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- Acoustic Routes
Acoustic Routes is a venue in Cambridge run by singer/songwriter Bernard Hoskin which presents a wide range of non-mainstream music in a small concert setting.
- Anchor Folk Club
Where else can you enjoy the nights and have a relaxing evening with live entertainment and a cool drink! Every Thursday at the Blue Anchor Pub from 8.30 pm
- Ashington Folk Club
Ashington Folk Club has a mixture of residents and visitors performing everything from traditional to contemporary music, blues, classics, country and poetry.
An open mic night is held on the first Thursday of each month held in the Folk Bar from 8.30pm,come along and perform or just listen. Guest nights are held on the third Thursday of each month[check listings for artists].
- Banbury Folk Club
Folk, roots and acoustic music
every Wednesday, 8.30pm in the Miller's Bar,
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park,
- Bodmin Folk Club
The Barley Sheaf for folk music in Bodmin
- Bournemouth Folk Club
"...bringing the best folk music to Bournemouth." Bournemouth Folk Club is located at Centre Stage in the Pig and Whistle, between the town centre and Westbourne.
- Brighton Acoustic Session
The Brighton Acoustic Folk Music Session meets at The Lord Nelson, Trafalgar Street, Brighton on the first Monday of the month. It's an informal, round-the-room set up, with a featured guest act.
- Bude Folk Club
An acoustic Folk Club, which meets at The Falcon Hotel, Bude, in The Carriage Room, every other Sunday at 8pm until about 11pm.
In their own words: "We are a very welcoming and friendly club, where you are encouraged to come along and join in with a song, tune, recitation or two, or just listen, if you so wish. We welcome all ages and all abilities."
- Cambridge Folk Club
The Cambridge Folk Club is a live music club, embracing all styles of acoustic and folk music.
- Catweazle Club
Oxford's legendary performing arts club...an intimate and magical space for musicians, singers, poets, storytellers and performance artists of every imaginable hue, who grace the stage every Thursday night.
- Cheltenham Folk
Playing host to some of the country's top folk artists as well as long-term service award presentation, competitions, talks and many more unique events.
- Club Acoustica
Electroacoustic / Country / Americana - Every alternate FRIDAY EVENING from 7.30pm until 11.30 pm (bar closes at midnight) at the RISING SUN INN, 277 RICHMOND ROAD, TW1 2NP opposite Marble Hill Park Twickenham.
- Derby Folk
Derby Folk: information about folk music, song and dance around Derby, UK - Ashbourne, Ashby, Belper, Burton, Chesterfield, Coalville, Derby, Leicester, Lichfield, Loughborough, Mansfield, Matlock, Nottingham, Uttoxeter.
- Fiddlers Retreat
Fiddlers Retreat is a unique Irish music and culture experience. Whether you are a musician, an orchestra, a fiddle group or simply a music lover, something special is created especially for you at Fiddlers Retreat.
South Devon folk musicians, folk music, folk sessions, ceilidhs and more!
- Foggy Furze Folk Club
Meets at The Travellers Rest public house
Stockton Road Hartlepool every Tuesday evening at 8.30pm - all singers and players welcome.
- Folk in the Forest
Tanners Hatch is quite possibly the most beautiful, ‘traditional’ Youth Hostel in England, in an idyllic National Trust woodland setting in deepest Surrey near Polesden Lacey, Dorking.
- Folk On The Green
Folk On The Green is probably the longest-running free music festival in the country.
- Folk Police Recordings
Folk Police Recordings is a new independent record label specialising in traditional music and new music rooted in the folk idioms of the British Isles and beyond. We favour folk at its most feral: we will focus on releasing albums by explorers, iconoclasts, rule-breakers, innovators and those exceptional individuals who are at their best when ploughing their own very singular furrows.
- Folk Redlands Inc.
Folk Redlands is crewed by a small, enthusiastic bunch of volunteers with many supporting friends and artists. The music we promote is principally in the genre of Folk and Acoustic music, be it Traditional, Celtic, Australian or Contemporary.
- Folkwit Records
An independent record label based in Nottingham, UK. "To in some small way, support and bring to the attention of the world some wonderful and original music - an eclectic mix of styles that all loosely fall into the genre of alternative folk roots."
For more than 31 years, fRoots has been a central resource and key activist for the folk, roots and world music community.
- Gainsborough Folk Club
"Music of the people, by the people, for the people." -- Gainsborough Folk Club intends to further the cause of Folk and ancillary music/songs, in a sustained effort to preserve the Lore of the land in musical history.
- George Stevens Luthier
George Stevens is a maker in England of fine quality hand-crafted early musical instruments of the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods.
These include: Lutes, Gitterns, Gothic Harps, Bray Harps, Clarsachs, Lap Harps, Citterns, Vihuelas, Four Course Guitars
- Great Knight Folk Club
The Old White Hart, Cotton End, Northampton, NN4 8BS. 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month.
- Green Note
Green Note is a live music venue and vegetarian café-bar, located in Camden Town, London, with live music performances ranging from folk and blues to roots, world, jazz, country, bluegrass and singer-songwriters.
- Herga Folk Club
Although biased towards traditional song, the club books a wide range of singers and musicians ...
- Hitchin Folk Club
Folk Club of the Year...at The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, Herts
Acoustic and Folk musical instruments
- Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club
Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club has been set up to set up to promote local and upcoming Folk/ Acoustic/Roots artistes and to present bigger name guests to promote folk and roots music in this part of North Yorkshire. It will usually run on the 3rd Saturday of each month 8.30pm (til late).
- Magpie's Nest
Monthly Folk and Acoustic club, showcasing the entire spectrum of the music: old folk, new folk and acoustic talent, from all across Britain and beyond....
- Maidenhead Folk Club
A small but friendly club dedicated to the retention, propagation and performance of the traditional music and song of the British Isles, while having a little fun! Every Thursday night at 8.15pm at The 'Seven Stars' PH, Knowl Hill, near Maidenhead.
- Mayflower Folk Music
Occasional singers sessions and concerts at the The Portland Arms, Chesterton Road, Cambridge.
- Mike Harding
Folk icon and all-round good guy
- Monday, Monday
MondayMonday is a new London folk night held (normally) at Camden's highly regarded Green Note on the first and third Monday of the month, presenting the best that the folk scene has to offer, without fail a night of the finest folk, roots and acoustic music.
- Musical Traditions
The Magazine for Traditional Music throughout the world.
- Nettlebed Folk Club
Located in the Village Club in Nettlebed. Many major folk acts have appeared including: Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Ralph McTell, Lindisfarne, Richard Thompson and Show of Hands to Club Acts like Vin Garbutt, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Eric Bogle and Bill Jones.
Purfeyors of fine quality acoustic entertainment from pubs to clubs and barns to festivals.
- Oxford Folk Club
At The Port Mahon, St Clements Street, Oxford, OX4 1AW Phone: 01865 202067
- Pump House Folk Club
Watford Folk Club takes place every Friday night at The PumpHouse Arts Centre. The club has a large audiences for its excellent quality guest acts and enthusiastic singers.
- Reading Folk Club
Readifolk is the folk song club of Reading and meets at 8 o'clock on Sunday evenings in The Queen's Arms, Gt Knollys Street, Reading
- Redbourn Folk Club
The Redbourn Folk Club meets on Thursday evenings from 8:15 pm to 11:15 pm in The Cricketers Public House, The Common, Redbourn (near St Albans) Herts
- Regent Music
Based in the rainy-yet-beautiful English Lake District, Regent Music was set up in 2012 by Phil Simpson.
Regent Music was formed from a love and passion for the job, and a desire to represent and develop acts in the Acoustic/Folk/Roots genres in the UK and overseas.
Phil is by no means a newcomer to the music industry, having previously booked tours for top names such as Lúnasa, Juan Martin, and Colin Hay.
Regent Music organises and co-ordinates tours, festival appearances and one-off concerts for its acts - with passion, huge attention to detail, plus a ‘developing’ and career-building ethos.
- Rock 'n' Reel Magazine
... fresh, unpretentious, informative, comprehensive and eclectic in our music coverage
- Shooting Roots
Shooting Roots is an organisation run by and for young people, offering creative and participatory folk workshops at festivals and other events. It’s all about generating opportunities for young people to perform, develop friendships and access the folk arts.
- Small Strings
Small Strings - all kinds of small stringed instruments! Mandolin family (mandolins, mandolas, bouzoukis, citterns), fiddles/violins, guitars, ukuleles. Ideal for folk musicians, but equally suitable for classical and jazz players. Contact: Mark and Sue Mawby, based in the Scottish Borders, about 50 miles south of Edinburgh.
- Stort Folk
Nearly Every Thursday from 8:30pm - The Church Hall behind All Saints Church
Stansted Road, Bishop's Stortford Herts
- The Gloss Club
The Gloss Club is a collaboration between
Rosalind Scanlon - Artistic Director of the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith and
J. Eoin - Irish singer songwriter.
- The Goose is Out
East Dulwich Tavern - Folk is cool again, and that old stereotype of beardies with pewter tankards and fingers permanently welded to their ears has gone forever - if indeed it ever existed!
- The Ram Club
... the Ram Club, one of the finest venues in the South of England for folk, acoustic and roots music
- Tiller Flat Folk Club
The Tiller Flat Folk Club - once monthly, predominantly folk and acoustic nights on board Golden Hinde II at
Clink Street near London Bridge.
The next show is on Friday 6th
July, doors open at 7pm. Bar on board and entry is free. Golden Hinde II is a fully working replica of Sir Francis Drake's Tudor war ship Galleon.
Contact: Golden Hinde II
St Mary Overies Dock
London SE1 9DG
- Tudor Folk
Recent guests include Coope, Boyes & Simpson, Lindisfarne (the last ever concert), Pentangle, Show of Hands, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Acoustic Strawbs...
'The most celebrated roots music venue in South/West London'...The Cabbage Patch Pub, 67 London Road,
- Union Chapel
Union Chapel, just south of Highbury Corner in Compton Terrace is one of Islington's most important buildings. A magnificent example of Victorian gothic architecture Union Chapel is today a working church, an award winning music venue and a centre for those homeless and in crisis in London. Most recently Union Chapel was voted by Time Out London readers London's No.1 Live Music Venue.
- Wallasey Folk & Acoustic Club
Wallasey Folk & Acoustic Club has a new venue: The Wallaseyans' Club, 140 Grove Rd CH45 OJF.
2 December - singers' night, hosted by local singer songwriter Vinny Spencer.
(Every Sunday night other than those listed is a SINGER'S NIGHT - £1 entry, performers free. Entry to those below is £5).
9 December: The Rip Roaring Success. 16 December: Christmas Party, with Merry Hell, Acoustic(ish). 20 January: The Jaywalkers. 17 February: Bandersnatch. 17 March: Other Roads. 21 April: Merry Hell. 19 May: Claire Mooney. 16 June: Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar.
- Walthamstow Folk
Walthamstow Folk at The Plough Inn, 173 Wood Street, Walthamstow, London E17 3NU