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 18 October 2021 – Alan Austen & Linda Smith

Beautiful harmonies from this duo accompanied by a variety of instruments. Self-penned and traditional songs are likely to include Kent and harvest themes.


Mon 1 November 2021 – David Fisher

David Fisher is now based in Birmingham, where he returned to after spending three and a half years travelling and busking across nearly 50 countries, including every country in the EU. His critically acclaimed album ‘Busking Beyond Borders‘ was released in December 2018, receiving comparisons to artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Richard Thompson and Bob Dylan. David Fisher

Mon 15 November 2021 – Allan Richardson

Noted for his self-penned songs, many of them humorous, Allan is well known on the local folk circuit, and it is a pleasure to welcome him back. Allan Richardson


Mon 6 December 2021 – Dave Arthur

Well known as the writer of Bert Lloyd’s biography, he has worked with many of the big names in the folk world. He is known for his band “Rattle on the Stovepipe”, but is also accomplished as a singer, musician and storyteller performing solo. Dave Arthur


Mon 20 December 2021 – Four Gone Confusion

A local group which includes our residents John & Di Cullen. An eclectic mix of songs with beautiful harmonies and accompanied by skilful guitar playing. Four Gone Confusion


Forthcoming attractions: Mon 21 Feb 2022 – Alan Reid | Mon 4 Jul 2022 – Skinner & T’Witch | Mon 19 Sep 2022 – Richard Grainger | Mon 17 Oct 2022 – 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.