Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal

This article is from 2009.

Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal

While performers and musicians jet into the capital this August ready to ply their trade amongst the city’s myriad venues, Edinburgh-based folk duo Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal are broadening their horizons by embarking on a European sojourn instead. But before jetting off to bow and strum their way to new frontiers in traditional music around the Celtic clubs of Paris, Bologna and Frankfurt, the pair kick off their ten-date tour with a performance on home turf at the Royal Oak’s Wee Folk Club.

As part of The Wee Folk Club’s festival program, the duo grace a packed bill of artists at the Oak throughout the month as the couple warm themselves up for warmer climes with their own creative mix of original composition and established material.

The West-Coasters are an established presence and firm favourite on the city’s folk scene, with the skilful improvisational abilities of Eilidh (fiddle), and Mark (guitar) renowned for delivering a refreshing mix of jazz and folk-sourced song with a smattering of their self-penned tunes. Catch them while you can.

The Royal Oak, 557 2976, 9 Aug, 8pm, £5.

Festival Folk at the Oak/The Wee Folk Club

Edinburgh's legendary, award-winning folk pub presents 36 nights with a variety of folk, trad & acoustic performers from Scotland and beyond in the intimate, welcoming setting of 'Edinburgh's folk living room'. Early booking recommended.

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