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?

 

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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

Scotland North East

 

Scotland Central & South

 

 

NORTH EAST ENGLAND

Northumberland

 

Tyne & Wear

 

County Durham

Beamish Mary Inn Folk & Acoustic Music

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.

The Witham, Barnard Castle

 

Teesside

 

 

YORKSHIRE

North Yorkshire

Bay Folk Club, Ye Dolphin, Robin Hood’s Bay

Black Swan Folk Club

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

Skipton Folk Club

Third Sunday Acoustic Club – The Jefferson Arms, Thorganby YO19 6DA

White Hart Folk Club

Whitby – The Famous Flower

 

West Yorkshire

 

South Yorkshire

 

East Yorkshire

The Falcon, Great Driffield – open session for all abilities

The Beggar’s Folk Club – Every Thursday
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

 

Cumbria

Brampton Folk Sessions – Singers and players of all standards are welcome to this friendly Sing-Around.

 

Lancashire

Poulton-le-Fylde Gillespies Folk Club, The Old Town Hall

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

 

Manchester area

 

Cheshire

Pyramid Folk Hub – folk clubs / events within approx 15 miles of Stockport

Chesterfolk – variety of festivals and loads of sessions, Irish and otherwise

Midway Folk Club, Stockport

Ye Olde Vic Session, Stockport

Bollington Folk Club

Nursery Folk Club, Stockport

Cheshire Folk Club

Porkies Folk Club

Lymm Folk Club

Frodsham Folk Club – home of traditional folk music and song for over 40 years.

Hungry Horse Folk Club, Ellesmere Port

 

Merseyside

 

 

MIDLANDS

Warwickshire

 

Birmingham / W Mids

 

Staffordshire

 

Derbyshire

Nottinghamshire

 

Leicestershire

 

Northamptonshire

 

 

EAST ANGLIA

Essex

 

Suffolk

 

Norfolk

 

Cambridgeshire

 

Lincolnshire

 

 

 

SOUTH CENTRAL

Bedfordshire

 

Berkshire

 

Oxfordshire

 

Wiltshire

 

Hertfordshire

 

 

SOUTH EAST

Kent

 

London area

 

Surrey

 

 

SOUTH COAST

Hampshire / New Forest

Junction Inn

Lymington Folk Club

Forest Folk

New Forest Folk Session

Petersfield Folk Sessions at The Good Intent, Petersfield, Hampshire, 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7.45pm

Windmill Acoustic Music Club

 

Sussex

 

 

SOUTH WEST

Bristol / Somerset / Gloucestershire

Dragon Folk Club

Glosfolk – an entry point into all things folky and Gloucestershire

Nailsea Folk Club near Bristol

Smedsongs – Woodmancote Village Hall nr Cheltenham

 

Herefordshire

Bromyard Sessions – all kinds of sessions round the Hereford area

 

Worcestershire

 

Dorset

 

Devon

The Acoustic Site For Wessex

Jurassic Folk & Acoustic

Topsham Folk Club

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

 

 

KERNOW (Cornwall)

Bath Inn Folk Club, Penzance

Bodmin Folk Club

Dreamers Folk

Looe Folk & Acoustic Music Club

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

 

WALES

South Wales

 

North Wales

 

 

GERMANY

 

 


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