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Once a month (and sometimes twice) the joint is jumping and what we guarantee is happy, smiling faces. Since Brookfield Nights began, some top names have passed through. Everybody has a ball and each time, a charity benefits as profits go to a worthy causes. Among those we have helped are:

ROKPA, the charity which does so much valuable work in Nepal with Tibetan refugees.

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust, the hospital for wild creatures large and small in Ayrshire.

Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust

The Tsunami Disaster Appeal

Swarbaid, to help British folk legend Dave Swarbrick (Fairport Convention) get back on his feet after double lung transplant surgery.

African Youth Development Action Project, towards sports training initiatives for young people in Liberia.

Brookfield Nights may be popular with our regulars but musicians also enjoy our beautiful village hall as one of the better of the small-is-beautiful gigs in Scotland.

We aim to encourage more local communities to join with us to try and develop a circuit, using Brookfield as an example of what can be achieved in a rural setting.

 
In the past, we have been entertained by world-class performers such Huun-Huur-Tu, The Bills, Furnace Mountain, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, The Hot Seats, Väsen, Chris Smither, Petunia & The Vipers, David Olney, Laura Boosinger, Beverly Smith & Carl Jones, Backstreet, The Wilders, The Wiyos, Woody Pines, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Hillfolk Noir, Cam Penner & Jon Wood, The Henry Girls, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, Greg Trooper, Fidil, Justin Townes Earle and The Crooked Jades; great home-based talent such as Andy Fairweather Low, The Mountain Firework Company, The Classic Jazz Orchestra, The New Rope Stringband, Vatersay Boys, Michael Marra, Fraser Fifield, Lee Patterson, The Old Dance School, Rory McLeod, Mike Whellans, Southern Tenant Folk Union, Leon Hunt n-Tet, Crescent City Soul, The Border Boogie Band, Black Rose Ceilidh Band, Glasgow Gospel Choir and Back Of The Moon; Cajun hot shots Bayous from Denmark; Roll's Boys from the Czech Republic; Eva Eastwood, Olav Larsen & The Alabama Rodeo Stars and Willy Clay Band from Sweden...and the one and only Lollo Meier Quartet, featuring Tcha Limberger.

What do they share in common? They all want to return, and some have indeed been welcomed back.

Keep checking our forthcoming attractions list below for all of the news on who’s on next at Brookfield, as well as The Steeple Hall and Old Library in Kilbarchan, where the best of roots music is also showcased regularly.
 
         
 
 

All events at The Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan - Doors: 7.30pm. Tickets (12.50) from 01505 706346

Friday, Feb 24, 2017: Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham
video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XC274gq5PU

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Tuesday March 7: Bronwynne Brent (trio)

Return by popular demand of sensational singer-songwriter from the Mississippi Delta who took the UK by storm on her first visit here, winning much praise from the critics – and a BBC radio 2 session from Whispering Bob Harris.

Doors: 7.30pm – music 8pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346

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Friday, March 31, 2017: Cathal McConnell with Kathryn Nicoll and Karen Marshalsay

We’ve enjoyed some pretty spectacular performances at these events over the years and from time to time, our regulars will be heard to comment “the best yet.”

Let’s see what they have to say after this one!

In this throw-away society, where language is devalued on a daily basis, we get used to seeing “legendary” pinned to the mediocre as the chancers of this world try desperately to build something up that should best be left alone.

We’re not going to pin any labels on Cathal McConnell. This is someone whose name alone has a sufficiently powerful resonance.

Here, he’s accompanied by “the girls” as he calls them - Kathryn Nicoll (fiddle and viola) and Karen Marshalsay (harp). This is the tasty package that carried off a prestigious Herald Angel award at Edinburgh Fringe in 2015.

Cathal, of course, is recognised around the world for his work with Boys of The Lough.

Doors: 7.30pm – music 8pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346

 
 
 

Friday April 14: Rebecca Pronsky (with Rich Bennet)

Rebecca Pronsky is a born and raised Brooklynite whose music confidently straddles the boundaries of country roots, jazz, rockabilly, and folk. She creates a distinctive sound, which at times feels like The Smiths relocated to Nashville or Stevie Nicks singing with Ennio Morricone. Last time she appeared in Kilbarchan, she received a tremendous reaction. She returns once more with collaborator, guitarist and producer Rich Bennett, who puts the trimmings on the music with his own masterful flair. Opening the show will be the talented Andrew Howie.

Doors: 7.30pm – music 8pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346

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Wednesday April 26: Connla

Fresh from a triumphant UK tour where they once more won glowing reviews, Connla are back on this side of the Irish Sea for a main stage appearance at Edinburgh’s Tradfest event.

The band ended 2016 on a high, winning the Best Band of 2016 accolade in the ‘Live’ Ireland awards as well as the Instrumental Album of The Year title too. After appearances at this year’s Celtic Connections festival, they carried off a 5-star review in The Scotsman.

Doors: 7.30pm – music 8pm. Tickets (£12.50) from 01505 706346

 

 
 
         
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