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 minimum contribution of £8 (£6 concessions) is suggested.

Singers Welcome

Floor spots available – arranged on the night.

Mon 17 Jun 2024 – Dove’s Vagaries

A wide range of song and music, from 12th C to Victorian music hall, both acapella and accompanied by various instruments including melodeon, concertina, dulcimer, smallpipes, cornamuses, hulusi, whistles and flutes. Something different, and not to be missed. Dove’s Vagaries

Mon 1 July 2024 – Siren

A fiddle and guitar duo playing gritty arrangements of trad jigs and reels as well as Celtic twists on familiar songs. Long time serving professional musicians Gemma Gayner (fiddle and vocals) and Andy Bolton (guitar and vocals) are well known within the Medway music scene and across Kent. 

Mon 15 Jul 2024 – Matthew English & Liam Sherry

Matthew English is a skilful fiddle player who we have recently had at the club with Kevin Henty. He now teams up with skilled guitarist Liam Sherry to provide an entertaining selection of songs and tunes. 

Mon 5 Aug  2024 – Carrie Martin

An East Yorkshire based singer-songwriter possessed of the ability to craft a fine song, nimble finger-picking skill, and a beguiling voice. Described by Rik Wakeman as “phenomenal”. Carrie Martin

Mon 19 Aug  2024 – Sir-Reel Clarks

Son and grandson of the late Ted Clark who was a noted local melodeon player. Aeron the grandson has inherited his grandfather’s talent with that instrument, and is skilfully accompanied by his father Andy on the guitar in unusual arrangements of well known tunes, plus original compositions. Sir-Reel Clarks 

Mon 2 Sep  2024 – Enda McCabe

Singer, songwriter and storyteller originally from Dublin, Enda brings a taste of Ireland with traditional song and his own compositions. Enda McCabe

Forthcoming attractions:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 – Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner |  Mon 7 Oct 2024 – Nick Vulture | Mon 21 Oct 2024 – Alchemy Acoustic | Mon 4 Nov 2024 – Hunter Muskett |Mon 18 Nov 2024 – Lewis Barfoot | Mon 16 Dec 2024 – Natasha Norodien & Terry Lees | Mon 20 Jan 2025 – Dave Ellis & Boo Howard | Mon 17 Feb 2025 – The Claras | Mon 3 Mar 2025 – John & Lynne Ward | Mon 16 Jun 2025 – Iona Lane

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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.