New venue planned for ‘welcoming’ folk club

Anna/Annie Walton, acoustic performer
Anna/Annie Walton, acoustic performer
Have your say

A ‘welcoming’ folk club is making the move to a new venue this week.

Gillespie’s Acoustic Roots Club launch at the Highlands Pub, Queens Promenade, North Shore, tomorrow night, with music from 8.30pm.

Anna Walton, from the club, said: “This is an ideal location as it’s on a tram and bus route, and there is free parking.” Although regularly welcoming guest acts, the next few months’ meetings will be dedicated to local acoustic roots musicians, poets and singer-songwriters.

Anna (pictured) added: “We are expecting a busy night, with local singers/songwriters, poets, and a choir as they have all requested a slot.

“The manager Sharon Gallagher and Michael Hayes, the chef and owner of the Highlands have wholeheartedly welcomed, supported and promoted this new venture.

“Gillespie’s is four years old this month, and has been consistent in booking young and up-and-coming folk performers.

“Their guest last month was local folk star Niamh Boadle, and previous bands such as The Goat Roper Rodeo Band and The Sail Pattern have also been guests at Gillespie’s.

“Gillespie’s has gained a deserved reputation for being the most welcoming club of its kind.”

Anyone interested in performing can call Anna on (07425) 146950 or visit