week.

You're kidding?? I went by there on Friday evening - never went in but from the outside it sounded like it was open. 

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Is the Sloans Friday night ceilidh any good these days?

Last time I tried one down Merchant City way, it was all young students and I nearly had a collapse.

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20 hours ago, scotlad said:

You're kidding?? I went by there on Friday evening - never went in but from the outside it sounded like it was open. 

They had a statement on their Facebook page saying it was closing due to unreconcilable differences with Punch Breweries that made it impossible to trade.

I assumed it was closed, may have opened again but it closes that often it's hard to keep track.

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That's a pity.  I mind it was rumoured to be closing about a year ago, with problems with the owners being cited as the reason that time.

To be honest, I often found the beer selection a bit poor in there (which figures, if they've been having problems with supplies) and found it slightly overpriced.  At least the people in it were generally pleasant though it had a bit of character.  Hopefully someone will takes it on and reopen it soon.

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I think it did shut down for a spell and then reopen but has since shut again.  Shame as it was always a good place to stop going to/from The Academy for gigs.

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1 hour ago, Fairbairn said:

I think it did shut down for a spell and then reopen but has since shut again.  Shame as it was always a good place to stop going to/from The Academy for gigs.

It was closed for a good chunk of last year as they spent a fortune on refurbishing it.

Have to admit, now I think about it, its beer choices did seem to go from great to poor in almost no time (but never really took it in), when I was in a couple of weeks back they hardly had anything on tap.

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