Celebrate the John Muir Way with a night of music at Falkirk Town Hall

The Lazy Boys of Banknock are playing FTH on June 14
The Lazy Boys of Banknock are playing FTH on June 14
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Pioneering conservationist John Muir is celebrated with a new route that bears his name – and who better to tell us more than one of Scotland’s most famous walkers.

Folk singer and broadcaster Jimmie Macgregor, well known for his television and radio series about long distance walks, will be at FTH on June 14 to present ‘From Yosemite to Dunbar’, an illustrated talk on his hero, John Muir, and the landscape he helped to preserve.

Jimmie’s talk and live music later that night from The Lazy Boys of Banknock, round off a varied programme of activities that have happened all over the Falkirk area to mark the opening of the John Muir Way.

The new trail, which runs coast to coast – from Helensburgh in the west to Muir’s birthplace, Dunbar, in the east – passes through Falkirk and it is hoped many will be inspired to follow the route, either as a whole or in easy-to-tackle sections.

Jimmie, a long-time admirer of the great conservationist, presented one of his programmes in and around Yosemite, and his illustrated talk will look at his adventures in America and what he learned about his hero.

While he appears in FTH Cafe bar in the afternoon, that night it’s the turn of a group of songsters, The Lazy Boys of Banknock, to take up the baton.

Each of the individual members have been exploring the John Muir Way with a pilgrimage of music and song as part of Falkirk Folk Club.

It’s fitting then that the band, which grew out of the folk club’s friendly sessions, marks its formal debut to bring to an end the two-month long celebrations.

Over the past year or so, the band has gradually evolved into a four-piece, with singer Stuart Miller, guitarist Sam Hughes and multi-instrumentalist Roz McCulloch joined by the talented Lewis Mullen.

Stuart said: “It’s been quite an organic thing, coming from the open floor spots that we have in the folk club. We had a different line-up and a different name every week for a while but it has gradually gelled.”

Of all the names that were thrown about, though, one stuck and they finally became The Lazy Boys of Banknock, with Lewis being given credit for the brainwave.

They play a mixture of traditional folk and Americana and self-penned numbers.

“Sam and Lewis are very strong songwriters,” said Stuart.

As anyone who has seen them at the Folk Club will verify, there is always plenty of banter and laughs to be had when they get together.

These Lazy Boys are no slouches, that’s for sure.

john muir way events

Jimmie Macgregor is at FTH Cafe Bar on June 14 a2 p.m. Tickets £10

The Lazy Boys of Banknock are at FTH Cafe Bar at 8 p.m. on June 14. Tickets £6.

The John Muir Session Trail continues to the Railway Inn, Dennyloanhead, joining the Antonine Session regulars on Monday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Free.

Quids In Theatre Company present John Muir in the beautiful surroundings of Callendar House and Blackness Castle. Learn about his life and work and interact with the characters in this piece of outdoor promenade theatre. Free but book in advance. Tickets are still available for the 3.30 p.m. promenade performance.

All tickets can be booked through the Steeple Box Office on (01324 506850).