Popular guest kicks off Folk club’s new season

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MONTROSE Folk Club will start its new season after the summer break in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose, on Tuesday (August 9), at 8pm with a guest appearance by one of the members’ favourite performers, Michael Marra.

Previous appearances at the club by Michael, the renowned singer/songwriter from Dundee, otherwise known as the Bard of Lochee, have always been extremely popular, and he is widely regarded as Scotland’s equivalent to Randy Newman, the famous American singer and songwriter.

No one other than Michael Marra has a repertoire in which an alternative Scottish National Anthem, like ‘Hermless’, can rub shoulders with a tribute to French pop star, Johnny Halliday.

A poignant tale of a divorcing couple who must divide their joint record collection in ‘Beefhearts and Bones’, contrasts with the burning criticism of religious stupidity in ‘Chain Up the Swings’.

After an unsuccessful attempt in the 1970s to become a rock star with Dundee band Skeets Boliver, Michael has been a professional solo musician for the past 30 years. He has also been the writer and musical director of a number of theatrical productions at Dundee Rep.

Michael Marra released his first solo album, ‘Gaels Blue’, in 1985, and it rapidly came to be regarded as a Scottish classic. Since then, he has released a further six albums of original material which only scratch the surface of his song output. He is creating a body of work that can be matched by few of his contemporaries.

To most, Michael Marra is a solo performer, touring the length and breadth of Britain, performing in art centres, theatres, folk clubs and village halls. However, in recent years, he has performed in both Washington DC and Melbourne, Australia, in the show ‘In Flagrant Delicht’, which he devised in collaboration with poet and playwright, Liz Lochhead.

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club on Tuesday to hear Michael Marra, “One of Scotland’s National Treasures”.

The doors at the Links Hotel will be open at 7.30pm with Michael Marra on stage at 8.