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

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...