This Sunday 22 September, Robin Laing is the guest singer at the Bothy. Robin is a Scottish folk-singer and songwriter originally from Edinburgh. His affection for his home city, and indeed Scotland, shows in many of his songs. He now lives in rural Lanarkshire.
Since becoming full-time professional he has created a one-man show on the subject of Scotch whisky called The Angels' Share, has released an album based on the show and has toured extensively both in the UK and abroad. He has also been running traditional song classes in Lanarkshire and has become the Convener of a new organisation, The New Makars Trust, which aims to promote song writing in Scotland.
The Angels' Share combined two of his passions - folk song and whisky. When not exploring the purely cultural aspects of whisky, he is sometimes to be found on the Tasting Panel of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. In terms of folk music, his real interest is in folk song and especially the old Scots Ballads, or Muckle Sangs as they are sometimes known. However, he also has a tremendous respect for the songs of Robert Burns, (not just the rude ones), and the tradition of Scots fiddle music that has come from people like William Marshall, Scott Skinner and the Gow family. Robin's instrument is the classical guitar and some of these fiddle tunes transfer quite well.
The Bothy Folk Club meets at the Park Golf Club, Park Road West, Southport, PR9 0JS. Thwaites real ale. On-line tickets.