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


Mon 15 Aug 2022 – Paul Stepto

Paul is of course well known as an organiser and resident at the club. His songs accompanied by guitar or mandolin, range from the comic to the more thought provoking.




Mon 5 Sep 2022 – Fourgone Confusion

Two of our residents, John & Di Cullen, are joined by Pete & Brenda Storer to form a formidable foursome. Beautiful harmony singing, accompanied by a variety of instruments and presenting an eclectic mix of material, makes this an evening not to be missed.


Mon 19 Sep 2022 – 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 all feature in his songs. Richard Grainger



Mon 3 Oct 2022 – Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer

With two grand voices – individually and in harmony, the Anglo-German duo Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer offer a versatile miscellany of self-penned and imaginatively arranged songs, delivered with guitar, woodwind instrumentation and occasional percussion. Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer


Mon 17 Oct 2022 – Christopher Mark Jones

Soulful country and blues-inflected Americana narratives in “a rich voice that’s slightly rough around the edges” (Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), but still grabs the listener along with his “fascinating lyrics”. Christopher Mark Jones



Mon 7 Nov 2022 – Nick Dow

A man with a superb voice and sensitive guitar accompaniments who has been on the folk scene for over forty years. He is best known for his traditional songs, some of which he has collected, especially in the West Country and from the travelling community. Nick Dow



Forthcoming attractions: Mon 21 Nov 2022 – Vic & Tina Smith | Mon 5 Dec 2022 – Sally Ironmonger with Brian Carter | Mon 19 Dec 2022 – Simon Kempston | Mon 6 Feb 2023 – Dave Ellis & Boo Howard | Mon 20 Feb 2023 – Dick Miles | Mon 6 Mar 2022 – Alan Reid | Mon 15 May 2023 – Paul McGladdery | Mon 6 Nov 2023 – Wildwood Jack

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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.