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 September 2021 – Celtic Caim

Celtic Caim consists of Heather Innes, Jacynth Hamill & Pauline Vallance, whose beautiful voices combine with their instruments to provide music and song from both sides of the Irish Sea.



Mon 20 September 2021 – Impressed

IMPRESSED perform sea songs, including shanties, and also more reflective or humorous songs, both from the tradition and from contemporary sources.They sing a cappella as well as accompanied by a variety of instruments, and are noted for their rousing chorus songs, inviting audience participation. Impressed

Please note, this is a change to the originally advertised programme.

Mon 4 October 2021 – Helen North

Time to welcome back a lady from north Kent who writes captivating songs, many of them about the sea, and she is a keen sailor, all performed with a beautiful voice and guitar accompaniment. Helen North 

Mon 18 October 2021 – Alan Austen & Linda Smith

Beautiful harmonies from this duo accompanied by a variety of instruments. Self-penned and traditional songs are likely to include Kent and harvest themes.


Mon 1 November 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 15 November 2021 – Allan Richardson

Noted for his self-penned songs, many of them humorous, Alan is well known on the local folk circuit and it is a pleasure to welcome him back. Allan Richardson




Forthcoming attractions: Mon 21 Feb 2022 – Alan Reid | Mon 4 Jul 2022 – Skinner & T’Witch | Mon 19 Sep 2022 – Richard Grainger

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News and Blog

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