Folk Club Dates for 2018
Entry Fee for a Guest Night:£7.00 *EXCEPT WHERE NOTED
Entry Fee on a Singers Night: Singers £1.50
Non Singers £2.50
Doors will open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

We welcome floor spots, and especially want to encourage new acts to our “singers’ nights”, where they can be assured of a warm welcome and an attentive and appreciative audience. All acoustic music, contemporary or traditional, is welcomed. The folk club runs on 1st & 3rd Sundays of every month.  Doors open in the function room of  Orepool Inn at 7.30


Sunday 7th JanuarySingers Night


Sunday 21st January Colin Pitts/Alan Kirkpatrick & John Shaw

Two separate acts tonight. Colin Pitts is a powerful yet sensitive singer/songwriter.  Alan & John thrive on songs that have accessible choruses. Their repertoire includes traditional songs and songs written by Alan.






Sunday 4th February Singers Night

Sunday 18th FebruaryChris Cleverley

Chris is an award winning singer/songwriter of singular ability. He combines the delicate intricacy of his finger style guitar and banjo playing with hauntingly delivered tales.

Sunday 18th March  – Pete Coe

Pete’s strong, distinctive voice is enhanced by his musical versatility. He sings, plays and step dances, sometimes all at once. It is easier and quicker to list the talents that Pete does not have.



Sunday 1st April Singers Night

Thursday 12th April – Forest Folk Club – AGM – 7.30pm start

Sunday 15th April  – Pete Morton

Pete is amongst the best that the British roots music scene has produced in living memory. He has honed his skills to deliver his unique interpretations of traditional songs and folk rooted compositions.



Sunday 6th May – Singers Night


Sunday May 20th  – Phil Hare

Phil’s solo music career began almost 30 years ago and he is now widely regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive guitarists working on the current UK acoustic / folk music circuit. In addition, many years of gigging have resulted in Phil evolving into a perceptive and heartfelt songwriter as well as a ‘freestyle’, humorous troubadour who puts on a great show.


Sunday June 3rdSingers Night


Sunday June 17th – Morai 

Moirai (pronounced ‘More-eye’)
Jo Freya, Melanie Biggs and and Sarah Matthews manage to create an orchestra and a choir of sounds and yet there are still only three of them. Throw away your preconceptions about what constitutes folk music and open your minds to a colourful pallet of sounds and song. They will take you on a roller-coaster ride through beautiful traditional tunes, haunting and buoyant compositions and songs that will pluck at your heartstrings as well as have you holding your sides to prevent bursting with laughter.


Sunday July 1stSingers Night

Sunday July 15th

A great day of Folk Music is ahead on Sunday 15th July –
The Forest Folk Club will be performing on the Newland Street Stage from 2pm till 4.30 pm with Jan and Doug, Jan and Ian, Kath and Phil Lynch and Greg Rowlands – click on the link below for details.
Later, at 8pm at The Orepool, Sling the club presents singer/songwriter Ian Bruce..


Sunday July 15th– Ian Bruce

Ian Bruce’s first real success as a songwriter came with the release, on his own label, of 1988’s Too Far From She, with special interest being shown in the title track. He was signed to Fellside Records for 1990’s Blodwen’s Dream, the label’s first CD release. This album contained Graham Miles’ excellent ‘My Eldorado’, a song about faded hopes and dreams, and the equally fine self-penned title track. Ian went from strength to strength on his mid-90s recordings Free Agent and The Naked Truth.


Sunday August 5th– Julie July Trio Presents A Tribute To Sandy Denny

WHO KNOWS THERE THE TIME GOES…. Fresh from the iconic Troubadour – Earls Court – London……. The Julie July Acoustic Trio pay a heartfelt tribute to the great singer-songwriter ‘Sandy Denny’. From dreamy acoustic melodies to driving progressive folk-rock, she was one of the UK’s singer songwriters of the British Folk Rock movement. In her brief Career she left a legacy of beautiful, haunting original and traditional compositions. Richard Thompson called her ‘The Greatest artist of her generation”. Melody maker readers twice voted her ‘Best British Female Singer” in 1970 and 1971. Her most famous song “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?”, was voted favourite folk-track of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2 and has been covered by many artists including;- Judy Collins, Nina Simone, Eva Cassidy and Kate Rusby.
Now 40 years on The Julie July Trio will perform a selection of her songs from:- The Strawbs, Fotheringay, her Solo Career and Fairport Convention. “Julie July played a heartfelt tribute to Sandy Denny at the iconic Troubadour in Earls Court – London” (James)


Sunday August 19th– Singers Night

Sunday September 2nd– Singers Night 


Sunday September 16th – Craig & Willboughby

Cathryn Craig is from Richmond, Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both singer and songwriter. She is no stranger to Tennessee´s Nashville recording studios, working with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein, Jorma Kaukonen and Garth Brooks. Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar. As well as playing with the Strawbs in the 80s and 90s, Brian has been a session player/sideman in much demand, playing with the likes of Mary Hopkin, Roger Whittaker, Monty Python, Joe Brown and Jim Diamond and Nanci Griffith.“They catch a mood that could produce goosebumps on sheet metal (The Glasgow Herald)


Sunday October 7th– Huw Williams

Huw Williams began his professional career as a singer songwriter. He toured and recorded as part of the duo Huw and Tony Williams, whose songs were covered by many other artists here in Britain, the USA and Europe, including Fairport Convention whose version of Summer Before the War and Simon Nicol’s Rosemary’s Sister brought him to a much wider audience. He has also worked as a broadcaster producing and presenting programs for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Wales.


Sunday October 21st– Singers Night

Sunday November 4th– Singers Night


Sunday November 18th– Steve Tilston

Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic An Acoustic Confusion and has been turning out quality albums ever since. Life by Misadventure, And So It Goes, Solo Rubato and Such and Such all featuring first-class song-writing, quintessentially English in style and typically Tilston, marking him out as one of this country’s finest writers. Whilst the instrumental Swans at Coole is testament to his guitar virtuosity. Though known as a songwriter, Steve has always had an ear for the tradition and included new interpretations of old favourites on his original recordings. Of Many Hands is his first “all-traditional” album; with unique arrangements of timeless classics. There’s also a “best of” anthology, The Greening Wind and a live album Live Hemistry recorded on tour with Fairport Convention. Back on song-writing form, he released Ziggurat in 2008 from which A Pretty Penny made it into Acoustic Magazine’s top 50 songs.


Sunday December 2nd– Chris & Wendy Moreton

Chris has been playing guitar and banjo and other acoustic instruments, for 50+ years. He is an award-winning Bluegrass musician on both sides of the Atlantic and is “A bit of an entertainer!” His wife, Wendy provides rock solid rhythm on double bass and they perform classic bluegrass tracks such as Duelling Banjos, (Deliverance); Man of Constant Sorrow, (Oh Brother Where Art Thou); Country/Folk/Singer songwriter material, covers from the 1960’s, in-fact any songs and instrumentals that work with acoustic guitar/banjo and bass…..
A multi-instrumentalist rated as the UK’s “best bluegrass guitarist” and as playing “truly world class lead guitar”.

Sunday December 16th

Singers Night & Christmas Party