"The Borders haven of acoustic music." The List
Allie Fox set up The String Jam Club in 1997. The venue is now established as one of the most popular live music venues in the Scottish Borders.
Featuring headline acts from throughout Britain with support from up-and-coming local musicians, the club is well-known for showcasing great original eclectic music and for its friendly atmosphere and late bar.
The String Jam Club meets on the last Saturday of every month at The Salmon Inn, Bank Street, Galashiels. In addition to Vixen Records, club sponsors are Scottish Borders Council, Merlin Music and Sound Station Studio in Galashiels, who provide the club’s PA and resident sound engineer, Dave Little.”.
Hosted by Allie, the String Jam Club has a reputation for encouraging musicians of all ages and genres to get up and perform, and the now legendary open mic spots are a major highlight of the club sessions. All styles of music are welcome.
Previous guests have included Martin Carthy, Rory McLeod, Rod Clements, Rab Noakes, Michael Marra, Jim Malcolm, Kieran Halpin and Tam White.
Eleven years later and still going from strength to strength, the club continues to be a huge success story on the Scottish music scene. The small venue is packed out every month. In Allie's words: "We don't put music in boxes here. We just have a great crowd of people who love great music."
2001 saw the launch of The String Jam Club Musicians of the Year Contest which gave amateur and semi-professional musicians the chance to compete in a high-profile competition. The winner, Conor McAfee, won a 3-track demo CD to be recorded at Big Sky Studios and a free website. The Real Norman Lamont scooped a handsome cash award for Best Song.
Check out all the latest news, photos and upcoming gigs on the String Jam Club web-page.
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