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

We’re open again!

After all the lockdowns and false dawns we are glad to say that the club re-opened on Monday 19 July 2021, the day that the restrictions were eased.

Jamie, the manager of our venue, and his team welcome us back, and it is normal bar service as usual, although they very sensibly suggest that we all exercise reasonable caution.

We hope that you have all come through recent events OK and look forward to welcoming you back at the club.



Mon 6 December 2021 – Dave Arthur

Well known as the writer of Bert Lloyd’s biography, he has worked with many of the big names in the folk world. He is known for his band “Rattle on the Stovepipe”, but is also accomplished as a singer, musician and storyteller performing solo. Dave Arthur


Mon 20 December 2021 – Four Gone Confusion

A local group which consists of our residents John & Di Cullen, together with Pete & Brenda Storer. An eclectic mix of songs with beautiful harmonies and accompanied by skilful guitar playing. Four Gone Confusion


Mon 17 Jan 2022 – Border Crossing

Welcome return of this fine local duo: Dean Tainio (English) & John Matthews (Scottish) who perform a mixture of songs from both countries and possibly elsewhere, accompanied by Dean’s fine guitar playing. Border Crossing 


Mon 7 Feb 2022 -Malcolm Ward

Well known as one of our residents, Malcolm possesses a fine voice which is equally at home belting out a sea shanty or performing a tender ballad. He sings acapella or accompanied by Jeffries duet concertina. 


Mon 21 Feb 2022 -Alan Reid

Well known as an early member of The Battlefield Band, Alan has also worked with Rob van Sante. Although originally noted for mainly traditional music, he has since made a name for himself as a songwriter. In addition to keyboards, he also plays guitar and piano accordion. Alan Reid 

Mon 7 Mar 2022 – The Pitmatics

This four-piece band play multiple and varied instruments and use thought provoking lyrics, mixed with funny and sing-along songs, to keep their audiences entertained. They also perform many self-penned numbers and some creative arrangements on modern classics. The Pitmatics

Mon 21 Mar 2022 – Milton Hide

Welcome return of Jim and Josie Tipler who tell stories through original song, blending guitar and pure vocal delivery with arrangements including percussion and clarinet, transporting you from the Sussex Downs to the Appalachian Mountains and many places in between. Milton Hide


Forthcoming attractions: Mon 6 Jun 2022 – Ian K. Brown | Mon 4 Jul 2022 – Skinner & T’Witch | Mon 19 Sep 2022 – Richard Grainger | Mon 17 Oct 2022 – Christopher Mark Jones | Mon 7 Nov 2022 – Nick Dow

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News and Blog

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