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The Kalamazoo Klub was started seventeen years ago by two North London musicians, Paul Alcantara and Guy Simpson. They had been playing in folk and acoustic clubs in London and the South East for years and decided that North London needed a music venue that would bring top quality, live acoustic artists to the area from all genres of music. The Kalamazoo Klub has, in the years since, attracted some of the most famous names in acoustic music, from Bert Jansch who was the first artist to appear, Martin Carthy, John Renbourn, Robin Williamson and John Kirkpatrick through to more diverse artists from the worlds of folk, celtic music, Blues, flamenco, Country and even Chinese classical music. The club meets once a month, though sometimes more often, at a pub in North London and The Union Chapel, Islington. For more information see our website (click on above link)
Croydon Folk Club meets at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1BD at 8pm on Mondays. Singers and Musicians nights, sometimes called "Open Mike", are held regularly and all corners are encouraged to sing and play. This is the basis of any good folk club, the encouragement of performance at whatever level. no need to call for a spot just turn up and go.
The Plough & Harrow Acoustic Open Mic Night with PIANO and FREE PIZZA: Free Every Tuesday from 8pm - onwards. Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4JU. Come and join us, we have FREE PIZZA too! Visit us on Facebook for all the latest news.
MondayMonday is a new London folk night held (normally) 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
Kit & Cutter are a monthly traditional music night in Deptford, SE. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month in The Deptford Arms 52 Deptford High Street, London..
A Blackheath Folk Club: - Acoustic open-mic night, every Tuesday at The British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, London SE3 8SU, featuring a mixture of floorspots and special guests. Starts 8.30pm.
IRISH Session : Usually 2nd Friday of month BUT the Christmas seisiún will be Fri 5th December 2008. The West London branch of Comhaltas hold their seisiún (session) of traditional Irish music, song and dance 8.30-11pm on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Irish Cultural Centre, Blacks Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9DT. It is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend and to join in. Dates of sessions and other info on the branch here: http://comhaltas.ie/locations/detail/west_london/
Half the World, Knightsbridge "is a new venture for London, an occasional season of live world music gigs being staged at The Pizza On The Park, 11-13 Knightsbridge, in association with fRoots magazine. With a capacity of just 100, an intimate, elegantly comfortable atmosphere, excellent sound and lights, and good food at affordable prices, this is the ideal venue at which to see first class world music artists up close."
Green Note, Camden, north London "Vegetarian café-bar/live music venue featuring styles ranging from jazz and blues, to folk, roots, world, singer-songwriters and americana. A great venue for acoustic/intimate gigs. Located at 106 Parkway, London NW1 7AN, just a few minutes walk from Camden Town tube station (northern Line). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or check out www.greennote.co.uk."
GREENWICH TRADITIONAL MUSICIANS CO-OPERATIVE Live At The Lord Hood Ph 300 Creek Road London Se10 9sw
English Music Session, The Borough Our English music session takes place at lunchtime (12:30 pm to 3 pm) on the first Sunday of each month. All musicians are welcome; in common with other English music sessions, tunes from all over the world are played, but in our (loose) interpretation of the southern English country style. The Horseshoe Inn 26 Melior Street London SE1 3QP
Havering Folk Club Every Wednesday at 8pm. The Golden Lion, 2 High St., Romford, Essex, RM1 1HR Whether you sing, play or just want to listen to some good music in a great atmosphere, you'll be very welcome at Havering Folk Club - The Feelgood Folk Club
Herega Folk CLub live music & song every Monday from 8:00pm (not Public Holidays)- Pinner Green Social Club, Rickmansworth Road, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 3TJ
The 12 Bar Club Small venue by any stretch of the imagination but well worth checking its listings for the regular gems that appear.
Greenwich Traditional Musicians Co-operative Greenwich Traditional Musicians Co-operative hold a weekly session in the centre of Greenwich and provide a range of facilities, which are detailed on their site.
The Folk Mob, The Tudor Barn, Eltham, south east London "The FolkMob is an acoustic music club that meets every Wednesday New players and singers are always welcome. It doesn't have to be pure folk music! we also like blues, country, cajun, jazz, rock, pop or anything else that you can play."
Blackheath Halls A concert hall in south east London, well worth checking out the gig listings
Licence to Ceilidh "young and energetic five-piece ceilidh band based in London and available for hire throughout the UK and beyond. We have an extensive repertoire of traditional folk dances suitable for people of all abilities, and absolutely no previous dancing experience is necessary to take part."
The Crow Club, Strongroom Bar, Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London Held every Sunday evening 7:45 onwards Live bands accompanied by resident dj playing Early Blues, Folk
Islington Folk Club Meets Every Thursday evening with guests. The Horseshoe 24 Clerkenwell Close London EC1R 0AG (020) 7253 6068
The Magpies Nest Folk Club, Islington"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 (and even myspace!).......... ....Show consists of open mic slots, house band and featured artists. Expect trad folk, blues, klezmer, singer-songwriters, local songs, old songs, new songs, shanties, barn dance, folk songs, audience participation, guitars, banjos, fiddles, melodians, and even hammer dulcimers!"
Cut A Shine Monthly Barn Dance "Cut A Shine Monthly Barn Dance, first sundays of the month at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. Top notch bluegrass/hillbilly bands and DJs join forces for London's liveliest barn dance!"
Unity Theatre Folk Club Meets 7.30 p.m. upstairs at the O'Reilly's, corner of Kentish Town Road and Holmes Road, London NW5 (Map) On the 4th Monday of the month.Singers welcome: £1 admission fee. Contact Gloria Lazenby for further details on 020 7485 8752.
Fourth Friday, Covent Garden, London Poetry and Acoustic Music night held oddly enough on the fourth friday of each month.
Barnet Folk Club "Barnet folk club is on the 3rd Friday of every month at The Arts Depot, north Finchley - Admission £3.00, Bar available"
Come Down and Meet the Folks Bluegrass, alt-country, folk, floor spots and more at this free Sunday afternoon event
Swamp Rock Club, Finchley, north London "to bring the best Zydeco, Swamp pop, Blues, Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm & Blues and Rock 'n Roll from the Bayous of Louisiana to the dancers of London. Every month a different live band will be featured, each one guaranteed to give the best in hip swingin', foot stompin', good time dance music for all tastes. A steamy night of wild Zydeco rhythms, hot blues, incredibly talented musicianship and a great party atmosphere is promised."
Powers Bar, 332 Kilburn High Road, London Irish Trad Session every Sunday afternoon and a Bluegrass/Country Night every Thursday
Trad Irish Session at The Kilburn Pub and Kitchen, 307 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 Every Sunday evening @ 8:30pm (opposite Nandos - Tricycle Theatre end of the High Road) nearest tube: Kilburn (Jubliee line), nearest British Rail: Brondesbury hosted by Karen Ryan, Pete Quinn and friends Starting 3rd April 2005
Cajun Barn Cajun Barn is a club for members and their guests hosting regular Cajun nights in the wonderful setting of a Tudor Barn in south east London.
Cecil Sharp House The home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and hosts several folk/Cajun/Bluegrass etc events
Hammersmith Irish Centre London's premiere centre for Irish arts
The Willoughby Arms, Kingston-upon-Thames
New list of regular acoustic concerts at this Kingston venue.
Twickenham Folk Club
Meets every Sunday at The Cabbage Patch, a minutes walk from Twickenham BR and one of the friendliest clubs in the London area, also attracts a number of impressive guests from both sides of the Atlantic.
London's newest Country Bluegrass Folk and Blues Club
Grand opening 25 April 2007
(then alternate Wednesday's) @ THE RISING SUN, 277 RICHMOND ROAD, TWICKENHAM, TW1 2NP, 020 8892 9277, www.risingsuncarvery.com
Open mic - jamming - house band THE DEPUTIES plus special guest bands/artists Doors open 8.30pm admission £3.00 - musicians free www.myspace.com/clubacoustica for further information, or to book a slot, please call Caz on 07900 248 667, alternatively just turn up on the night!
Acton Folk and Blues Club, Acton, west London Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month, Free entrance.
Uxbridge Folk Club Uxbridge Folk Club meets at the Uxbridge Royal Naval Association (in the car park behind the shops at Hillingdon Circus). Monthly guests with floor singers and musicians - all welcome. Traditional and contemporary folk music in an atmospheric setting with a great bar.
S London's Traditional Song & Music Club The Selkirk p/h 60 Selkirk Road Tooting
SW17 0ES Membership is £2.00 pa This is our e-address, and our new, simple, information site is at:
Aint Nothing But the Blues Probably the only venue outside the States providing live Blues every evening
Croydon Folk and Blues Club The Croydon Folk and Blues Club meets every Sunday evening, usually around 8:00 at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, Surrey . Everyone is welcome and musicians of all abilities are encouraged to "have a go" if they want to. The music usually starts at 8:30 with the regular sessions. An hour later there is a 'hotspot' which features a special guest. After the hotspot it's back to the regular sessions until the end of the evening. It is a very relaxed atmosphere and only costs £2. Real ale is also available. Details of who's playing is usually printed in 'The Guide' which is supplied with the Croydon Advertiser Group of newspapers.
Acoustic Music & Song Session at Two Brewers Public House, Gloucester Road, Selhurst (Nr Croydon), south London (from 8:30pm) Very informal format; traditional and contemporary British songs, plus mainly traditional tunes, with English bias. However, every evening is unique, and depends upon the mix of performers. No charge
Acoustic Lounge, Acoustic Lounge @smoke rooms, 100 Clapham Park Road, Clapham Every Tuesday evening.
The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club Possibly London's oldest folk club; meets weekly on Saturday evenings 8.15pm at the Exmouth Arms, Starcross Street, London NW1 2HR near Euston; always has guests Exmouth Arms, (on the corner of Cobourg Street, near Euston and Euston Square stations; parking is easy), INFORMATION: 020 7281 7700; ENTRANCE: Members: £6, non-members: £7
Herga Folk Club Every Monday at Pinner Green Social Club, Rickmansworth Road, Pinner, Middlesex, north west London
Walthamstow Folk Club, Walthamstow, London E17 Meets every Sunday Night from 7:30pm
The Plough Inn, Wood Street, Walthamstow, east London Home of Walthamstow Folk Club and host of other regular gigs.
Gannets Music Session, Gannets Restaurant, 458 Hoe Street, London E17 9AH. 8.00 - 10.00 pm. Playing mostly traditional English Country Dance Tunes. - Held on the second Tuesday of each month All welcome. Bring your own beer. Steve 0208 433 7238 (daytime - work number)
Whats Cookin', Leytonstone "East London's new weekly club devoted to the country, bluegrass, western swing, cajun, rockabilly, hillbilly and alt-country scene. Every Wednesday evening from 8.30pm (starts 28 April). Admission FREE! Featured artists, guest performers and DJ's Midnight Vernon and Rockin' Steve playing the best roots sounds ever committed to vinyl."
The Hemingford Arms, Corner of Hemingford and Offord Road, Barnsbury, Islington, London Map)
Local pub that plays host to Beskydy (Music from eastern Europe and beyond) Every Third Tuesday in the month, and Neck Irish Trad Sessions - alternate Saturdays and regular Old Time/Bluegrass sessions on Mondays
A new weekly session with a mixture of English, Irish and Scottish on Sunday evenings at "Kitsons" on Devons Road E3 (Bromley by Bow Tube) 0207 9872356
Traditional Irish Music with Beyond the Pale every Saturday Night at the Chapter One Bar, 143 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3PZ
Live Traditional Irish Music at The Head Tavern, Holloway Road, every Sunday afternoon between 4:00 and 7:00 Close to the Nags Head Shopping Centre
The Larkin Inn (formerly The Royal Victoria), 66 Boston Road, Hanwell, London W7 2ET Tel: 020 8579 6964, (near St Dunstan's Road and opposite Wickes) Boston Manor tube or Hanwell BR Bus E8 Hosts a Traditional Irish Music Session Every Monday (9.30pm-11.30pm) with Stephen Gara (Uillean Pipes/Whistles) Mick O?Connor (Banjo) Mick Bailey (Guitar/vocals) Traditional musicians and supporters welcome
Captain Morgans, 1286 Greenford Rd, Greenford, Middlesex Tel: 020 8864 6938 Greenford or Sudbury Hill Hosts Traditional Irish Music Session Every Thursday (9.30pm-11.30pm) Traditional musicians and supporters welcome
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