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

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.

Diary of Events


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



Mon 21 Nov 2022 – Vic & Tina Smith

Well known in the Sussex folk scene, they will be presenting their multi-media show that celebrates our feathered friends in song, tune, verse and lore, along with many illustrations, which has been very well received at other clubs and festivals. Vic & Tina Smith

Mon 5 Dec 2022 – Sally Ironmonger with Brian Carter

Welcome return of a Kent singer with many entertaining and thought provoking songs, skilfully accompanied by Brian with guitar. Sally Ironmonger





Mon 19 Dec 2022 – 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 16 Jan 2023 – Four Gone Confusion | Mon 6 Feb 2023 – Dave Ellis & Boo Howard | Mon 20 Feb 2023 – Dick Miles | Mon 6 Mar 2023 – Alan Reid | Mon 20 Mar 2023 – Steve Turner | Mon 15 May 2023 – Paul McGladdery | Mon 6 Nov 2023 – Wildwood Jack | Mon 20 Nov 2023 – Johnny Campbell

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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.