Media Release: Folk legends head for Ayr Gaiety


TWO of Scotland’s greatest folk performers – Alastair McDonald and Arthur Johnstone – are heading back to the seaside for a nostalgic visit to Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre.

Their one-night concert on Friday, July 19 – accompanied by the multi-talented Stars Band – promises to delight and enthuse audience members young and old.

With almost a century of performing experience between them, Alistair and Arthur have acquired legendary status within the Scottish folk music scene.

Their Best of Scottish concert has played to sell-out crowds at a variety of iconic Scottish venues over the last six months, including Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Celtic Connections, Rutherglen Town Hall and Oran Mor.

From traditional Scottish and Irish folk songs, through to songs of struggle, battles fought and loves lost, their set features fine musicianship and humorous tales and stories.

Promoter, Jim Lister, said: “They don’t make them like Al and Arthur anymore. They are, of course, no strangers to the Gaiety and have a few tales to tell about past appearances, but this is not just a Fair Fortnight trip down memory lane for the pair, this is music that has delighted and inspired three generations here in Scotland and a host of far flung outposts.”

Alastair McDonald is firmly established as one of Scotland’s leading musical minstrels. In addition to television, radio and stage appearances world wide, he is a prolific recording artiste and can be heard on a variety of labels.

Arthur is the only person to have sung in both the Scottish Parliament and to welcome Nelson Mandela to Scotland soon after his release from captivity. Arthur also ‘stole the show’ in the National Theatre of Scotland’s revival last year of ‘Men Should Weep’.


Alastair McDonald, Arthur Johnstone and the Stars Band

Friday 19 July at 7.30pm

Ayr Gaiety Main Theatre

Tickets: £14

Tel. 01292 288235 or book online at

Photocall invitation

Alastair McDonald and Arthur Johnstone will be available for a ‘busking’ photocall on Monday, July 8 at 11.30am. Please meet them at the Box Office at the Gaiety Theatre, Carrick Street, Ayr, from where the ‘boys’ will take to the streets to entertain passers-by.


Issued on behalf of Ayr Gaiety Theatre and Arts Centre, Carrick Street, Ayr, KA7 1 NU by Alistair Nicol PR/Advertisingworks, 55 Newmarket Street, Ayr KA7 1LL.

For further press information telephone Alistair Nicol on 07810673994.

Jim Lister can be contacted on: 0141 418 0562 or 07793884136


Box Office: 01292 288 235

Twitter: @AyrGaiety


For further information please contact:

Alistair Nicol PR

07810 673994

Jeremy Wyatt, executive director, Ayr Gaiety Partnership

07973 119 013

Vince Hope, artistic director, Ayr Gaiety Partnership

07905 252 872

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