Traditional Music and Song at Tonbridge Folk Club (Nellies)

When We Meet

First and third Mondays of each month from 7-30 – 10-30 pm. Musicians, singers and audience welcome.

Where We Meet

Ye Olde Chequers Inn, 122 High St., Tonbridge, TN9 1AS

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.

Mon 15 May 2023 – Karen Langridge

A local singer blessed with a beautiful voice, gives an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary folksong. She also plays flute and autoharp.



Mon 5 Jun 2023 – Border Crossing

It’s always a pleasure to welcome this duo with traditional songs from England, Scotland & Ireland. Dean’s skilful guitar playing perfectly complements John’s superb singing. Border Crossing


Mon 19 Jun 2023 – Milton Hide

Welcome return of Jim & Josie Tipler from East Sussex, with a wide range of well crafted songs, accompanied by guitar and clarinet. Milton Hide


Mon 3 Jul 2023 – The Twagger Band

First return of this charismatic local band in its present enlarged form. Expect an eclectic mix of music and song. The Twagger Band


Mon 17 Jul 2023 – Tony Wilson

Hailing from the north-east, Tony is a fine and charismatic performer of both traditional and self-penned songs. He accompanies himself with a variety of stringed instruments. Tony Wilson


Mon 7 Aug 2023 – Hilary Ward

Welcome return of a lady with a beautiful voice and fine repertoire of songs. 





Mon 21 Aug 2023 – Henty & English

Kevin Henty of course is no stranger to the club, but he has recently joined forces with Matthew English whose skills with the violin match well with Kevin’s singing and instrumental skills.


Mon 4 Sep 2023 – Simon Kempston

One of Scotland’s very best singer-songwriters, a composer and leading acoustic fingerstyle guitarist based in Edinburgh. His beautifully crafted material showcases his distinctive, intricate fingerstyle guitar work, and his gently nuanced, compelling tenor vocals. Simon Kempston



Forthcoming attractions: Mon 18 Sep 2023 – Here & There | Mon 2 Oct 2023 – Bruce Watson | Mon 16 Oct 2023 – The Rabbitts | Mon 6 Nov 2023 – Wildwood Jack | Mon 20 Nov 2023 – Johnny Campbell | Mon 4 Dec 2023 – Gavin & Julie Atkin

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News and Blog

Malcolm Ward’s Funeral

Most of you will no doubt be aware by now of the sad loss of Malcolm, one of our resident singers and a staunch supporter of the club for many years. Latterly his illness was catching up with him, but he fought a good fight to the end and saw out the full round of...

Malcolm Ward

Malcolm Ward

It is with great sadness that we announce that longtime resident and friend of the club, Malcolm Ward died last night. He'd been unwell for a while but had made a point of attending and performing at as many events and festivals as he could. We'll miss his varied...

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.