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 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 2 Apr – Singaround

Bank Holiday Singaround, all singers and musicians welcome, or anyone else to come and listen. No admission charge, just bring your voices and instruments.

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 

Mon 21 May 2018 – Tom Lewis

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 – Sam Walter

An immensely talented young singer with a new slant on traditional songs, and his own songs written in the traditional style. Expect stirring songs about Jacobite uprisings and the Napoleonic wars. Sam Walter




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





Forthcoming attractions: 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 | Mon 3 Dec 2018 – Bob Kenward | Mon 17 Dec 2018 – Nonesuch Mummers

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