Folk Clubs and Sessions
Festivals, sessions and folk clubs are the lifeblood of the folk movement – we as individuals might not be able to do much about what goes on at festivals but by encouraging younger musicians, singers and audiences to come to sessions, open mic events and folk clubs, we can help to spread the music we all love.
It’s important IMHO that strangers to folk clubs are made to feel welcome, that musicians in sessions are encouraged to join in no matter what standard they play at. It’s how we all started and how we all learned. I’ve been to some absolutely fantastic sessions recently – the standard of musicianship has been great – and some of the folk clubs I’ve been to have put on superb nights.
Onwards and upwards as somebody once said – Montgolfier?
Here’s a list of the folk clubs we have details for so far, organised by region. Hopefully it’ll help people find a club nearby wherever they find themselves.
If your club isn’t listed, ask the organiser to fill in the form at the bottom of the page to submit details for this page – thanks.
And here’s a link to the Folk Music Map recently set up by Chris Rust – good one Chris!
Scotland North East
Scotland Central & South
NORTH EAST ENGLAND
Tyne & Wear
Durham Old-Timey session – Old-Timey, Appalachian, mountain music, Bluegrass: Shakespeare pub, Durham City, 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 20:30 onwards. Players and singers welcome.
First Sunday Folk Club – Grey Horse Inn, Elvington YO41 4AG
Folk at the Forge – Ye Olde Forge Valley Inn, West Ayton YO13 9JE
Saltaire The Live Room – a great folk and roots music venue
Third Sunday Acoustic Club – The Jefferson Arms, Thorganby YO19 6DA
Driffield Folk Club – open session for all abilities. Venue: The Bell Hotel, Driffield
The Beggar’s Folk Club – Every Thursday. Venue: The Hildyard Pub. 1 Market Pl, Patrington, Hull HU12 0RA
NORTH WEST ENGLAND
North West Folk – a portal into all things folkie in the North West
Brampton Folk Sessions – Singers and players of all standards are welcome to this friendly Sing-Around.
Bury – The Met – a great little theatre that books loads of brilliant folk acts
Acoustic Roots, Wigan – fine acoustic music concerts live from Wigan Parish Church
Pyramid Folk Hub – folk clubs / events within approx 15 miles of Stockport
Chesterfolk – variety of festivals and loads of sessions, Irish and otherwise
Frodsham Folk Club – home of traditional folk music and song for over 40 years.
Birmingham / W Mids
Folk Instrumental Session, every 1st Wednesday of the month, at the Bugle Horn, Bassingham, Lincolnshire LN5 9JX
Crayside Folk Club, The Seven Stars, Foots Cray
Folk In The Barn – Folk Club – Various venues
Kent Folk – a portal into all thinks folk and Kentish
The Canterbury Tales – superb session pub in… Canterbury – Thursdays
Folk at the Duke – Roger Street, WC1N 2PB
Hampshire / New Forest
Petersfield Folk Sessions at The Good Intent, Petersfield, Hampshire, 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7.45pm
Bristol / Somerset / Gloucestershire
Glosfolk – an entry point into all things folky and Gloucestershire
Smedsongs – Woodmancote Village Hall nr Cheltenham
Bromyard Sessions – all kinds of sessions round the Hereford area
Wessex Acoustic Folk Club – Blandford Forum (Fridays, in the British Legion)
Union Inn, Denbury, Newton Abbot – Every Thursday 9.00pm
Sticklepath sessions: in the Devonshire Arms nr Okehampton, Devon. First Sunday in the month at the strangest old pub. There are also many other opportunities close: Pennymoor, Cruwys Arms every 3rd Wednesday – been going for over 30 years. Last Sunday is always in the White Heart, Okehampton, 2nd Sunday in Kings Arms, South Zeal, 1st and last Tuesdays in the Cross, Coppleston and the Rose and Crown, Sandford respectively
No.8 Cafe, Launceston, small monthly music event with a mix of folk, blues, roots and Americana. See website or Facebook page for details.
Upcoming events 2017:
January 11 Amanda Rheaume Trio
February 9 Peter Bruntnell
March 17 Ma Polaine’s Great Decline
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