Folk Music (Updated  25/10/2019)

Group Leader Tom McCrorie Contact the office 01292 260086
Location Prestwick Community Centre
Day & Time Alternate Tuesdays 2.00 - 4.30 pm


As a result of the current situation with Coronavirus, the OiR Executive committee met on Monday 16th March, when it was decided that ALL OiR groups will be suspended – with immediate effect - until further notice.  
The office will also be closed, with immediate effect (however, they will be available by telephone or email during normal working hours).  

The Folk Group appreciate that this will have a huge impact on our members, as many of us are in the vulnerable age group, live on our own and the interaction and social enjoyment we experience at our meetings will suddenly stop.  It is well known that loneliness and social isolation is the biggest single source of depression in the older generation and not being able to continue attending our group will leave many of us feeling isolated.   

To this end, we are looking at ways to help those who are vulnerable, living alone and have no close  family around to help in times of need.  As well as our Group Leader Tom, four of the Executive Committee are also members of the Folk Group and are happy to talk to anyone who has concerns about any aspects of their situation.  We obviously can’t provide health information, but we can keep you     advised of the current situation in OiR  -  and also be on the end of the ‘phone if you just want to talk to someone.

01292 739051  Margaret Rollo
01292 280593  Denis Rattenbury
01292 264344  John Rattenbury
07789 027 002    Arnie Green

OiRAyr Folk Club

OiRAyr Folk Club is different from most other folk clubs in that no professional artists are hired to perform at the club sessions. All of the entertainment is delivered by our own club members. These talented individuals have a passion, not just for folk music, but for many other genres of musical tastes. Participation & involvement by our members is the key to our existence and success.
Our performers are not restricted to traditional folk music, as songs from the 1930’s to the present day are regularly given an airing.

With a club membership of over sixty regular OiR members, including a pool of around twenty singers/musicians with all levels of ability, and supported by several excellent story tellers, the club is never short of talented individuals able to put on a highly entertaining 2½ hour afternoon show.
The OiRAyr Folk club performers are also out and about participating in outreach activities throughout the local community. From charity events to fundraisers, church guilds to Highland Games, Age Concern to Invigor8, Christmas lunch parties to Burns suppers, the list goes on. All these activities have been great sources of enjoyment and pleasure to our audiences. 
Our ensemble includes a ceilidh band and vocalist, individual singer/guitarists, trios, quartets, whatever the occasion requires.

So If: 

  • you are 50 or over, or a retired individual (only from paid work), and looking for an activity that is personally satisfying and rewarding
  • you fancy yourself as a singer or musician
  • you just prefer to listen to music, and would like to meet others who also just like to sit and listen, then the OiRAyr Folk Club could be just for you.



Folk club members performing at The Speakers Club in Ayr Town Hall, June 2019

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