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 21 May 2018 – Tom Lewis

We regret to say that because of a serious throat infection Tom is unable to perform at this event. Instead we will have a singaround, and all are welcome to come and participate or just listen, there will be no admission charge.

A legend of the nautical festival circuit, Tom sings rip-roaring shanties and other songs of a salty nature, with and without accompaniment of Button accordion or ukulele. Come along and have a good sing! Tom Lewis




Mon 4 Jun 2018 – John & Di Cullen

Two well-known local singers with fine voices, backed by John’s skilled guitar playing where appropriate. Expect an eclectic mix of robust, reflective and humorous songs. This replaces the previously advertised artist Sam Walter, who unfortunately is not now available.

Mon 18 Jun 2018 – Chris Cleverley

An extremely talented singer-songwriter with many diverse topics in his songs, accompanied by accomplished finger style guitar playing. Chris Cleverley 

Mon 2 Jul 2018 – Consort of One

Lizzie Gutteridge combines medieval and renaissance music and song, on traditional instruments, with 21stC looping technology. Described as “Looping Through Time” this gives an interesting new slant to traditional music. Consort of One 

Mon 16 Jul – Triage

Welcome return of this popular local band who made a good impact last time. Expect lively renderings of tunes and songs with various instruments. Triage


Mon 6 Aug – Border Crossing

An Englishman an Irishman and a Scot combine to give a mix of traditional songs and tunes from all three countries. First time at the club. Border Crossing





Forthcoming attractions: Mon 20 Aug 2018 – Pete Metcalf & Paul Stepto | Mon 3 Sep 2018 – Rosewood | Mon 17 Sep 2018 – Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton | Mon 1 Oct 2018 – John Molineux | Mon 19 Nov 2018 – John Ward Trio | Mon 3 Dec 2018 – Bob Kenward | Mon 17 Dec 2018 – Nonesuch Mummers

To join our mail list click here

News and Blog

New CD from Pete and Paul

Residents Paul Stepto and Pete Metcalfe have released a new CD. ‘The Devil Inside Us’ includes eight original songs and four covers. The styles and subjects are varied, ranging from 19th century American history, mobile phones and guns, to chocolate, Caravaggio and...

Monday at the club

Some performers have the knack of drawing you in to their music, arousing your interest and connecting you with whatever they’re singing and playing. Nick Dow, our guest on Monday, 4th December has this ability in spades - probably acquired over decades of treading...