Come out and enjoy a good evening’s folk! Lots of variety and a warm welcome awaits in our venue at Dorking Golf Club (click here for directions).

The club meets each Wednesday except for breaks during August and after the first Wednesday in December until the New Year.


29 Mar 2017

Entrance £9



Bram Taylor has a wealth of experience behind him, having established a fine reputation both in the UK and abroad, performing at Folk Festivals, Folk Clubs, Arts Centres and other concert venues in the UK, USA and Europe. He has a long association with Fellside records and performed at their 40th anniversary celebrations in 2016.

He enthrals audiences with his fine, rich voice and entertaining sense of humour, performing a selection of both traditional and contemporary material on guitar, duet concertina and baritone ukulele. His powerful vocal quality also lends itself perfectly to acapella singing.

Bram was described by Mike Harding as ‘One of the bedrock performers and stalwarts of the British Folk Club and Festival scene’.   As a collector and interpreter of songs, in his career spanning in excess of 40 years, Bram has always chosen material from a wide variety of sources, selecting songs with strong choruses, which engage his audience, giving them the opportunity for a good sing.



05 Apr 2017

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*: The Sloe – D


12 Apr 2017

Entrance £15



Colin Irwin says in his review of their recent CD collaboration ‘The Janus Game’: Mr Tilston and Mr Lowe have both consistently dodged the radar to achieve respective positions of influential respect, admiration and affection among the wider folk communities. For two such distinctly individual performers – Jez Lowe is rooted firmly in the north-eastern tradition while Tilston is of a Graham/Jansch/Les Cousins guitar vintage – they blend together remarkably naturally. No firecrackers or groovy production tricks here, they just quietly go about their business in unfussy, unassuming beguiling fashion, relying on the quality of Tilston’s guitar, Lowe’s mandolin/dulcimer/bouzouki and the craft of their joint songwriting. Full of easy charm, quiet sentiment and warm nostalgia, engaging songs like Leaving for Spain, Tattered and Torn, Hey Frankie and especially the Wizz Jones tribute The Strings That Wizz Once Strummed, are the works of a class act.         



19 Apr 2017

Entrance £9



Huw Williams began his professional career as a singer songwriter. He toured and recorded as part of the duo Huw and Tony Williams, whose songs were covered by many other artists here in Britain, the USA and Europe, including Fairport Convention whose version of Summer Before the War and Simon Nicol’s Rosemary’s Sister brought him to a much wider audience. He has also worked as a broadcaster producing and presenting programs for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Wales.

Huw will provide an evening of foot tapping melodies, deeply moving songs and hilarious humour. Join Huw as he tells you the story of how a woman working in the dole office accidentally changed his life, how he wrote a song about a train that he still doesn’t understand and why £2,000 mysteriously turned up in his bank account.

‘Well-crafted and finely-honed songs, each one an absolute belter. Many songwriters could take a lesson from his brilliant chord progressions and his thoughtful and entertaining lyrics, but his magic touch just about seals it and cajoles the listening public to come back for more – and more and more.’   Folk Wales


Huw doesn’t have a website but there’s plenty to see on YouTube



26 Apr 2017

Entrance £9



Born on Tyneside, Tom grew up in a pub with clientele from Irish and Scottish communities. He experienced traditional singing and fiddle music, the Hornpipes of James Hill being amongst his first influences. Fifty years on, Tom McConville is widely acknowledged as THE authority on the music of James Hill and has produced the first CD devoted entirely to Hill’s compositions.

His musical journey started in the North East folk clubs in the early 70s and Tom credits Sean McGuire, fiddle genius from Belfast, with teaching him his bowing techniques. Turning professional in 1974, he joined Bob Fox in a duo then folk/rock band Magna Carta to play all over Europe.   Partnership with Kieron Halpin produced two award winning albums and top billing at The Cambridge Folk Festival.  

With Dab Hand he made several visits to the USA and after a spell with Syncopace and a partnership with guitarist Chris Newman, Tom spent the next 11 years recording and touring with Northumbrian piper Pauline Cato.

Every venture brought success and immense respect from peers and public alike.   Tom’s musically brilliant solo CD, Tommy on the Bridge, attracted great critical acclaim. Touring with two further albums, Tommy on Song and Tommy on the Road, Tom was voted Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.   Recently Tom has travelled extensively with David Newey and with three and four piece line ups featuring David, Shona Kipling, Phil Murray and Andy Watt.



03 May 2017

Entrance £3

SINGERS’ NIGHT Theme: Star Wars

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.

Bring your songs and tunes of Stars & Sky, Love & War, though I’m not sure there are many folk songs about light sabres!

Featured ‘join in’ tune*: Starry Night for a Ramble – D


10 May 2017

Entrance £9



Nick Dow has been singing traditional Folk Songs for over forty years, either unaccompanied or accompanying himself on guitar. He has had a big influence on the Folk scene and most recently award winning English Folk Musician Jim Moray has quoted Nick as an influence, singing two songs from his repertoire and including one (Seven Long Years) on his latest album ‘Skulk’.

Nick is an acknowledged expert on West Country Folk Songs and together with his wife, Mally, has collected over 300 songs in Dorset and also found singers in Lancashire and Essex. He has made recordings of Gypsy Singers, some of which have been included on Topic Records series ’The Voice of the People’

Nick Dow has returned to the Folk Scene after a long absence, having spent several years building up his signwriting business as well as building and restoring Gypsy Wagons. Every song Nick sings has a story attached to it and his gigs are as informative as they are entertaining. Nick and Mally now live happily in East Lancashire surrounded by Moorland and Fells.


Nick doesn’t have a website but you can see him on YouTube



17 May 2017

Entrance £15



In 1993, three blokes from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, with a name like a firm of solicitors, released an album of acappella songs full of social comment and (in the words of Folk Roots) ‘harmonies you could chew’.

They were, of course, Coope Boyes and Simpson and the album was Funny Old World. Q Magazine named it as their Roots Album of the Year in 1994.

More than twenty years later, with a career that has encompassed at least a dozen albums, numerous tours and festival appearances, as well as a Folk Awards nomination, Coope Boyes and Simpson released what would be their final studio album. Coda is a collection of songs, mainly self-penned or drawn from the tradition, covering issues such as refugees, Iraq and climate change. With an anger undimmed, Coope Boyes and Simpson return to their roots and complete the circle that started with Funny Old World.

The album was released in September 2016 with an album launch at Musicport and Coope Boyes and Simpson promoted the CD on a UK tour in October and November.   May 2017 will see Coope Boyes and Simpson embark on their farewell tour at venues throughout the UK. The tour will be a celebration of their career and will feature material from across their entire repertoire.



24 May 2017

Entrance £9



Making a welcome return to Dorking is this transatlantic duo, inspired by the traditions of America and Britain.   Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar are complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling.

Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres.

The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.



31 May 2017

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*: Napoleon Crossing the Rhine – D




*The Singers' Night 'join in' tunes are to be found in "English pub session tunes" by Dave Mallinson, ISBN 1 899512 65 9


More great acts to come in 2017, so keep checking this website for further details and updates . . .


07 Jun 2017


Jim McLean




21 Jun 2017


Martin Carthy




05 Jul 2017


Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman




26 July 2017


Singers’ Night End of Season Buffet. Free for Members, Visitors £5. Featured ‘join in’ tune: Woodland Revels - G




13 Sep 2017


Tom & Barbara Brown




04 Oct 2017


Si Barron




18 Oct 2017


Broom Bezzums




25 Oct 2017


Winter Wilson




08 Nov 2017


Harp and a Monkey




22 Nov 2017


Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby




29 Nov 2017


Harbottle & Jonas



Important Information

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.


Note: phone number below is for Dorking Folk Club not Dorking Golf Club.


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Dorking Golf Club
Deepdene Avenue

07754 853171