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 2 Oct 2023 – Bruce Watson

A major Australian songwriter and performer in the folk tradition, he performs around Australia and internationally at festivals, clubs and other venues. His songs range from witty and amusing, to profound and sad and he has the ability to thoroughly engage his audience. Bruce Watson 


Mon 16 Oct 2023 – The Rabbitts

Norwich based indie folk band ‘The Rabbitts’ are acoustic at heart but experimental in nature; they set out to avoid the well trodden path and instead define their own unique sound with creative harmonies, fingerstyle guitar arrangements, epic mandolin solos, and an intricate yet impactful rhythm section. The Rabbitts


Mon 6 Nov 2023 – Wildwood Jack

Contemporary folk music with a twist of bluegrass and world music played with outstanding fingerstyle guitar and ukulele from husband and wife, Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman. Wildwood Jack 



Mon 20 Nov 2023 – Johnny Campbell

Described by Tradfolk as a Modern-day Billy Bragg, his songs are set deep in the tradition of Northern England, whether self-penned or traditional. He sings both acapella and accompanied by guitar with a gritty style which well suits his material. Johnny Campbell 



Mon 4 Dec 2023 – Gavin & Julie Atkin

A local husband and wife duo perform a mix of traditional folk song and mid-20th-century songs. Gavin is noted for his singing of traditional songs, many of which are less well-known versions. Julie’s clear voice is accompanied by Gavin’s skilful accompaniments on melodeon, guitar, and Jeffries duet concertina. Gavin & Julie Atkin 

Mon 18 Dec 2023 –Bob Kenward

Bob Kenward of course needs no introduction to this club, but it is always good to hear him do a full set. Traditional songs, plus his own songs, skilfully crafted, some serious and some extremely funny, acapella or accompanied by guitar or mandolin. Bob Kenward


Forthcoming attractions: Mon 5 Feb 2024 – Daria Kulesh | Mon 19 Feb 2024 – Ian K. Brown | Mon 15 Apr 2024 – Steve Pledger | Mon 17 Jun 2023 – Dove’s Vagaries | 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.