The Johnny Silvo Story will be told on Friday, October 27 in Irvine’s newly revamped Townhouse.

It’s a terrific setting for a story that Johnny’s many fans will want to hear and it’s part of the ongoing celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversaries of Marymass Folk Festival and Irvine Folk Club.

Johnny died in late 2012, but by clever use of innovative technology, film footage of the great man plus recorded and live material, the story of Johnny can be told.

This type of event, although featured at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, will be a first for the Irvine Club.

Johnny’s first association with Irvine stretches back to Marymass Folk Festival 1974 and, such was his popularity, that he was almost an ever-present at subsequent festivals and also a frequent guest at Irvine Folk Club.

Johnny’s Irvine fans couldn’t get enough of him. Alastair McDonald will be the main linkman at the concert on October 27.

He knew Johnny and like Johnny, started off his musical career in jazz and skiffle bands.

Alastair is a weel-kent face to Irvine audiences and is ideally suited for the occasion.

Irvine Folk Club's Anne Clarke said: ‘The 50th Anniversary Celebrations give us the chance to do things we would otherwise be unable to tackle.

“Johnny was such a favourite with Irvine audiences that we had no hesitation in saying yes to having The Johnny Silvo Story premiered here. An added bonus is that it takes place in the impressive surroundings of Irvine Townhouse.”

Tickets at £8 are now on sale for The Johnny Silvo Story on Friday, October 27.

They are available from Joyce on 01294 551047 or by email to – but be warned, tickets are limited so don’t hang about.