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The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club Home of Contemporary & Traditional Folk Music for 43 years Hoy Enquiries: Telephone 01702 715111 New Venue Details: The Royal British Legion 7/9 Northview Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9NG. Northview Drive is a one way street and cannot be entered from London Road. If you can't find anywhere to park in Northview Drive there are plenty of spaces in London Road close to Halford's.

Orpington Friday Folk Club is a members club. Visitors, new members and performers are welcome.

Orpington Friday Folk Every Friday 7 Station Road Contacts Ralph 01689 836351 - general inquires SUE 01608 838077 - bookings or Email

Crayside Folk Club at The Seven Stars, Foots Cray High Street, DA14 5HJ Session every Monday @ 8.00 (note this club shares a website with the Orpington Folk Club)

Orpington Folk Club Orpington Folk Music and Song Club exists to promote folk music and song. It is a non profit making organisation and is for those who wish to listen to or take part in an informal evening of folk music and song. A folk club that welcomes participation through playing, singing or listening. We are always ready to greet and encourage new singers and musicians. With regular guests and open mike/singers nights. Lovely back room pub venue(Change of Horses) in Farnborough, Kent. Thursday Evenings @ 8:15pm. Contacts Ted Handley 0208 325 6513 or Steve Jennings 01959 532 754

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 invited guests contributing two slots of four songs or tunes at the end of each half of the evening. Given that there is no PA setup, most of the regular performers have a folk / bluegrass / country background, whether performing traditional or original folk music material.

Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/ We present traditional British song and music every Saturday night. No membership needed. We also run frequent all-day workshops on traditional music and song with the tutor performing in the evening.

Concertinas Anonymous, a free session for concertina players of all systems and abilities, is now on the second Tuesday of the month at the same venue. Details on http://www.lewesarmsfolkclub.org/LAFC/concanon.html Contact Bryan Creer (bryancreer@aol.com).

The Lewes Favourites tunes practice session, a free session for players of any instrument and any ability wanting to learn tunes current in local English tunes sessions, is at the Elephant and Castle on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Details on http://www.lewesarmsfolkclub.org/LAFC/Lewesfav.html. Contact bryancreer@aol.com or valmaigoodyear@aol.com

Kent Folk Folk, Celtic, Blues, Jazz and Cajun music in Kent, U.K. , Kent gig calendars, photos & MP3 music Kent venue and musician listings. A good number of top quality MP3 music files and JPEG photos are freely down-loadable from KentFolk, by excellent Kentish musicians. Listen to them, then book the artists for that Wedding or function!.

South East Folk Arts Network
The role of the south east Folk Arts Network is that of enabler: offering an information, advisory, co-ordinating and networking service to the traditional arts in the region. Folk tradition and folk practice of the south east are vibrant and varied. The area is a rich patchwork of festivals, concerts, workshops, dances, music sessions, clubs and - above all - involvement.

Kent Cajun Promoting Cajun and Zydeco music and dancing in Kent and the south east.

St Julians Club, Sevenoaks, Kent Regular Venue for folk and bluegrass events

Tunbridge Wells Folk, Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Club Meets monthly in Tunbridge Wells

The Wheatsheaf This Bough Beech pub holds Music nights every Wednesday night (phone 01732 700254 for details). (Map)

Traditional music and song at Tonbridge Folk Club, Rose and Crown, 125 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1DD. First and third Mondays of each month, 8-11 pm. Musicians, singers and audience welcome.

Twitton near Otford. Travellers Rest Folk Club at the Rising Sun Twitton Pam Waters 01731 458051 Meets 1nd Thursday of month Details and bookings Jon and Pam 01155 679131 

Dartford Folk Club Meets every Tuesday with guests

The Riverside Folk Club, Horton Kirby, Dartford (Map Meets every Sunday Night, all welcome, expect bluegrass, country, folk, and more.

The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford Regular Folk and Roots concerts at this purpose built Dartford venue

Springers Music Based near Tunbridge Wells at the forefront of musical activities in south east England. Traditional, folk and dance music from pre-Tudor times to Ragtime and Swing. Musical instrument sales and schools presentations.
The Beacon Folk Club, Tunbridge Wells Meet on the second and fourth Mondays in the month.

The Bottleneck Blues Club Holds regular acoustic blues gigs in Rochester and Maidstone

Maidstone Country & Roots Music Club at The Soul Cafe, Maidstone, Kent Maidstone Country & Roots Music Club, is intended to present the finest perfrmers in the singer-songwriter, acoustic, country and rootsy music genres, many of whom usually only play London folk-clubs. They will now be appearing in Maidstone, saving mid-Kent music fans the hassle of trying to get into central London.

The Open House Acoustic Music Club, Maidstone
Meets first, third and Fifth Monday of the month, at the Pilot, Upper Stone Street, with regular guests and floor spots. New performers are always welcome and may be considered for showcase evenings. - email clive.lever@tiscali.co.uk or tel 01622 672277 and ask for Anne or Clive for details.


Mr Gig The guide to music in east Kent - covers all genres, gigs and folk-clubs.

The Eight Bells, 43 High Street, Tenterden Holds Folk Nights on the second Tuesday of each month (Map)

Kent & E Sussex Gig Guide is the leading supplier of the Kent Gig Guide and music in Kent news to the media and music community. Kentgigs.com is continuing to increase the availability of up to date leisure information everywhere. 

Medway Folkus Books some of the best known national and international Folk Acts Unfortunately the Medway Folkus site appears to point elsewhere at the moment but they are still organising regular concerts at the Brook and Central Theatres in Chatham - Visit www.medway.gov.uk/theatrebookings and click on Folk for dates.

The Honourable Pilot Folk Night, Will Adams Way, Gillingham, Kent New Folk Night on the last Friday. Hosted by alternating resident bands Drowsie Maggie and Wild Turkey (Dindon Sauvage) and with guest bands/artists. Floor spots available.
Venue: The Honourable Pilot (Next to the Travel Inn) , Will Adams Way, Gillingham, Kent ME8 6BY Nice atmosphere, good beers, friendly landlord. Free entry. For further info contact James Armstrong 01304 212521/07769 723760

The Canopus Public House This Rochester pub holds Folk Nights every 1st and 3rd Tuesday (Map)

Folk at The Kings Head, High Street, Rochester This high street pub holds weekly gigs - phone 01634 831103 for confirmation.

Folk at the Barge Regular Folk gigs on Monday evenings

Folk at the 'Three Mariners' Public House Lower Rainham Road, Gillingham Holds regular Folk Nights on the first and third Fridays of each month. (no smoking venue)

ROOTS (Rainham Oast Old Time Sessions), Rainham
This American Old time, bluegrass music & dance club takes place in Rainham on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday every month

Faversham Folk Club Meets every Wednesday with regular guests Folk in the Barn, Canterbury
For the best Folk / Roots / Acoustic music concerts, in beautiful folk-clubs, in Canterbury and surrounding area. Fab, friendly Folk in the Barn. Original venue - the beautiful Kingston Barn in the village of Kingston south of Canterbury, but also the stunning Canterbury Cathedral International Study Centre and the charming Playhouse, Whitstable. See website for forthcoming events or ring Debs on 07799 790738

Casey's Ale House
Regular folk/acoustic Nights on Thursday and Friday evenings at this Canterbury Pub. The George Inn, The George Inn, Stone Street, Stelling Minnis
Live Music every Friday at this Stelling Minnis pub.

The Oranges Bar Cafe, Ashford the best live jazz, blues and folk music in town

The Drum Folk Club Meets every Thursday at the Drum, Stone Street, Stanford, Nr Hythe, Kent (Map)
For further information phone David on 01797 320518

The Yew Inn , Barfrestone, Dover Regular Thursday evening concerts

Friday Folk Club meets every Friday at the RMA Club, Walmer Green, Deal, Kent at 8.15pm.
Mainly singer's nights, with guest artists approx once a month.
For more information ring Avril on 01843 864208 STROOD  THE PRINCE OF WALES  9 high Street  For the best in Irish and Cajun 

Southern Counties Folk Federation (SCoFF) Is a loose confederation of Folk Clubs, Arts Centres, Concert folk-clubs, Festivals and Organisations promoting Folk and related Acoustic Music in the southern Counties of England and the Channel Islands.

The Talking Heads Portswood Road, southampton

Turner Sims Concert Hall, southampton
Regular Folk Concerts at this concert hall.

Woolston and Netley Folk Club, Netley Abbey, Hampshire
Meets every Sunday evening with regular guests.

The Green Man Folk Club, Nr Alton
Meets on the second tuesday of the month with regular guests.

The Tower Arts Centre, Winchester
Regular Folk Events at this arts centre.

Fo'c'sle Folk Club Meets fridays at the Duke of Wellington, Bugle Street, southampton

Barking Spider
Put on regular Folk events in the southsea and Portsmouth area and host the southsea week long Folk Festival in the last week of August The Bullfrog Blues Club meets most Thursdays on south Parade Pier in The Albert Tavern , southsea, Hampshire.

The Cellars, southsea, Portsmouth hosts the full spectrum of musicians and comedians from local acts through to national and international touring acts.
With regular folk acts booked.

The R.M.A. Folk Club Meets every Tuesday evening at The R.M.A Tavern, Cromwell Rd., southsea, Portsmouth with occasional guests

The Broadside Folk Club, Milton, Portsmouth Meets every Wednesday evening with occasional guests.

The Maypole Band The Maypole band are a group of acoustic musicians who have been providing music for barn dances for years & years, some of the members have been performing at these event since the 1960's. If you are stuck for ideas to provide enjoyable but alternative entertainment for an event then contact the Maypole band. The group, whilst acoustic, does provide good quality amplification & they have their own dance 'caller' who will select dances suitable for the skill level of the dancers & will, as the evening unfolds, teach more complex dances.

Skimmington Ride Not so much a band, more a tradition, a group of musicians calling themselves Skimmington Ride have been playing folk music in pubs for something over twenty five years.

Hambledon Folk Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:30pm in the Youth Club building in the Village Hall car park next to The Vine in west Street. There are guest performers most months, usually acoustic, covering a wide range of styles

Ringwood Folk Club meets every Tuesday at the Elm Tree Inn Hightown. Ringwood Hants and has fortnightly Guest Nights. Click here for a location map
The Club can be contacted by email at biggsra@yahoo.com

The Grey's, Brighton Regular concerts on Sundays and Mondays

The Ranelagh Arms, Brighton Regular Blues concerts

Brighton Folk Club, Brighton Held every Tuesday at the Hobgoblin with guests about once a month.

The Maypole Band
The Maypole band are a group of acoustic musicians who have been providing music for barn dances for years & years, some of the members have been performing at these event since the 1960's. If you are stuck for ideas to provide enjoyable but alternative entertainment for an event then contact the Maypole band. The group, whilst acoustic, does provide good quality amplification & they have their own dance 'caller' who will select dances suitable for the skill level of the dancers & will, as the evening unfolds, teach more complex dances.

The Abbys Ceilidh Band
London's premier Irish Traditional Music Band specialising in Irish Ceilidh Dances, Irish Sessions, Concerts and Events with Mike Pelton Vocals/Guitar/Mandolin, Mike Hartes Vocals, Guitar Colette O'Dowd Accordian, Kirsten Hughes Fiddle Vocals
The band members have appeared on T.V and Radio and have performed at festivals in the U.K and Europe and released records in the States

Acoustic Sussex Providing information and 'what's on' listings for singer/songwriters and acoustic musicians performing in mid-Sussex.

Chichester Folk Song Club

The Fountain Inn, Chichester Regular gigs (Tuesdays and Saturdays with Jazz on Fridays) hosted at this town centre pub.

Live Pub Music Guide - Bognor Regis
Whats happening guide for Bognor Regis (not specifically folk).

Roots around the World Bringing Global Music to west Sussex

The Famous Willows Folk Club Arundel cricket Pavillion,(on A27 by Mill House hotel), west Sussex Meets Wednesdays and offers outstanding guests alongside fine Open Stages

Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes Meets every Thursday evening with guests.

The First Inn, Last Out 14-15 High Street, Old Town, Hastings, east Sussex Regular acoustic blues at this Hastings Pub

Hastings Old Town Ceilidhs
Held on the last Saturday of the month at Castledown School, Priory Road, Hastings Sussex Folk Guide Regularly updated information for folk and acoustic events right across Sussex. Crawley Blues Club, Crawley Held on the 2nd Sat of each month

Horsham Folk Club horshamfolkclub.co.uk/. Sunday Evenings at The Normandy Centre Denne Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1J.  Contact Jeffrey Thomas - 01403 276 273.  Friendly club.  Great guests.  Performers from the floor welcomed.”

The Bridge House Inn, Horsham Acoustic Music Night on the first Sunday of every month.

Spyboy presents folk, roots, blues and acoustic music at the Hailsham Pavilion and other folk-clubs in and around east Sussex.

The Hailsham Pavilion Historic building in Hailsham, east Sussex (Nr eastbourne) which hosts monthly concerts.

White Horse Folk, Herstmonceux Held every monday with regular guests.

The Lamb Folk Club 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 8.30pm

Eastbourne Folk Dance Club Held Weekly (Thursdays) at Upperton United Reformed Church Hall, Watts Lane, eastbourne, Sussex (7:45pm to 9:45pm)

The Rude Mechanicals Ferry Inn, Shoreham. Meets Wednesdays 8.30 for further details email

Sure Its Irish Best information site for Irish Arts and cultural activities in Brighton and Sussex

Southern Counties Folk Federation (SCoFF) Is a loose confederation of Folk Clubs, Arts Centres, Concert folk-clubs, Festivals and Organisations promoting Folk and related Acoustic Music in the southern Counties of England and the Channel Islands.

St Denys Folk & Blues Club 'Acoustic Anything Goes' (Folk, Rhythm, Blues and Beyond.....)

The Anvil & Central Studio Two Basingstoke Arts Centres with regular folk acts

Forest Folk, north Boarhunt, Nr Wickham (Forest of Bere) Meets fortnightly with regular guests.

Southern Counties Folk Federation (SCoFF) Is a loose confederation of Folk Clubs, Arts Centres, Concert folk-clubs, Festivals and Organisations promoting Folk and related Acoustic Music in the southern Counties of England and the Channel Islands.

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