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

Owing to the ongoing situation with the Corona Virus there is still no immediate prospect of clubs like ours being able to re-open. We are re-booking our intended guests for future dates and look forward to the time when we can welcome back both the performers and the audience.

We are leaving the programme on the website in the hope that we can resume it as soon as it is safe to do so. We will issue an email bulletin as and when this occurs, so you may wish to sign up for this at the foot of this page.

We of course regret the effect this will have on our venue and the many others affected, and hope it will not be too long lasting. Stay safe and we hope to see you when the club resumes. 

Mon 19 April 2021 – 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 17 May 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 7 June 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 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


Forthcoming attractions: Mon 19 Jul 2021 – Martin Ledner | Mon 6 Sep 2021 – Celtic Caim Trio | Mon 4 Oct 2021 – Christopher Mark Jones| 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.