Spring is nearly here . . . come out and enjoy a good evening’s folk!

11 February 2015

Entrance £3

SINGERS NIGHT  (What’s a singers’ night?)


Featured ‘join in’ tune: Sonny’s Mazurka in D



18 February 2015

Entrance £9



Originally inspired by the likes of Harvey Andrews and Vin Garbutt, Bram has a wealth of experience behind him, having established a fine reputation performing at Folk Festivals, Folk Clubs, Arts Centres and other concert venues in the UK and abroad.

His fine rich voice, entertaining sense of humour and relaxed stage presence gives an evening “Taylor-ed” to suit his audience, performing an excellent selection of both traditional and contemporary material on guitar, duet concertina, and baritone ukulele. His powerful vocal quality also lends itself to wonderful acappella singing.  We haven’t had the pleasure of Bram at the Club for a while so it’s good to have him back for a great evening’s entertainment.



25 February 2015

Entrance £3



Featured ‘join in’ tune: Fiery Clock Face in D



04 March 2015

Entrance £9



One of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (UNCUT). His unique and eclectic style taking in folk, funk, bluegrass - and even some Arabic music - has stunned audiences across the UK many times, and his musicality is also spreading its wings with recent successful performances in Germany, India and Canada and a very successful first tour of New Zealand.

As well as his solo work, Dan has joined the award winning Urban Folk Quartet. He also regularly performs with Northeast concertina legend Alistair Anderson (the pair were at the Club last year and went down a storm!) and has also been on the stage or in the studio with Seth Lakeman, the Levellers and Walsh and Pound. Both his solo albums have also received critical acclaim and extensive airplay on both sides of the Atlantic with FROOTS calling recent effort 'The Same But Different' consistently brilliant.

Dan’s high energy performances and witty banter have made him one of the most exciting new talents around and we are delighted to have him back with us in all his solo glory!



11 March 2015

Entrance £3



Featured ‘join in’ tune: Redesdale Hornpipe in G



18 March 2015

Entrance £9



Winner of several awards including the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, Ewan is an emerging folk artist that has been making headlines. His music combines traditional folk, with an inevitable focus on the music of Scotland, as well as his own self-penned songs that are receiving critical acclaim in their own right.

Mike Harding (previously BBC Radio 2/Folk) has said of Ewan, ‘he sings beautifully, with great sincerity and great empathy, he’s terrific!.

His guitar playing, described as ‘stunning’, is influenced by the rigour and technique from his years of studying classical guitar, while retaining a unique and compelling sound in which his immersion in folk music is evident.

His debut album Rags & Robes received glowing reviews.   Described as ‘a collection of truly captivating songs’, it was chosen as a ‘Top Ten Album of 2010’ by MOJO and has won numerous accolades in radio and print media.

According to The Root and Branch Review Ewan ‘may well be the best singer you’ll hear all year’ while Maverick have said he is ‘quite possibly destined to become the UK’s finest folk singer!’ so an event not to be missed.



25 March 2015

Entrance £3



Featured ‘join in’ tune: Heel and Toe Polka in G



01 April 2015

Entrance £9



One of the folk scene’s ‘most wanted’, Andy has been in constant demand from, and played with, Kate Rusby, Blowzabella, Martin Simpson, June Tabor and John McCusker, as well as Sting, The Who and John Ilsey (Dire Straits).   Andy’s long partnership with Chris Wood (here at the Club later in the year) is one of the most recognised and influential duos in the folk world.

Recognised by many as a musical genius and a consistent musical force, his playing of the melodeon has to be heard to be believed, and is a long way from Morris tunes!   As well as a thorough knowledge of English tradition there are strong influences of the music of Central France and the exciting Quebecois tradition.   His warm and strong performance, staggering musicianship and his commitment to traditional music will bring a wonderfully varied and exciting evening.



08 April 2015

Entrance £3



Featured ‘join in’ tune: Kirkgate Hornpipe in G



15 April 2015

Entrance £3



Featured ‘join in’ tune: Clee Hill in D


As it’s a second week of Singers, why not root out some Spring-themed songs/tunes/poems to bring along? Not compulsory, but a bit of fun to do.


22 April 2015

Entrance £9



Gav and Tom are at the forefront of a new wave of traditional folk music.   Nominated for many awards such as Young Folk Award, Radio 2 Folk Awards, Fatea Vocalist of the Year etc), they specialise in delivering gutsy folk music from the whimsical to the downright miserable (of course - it is folk) with a breadth of knowledge and good humour that sets them apart from their peers.

Brilliant artists in their own right, fiddle player Tom has worked with many illustrious folkies (e.g. Pilgrims’ Way) and has a unique, vibrant style full of exuberance, energy and wit.   Gavin’s bold, distinctive vocals, percussive guitar work and impressive songwriting has been admired by many of his contemporaries and winning awards, not least for his time spent in the Albion Band.

Joining forces gives “an uncommonly fine singer” (fRoots) and “one of the best young fiddlers in England” (Living Tradition)

 They are working on a joint website for their duo, but in the meantime catch their own musical styles here:



29 April 2015

Entrance £3



Featured ‘join in’ tune: Uncles Jig in G/D


Guest artists already booked for 2015 listed below to note in your diaries now.   Do keep an eye on this website for further details and updates as they come in . . .

06 May

Bob Fox


    - unequalled master of song

13 May



    - welcome return of Australian trio, touring UK

03 Jun

Said The Maiden


    - new vocal trio making waves!

10 Jun

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman


- exceptional entertainment from folk royalty; we are honoured to have them

08 Jul

Archie Fisher (MBE)


    - legendary Scottish singer/songwriter

15 July



    - multi-instrument/vocals, traditional and contemporary folk duo

09 Sep

Winter Wilson


    -   returning by popular demand

16 Sep

Steve Tilston


- great guitar, top notch songs and delicious voice

30 Sep

Harpeth Rising


  - vocal harmonies, banjo, cello and violin fusions from this fabulous female trio

14 Oct

Chris Wood


  - brilliant troubadour, excellent   songs

04 Nov

Twisted Routes


  - pipes, guitar, fiddle and voices combine perfectly in this trio

Important Information

Please note that the Club venue - the Regency Room - is up a narrow flight of stairs; unfortunately the venue does not offer an alternative access.

Notice: Dorking Folk Club gives no warranty that artists named in the Programme or any publicity will perform at any particular time, or at all, and reserve the right to present alternative performers and re-programme events where unforeseen circumstances prevail. However, every effort will be made to carry out the programme as advertised.


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Pixham Lane