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 contribution of £7 (£5 concessions) is suggested.

Singers Welcome

Floor spots available – arranged on the night.

Mon 4 Mar 2024 – Aeryn Mansfield

A folk singer and multi-instrumentalist from London, Aeryn Mansfield is a blazing new light in contemporary whistle playing. Her evocative vocals and interesting arrangements of traditional songs and tunes stamps her passion and originality onto everything she does. Aeryn Mansfield 

Mon 18 Mar 2024 – Andy Smythe Band

Andy Smythe is a hidden gem, one of the UK’s finest singer/songwriters with an incredible 4-octave voice. He performs with ‘The Andy Smythe Band’ featuring the uniqely talented Jimmy Van Lin on mandolin/fiddle, and Les Elvin on bass. Andy Smythe Band

Mon 15 Apr 2024 – Steve Pledger

An acclaimed writer of contemporary folk song who accompanies himself by guitar, he has made a name for himself with his starkly honest and well-crafted songs. Steve Pledger 

Mon 20 May 2024 – Will Allen

An expert button accordionist, melodeon player and fiddler, he has an enormous repertoire of dance tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland and many other western countries. He also composes his own music and teaches people of all abilities to play and understand traditional music and dance. Will Allen

Mon 3 Jun 2024 – Allan Richardson

Welcome return of a local singer-songwriter with a well-crafted and eclectic selection of songs: reflective, witty and humorous, skilfully accompanied by guitar. Allan Richardson

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.

Forthcoming attractions:  Mon 5 Aug 2024 –Carrie Martin | Mon 19 Aug 2024 – Sir-Reel Clarks | Mon 2 Sep 2024 – Enda McCabe | 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

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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.