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

In view of the Government recommendation not to participate in gatherings such as ours, we have taken the decision to close the club until further notice. We regret this, but feel that under the circumstances it would be irresponsible to continue.

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 3 Aug 2020 – Malcolm Ward

One of our residents well known on the folk circuit, particularly for his sea songs, Malcolm is a man of many parts, and his songs range from shanties to tender ballads skilfully performed with or without the concertina.



Mon 17 Aug 2020 – Ian Petrie

Well known on the local folk circuit, Ian performs traditional and self-penned songs, sometimes amusing and thought provoking, with skilled guitar accompaniment. Ian Petrie



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.



Forthcoming attractions: Mon 5 Oct 2020 – Dick Miles |Mon 2 Nov 2020 – Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds | Mon 16 Nov 2020 – Alden, Patterson & Dashwood | Mon 7 Dec 2020 – Helen North | 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.