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Current Great Folk Clubs?

Banjiman 14 Apr 08 - 12:56 PM
Banjiman 14 Apr 08 - 12:59 PM
Bert 14 Apr 08 - 01:00 PM
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The Sandman 14 Apr 08 - 01:07 PM
GUEST,Mike Cain 14 Apr 08 - 01:12 PM
GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice 14 Apr 08 - 01:19 PM
The Villan 14 Apr 08 - 01:25 PM
GUEST 14 Apr 08 - 01:33 PM
Bert 14 Apr 08 - 01:34 PM
GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice 14 Apr 08 - 01:37 PM
Micca 14 Apr 08 - 01:37 PM
Dave the Gnome 14 Apr 08 - 01:42 PM
GUEST,glueman 14 Apr 08 - 01:43 PM
GUEST,Mrs Scarecrow 14 Apr 08 - 02:07 PM
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peregrina 14 Apr 08 - 02:36 PM
Banjiman 14 Apr 08 - 02:44 PM
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Tootler 14 Apr 08 - 03:37 PM
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GUEST,Mrs Brother Crow 15 Apr 08 - 10:08 AM
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Subject: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Banjiman
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 12:56 PM

As an antidote to the appalling thread asking people to name and shame the worst folk club you have ever been to......why not be more positive and talk about the one(s) you have enjoyed .....shall we say in the last year? Name as many as you want......

Paul


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Banjiman
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 12:59 PM

....and why they are great would be interesting too!


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Bert
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:00 PM

Bucks County Folk Club Nice people, friendly. So popular that they have to limit the length of songs so that everyone gets to sing.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Dug
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:06 PM

Hitchin Folk Club.
Hitchin, Herts, UK.

Top class acts, intimate, comfortable environment,
handy bar. Dedicated and efficient organisers.

(If they're reading this, maybe I can get some
cut-price admission?)

Doug


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: The Sandman
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:07 PM

wilsons folk club,at the welly wolviston,good chorus singing well attended, good beer

Kiveton park folk club.good chorus singing ,well attended.
Darlington brittania.good singers good beer.
Stockton,all the above.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Mike Cain
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:12 PM

Well done Bert and what a grand web site too.

Lewes Arms, Roal Oak in Lewes, Seaford, Orpington Lib.Club, Musical Traditions in London, Elsie`s, to name but a few. These are clubs that not only welcome listeners and performers but, over the course of the year offer the widest variety of guest artists/istes to suit anyones taste if they are interested in "fok music".


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:19 PM

As an antidote to the appalling thread asking people to name and shame the worst folk club

Review: Whorst club and why

I don't see the word folk anywhere in the aforementioned thread's title. Besides which, this assumes that you take that said thread seriously.

Charlotte R


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: The Villan
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:25 PM

True Charlotte.

Faldingworth Live http://www.faldingworthlive.co.uk/

At least I think so, but I am biased of course :-)


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:33 PM

The Naseby Square Folk Club , Market Harborough, second Thursday of the month - meets in the local community centre which doesn't sound like an atmospheric setting, but success is down to the bloke who runs it and to the supper organised by his wife. Always packed with both performers and audience -starts at 7.30.

Worthington Folk Club at the Malt Shovel, Worthington near Ashby de la Zouch - once again always packed on second Monday of the month. There are loads of good clubs in the East Midlands, will perhapos add afew more later on.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Bert
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:34 PM

Also, I forgot to mention that Bucks County Folk also hold events several times every year where members get a chance to perform in public.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:37 PM

At least I think so, but I am biased of course :-)

well if you insist... :-)

Victoria Folk Music Society

plus other musical odds and sods on the links page

Charlotte R


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Micca
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:37 PM

Cottingham Live
Cottingham nr Hull, Yorkshire UK
I went last Wednesday, the standard of singing, choral support and Floor singers was outstanding and the friendly welcome and support was top class too, I wish it was nearer to where I live so I could attend regularly


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:42 PM

Swinton, of course! Goes without saying:-)

Cheers

Dave.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,glueman
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:43 PM

The one in Mark Radcliffe's book 'Northern Sky' sounded quite good.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Mrs Scarecrow
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 02:07 PM

I dont know if regular song sessions count but the First Tuesday at the Kings Head in Bridgnorth, the second tuesday at the Robin Hood at Ironbridge and the third Tuesday at the Boat in Jackfield are all great just a shame they each only happen once a month, the first Sunday at the Black Swan in Jackfield run by Bill Caddick is just stupendous, a generally marvellous evening. I miss having a regular weekly folk club since I moved to Shropshire but the quality of what we do have is really good


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 02:17 PM

The Ankh-Morpork Folk Dance and Song Society

Charlotte R


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Scooby Doo
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 02:19 PM

Llantrisant is a good folk club plus Newport.


Scooby


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: peregrina
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 02:36 PM

I will put in a vote for Kirkby Fleetham, great music, super atmosphere--the perfect combination of varied quality performance and inclusive participation.
Can't wait to get there again!


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Banjiman
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 02:44 PM

Thanks Peregrina....I was secretly hoping someone might mention us! We look forward to seeing you again too!


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Gervase
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 02:53 PM

I've been a bit out of the loop for the past four years or so, but Sharp's, Herga and Maidenhead were excellent. Favourite, though, was the Waveney Folk Club in Oulton Broad from 1979 - 1984. Truly a land of lost content!


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Tootler
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 03:37 PM

I'll second the Welly at Wolviston,

Also the White Hart at Mickleby near Whitby, and the Pot House at Hartlepool.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 03:51 PM

Devonport Folk Music Club in Auckland NZ.
Look for Roger

He has been running the club for something like 35-40 years!
I haven't been able to attend for ages but I understand it's still great and the venue has an amazing view.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 04:33 PM

Naturally I'm going for my own club Traditions at the Tiger,Tiger Inn, Long Eaton www.tigerfolk.com
but I'll also give mention to
Grand Union Folk, Soar Bridge Inn, Barrow on Soar, Loughborough
and
Derby Traditional Music Club, Old Derby Goal, Friargate, Derby

proud strongholds of traditional music and song with a warm welcome to audience and floor singers alike


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 04:38 PM

I just wish there was a Folk Club near where I live, good or bad !

Chris


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 05:07 PM

Where are you Chris?


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 05:27 PM

We went to a memorable sing The Green Dragon in Bishops Frome near Hereford last summer, 12th June according to my notebook. Hope it's still going strong!


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 05:44 PM

Then of course there's
The Downland Folk Club
Newport Isle of wight.
2nd Fridays.

"New Club - Old Traditions"


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 06:58 PM

Llantrisant

For some reason I always read that had hand restraints.

Maybe wishful thinking;-)

:D


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Dame Pattie Smith EPNS
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 07:02 PM

???? You've lost me there Dave. I think Llantrisant is one of the best but then I'm biased!


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Cllr
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 07:07 PM

maidenhead


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 07:10 PM

Gainsborough Folk Club


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 07:24 PM

This is the THIRD vote for Maidenhead ! But Herga and Sharps are a bit good too !


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Esses Girl
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 08:41 AM

Sharps is probably the best that I can get to easily, but Maidenhead has been excellent on the occasions that I've managed to get there.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 09:55 AM

swindon,
nottingham carrington.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Mrs Brother Crow
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 10:08 AM

There are many great clubs out there but my favourites have to be Croxdale Folk Club which is held in The Daleside Arms on a Tuesday with many great acts coming up including Brian Willoughby and Cathryn Craig on 22 April and in june the excellent Wendy Arrowsmith. That leads me on to my next choice which is of course Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club which is held once a month. They also hold excellent folk weekends twice a year. Paul and Wendy make you feel like you are in their living room they are so friendly. Check them out at http://www.kirkbyfleethamfolkclub.co.uk/ as they are holding a great event this Saturday.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Joseph de Culver City
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 10:12 AM

From the US west coast:

The Coffee Gallery Backstage-Altadena,CA

Folk Music Center-Claremont,CA


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 10:19 AM

Marlow Bottom, Marlow, Bucks., ---a club with high musical standards, and a regular weekly change of venue between 3 different pubs, viz. T J Reilly's, ( Marlow Bottom), The Prince Albert,( Frieth ), and The Old Ship, ( Cadmore End ). I am ,of course, entirely biased. Next up would be Herga, I guess; Maidenhead is OK, but the seating arrangements are a bit sad ( sadly !! ). Sorry, Terry et al !!


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: LesB
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 02:19 PM

I suppose i'd better put my biased two'penneth in. The Bothy Folk Club Southport of course.
Excellent resident singers, great guests (every two weeks), good singers nights on the other weeks, pleasant surroundings, cask beer, reasonable prices & a 43 year track record.
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 02:26 PM

The Vernon, Spondon, Derby
The Brown Cow, mansfield
Singaround at Higham, Thursday nights - forgotten the name of the pub, but very welcoming
I've always found the "nd time around in Beeston Nottingham very welcoming

There are numerous ones. Nick Ellis deserves a mention for his work in Loughborough over years at various venues. Also Howard coleman.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 02:27 PM

and of course Sooz and Mike over at Gainsborough.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 02:40 PM


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 02:52 PM

When I was last in England, The Red Lion in Kings Heath Birmingham was a favourite spot as was The Birmingham Traditional Music Club on Sunday nights at the Wagon and Horses on Adderley Street

Charlotte R


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: The Greyt Hound
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 03:41 PM

I must admit I really like Kirkby Fleetham folk club for its great ambience. All the people there are lovely.
http://www.myspace.com/kirkbyfleethamfolkclub


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: SunrayFC
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 03:44 PM

Could I, Should I mention the Sunray Folk Club, in Broadmayne. DT2 8EW.

Well there you go, I mentioned it!


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: The Villan
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 04:02 PM

In fairness, I mentioned Faldingworth Live, but in the true sense of the word, it is not a folk club. Its a village hall putting on Folk Concerts.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Banjiman
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 04:06 PM

Villain, as I started the thread I'll let you off!

Paul


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: The Villan
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 04:44 PM

Well thats OK then :-)


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 08:21 PM

hmmm...so very few in the southwest....


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Saro
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 08:56 PM

Folk on the Moor is brilliant as is Bodmin Folk Club (and they were both in the South west last time I looked).
Two other great favourites of mine (though notmin the South West, are the Everyman in Suffolk - well run, well attended, great atmosphere, and the Black Diamond in Birmingham is also excellent, with fantastic chorus singing and really good bunch of regular singers.
Saro


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 09:14 PM

SWINDON ; Bodmin ; The Tiger{Long Eaton} ; Swindon ;Grand Union; The Grove; Swindon; Black Diamond{Brum}; Maidenhead ; Swindon........Mike


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 03:30 AM

Did anyone mention the Black Swan in York? Great club.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,OLDNICKILBY
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 04:34 AM

Well my favs are:- Grand Union , Swan in the Rushes and the Packhorse all in and around Loughborough.
Black Diamond (when you can find it) and Birmingham Trad, Port Mahon in Oxford, Okehampton is a must,but my favourite is the second saturday session we have in our kitchen.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Fidjit
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 06:20 AM

Waltham Abbey

Stortfolk, Bishop's Stortford

Milk Maid, Bury St Edmonds

Llantristant, of course

Sharps

No other reason than that they are very welcoming

I'm not over much. When I do (in August) they are all closed.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Pistachio
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 08:16 AM

I've got to second Micca and mention Cottingham Live, East Yorkshire. Fantastic venue, friendly crowd, amazing talent, great voices, 'elastic band' and visitors often return having had such a great time. Weekly, Wednesday - 8pm start.

Tonight!!

Will find out about the White Hart, Mickleby next month!

Hazel.x


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 08:17 AM

Well that ought to disqualify them, if they keep bloody closing. Christmas ...fair enough, but the best ones keep chugging away the rest of the year, through hell and high water.

I tend to think a town is suffering from acute moral failure if there isn't some sort of folk club. Even if its not the sort that plays my sort of music - there should be some citizens with enough red corpuscles to get something going.

Stratford always amazes me. You'd think an arty place like that would be snooing with folk clubs, but alas! Nary a sausage....


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Pistachio
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 08:19 AM

Try Beverley for opportunities to sing and/or play most nights. How lucky we are to be up near Hull!
H.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Banjiman
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 08:21 AM

WLD....why only towns?

We're here.
Kirkby Fleetham

Paul


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: TheSnail
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 08:32 AM

Fidjit

I'm not over much. When I do (in August) they are all closed.

The Lewes Arms Folk Club keeps going through August.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: henryclem
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 11:45 AM

There are good clubs in the Southwest ...
Swindon (every Friday; shuts down July/August but unofficially continues with singarounds throughout that period) plenty of excellent guests and resident legends Ted & Ivy ...
Devizes (Mondays) - Bob & Gill Berry's club - terrific guests (about once a month) and enjoyable singarounds otherwise. Definitely deserves supporting. Great for choruses!
Bradford-on-Avon (Tuesdays) - no guests; very popular, continues throughout the year.
Highworth (twice a month - Wednesdays) has occasional guests, really friendly and well-established club.
Corsham (Thursdays) is terrific - really good attendances every week, and a really high standard of floor singers and musicians ... guests once a month or so.

Also : The Nova Scotia (Bristol) - good variety of guests, and some
outstanding floor singers/players every week. Every Monday; and occasional Saturday guest nights as well.

This year I have also visited Folk in The Vale (1st Friday of the month) in North Dorset, and Mary English's monthly session in Bath;
all these places are within an hour or so's drive for me, and I'd recommend every one of them - they are all really welcoming to new visitors.

Henry


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 06:55 PM

Orpington Friday Folk's not listed here, but, more pleasingly, my little club is not on the other thread either. Whatever you think, we are open all through August.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Bill the sound
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 07:54 PM

One of the best in this area is the BBC Folk club at llandaff run by the Hennessy's. Frank is very fair and gives everybody a chance.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 08:10 PM

Actually meant Bristol rather than South West, sorry for vagueness!

Henry - thanks for the info re some nearish to Bristol, have meant to get to the Bradford one. Where is the monthly one in Bath?

There's also of course the new monthly Bath Folk Club, but that's only happened once and I wasn't there. Good reports though.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Forsh
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 08:31 PM

TWO PENCE WORTH.. here's mine,
Wot makes a great folk club? I guess the answers to that would be as varied as the answers to your real question, We are all looking thru oour own eyes after all.
For me, I love a good SAR, egletarianism must prevail here though.
But then I enjoy those crazy songwriter typs, too, with their depth & modern ways! (!)
Still ... I LOVE great Harmonies in Traditional singing, and rousing chorusses... oh hell!
I like the one I like at the time, at this time, it's the Bluestone FC at Old Hartley, Near Whitley Bay in the Sunny North East of England. Now, if you's asked me 25 years ago....


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Mr Red
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 02:17 AM

Bath FC details on cresby.com > FC's > Somerset

And while we are talking of Somers - how about the Somers TFC in Worcester - no guests but a healthy membership who contribute 2 each(all there is time for) and those who just love to listen see the same website page.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 12:08 PM

If you are south of the Thames, the Croydon Folk Club on a Monday night is well worth a visit! There are plenty of good song sessions in East Anglia too. Grab a copy of "Mardles" and your road atlas!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: The Sandman
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 01:03 PM

Cork singers club, An Spailpín Fánach, South Main Street,cork city.I have had at least three really good gigs there.Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Mr Red
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 01:19 PM

Bath doesn't have a regular day and is monthly. they say

Next Month, (Friday 9th of May) we have Cyser booked to play.

Cyser play (also) for French/Breton dancing and very dancable they are.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 01:21 PM

From the "left coast," San Diego, CA:

Lestat's Coffee House on Adams Avenue
Acoustic Music San Diego on Mansfield Avenue (off Adams)
Twigg's Coffee House (on occasion)

Also, the annual Adams Avenue based Roots Music Festival. Lou
Curtiss, collector/archivist/historian owner of Folk Arts rare records on Adams Avenue, who helped found the event, has one of the greatest collections of period recordings anywhere. A great local resource for roots music, folk, jazz, blues - you name it, dating back to the very early 1900's. If you happen to vacation here, it is well worth a visit.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Willa
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 01:36 PM

Third vote for Cottingham Live!
Organised by Linda Kelly, regular opportunities to hear Hissyfit. (Next week it's Hissyfit and Friends evening.)
Good guest list and a very smart, acoustically good venue.
http://cottingham-live.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Fidjit
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 02:53 PM

Lewes on a Saturday. Ok. I'll try and get there.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Dave Earl
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 02:57 PM

Er

Dare I put in another vote for The Lewes Arms ?

Is anyone from those other threads watching?

Dave


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: TheSnail
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 03:39 PM

Breton Cap

Dare I put in another vote for The Lewes Arms ?

You might be considered a little biased, Dave, but I think it's rather good as well.

On the other hand, I'm not all that keen on this "Who's best?" idea. Aren't we all trying to do the best we can? It's a lot of trouble to go to if you don't really care.

Bryan


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Graveyard
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 06:37 PM

How about The Bridge Folk Club in Newcastle upon Tyne, 50 years old this year? Great guests, residents, beer and students from the degree course.www.bridgefolkclub.co.uk
Or the Bluestone Folk club, Delaval Arms near Seaton Sluice on the northumberland coast, very cosy great singaround and good beers with one of the most scenic caravan sites right outside.
Or Cramlington Folk Club, or The Davy Lamp in Washington great guests very friendly. The North East is alive with great folk clubs, and some not so great, but best leave that for the other thread.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Mick Woods
Date: 18 Apr 08 - 04:49 AM

ngton Friday is not listed here, but is in posting No 6 by Mike Cain!

Anyway I like Orpington Friday Folk, Blackheath Folk & Folkmob.
All three are friendly & welcoming, as well as attracting fine musical talent fron afar!.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Mick Woods
Date: 18 Apr 08 - 04:56 AM

Sorry the first few words of my last entry dissolved!
I should have read:

Girl Friday you say that Orpington Friday is not listed here, but it is, in posting No 6 by Mike Cain!

Anyway I like Orpington Friday Folk, Blackheath Folk & Folkmob.
All three are friendly & welcoming, as well as attracting fine musical talent fron afar!.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Dame Pattie Smith EPNS
Date: 18 Apr 08 - 04:20 PM

Fidjit - Llantrisant never closes, we are open all year. You are always very welcome in the the hillside.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Mr Red
Date: 19 Apr 08 - 09:01 AM

Smoked fish & Welsh moluscs? We'll kipper welk Home in the Hillside

I was told last night (At Hors d'oerve 3rd Fri French/Breton dance in Horsley nr Nailsworth - see http:cresby.com)

that the Bath FC is a Fri.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Saro
Date: 19 Apr 08 - 11:12 AM

I'm delighted to see Kiveton Park and Cottingham Live on this list of great clubs as CMR will be at both of them in June - can't wait. I have to back up all the good things said about Lewes, which is a phenomenon, but I don't think anyone has yet mentioned Walthamstow (Sunday evenings) which is well worth a visit. Haven't been to Folk in the Forest (Forest of Dean) for a while, but it used to be very good.
Saro


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Pete Rimmer
Date: 19 Apr 08 - 12:54 PM

Its 43 years old this week ,Yes I mean the BOTHY FOLK CLUB in Southport one of the worlds best clubs without any doubt.
Pete Rimmer


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Len Pentin
Date: 19 Apr 08 - 03:01 PM

The Bothy. Oh yes! Wonderful guests, great atmosphere and floor singers encouraged. Great venue too!


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 19 Apr 08 - 03:47 PM

For the quality of the singing and the friendlines of the audience-definitely Cottingham Live!


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 08:20 AM

Bothy - "if it's anything else, it's something less." -someone who shall remain nameless once said! Tee, hee.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Geoff Parry
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 08:35 AM

I would always favour the Bothy Folk Club in Southport. I have seen some amazing people there over the past 16 years or so, have always felt welcome and have received incredible support for my writing of lyrics and poems.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: peregrina
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 08:52 AM

Kirkby Fleetham, Kirkby Fleetham!

(yeah, I'm voting again)


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 09:40 AM

Thanks for mentioning Walthamstow, Saro.

We've got a lot of regulars but I don't think many are 'catters. Being one of the few 'catters who go there I thought it would be a bit cheeky mentioning it myself, being one of the organisers ;-)


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Mike Cain
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 12:07 PM

The well attended "Sing and Play" evening at "Elsie`s" last night demonstrated what a really great venue it is, perhaps the result of many years "knowhow". The ever smiling Askew Sisters, the booked artistes, gave a splendid performance of spot on songs and tunes to an attentive and fully appreciative audience. A complete "Elsie`s Band" with Iris Bishop ran a smooth operation and the raffle, nigh on a quarter of a pig, would you believe. Also to be seen among the excellent spots were Will Duke, John Morgan, Chris Wood and all for not much more than a couple of pints. Long may they continue, I shall certainly go again.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Abuwood
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 12:23 PM

Well in the past year or so we have had very warm welcomes at Wheal Dream, Cornwall and Penicuik by Edinburgh and from a few inbetween so maybe the folk clubs in GB are still going strong. I like it when they talk to you and ask you if you want to sing even when they don't know you.
I like visiting clubs all over the country whenever we travel, I was particularly impressed by the superb folk mag up in the north west!
Ali


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Canberra Chris
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 04:30 AM

I haven't yet been to a bad one. You generally hear folk music at all of them, which is a good start.

The Loaded Dog in Sydney has the finest performer acoustics by general consent - X marks the spot where you appear to get 150 per cent natural foldback, a kind of acoustic dayglo effect. I like to sneak in early alone, and just sing in the space, aiming at the point where the back wall meets the high ceiling. The Loaded Dog also has a regular audience that roars the choruses back at you, and a very quietly wise Mudcatter host(ess).

I am privileged to have sung in a couple of those in UK mentioned above in despatches - Sharps and Herga. For those asking about the south-west, they might drop in on the Bude (Cornwall) folk club at the Falcon Inn? which has one of the loveliest rooms for a folk club, and a welcome to match.

I have spent a fine evening in gentle and talented company at the Raven? Folk Club at the Cross Keys in Chester.

But if you want to know where St Peter sends the most deserving souls, it is back down to the Good Intent in Rochester for the final, outrageous non-stop session of all time.

Cheers,
Chris


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Tootler
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 03:52 PM

I was away from home over the weekend and visited Orpington Friday Folk who I found friendly and welcoming.

So another vote for them.


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: Saro
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 05:56 PM

Silly me, forgot to mention Chichester, run by the very experienced and excellent Marilyn Campbell. Tom and Barbara Brown's Shammick sessions are well worth experiencing too!
Saro


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: GUEST,Peter Stockport
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 09:29 AM

No one mentioned the Red Bull Folk Club at Stockport!

Mind you it moved to The Midway Tavern Stockport a few weeks ago,
So I suuppose it#s the MIdway Tavern Folk Club at the moment.
what a great club!
Peter


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Subject: RE: Current Great Folk Clubs?
From: BB
Date: 22 Apr 08 - 05:25 PM

Thank you, Saro - we think so, but didn't want to blow our own trumpet. We're a bit off the beaten track here in North Devon, but if ever anyone's down here on holiday, we'd love to see them.

Shammick Acoustic Sessions concert this week has the fantastic Rattle on the Stovepipe - whether people like English or American traditional, this is for them!

Barbara


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