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 20 Mar 2023 – Steve Turner

Traditional folk song expertly accompanied by English concertina, mandolin and banjo, Steve is one of the legends of the folk scene. Steve Turner


Mon 3 Apr 2023 – Martin Ledner

Writer and performer of songs, ballads and shanties in the traditional English style, Martin Ledner has been gigging every year since 1974. His songs while rooted in the past, deal with themes relevant to the 21st century. Imagine listening to folk songs that Victorian and Edwardian collectors had not toned down in sentiment or language, and you have Martin’s repertoire.  Passion and vigour sum up his performances. Martin Ledner

Mon 17 Apr 2023 – Caroline Kendall

A fine singer-songwriter & guitarist from Brighton, Caroline sings a wide range of traditional & new songs, including some she has written herself; intelligent, engaging music. Caroline Kendall



Mon 15 May 2023 – Karen Langridge

A local singer blessed with a beautiful voice, gives an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary folksong. She also plays flute and autoharp.



Mon 5 Jun 2023 – Border Crossing

It’s always a pleasure to welcome this duo with traditional songs from England, Scotland & Ireland. Dean’s skilful guitar playing perfectly complements John’s superb singing. Border Crossing


Mon 19 Jun 2023 – Milton Hide

Welcome return of Jim & Josie Tipler from East Sussex, with a wide range of well crafted songs, accompanied by guitar and clarinet. Milton Hide


Mon 3 Jul 2023 – The Twagger Band

First return of this charismatic local band in its present enlarged form. Expect an eclectic mix of music and song. The Twagger Band


Mon 17 Jul 2023 – Tony Wilson

Hailing from the north-east, Tony is a fine and charismatic performer of both traditional and self-penned songs. He accompanies himself with a variety of stringed instruments. Tony Wilson




Forthcoming attractions: Mon 21 Aug 2023 – Henty & English | Mon 4 Sep 2023 – Simon Kempston | Mon 18 Sep 2023 – Here & There | Mon 2 Oct 2023 – Bruce Watson | Mon 16 Oct 2023 – The Rabbitts | Mon 6 Nov 2023 – Wildwood Jack | Mon 20 Nov 2023 – Johnny Campbell

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News and Blog

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.

Na-Mara review

To whet your appetite for our guests on 20th May, here's a review of Na-Mara's latest CD: "One of life's certainties, thus far, is that any music produced by Na-Mara, be it live or recorded, will be of the highest quality and guaranteed to involve subjects and themes...