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 Jan 2018 – Harbottle & Jonas

Acclaimed by Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, and Declan Sinnott, they are a young duo from Devon who are making a name for themselves with exciting renditions of traditional songs, accompanied with guitar and concertina. Harbottle & Jonas

Mon 5 Feb 2018 – Fiddle & Faff

Beautiful harmony singing by this Kent based duo, accompanied by fiddle, accordion, nyckelharpa, double bass and mando bass. Fiddle & Faff


Mon 19 Feb 2018 – Alan Austen & Linda Smith

Noted for traditional and Alan’s self-penned songs, this local duo perform with various instruments and harmonies.


Mon 5 Mar 2018 – Cosgrave & Banks

Mike Cosgrave (accordion, guitar, whistle) and Steve Banks (fiddle, vocals, Hardanger fiddle, guitar) have joined forces to form an exciting folk duo. They are both very skilled and experienced musicians, and together they play exciting, imaginative arrangements of captivating folk music from Britain, Europe, and beyond, both traditional and contemporary. Cosgrave & Banks 

Mon 19 Mar – Alden, Patterson & Dashwood

Influenced by folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic, this trio weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Alden, Patterson & Dashwood 

Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Malcolm Bushby

Originally from Tasmania, Malcolm is steeped in the Scottish fiddle tradition of his forebears. He is also a fine singer and plays the bouzouki and whistles, and has received tributes from Tom McConville with whom he has collaborated. Malcolm Bushby




Forthcoming attractions: Mon 21 May 2018 – Tom Lewis | Mon 4 Jun 2018 – Sam Walter | Monday 18 Jun 2018 – Chris Cleverley | Mon 2 Jul 2018 – Consort of 1 | Mon 16 Jul – Triage | Mon 6 August – Border Crossing | Mon 3 Sep 2018 – Rosewood | Mon 17 Sep 2018 – Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton | Mon 19 Nov 2018 – John Ward Trio

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