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 Beer Seller, 64 High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1EH.

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

Owing to the ongoing situation with the Corona Virus there is still no immediate prospect of clubs like ours being able to re-open. We are re-booking our intended guests for future dates and look forward to the time when we can welcome back both the performers and the audience.

We are leaving the programme on the website in the hope that we can resume it as soon as it is safe to do so. We will issue an email bulletin as and when this occurs, so you may wish to sign up for this at the foot of this page.

We of course regret the effect this will have on our venue and the many others affected, and hope it will not be too long lasting. Stay safe and we hope to see you when the club resumes.


Mon 7 Sep 2020 – Jeff Warner


Making a welcome return to the club. A legend on both sides of the Atlantic, Jeff carries on the tradition of his family with his collection and portrayal of Americana at its best. Jeff Warner

Mon 21 Sep 2020 – Miriam Erasmus

Beautiful clear singing of both traditional and modern folksong accompanied or acapella, where you can here every word, encourages enthusiastic audience participation in choruses. Welcome return of a lovely lady.



Mon 5 October 2020 – Dick Miles

Welcome return of a man well known on both sides of the Irish Sea for his renderings of mainly traditional song accompanied by concertina and banjo.



Mon 2 November 2020 – Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds

It is well known that the Appalachian ballads which were collected by Cecil Sharp etc. mostly have their origins in the British Isles. Here we have lively modern interpretations of this material which cannot fail to entertain.



Mon 16 November 2020 – Alden, Patterson & Dashwood

Welcome return of this highly acclaimed folk trio who weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, guitar and dobro around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from English folk traditions with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs.



Mon 7 December – Helen North

Time to welcome back a lady from north Kent who writes captivating songs, many of them about the sea, and she is a keen sailor, all performed with a beautiful voice and guitar accompaniment.





Forthcoming attractions: Mon 18 Jan 2021 – Alan Reid | Mon 1 Mar 2021 – Richard Grainger | Mon 19 Apr 2021 – Nick Dow | Mon 17 May 2021 – David Fisher | Mon 7 Jun 2021 – Vic & Tina Smith | Mon 5 Jul 2021 – Skinner & Twitch | Mon 19 Jul 2021 – Martin Ledner | Mon 6 Sep 2021 – Celtic Caim Trio | Mon 4 Oct 2021 – Christopher Mark Jones

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News and Blog

Songwriting retreat

We've received notification of a songwriting retreat taking place between 15th and 19th June. The legendary Jon Boden is hosting it and the venue will be located in idyllic surroundings in the west of Scotland. Details here.

New venue

Our first event at the Beer Seller on Monday was great! Karen Langridge (and friends/relatives) entertained and sang beautifully, there was a numerous and enthusiastic audience, and the venue more than lived up to our expectations. Join us on the 16th for the talented...

Forthcoming move

Forthcoming move

From the end of February the club will be re-locating to The Beer Seller, 64 High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1EH. We have been grateful to the Flying Dutchman for hosting us, and have had some good sessions there, but have always felt the desirability of being in the town centre if possible. Starting with the Karen Langridge session on 2 March 2020 we will be in the upstairs function room at the Beer Seller, where they serve a splendid selection of real ales and a full range of other drinks. Do come and join us then if you can.