Forest Folk Club 2019 Events

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 6th January.        Singers night

dick brice singer songwriterSunday 20th January. Dick Brice

Although this ever popular singer/songwriter is well known for his ‘’Forest Humour’’ and songs in dialect, he writes many songs based on his own experience which can be poignant or humorous and frequently both! You are always assured of an evening of first class entertainment with Dick! 



Sunday 3rd February.       Singers night

jane pearlSunday 17th February.  Misfit Pearl and the Oddfellows

Corn fed Kentucky raised singer, songwriter & raconteur, Jane Pearl is a rare thing. A genuine wordsmith [when she can remember them]. Drawing from all four marriages and using all four chords Jane brings you heartfelt, humorous, well crafted wry vignettes on modern life. Through the medium of Americana, her talent drips from her kitchen table, drops to the floor and saddles up on an epic quest across the Forests of Dean [her present home] into the ears of any freeminer, hobo or chartered accountant passing through the West Gloucestershire badlands. Jane has spent nearly a decade knitting and crocheting two band members that add finesse and groove to what she describes as a “mighty fine trio”. Multi-instrumentalist Lyndon Webb, a purveyor of an original 1980s ponytail, on guitars and Thad Kelly, owner of two shopping scooters, on bass. Odd indeed.


pete coe Sunday 3rd March.  Pete Coe

Pete Coe has had more than 50 years of music making on the English folk scene. His contributions include traditional song research, song writing in traditional style, the founding of several seminal bands (the founder member and visionary force behind The New Victory Band, Bandoggs and Red Shift) plus solo and duo performances, dance calling, recording, field research, local folk activism in Ryburn Three Step and teaching at various levels. Together with his wife, Sue, he received the Gold Badge Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in 2016 for their outstanding contributions to folk dance, music or song.Pete Coe celebrates narrative folk songs, rooted in English traditions, classic ballads & broadsides, rural yarns, travellers tales, and songs of love, loss & protest learned from the old songcarriers & songsmiths he’s met over a lifetime on the road. He performs with great skill, presents with authority & good humour & encourages audience involvement.



Sunday 17th March.              Singers Night

anthony john clarkeSunday 7th April.  Anthony John Clarke

All Anthony John Clarke ever wanted to be was a writer of songs. From the minute he heard Barry Maguire singing the song “Eve of Destruction” and held the single “Like A Rolling Stone” by Dylan in his hand. From that point, he says, he was doomed to that life that could so easily end in failure. Irish-born and educated, he became a teacher but song writing remained his raison d’etre.  It was perhaps inevitable that by his mid-thirties he found his way into the music profession and was discovered in turn by audiences all over the world. Twenty-five years on he has a string of self-penned albums to his credit, a legion of fans and a date sheet that stretches two years into the future.This includes what appears to be at least half the folk clubs in the UK as well as assorted village halls, theatres and arts centres, plus the plum MC’s job in 2017 at the 50th Cropready Convention. “He storms it every night he gets on stage. Brilliant!!! He had our audience eating out of his hand every night on the Fairport Convention Tour” says Fairport’s Dave Pegg

Sunday 21st April                 Singers Night

Sunday 5th May                    Singers Night

kevin dempseySunday 19th May   Kevin Dempsey

Kevin Dempsey is a master performer on the guitar, an arranger, a singer and a top quality live entertainer. He is one of the most sought-after musicians on the UK folk scene and beyond, and has played and recorded with many of the most famous names in acoustic and folk music: Dave Swarbrick, Joe Broughton, Chris Leslie, Peter Knight, Dando Shaft, Uiscedwr, Whippersnapper, and Mary Black. Whether in an intimate acoustic environment, or a large festival stage where he fills the air with spellbinding music, Kevin puts his audience at ease and takes them on a varied and wonderful musical journey.

Sunday 2nd June.                     Singers Night

jinskySunday 16th June    Jinski

Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, JINSKI are song writer Stephen Wegrzynski and musician Dave Kennedy, a partnership forged from acoustic roots and the love of a strong melody. Their music touches the borders of folk, country, and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern. Playing ‘live’ with just two voices and two guitars JINSKI have been touring the UK, honing their craft, chalking up the miles and making new friends wherever they play. They have built a reputation for delivering music for the head and the heart that is full of passion, meaning and originality. Notable supports have been to Joe Jackson, The Proclaimers, Lindisfarne and Kathryn Tickell. A recent TV appearance has been on BBC 1 The One Show. “You’ll love them fo their style, polish and great songs” – (R2 ROCK ‘N’ REEL magazine) 



Sunday 7th July   Merrymaker

Merrymaker are made up of Dan Sealey (formerly of Ocean Colour Scene and Merrymouth and Adam Barry (Formerly of The Misers and Merrymouth). They are joined by Paul McCormack, Nikki Petherick and Hannah Lawson. Together they combine skilful musicianship with thought provoking music layered with vocal harmonies. Sealey and Barry are no strangers on the folk circuit. In recent years, they have recorded and toured with multi-award winning folk musicians John McCusker and Andy Cutting. They have performed at BBC Radio 2’s Carfest, Celtic Connections, The Moseley Folk Festival and The Great British Folk Festival. Sealey has also joined his father, Dave Sealey on stage at Sidmouth, Whitby and Towersey Folk Festivals, for shows as a tribute to Cosmotheka, a popular duo throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, featuring Dave and Dans uncle, Al Sealey, who became legends within the folk scene all over the world with their unique brand of humour and material. “Beautiful and Majestic” Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2.


Sunday 21st July.                     Singers Night