Traditional Music and Song at Tonbridge Folk Club (Nellies)

When We Meet

First and third Mondays of each month from 8-11 pm. Musicians, singers and audience welcome.

Where We Meet

The Flying Dutchman, 118 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, TN11 9EN.

Evening Fee

A hat collection is held on guest nights and a contribution of £7 (£5 concessions) is suggested.

Singers Welcome

Floor spots available – arranged on the night.

Diary of Events

Mon 15 Oct 2018 – Melanie Crew & Ross Palmer

Two accomplished singer-songwriters in perfect harmony, both with fine voices and skillful accompaniment. They promise a mix of their own songs and some traditional material. Melanie Crew   Ross Palmer



Mon 5 November 2018 – Two’s Company

Two’s Company (Alice Baillie and David Jenkinson) are a Yorkshire-based acoustic folk duo. They perform a variety of traditional and original songs and tunes, from and inspired by the folk tradition of the British Isles, accompanied by flute, guitar and cello-mandolin. Two’s Company


Mon 19 Nov 2018 – John Ward Trio

Based in East Anglia, John, Lynne & Les sing John’s own and traditional songs in three-part harmony, accompanied by guitar, double bass, mandolin, harmonica, whistles and bodhran. John Ward Trio



Mon 3 Dec 2018 – Bob Kenward

With his fine singing of traditional and self-penned songs and skilled guitar accompaniment, Bob can command a good audience anywhere. Songs of Kent, railways and humorous ones feature, he is a resident of the club but this is your chance to hear him do a full set. Bob Kenward



Mon 17 Dec 2018 – The Nonesuch Mummers

Seasonal plays an frolics from this group who also number fine singers. Come and enjoy this prelude to the festive season.



Mon 7 Jan 2019 – Hook Line & Sinker

A mix of traditional & contemporary folk song in three part harmony from these three ladies with lovely voices, who made such a good impact at Broadstairs Folk Week this year.

Mon 21 Jan 2019 – The Jones Boys

Welcome return to the club for this duo from East Kent with an eclectic collection of songs accompanied by squeeze box and strings.



Forthcoming attractions: Mon 4 Feb 2019 – Bond of Union | Mon 18 Mar 2019 – Richard Grainger | Mon 1 Apr 2019 – Will Finn & Rosie Calvert | Mon 15 Apr – Hickory Signals | Mon 20 May 2019 – Na Mara | Mon 16 Sep 2019 – Wildwood Jack | Mon 21 Oct 2019 – Geoff Higginbottom

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Folk on TV

On tonight's edition of Ian Hislop's Olden Days, he looks at the history of folk song collecting and Morris dancing. There's an interview with Vic Gammon, professor of folk music at Newcastle University and sometime guest at Nellie's. Here's the link to the programme...