Captain's Bar, S.College St, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Fringe Show  


“Exploring Transatlantic Songs”


Ciaran McGhee & James StewartCiaran and James explore the transatlantic songs of the Scots, their migration path, and the musical footprint they have left. The duo will feature songs by Scots who migrated to Australia, America and Canada. Scotland’s people have traditionally left their homeland to travel far across the seas seeking to earn a living or a better life but carrying with them their musical culture and resulting in the transatlantic songs.

James and Ciaran play music together regularly and run a successful folk evening session in Captain’s bar. Ciaran is a talented singer/songwriter and a strong singer.  James plays guitar and banjo to accompany his delightful voice.

Preview Show Wednesday 2nd August also featuring Kevin Gore and Gerry Mulvenna

Saturday 5th, Thursday 10th, Wednesday 16th, Friday 18th, Wednesday 23rd

Doors open 12.30, Start time 13.00. Finish 14.00. Tickets £11 from Captain’s bar or Edinburgh Fringe.




“Songs for Edinburgh’s unsung hero, James Connolly” 


Gerry Mulvenna

As we approach the 150th anniversary of James Connolly’s birth in Edinburgh, Gerry Mulvenna presents a celebration in song of the life of this fascinating man, whose socialism was forged in the closes and wynds of this city. When Connolly and his young family left for Dublin in 1896, they were leaving their home at 21 South College Street, so a venue in the same street is a poignant location to sing songs, old and new, about James Connolly.

Gerry Mulvenna is a Belfast-born singer and guitarist, who first came to Edinburgh in 1985. As he discovered Connolly’s strong associations with both Edinburgh and Belfast, Gerry wrote a song entitled “The Footsteps of James Connolly”. He is a regular performer at folk sessions throughout the city and combines his original material with a fresh and eclectic repertoire.

Preview Show Wednesday 2nd August also featuring Kevin Gore, Ciaran McGhee and James Stewart

Thursday 3rd, Friday 11th, Saturday 12th, Saturday 19th, Thursday 24th, Friday 25th

Doors open 12.30, Start time 13.00. Finish 14.00. Tickets £11 from Captain’s bar or Edinburgh Fringe.


“Songs of Protest and Social Justice”


Kevin Gore

As Scotland takes an interest in its politics and social change, Kevin sings from his personal experience. He has played a major role in developing projects which help to tackle the effects of poverty in disadvantaged local communities. He is also politically active in the Scottish Independence movement.  Kevin is a singer/songwriter and experienced live performer. He has played to audiences in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. His songs have gained accolades from Author Irvine Welsh, Former first Minister of Scotland Lord Jack McConnell and Socialist and Champion of social justice Tommy Sheridan.

"Gore is a knockout, His songs balance beauty with fierce rallying cries of social justice " (Fest )

"Kevin Gore is gifted with the most formidable voice and a solid, earthy guitar style. It's no exaggeration to suggest that Kevin Gore is probably Scotland’s greatest living protest Singer /Songwriter " Leith Folk Club " A radical alternative to mainstream folk music

Preview show Wednesday 2nd August also featuring Gerry Mulvenna, Ciaran McGhee, James Stewart

Friday 4th, Wednesday 9th, Tuesday 15th, Thursday 17th, Saturday 26th August

Doors open 12.30, Start time 13.00. Finish 14.00. Tickets £11 from Captain’s bar or Edinburgh Fringe.