Edinburgh Folk Club

Edinburgh Folk Club is the principle folk club within the Scottish capital city, Edinburgh. The club's roots date back to the early seventies where it grew from the British folk revival into one of the most respected and long running clubs in Scotland.

Edinburgh Folk Club
LocationPleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland
TypeFolk Music Club
Genre(s)Folk, traditional
Seating typeCabaret Bar, Seated/Standing
OpenedSeptember 1973
Edinburgh Folk Club


It has been suggested that Edinburgh Folk Club is the successor to the supposedly infamous 'Buffs Folk Club' which was active during the 1960s, but was ultimately closed down by the Police.[1] Edinburgh Folk Club's first meeting took place in the basement of George Square's Chaplaincy Centre in September 1973, and whilst it has changed venues on numerous occasions over the years, it has remained at its current location (The Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh) for over 10 years.


The club was winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Folk Club of the Year 2003 and has been nominated for various other awards, including the Scots Trad Music Awards 2010 and the Scottish New Music Awards 2011.[2] In 2017, Edinburgh Folk Club was awarded 'Club of the Year' at the annual Scots Trad Music Awards.[3]


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