Come out and enjoy a good evening’s folk! Lots of variety and a warm welcome awaits.

Each year, the Club closes in August for folk festivals and holidays. The Club will be back on 2nd September with a singers’ night.


02 September 2015

Entrance £3


Not just for Singers - open to all acoustic performers (music, song, poems, prose) who would like to take a floor spot and perform a couple of items for the enjoyment of all.

Featured ‘join in’ tune: Over the Hills and Far Away in D


09 September 2015

Entrance £9



A popular first visit at the Club from this versatile and entertaining duo in June 2014 led to enthusiastic audience requests for a repeat visit.

Kip and Dave began by playing with a folk-rock band and, on its demise, formed their duo in the mid-90s. They have built up a great reputation on the folk circuit at clubs and festivals up and down the country, known for their stunning harmonies, thought provoking lyrics and spiced up with their off-the-wall humour



16 September 2015

Entrance £9



For over 40 years a professional musician, Steve is one of our most renowned songsmiths, widely recognized within the world of folk and contemporary music, winning accolades in Europe, Australia and the USA. His songs have been recorded by Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane, The House Band, Peter Bellamy and Bob Fox, among many others.

His beautifully crafted songs, words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing are simply stunning. A wonderfully rich voice matched by equally impressive instrumentation both proving why his amazing talent and popularity has endured and blossomed for so long.



23 September 2015

Entrance £3


Featured ‘join in’ tune: Irish Washerwoman in G 


30 September 2015

Entrance £9



Named for the small but powerful river in Tennessee, it encapsulates the dynamics of the music created by these three women – Jordana, Rebecca and Maria. A fusion of vocals, violin, claw-hammer banjo and cello, the trio fuse strands of folk, bluegrass, classical and other genres into a sound that is organically unique.

Expansive 3-part harmonies and soulful lyrics, the new and the traditional all weave together creating a sound that is both familiar and fresh, rooted in tradition. They have toured extensively in both the US and the UK, building a base of appreciative fans wherever they play.



07 October 2015

Entrance £3


Featured ‘join in’ tune: Seven Stars in D 


***Mole Valley Arts Alive Month***

14 October 2015


Entrance £10



Trained as a choirboy and self-taught on guitar and violin, his directness transitioned into lyrical clarity that has won Chris world acclaim.

An untiring explorer and promoter of English folk, his own self-penned contemporary songs continue to expand on traditional themes and the cutting edge of people’s lives.   The artists he has worked with include Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, and Hugh Lupton (Wood and Lupton’s “One in a Million” won Best Original Song at the BBC 2 Folk Awards in 2006). Recently he has worked alongside Martin and Eliza Carthy and others in The Imagined Village: “Cold Haily Rainy Night”, performed by Wood and Eliza Carthy, took the award for Best Traditional Song at the Folk Awards in 2008.

He also founded The English Acoustic Collective, a movable feast of musicians, writers, photographers and choreographers who look to England’s indigenous arts as their inspiration.

His first solo album, The Lark Descending, was released in 2006 to wide acclaim, his subsequent albums and live concerts building his catalogue to ensure Chris is one of the most sought after and thought provoking performers on the folk circuit.



21 October 2015

Entrance £3

SINGERS NIGHT – An Evening with Dorking Folk Club

Part of the Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival  

Showcasing our local, non-professional acoustic performers, our regular friendly folk club evening. As part of the MVAA festival we warmly welcome all comers to listen to our songs, tunes and prose by fellow folk enthusiasts and supporters, and even join in if the mood takes you.    

Featured ‘join in’ tune: Harper’s Frolic in D 


28 October 2015

Entrance £10



Richard Digance makes a welcome return to the club.   His many skills include song-writing and composing, for which he has won awards, his music being used extensively on TV and film projects. As a poet, his works are used worldwide as English teaching aids. He’s played duet with Queen’s Brian May and an acoustic set with Status Quo. But most of all, he loves being on stage with his one man shows of music and comedy.



04 November 2015

Entrance £9



Varied combinations of a guitarist from Staffordshire, a fiddler from Suffolk and a drummer from Wales! These talented up-and-coming musicians have been wow-ing festivals with their lively musicality and deserve a wider audience. They may have mixed routes but all share a love for folk/acoustic music that stirs your soul, makes you dance, helps you laugh or cry but most of all makes you feel ALIVE!



11 November 2015

Entrance £3


Featured ‘join in’ tune: Lady in the Boat in D 


18 November 2015

Entrance £3


Featured ‘join in’ tune: Saddle the Pony in G 


25 November 2015

Entrance £9



The duo makes a welcome return. Cathryn Craig is from Richmond, Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both singer and songwriter. She is no stranger to Tennessee's Nashville recording studios, working with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen. Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python. Their heartfelt "Alice's Song" was an Aled Jones’ "highlight of the year" on BBC Radio 2.



More great acts to come: guest artists already booked for 2016 are listed below, so note your diaries now and keep checking this website for further details and updates . . .

13 Jan 2016


Liz Simcock




27 Jan 2016


Carrivick Sisters




10 Feb 2016


Martyn Wyndham-Read




17 Feb 2016


Eddie Walker




24 Feb 2016


Allan Taylor




09 Mar 2016


Showcase evening featuring Jim McLean and Rusty Rovers




30 Mar 2016


Steve Turner




15 Jun 2016


Pete Coe




12 Oct 2016


Tania Opeland and Mike Freeman




26 Oct 2016


Mrs Ackroyd’s 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.


Contact Information

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Venue below N.B. tel no. is not Aviva
Aviva Social Club
Pixham Lane

07754 853171