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The Category Folk Clubs is a subset of Local Music Clubs. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Folk Clubs which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Club's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the ANNEXE for Folk Clubs lists Clubs which do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

^ Folk Clubs ANNEXE

 

! Folk Clubs KEY
VISITS (to Website)68
VIEWS (of this Record)1106

‘A unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon acoustic music concerts ... The musicians featured in the concerts are not using electric instruments, but are using the natural sounds of their instruments and voices. The performers chosen reflect our own liking for traditional music (and more recent music composed in a similar style). Depending upon the act we may use amplification to ensure that they can be heard thoughout the concert hall, but volumes are kept as low as possible.’

 

* Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts
VISITS (to Website)59
VIEWS (of this Record)178

‘Meets every Wednesday ... We have a great programme of music and song from visiting and local artists. There is also an opportunity for singers and musicians to take part in our regular sessions which are open to members and non-members.’

 

* Aberdeen Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)178
VIEWS (of this Record)197

West Calder, West Lothian: 'Meets once a month ... for concerts and sessions. Everyone is very welcome. There is a small admission fee depending on the activity’.

 

* Almond Valley Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)239
VIEWS (of this Record)489

'We aim to have something for everyone; traditional, modern, shanties, comedy, dance and sessions just for musicians, so they don’t feel left out. Entry (mostly) will be FREE, with a collection for the guests that night and a free raffle. Together with our sister clubs in Bedworth and Nuneaton, we aim to provide the best of folk music in the Midlands.'

 

* Atherstone Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)302
VIEWS (of this Record)459

Keighley: ‘We are a not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers, for the furtherance of acoustic, folk and social music’.

 

* BACCApipes Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)312
VIEWS (of this Record)326

'Guest nights with national, local and up and coming artists; theme nights; open sessions; open stage nights and lots more in a friendly setting. Some nights are acoustic and some with PA.'

 

* Banbury Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)387
VIEWS (of this Record)481

'The Club is quite unique in that there is no admission charge despite the fact that there are top rate guests at almost every meeting (we just pass the jug around so you can give as much or as little as you wish: a minimum of the price of a pint - around about £3 - £5 is suggested). Our aim is always for everyone, guests, audience and floor singers alike to have a really good time.Floor singers are always welcome but we get very busy so we recommend a call or email to reserve a spot, on the night it is very much first come first served – if there is space available.'

 

* Bedworth Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)312
VIEWS (of this Record)429

'Known as a club that encourages singers and musicians, we have seen beginners take their first faltering steps in folk music and then turn into performers able to perform on a national stage. Our guest nights have featured some fantastic performers ...'

 

* Bideford Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)240
VIEWS (of this Record)400

‘We are a friendly club, embracing all styles of acoustic music. Club nights start at 8.30pm on Fridays. Everyone is welcome - there is no membership! ... We have a mixture of Singers' Nights (when anyone can perform if they want) and ticketed guest nights with a professional artist or group, supported by local singers. If you just want to come and listen - that's fine too.’

 

* Bingham Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)193
VIEWS (of this Record)326

‘For those who are interested in folk music in Birmingham with a traditional bias, then The Black Diamond Folk Club is the place for you ... The Club was originally formed as a singers’ club called “The Macdonalds Folk Song Club” in June 1964 ... It was in these early days that the tradition of strong audience participation in chorus singing developed, which has stayed with us right up to the present time. This was mainly due to a high proportion of sea songs being sung at the time. The song base today has broadened, but the chorus singing is as strong as ever.’

 

* Black Diamond Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)206
VIEWS (of this Record)242

'Meets every Thursday night ... Special guests and resident performers appear at the club most weeks with a singers and musicians "Come All Ye" once every four weeks or so ... Additional concerts at the National Centre for Early Music.'

 

* Black Swan Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)38
VIEWS (of this Record)65

'In the Late 1960s a tide of contemporary American folk music was sweeping Britain and several clubs in Cornwall featured this material. However, in 1967 a small group of traditional singers, including Vic Legg and Lar Cann started meeting for weekly sessions in the Masons' Arms, Bodmin. They decided to start a club to raise funds for British folksingers to visit Cornwall. The first recorded club night of the Bodmin Traditional Folk Club, as it was then, was on 31st May 1968 in an upper room at The Barley Sheaf.'

 

* Bodmin Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)358
VIEWS (of this Record)580

‘Meets Sunday nights ... in Southport at 8-00pm and has regular nationally famous guests alternating with singers nights when it is your chance to “have a go” if you want.’

 

* Bothy Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)137
VIEWS (of this Record)144

‘Meets every Friday at the Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank [Staffordshire] ... Performers put in a lot of time and effort before they appear on stage to entertain us, and we always show our appreciation for this. Audience members are therefore kindly requested to remain quiet during the performance, thereby not putting off the performer or annoying other audience members. Conversely, we all want a fun evening and “friendly heckling” from the audience, when appropriate, is not frowned upon.‘

 

* Bradford Arms Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)227
VIEWS (of this Record)284

‘One of the two oldest folk clubs in the country and has been a world famous venue since 1958. No other club has run for so long in the same venue and it has been host to many of the great legends of folk. Our guest nights feature local, national and occasionally international artists. Every week you are guaranteed fine singers and musicians. We focus on traditional material, particularly from Tyneside and the North East, but other styles of acoustic music within the same spirit are welcomed.‘

 

* Bridge Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)94
VIEWS (of this Record)132

Folk at the Barlow (Bromley Cross Folk Club) meets at The Barlow, Edgworth (between Bolton and Darwen). A singaraound session is held from 8.00pm on the first Friday of the month, and a guest musician/singer, with support, on the third Friday.’

 

* Bromley Cross Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)241
Also indexedFolk at the Barlow
VIEWS (of this Record)331

‘Everyone is welcome to our Folk Club whether you sing, tell stories, play an instrument or just want to listen to live music and have a bit of fun - alternate Sunday nights at the Falcon. We have occasional guest nights, when we enjoy talented people who tour the country; but on most of our evenings we make the music and fun ourselves. We enjoy each other's company, play music together, listen to each other sing ... Come along and meet us.’

 

* Bude Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)169
VIEWS (of this Record)300

‘The original club was formed in the mid-60s as the Barley Mow Folk Club at The Barley Mow pub in Stapenhill, by Burton born folk singer Dave Bull. It has had a number of changes of name and venues since, now being again named and based in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire.

 

* Burton Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)159
VIEWS (of this Record)236

‘Your local friendly folk club ...  Has always offered an eclectic mix of music which includes Folk, Blues, Americana and sometimes a little Soul ... Come along to our Friday night folk music events, where you can hear and see your local artists as well as international names on the folk scene. If you are a musician yourself, why not turn up for our Open Stage nights, where you will be able to perform in front of our audience.’

 

* Cambridge Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)50
VIEWS (of this Record)125

‘The Club enjoys a wide range of folk and acoustic music or ditty both traditional and contemporary. The members enjoy singing songs with a chorus. The club have guest artists once a month (except in August) and aims to start at 8.30 pm ... Singers, musicians, poets, story tellers and just listeners are very welcome.‘

 

* Carrington Triangle Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)138
VIEWS (of this Record)214

'A world-class dedicated folk arts centre, Cecil Sharp House is at the heart of English folk. With a unique history stretching back to 1930, the venue - owned and managed by the “English Folk Dance and Song Society” (EFDSS) - is a memorial to the folk music and dance collector Cecil Sharp. Vibrant and diverse, Cecil Sharp House exists to serve its wide and diverse audiences, engaging with art lovers (oft times folk art lovers) through unique and inspiring artistic events, and creative learning. The iconic Grade II listed building is home to EFDSS and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, England's national collection of folk music and dance.'

 

* Cecil Sharp House
VISITS (to Website)287
Also indexedEnglish Folk Dance and Song Society | Sharp’s Folk Club
VIEWS (of this Record)417

Weekly, Saturday evenings, September - June in Central London. No need to book.

 

* Cellar Upstairs Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)175
VIEWS (of this Record)236

'We are a friendly club, welcoming visitors and performers from all nations, of all ages and from all walks of life. We all share a common passion for folk and acoustic music and we love a good sing and a good laugh ... We actively look to provide quality and varied entertainment at a very sensible price. We normally have two main guests each month, interspersed with singers nights and occasional nights featuring a local or emerging artiste.'

 

* Chesham Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)242
VIEWS (of this Record)449

‘Set in the picturesque heart of the South Lanarkshire countryside, close to The Borders, the town of Biggar offers residents and visitors a variety of art, music, theatre and general entertainment, of which Clydesdale Folk Club is an integral part. Our regular club nights are held on the last Thursday of every month and we also host various concerts throughout the year. If you like traditional or contemporary folk music and blues, Clydesdale Folk Club gives you the opportunity to see local, national and international artistes and bands at an affordable price.’

 

* Clydesdale Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)63
VIEWS (of this Record)142

'We aim to provide a quality guest list with the emphasis on entertainment. Come along and listen in a friendly atmosphere. During Singers' nights we feature local singers and musicians, as well as those visiting Crail. All are welcome. If you don’t want to make music then just come along and tap your feet.'

 

* Crail Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)238
VIEWS (of this Record)558

'Established in 1972 and we are one of the longest running folk clubs in the country ... There are guest performers every other week and singers nights in between. It's quite common to have as many as twelve to fourteen acts on singers nights! We have always provided a wide variety of music and styles from traditional and contemporary folk to blues and bluegrass. If you are in the area please drop in, you may be pleasantly surprised ...'

 

* Cramlington Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)286
VIEWS (of this Record)529

‘Based at Strathearn Artspace, the site of the old Library on Comrie St. Concerts on a Thursday night once a month ... If all goes well, it's also planned to include session evenings every two weeks on the Thursday between the concert evenings.’

 

* Crieff Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)145
Also indexedStrathearn Artspace
VIEWS (of this Record)251

Founded 1965: ‘Guest nights form the bulk of our operation and we have, over the years, provided a varied programme of excellent quality ... Singers and Musicians nights, sometimes called “Open Mike”, are held regularly and all corners are encouraged to sing and play. This is the basis of any good folk club, the encouragement of performance at whatever level. No need to call for a spot: just turn up and go’.

 

* Croydon Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)41
VIEWS (of this Record)118

Redcar: Weekly get-togethers: Tuesdays, 8.00 pm.

 

* Cutty Wren Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)226
VIEWS (of this Record)381

Formed 1982: ‘Guest Nights will usually take place about every 4 weeks weeks between the singarounds but not always so depending on booking availability for certain guests and a brief August lay off. This room has bar facilities at the back. We have a quality, PA system. The ambiance is very good and attracts, on average about 40 but can accommodate up to 70 people. Full wheelchair access is available to this location’.

 

* Darlington Folk & Acoustic Club
VISITS (to Website)32
VIEWS (of this Record)97

'Held the first Saturday of the month in the Arts Centre, Washington. Each night starts with an informal session from 7.30 p.m. which welcomes musicians of all levels of ability. Visiting singers and musicians are always welcome.'

 

* Davy Lamp Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)285
VIEWS (of this Record)311

'A venue ... where the very best traditional and acoustic musicians, small bands and singers can be heard, from the UK and often from further afield (USA, Australia).'

 

* Dorking Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)263
VIEWS (of this Record)272

West Cornwall: ‘Weekly folk and acoustic music club. Guest performers once a month. Friendly atmosphere, great floor singers, musicians and monologue delivery’.

 

* Dreamers Folk
VISITS (to Website)187
VIEWS (of this Record)341

’Aims to support all with an interest in Folk music, and give performers and appreciative listeners the chance to make and enjoy folk music. The first Dunfermline Folk Club started in 1961, and ... an informal culture that supports performance and participation is what the Club is all about. All are welcome, so come along and see what you make of it.’

 

* Dunfermline Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)187
VIEWS (of this Record)331

‘Based in the small Bedfordshire village of Dunton, Biggleswade, Dunton Folk organises a series of folk music concerts and traditional sessions throughout the year. In addition we also organise the annual Wassail in an orchard in the centre of Dunton.  The folk music concerts take place in the superb setting of St Mary Magdalene Church ... The acoustics of the church lend themselves to live music and a superb atmosphere is generated when live music is performed. A full bar is provided at all of our concerts.’

 

* Dunton Folk
VISITS (to Website)31
VIEWS (of this Record)81

Founded 1990: ‘Concerts take place most months, usually on Wednesday evenings. We also hold occasional extra events ... There is no bar in the room, but people may bring their own drinks or purchase them from the Kings Arms (across the road) and bring them over to the venue’.

 

* Ely Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)92
VIEWS (of this Record)168

Saxmundham: 'Aims to promote traditional and modern folk music in Suffolk, England ... The Everyman meets on the last Friday of each month during January to May and September to November ... With Residents, Floor Singers and a Booked Guest Artist on every occasion, there is always a warm welcome for new performers and audience members’.

 

* Everyman Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)223
VIEWS (of this Record)316

’The Fo'c'sle currently has a number of different formats for the evening, the two staple ones being guest nights and singarounds. On a guest night, we start with typically four local performers - the MC and a few “floor singers” (when folk clubs first came into being, they sang from the floor but the guest sang from the stage).  The floor singers are sometimes organised in advance, but more often the MC chooses whoever is available on the night.  Then the guest does two 45-minute sets, with a break in the middle for the usual reasons and for the raffle. In a singaround, we work round the room and everyone who wants to can give us a song or whatever (a tune, a poem, a story).  There's a break, usually a bit earlier than on a guest night.’

 

* Fo'c'sle Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)316
VIEWS (of this Record)453

Lee Mill, Devon: ‘Our Guest List includes many of the most talented performers from the world of acoustic/folk music ... Many of our visitors have remarked on the continuing excellence of our floor acts. But whatever your leanings in performance - musicians, singers, bands - all will find a warm welcome is extended to you. And you do not have to be a performer to get a real buzz out of any of our club nights. Indeed many of our members just come for the unique atmosphere we seem to generate’.

 

* Folk On The Moor
VISITS (to Website)160
VIEWS (of this Record)272

Fareham: ‘Forest Folk meets on the first Monday of the month for Singarounds – 7.30 to 11 pm; and third Mondays of the month for Concert Nights – 8 to 11 pm, doors open 7.30 pm, unreserved seating.'

 

* Forest Folk
VISITS (to Website)214
VIEWS (of this Record)434

Forest of Dean: 'We have been promoting Folk and acoustic music in this area for in excess of 35 years and are proud of our legacy of keeping music live and accessible to everyone in this area and beyond. Our legendary “Singers Nights” welcome musicians and performers of all acoustic music to come along and showcase their talents, we always extend a warm and encouraging welcome! Over the years the club has hosted many great professional acts from around this country and beyond ... We look forward to seeing you very soon!'

 

* Forest Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)214
VIEWS (of this Record)394

Loughborough: 'A traditional style folk club that meets on Monday nights in the friendly setting of a village pub serving a range of real ales. A place to sit back, relax and lose yourself for a few hours in the company of like minded people with a love of traditional music. Why not come and join us?'

 

* Grand Union Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)240
VIEWS (of this Record)311

'The Club meets at 8 pm on Sunday evenings (doors open 7.30pm) from September to July and hosts a wide variety of guests.'

 

* Grimsby Folk & Acoustic
VISITS (to Website)222
VIEWS (of this Record)434

‘Normally held on the first Friday of the month – from September to July ... We feature folk music in the broadest sense of the word. In addition to “traditional” and “contemporary” folk music, you can expect to hear hints of pop, country, jazz or even classical music.’

 

* Hadleigh Folk & Acoustic Music Nights
VISITS (to Website)202
VIEWS (of this Record)244

‘An exciting live music venue providing a number of exceptional events throughout the year. We feature a combination of some of the finest local musicians in conjunction with an impressive array of exceptional singers and instrumentalists from across the World. The house PA system is of the highest quality and facilities for performers and the audience are comfortable and relaxing.’

 

* Hinckley ACT
VISITS (to Website)253
VIEWS (of this Record)318

‘Welcomes singers, poets and acoustic musicians to the friendly atmosphere of their Sussex venue ... We have a singaround at least once a month and we make sure that everyone gets a turn - if they want it! On the other hand you are also welcome just to come and listen to a wide variety of songs and styles from some very varied performers. We enjoy traditional as well as modern or self-penned songs and tunes, and the tremendous acoustics ... have earned the club a reputation for good chorus singing.’

 

* Horsham Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)228
VIEWS (of this Record)213

Ellesmere Port:  Open Acoustic Nights 'are informal evenings of fun, laughter, songs and tunes and performed by a very talented bunch of singers, musicians, poets and storytellers, each adept at performing in their own particular style' ... Concert Nights 'A good mix of music from the tradition and more modern singer/songwriter entertainment gives this type of night a "something for all occasion".'

 

* Hungry Horse Acoustic Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)279
VIEWS (of this Record)442

‘A small folk club with a friendly, informal atmosphere ... We mostly book performers of British traditional music, but we enjoy other styles as well. We like any member of the audience who wants to sing or play to have a turn, so have a couple of songs or tunes ready if you'd enjoy performing (but don't feel you've got to if you don't want to).  Every so often we book musicians to hold an instrument workshop in the day and give an evening performance in the club.’

 

* Lewes Saturday Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)54
VIEWS (of this Record)103

'The Club has been running since 1982. A friendly informal club where people enjoy one thing, having a thorough good sing. There's a P.A. for those that wish to use. Traditional folk music & song; Contemporary; Folk Blues; Shanties; Country; Comedy songs & Monologues are all performed at any one time or other. So even if you don't sing or play and just want to come to listen, you will be made most welcome. See you soon ...'

 

* Maghull Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)231
VIEWS (of this Record)412

'A varied programme runs throughout the year, with: Acoustic "Singers & Musician Nights" open to whoever turns up; "Feature Nights" where 2x20 mins are given over to the named performer - the rest of the evening being opened up to floor spots; Monthly "Guest Night" with main artist + named support act.'

 

* Mansfield Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)276
VIEWS (of this Record)517

'Since 1999 we have presented well over 100 shows (we have lost count) of the finest folk and roots music. Venues have been as diverse as a friend's sitting room, two churches, two school theatres, the town hall and the church hall. We do not receive any sponsorship but run with the goodwill of our regular members and friends.'

 

* Marlborough Folk Roots
VISITS (to Website)156
VIEWS (of this Record)333

Bury St Edmunds: ‘The first Friday of the month is usually our guest night, where we feature well known artists ... On a guest night we have a booked support act. The third Friday of the month is our Showcase night, featuring a (usually fairly local) act with an hour long set, and two other acts for a half hour set each’.

 

* Milkmaid Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)285
VIEWS (of this Record)477

'The aim and object of the club is to foster spread of knowledge about folk songs, music and dance and to encourage their performance by all manner of folk, in association with other local and national folk organisations as the committee see fit.'

 

* Morley Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)299
VIEWS (of this Record)453

‘We are a rural community and the aim of Music in Ulpha is to provide an evening of quality entertainment for people of all ages. Our catchment area is the area of Broughton-in-Furness and the Duddon Valley but we also attract people from all over Cumbria and as far as Lancaster and Preston. Also we are a popular holiday location so we get "guests" when they are staying in the area. We are well supported and ages range from 8 to around 80 years old. For our musical evenings, we like to present the hall in a friendly caberet style with a maximum seating capacity of about 80 with 75 ticket payers.‘

 

* Music in Ulpha
VISITS (to Website)193
VIEWS (of this Record)218

Founded 1990: ‘The Musical Traditions Club aims to present the finest traditional singers from Britain and Ireland in a friendly and appreciative atmosphere ... The Club was founded ... in the spirit of Musical Traditions Magazine, now happily available in electronic form on the Web ... The Club meets about once a month on Fridays’.

 

* Musical Traditions Club
VISITS (to Website)37
VIEWS (of this Record)89

'We have been running since 1987 and over that time have developed a strong reputation for our concert programme which features top names from around the world. We also have a number of linked projects which develop and change over time and we hold a more traditional folk night (our singers and musicians nights) on the second Tuesday of the month.'

 

* Nailsea Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)192
VIEWS (of this Record)487

Moira, Ashby-de-la-Zouch: Monthly concerts, Friday evenings.

 

* National Forest Folk
VISITS (to Website)255
VIEWS (of this Record)457

Founded 1975: 'Nettlebed Folk Club is now one of the top folk venues in the U.K. and is highly regarded by the Country's main Folk Acts ... The acts that are staged encompass the different types of traditional and contemporary music and song from the British Isles with occasional acts from Europe & North America. Most of the major folk acts have appeared ... The Club is also famous for its pioneering special performances such as "Feast of Fiddles" and Showcase concerts where we mix leading national performers with local artists to provide unique themed evenings ... The Club is a volunteer run, non profit organisation and takes over 12 people to keep it running smoothly!'

 

* Nettlebed Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)52
VIEWS (of this Record)63

Second Saturdays 'An environment in which to share songs, words and music, without amplification, to provide somewhere people can perform, and to encourage them to do so. Everybody is welcome, to perform or not, as we go around the room. You can hear poems, stories, modern songs and various musics as well as folk stuff. Occasionally we also have a Visiting Performer, from "furrin" parts, who we ask to do a few extra items! There is no admission charge, but we pass the pot round during the evening ... A series of special guest performer nights on most Fourth Saturdays, which also feature local (and sometimes not-so-local) support spots. Our guests are nationally and even internationally acclaimed performers. There is a charge for admission on these nights.' ALERT At Review: ‘You will notice that there are no more “Open Nights” due to the work involved ... After 2020 we will also cease “Concert Nights”.

 

* North Devon Folk and Acoustic Music
VISITS (to Website)197
Also indexedShammick Acoustic
VIEWS (of this Record)641

'We have a weekly folk song session, hosted by a club or guest MC, with a wide mixture of tunes and songs. Entry is free and we welcome all performers ... The popular showcase nights give invited performers a chance to spread their wings in a couple of longer spots within the song session. Entry is also free on these nights ... We book a variety of well known and up-and-coming local, national and international performers on a monthly basis and make a reasonable charge for those nights.'

 

* Norwich Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)275
VIEWS (of this Record)392

'Acts as a host for local singers and musicians and for guest artists. Singing and playing usually starts around 8:30 p.m. The Folk Club works on rotation basis, alternating weekly between singers nights and booked artists ... New performers always welcome, whether you are a singer or a musician, solo artist or group. Simply turn up on the night' (or contact beforehand).

 

* Otley Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)155
VIEWS (of this Record)332

'Most evenings are "round the room" sessions where everyone has an opportunity to sing, play a tune or tell a story (there is no obligation to perform and audience are equally welcome). We come from a background of traditional music, but most evenings have a welcome mix of music and song, often including contemporary song, American old timey, old music hall songs, blues and occasional items of classic pop! As one might expect, there is an emphasis on Cornish tunes, and most of the tunes come with an invitation to all musicians to join in.'

 

* Penzance Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)188
VIEWS (of this Record)364

Since 1967-8 has been hosting folk music nights at various venues in and around Pontardawe, near Swansea: ‘Over the years, guest artists have been many and varied including poets, theatre groups, magicians, storytellers, solo musicians, duos and groups, from here and indeed the world. Some of those were already famous, some were just starting out and for some The Valley Folk Club was their first inroad into folk music in Wales’.

 

* Pontardawe Valley Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)142
VIEWS (of this Record)307

Launched 2011: ‘The Folk Club meets once a month ... In our madness, once or twice a year we will organise a whole day of folk music. We generally start off with a singaround and music session in the morning then have two afternoon concerts featuring some of the best local performers and a big concert in the evening to finish off the day’.

 

* Poppy Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)158
VIEWS (of this Record)226

'What do you look for in a pub? A friendly and relaxing environment? Delicious home cooked food? Live music? Great customer service? Here at the Prince of Wales in Ledbury in Herefordshire, we offer all of the above, and much more besides.'

 

* Prince of Wales Ledbury
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of this Record)286

Wickford, Essex: ‘We meet on the 2nd Friday of each month (except August) ... We normally have 10 performers each doing a 10 minute support spot, ranging from first timers through to professionals. It is a very popular club and the support spots are always oversubscribed, so you need to let us know well in advance if you'd like to perform!’

 

* Running Well Acoustic Music Club
VISITS (to Website)273
VIEWS (of this Record)447

'Founded on the 31st October 1996, and was initially known as The Feathers Folk Club ... The new name, Ruthin AllStyles Music Club was chosen to reflect the fact the club has always appealed to very diverse tastes in both music and indeed poetry. This means that in each session there is music that will appeal to everyone’s tastes ...  We also encourage new visitors to “have a go” if they should want to. And although the atmosphere has always been relaxed, when performers are doing their bit, the audience gives them full and quiet attention. Every couple of months a professional singer or instrumentalist visits us, and it can be a great inspiration to the members to see these seasoned performers close up.'

 

* Ruthin AllStyles Music Club
VISITS (to Website)236
VIEWS (of this Record)404

'Held on Mondays at 8.30PM ... Singers, musicians, poets and all are always welcome. The club aim to have a Guest act at least once a month with singers/musicians nights in between - sometimes theme nights.'

 

* Skipton Folk Unplugged
VISITS (to Website)160
VIEWS (of this Record)407

‘SSFC resident singers' and musicians' material is mostly traditional, as are most of the guest performers we book, but we do like to hear other kinds of music as well, and very much appreciate visitors who perform contemporary, country, blues, or their own material. Even when our guest diary is full floor singers are especially welcome, as are new resident singers and musicians.‘

 

* South Shields Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)95
VIEWS (of this Record)412

‘Spalding Folk Club has been running continuously since 1979 - and a couple of the original members are still coming along. We aim to have a good time, encourage local performers and to present the best professional guests that we can afford. There has been a strong tradition of songwriting from many of the residents over many years, including awards at the “Write a Lincolnshire Folk Song” competition. Despite this, most of the regular performers have a repertoire of traditional material as well.’ The Main Club usually meets first Wednesday of each month.

 

* Spalding Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)42
VIEWS (of this Record)81

'We have guest artists most weeks with the last Tuesday of each month reserved for a Round the Room night when anyone is welcome to come and play, sing or just listen ... Occasionally there are Open Stage nights when performers wishing to show their talents can book a spot of about 20 minutes.' The St Neots Folk Festival is held Early June.

 

* St Neots Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)279
Also indexedSt Neots Folk Festival
VIEWS (of this Record)434

‘Although the idea of re-starting a Traditional Club has been brewing for many years, we have always stumbled over the perennial problem – a suitable venue. With so many of the bigger pubs with function rooms closing it looked very much like the idea was nothing more than a pipe dream till the newly refurbished Bird in Hand opened, and what’s more, the landlord and landlady ... were very keen on our ideas. We aim to bring to Stafford some of the very best traditional Folk performers, not just people who are the household names of the folk world, but also up and coming spectacular new talent.’

 

* Stafford Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of this Record)337

'We aim to have guest-nights twice a month: other Mondays are "singarounds" ... At a singaround everyone is encouraged to get up and sing, play a tune, recite, clog dance or do whatever they want to do, provided it falls under the wide umbrella of folk. But don't worry, nobody is coerced into getting up, and we have a healthy core of talented performers to ensure an entertaining night ...'

 

* Stockton Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)288
VIEWS (of this Record)509

Selkirk: ‘One of the best-known little Scottish venues on the UK live music circuit ... Our audience is noted for its discernment and listening qualities but is also incredibly lively and welcoming. String Jam Club proves the point that a miraculous kind of magic can happen between performer and audience in a small special space and it's something you'll never forget. String Jam Club is a real experience, both for the punters and the artists, where you can see some of the greatest musicians playing live up close in a really intense and intimate atmosphere.’

 

* String Jam Club
VISITS (to Website)175
VIEWS (of this Record)316

’Founded by Ted & Ivy Poole and friends in 1960, the club (formerly Swindon Folksingers’ Club) has a long history of keeping traditional music alive in this busy town in north-west Wiltshire. From its beginnings in the folk revival, the club has seen Swindon’s character change from railway town to a modern centre of new technology and financial services; but through it all, Swindon Folk Club has remained as a friendly, relaxed and welcoming place where anyone can come and sing, play or listen.‘

 

* Swindon Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)163
Also indexedSwindon Folksingers’ Club
VIEWS (of this Record)353

'The Club meets every Friday evening for a fairly prompt start at 8.30pm. We operate an informal sing-around format on most of these evenings and we welcome any visiting performers. You are sure to get the opportunity to do a "turn" or two ... We have special guest evenings about four times a year as well as occasional feature nights.'

 

* Tamworth Folk & Rambling Club
VISITS (to Website)183
VIEWS (of this Record)518

‘One of the finest venues in the South East of England for folk, acoustic and roots music. Our aim is to create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere to allow you to enjoy the best in music to the fullest in our convivial surroundings ... We have been running since 1983. Every Friday (apart from our summer break in August, and at Christmas and Easter) we bring you a fabulous programme of Folk and Acoustic music, with artists and bands at the top of their game. We only put on guests we like ourselves, and there is a very special kind of warmth and friendliness about the club which makes an evening here so enjoyable. Such is our reputation that we often have guests who don't normally play in a small venue like ours, and they love it so much they clamour to come back!’

 

* The Ram Club
VISITS (to Website)80
VIEWS (of this Record)164

‘A non profit making organisation run by a team of regular and dedicated volunteers. The Club aims to provide a platform for local, national and international musicians to perform their music.’

 

* The Willows Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)194
VIEWS (of this Record)255

'Following the closure of The Tiger ... the club relocated 50 yards up the road to The Stumble Inn, run by The Tiger's former landlord, where we have been made very welcome - a roaring fire in cold weather and good beer! ... Our Policy is to book the artists that we enjoy listening to, have a good time and encourage all visitors to do the same! Our idea of a good time involves singing, playing, listening to others do the same. If you sing and / or play and enjoy listening to the very best artists on the Folk Scene, come and join us.' Normally meets on the first Sunday of the month.

 

* Tigerfolk Traditional Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)50
VIEWS (of this Record)70

Founded 1956: 'The oldest continuously running Folk Club in the world ... From its very beginnings as a fairly informal opportunity for like-minded youths - many of them teenagers still at school - to get together and talk politics and sing folk songs or play skiffle, up to its current policy of around two-thirds guest acts, The Topic was always and remains now a weekly club (sometimes, in the earliest days, twice-weekly) .... Come along, show support and join in. In a world where commoditised entertainment is pumped to consumers' homes via many different channels so that global media corporations can lever money out of your pocket and drop it into their revenue streams, it is good to do something for real.'

 

* Topic Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)43
VIEWS (of this Record)55

'Every Sunday (apart from concert nights) for our singers’ nights from 8pm- 10.30pm. Informal tunes session from 7.30pm. Free entry. All welcome – sing, play, listen, join in ... If you’d like to play just ask the evening’s compère. People normally do two songs or tunes in a 10 minute spot.'

 

* Topsham Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)264
VIEWS (of this Record)381

'From singer songwriter to bands. Great live music on the Beautiful Isle Of Bute ... Transclyde Music is a group of volunteers who share a passion for live music and hold regular gigs throughout the year in a variety of venues here on the Isle of Bute. Since we formed in 2010, we have had the pleasure of hearing many fine musicians from across the globe. Our gigs have become so popular that we are now being approached by musicians who either want to visit for the first time, or those who have already played here and wish to return. This means that we always have a full and varied programme of superb music.'

 

* Transclyde Music
VISITS (to Website)187
VIEWS (of this Record)423

South Lakes Music Partnership was formed in 2002 by a group of local enthusiasts with the aim of bringing the best of live folk, blues and acoustic music to Ulverston in the beautiful South Lakes of England. The name was changed to Ulverston Live Music in 2013 ... We have a policy of supporting local new talent. This is in the form of a 15 minute slot at the beginning of the evening and gives an opportunity for up and coming acts to perform in front of an attentive and receptive audience. We vet all potential support acts and in particular support local folk music initiatives for young people. They tend to be of a high standard and some have gone on to compete in the Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the Year Awards.‘

 

* Ulverston Live Music
VISITS (to Website)119
Also indexedSouth Lakes Music Partnership
VIEWS (of this Record)191

Monthly meets, usually with a Support Act, followed by the Headline Act ‘but sometimes we ring the changes and have a double or even a triple Headline Act. We pride ourselves on the eclectic nature of our acts and each week can be very different. We try to put on world-class Headliners and encourage up and coming Acts ... We like to encourage floor spots and have had some great performances.’

 

* Uxbridge Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)67
VIEWS (of this Record)53

'London's friendliest folk ... Doors open at around 7:30. We have floorspots and the band up until our main guest who appears at around about 8:15 for the first of their two sets. We aim to finish at around 10:30. An evening at the club is a relaxed affair with plenty of time for chatting and meeting new people. We also have a raffle and a selection of CDs for sale including rare and hard to find albums.'

 

* Walthamstow Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)573
VIEWS (of this Record)309

‘Established in 2005 ... to give the residents of Lowdham, surrounding villages and further afield the opportunity to enjoy quality performances at reasonable prices, without the need to visit big cities and large venues ... Initially aiming to promote four concerts in each calendar year, the venture has grown to the extent that around six times that number are now staged each year ... These concerts have featured folk, blues, pop, western swing, blues-rock, jazz and much more besides.’

 

* Warthog Promotions [Lowdham]
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of this Record)336

'Club meetings are every two weeks between 8pm and 11pm. The club books guest singers and groups from all over the country, and has a friendly informal atmosphere that welcomes floor singers, but if you want to sing, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.'

 

* Waveney Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)154
VIEWS (of this Record)451

‘A guest night only club on selected Friday nights, roughly every three weeks. We welcome everyone to the club, whether you are a folk music fan, or just looking for a great night out with the best in live musical entertainment.‘

 

* Wessex Acoustic Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)110
VIEWS (of this Record)148

Re-launched in October 2017: ‘Runs once a month at either the Parish Hall or the Gill Nethercott Centre in Whitchurch, Hampshire. We book artists performing traditional music from the UK and Ireland’.

 

* Whitchurch Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)127
VIEWS (of this Record)281

Generally meets Monday evenings, except Bank Holidays and in August.

 

* White Horse Folk Club [Beverley]
VISITS (to Website)198
VIEWS (of this Record)356

'We welcome all musicians, the very young and the very old, the very amateur and the very professional. We try and book a guest once every two months. On guest nights, naturally, there is less time for the floor spots. The word folk in our name may be slightly misleading. We attract both traditional and contemporary folk singers and players, blues singers, blue grass bands jug bands and country singers. In fact, all folks are welcome.'

 

* White Horse Folk Club [Golden Cross]
VISITS (to Website)274
VIEWS (of this Record)267

'Started in 1974 ... Met at a Highworth pub, The White Horse Inn, though in fact the club took its name from the Vale of the White Horse ... The club starts at 8pm every first and third Wednesday of the month at the Church Room, and the format allows for plenty of floor singers even on nights with a guest performer.'

 

* White Horse Folk Club [Highworth]
VISITS (to Website)167
VIEWS (of this Record)326

‘Has been running since 2010 and is dedicated to putting on unforgettable shows featuring the best folk, roots, Americana and other acoustic music from here and abroad.‘

 

* Whitstable Sessions Music Club
VISITS (to Website)164
VIEWS (of this Record)315

‘One of the premier live music clubs in the West Midlands: Folk .. Roots .. Blues .. Acoustic.’ Weekly Friday night meetings, September - July.

 

* Woodman Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)157
VIEWS (of this Record)246

‘In association with The Wychwood Brewery, showcasing an eclectic mix of Folk, Roots, Acoustic & Americana Music ... The policy of the Club is to be inclusive. Whilst having at its heart the desire to preserve the acoustic folk music tradition, the club will seek to include music and musicians from a broad spectrum of genres ... The Committee will aim to encourage and support the development of local musicians and singers and will provide a venue at which they can perform.’

 

* Wychwood Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)183
VIEWS (of this Record)242

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