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

We’re open again!

After all the lockdowns and false dawns we are glad to say that the club re-opened on Monday 19 July 2021, the day that the restrictions were eased.

Jamie, the manager of our venue, and his team welcome us back, and it is normal bar service as usual, although they very sensibly suggest that we all exercise reasonable caution.

We hope that you have all come through recent events OK and look forward to welcoming you back at the club.



Mon 2 Aug 2021 – Malcolm Ward

Well known to our regulars as a resident singer, Malcolm is noted for his fine voice and extensive repertoire. He is equally at home belting out a sea shanty or singing a tender ballad. Malcolm Ward


Mon 16 Aug 2021 – Vic & Tina Smith

Well known for running the Royal Oak Folk Club on Lewes for over 20 years, they now present a multi-media show “All the Birds of the Air” which features birds in song, verse, tunes and folklore with illustrations. This has already received acclaim at various folk festivals. Vic & Tina Smith

Mon 6 September 2021 – Celtic Caim Duo

Celtic Caim duo are Heather Innes (vocals, bodhran) and Pauline Vallance (vocals, clasarch, flute.) Celtic & self-penned songs in beautiful harmony. Celtic Caim Duo






Mon 20 September 2021 – Richard Grainger

Welcome return of a man who writes songs about his native Teeside and about the sea, accompanied by guitar. The North Yorkshire Moors, Whitby Town and the East Coast, Captain Cook’s “Endeavour” and Cleveland Steel al feature in his songs. Richard Grainger


Mon 4 October 2021 – 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. Helen North 


Forthcoming attractions: Mon 21 Feb 2022 – Alan Reid | Mon 4 Jul 2022 – Skinner & T’Witch

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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.