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Saturday 20th April
Venue: Avenue Bar    9:00 pm

Allan Johnston, traditional & original songs

Scottish singer and songwriter Allan Johnston's songs, strongly influenced by the Scots and Irish traditions,  are complimented by Paddy Duncan's tasteful fiddle arrangements.

Living in Edinburgh since 1971, Allan was introduced to the scene through Ayr Folk Club in the late Sixties and, his father being from Coleraine in County Derry, his frequent visits to Ireland since childhood have led to Ireland being the inspiration for many of his songs.

An accomplished singer and guitarist, Allan Johnston's songwriting talents are rapidly being recognised by other singers with Irish band Craobh Rua recently having recorded one of his songs and ex-Corrie Paddie Bell about to follow suit.

He has toured Scotland, Italy and Australia extensively since the release of his well received second album Voicecall in April 1999 and is currently arranging further trips both at home and abroad for 2002.

From April 1999 and through 2000 most of Allan's gigs were performed solo or as a duo alongside various well known musicians including Tannahill Weavers fiddler John Martin and highly acclaimed button box player Leo McCann.

At the start of 2001 Allan teamed up with ex-Corner House fiddler Paddy "The Hat" Duncan and this partnership has blossomed into an exciting regular duo. Paddy's talented delivery and extensive knowledge of both the Scots and Irish fiddle styles is well backed by Allan's tight guitar acompaniments, whilst Allan's extensive repertoire of traditional Scots/Irish and self penned songs are similarly complimented by Paddy's tasteful fiddle arrangements. Having played all over Scotland including the Highlands and Islands, and toured the South of England during 2001, this duo plan to travel further afield during the year ahead.

2002 is to see the launch of an exciting new four-piece band