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

27 May 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: Off to California in G

Tunes are played from Dave Mallinson's book 'English Pub Session Tunes'.  Other tune books are available!


03 June 2015

Entrance £9



A folk trio of Jess Distill (vocals, flute, whistles, ukulele), Hannah Elizabeth (vocals, violin, accordion, mandolin) and Kathy Pilkinton (vocals, guitar, clarinet), singing traditional and contemporary English, Irish and American folk songs, creating arrangements often in acapella three-part harmony.

Formed in 2011 their wonderful harmonies soon secured headline slots at folk clubs and festivals around the country, also supporting many great artists including The Fisherman's Friends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, and Clannad.

Their debut album, 'A Curious Tale' was released in June 2014, receiving fantastic reviews from the likes of R2 magazine, Fatea, and Bright Young Folk.   2014 also saw them join Dave Swarbrick on a successful UK tour, and Dave happily sings their praises as he “likes anything these girls do”.

2014 also saw the trio nominated for Bristol Folk Festival's Isambard Award and invited to sing on the charity single of Pete Seeger's 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone', alongside the likes of Dave Swarbrick, Peggy Seeger, Lucy Ward and many more.

With rave reviews from many established fellow artists, here is our chance to catch them at the Club before they make it really big!



10 June 2015

Entrance £12



Two of the British folk scene’s most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener.

Other priorities (including twin daughters and diverse solo projects) meant their popular duo performances were sidelined in the mid noughties. After almost a decade, 2012 saw a spectacular return in conjunction with their critically acclaimed album ‘Hidden People’.

Awards and much praise followed and the couple re-established themselves as one of the top British folk duos with extraordinary, emotionally-charged vocals and exquisite guitar.

With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.




17 June 2015

Entrance £3


Featured ‘join in’ tune: Family Jig in D 


24 June 2015

Entrance £9



Effortlessly blending new interpretations of old songs alongside original self-penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition, this popular duo have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.  

Be entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the cow horn (one of the world’s earliest communication devices) and meet some of the bagpipes that didn’t come from Scotland.

Their entertaining performances are packed with toe tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and dressing up (not always at the same time) all presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skilful musicianship.



01 July 2015

Entrance £3


Featured ‘join in’ tune: Orange in Bloom in G 


08 July 2015

Entrance £9



Master guitarist, Archie Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost folksinger/songwriters and a legendary figure in the Scottish folk music world. He is known throughout the country as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning 'Travelling Folk' programme, which he presented for over 25 years. Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music, in 2007 he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE for services to traditional music, including his long association with the BBC writing original songs for and producing documentaries and features.

Born in Glasgow into a large singing family, constant music combined with his father’s appreciation of many musical styles (opera, music hall, traditional ballads) had a strong impact on Archie’s musical development, while his mother, a native Gaelic speaker from the Outer Hebrides, was a strong influence on the lyrical quality of his singing and songwriting.

A live performer over many decades at festivals and concerts around the world, his musical knowledge and heritage deserves to be more widely appreciated than in his native land – one of the truly greats.


15 July 2015

Entrance £9



Combining talents of multi-instrumentalist Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, whistles, saxophones, clarinet and recorder) and finger style guitarist / singer Paul Mason, this Northumbrian based duo are becoming widely recognised for their striking arrangements of traditional and contemporary folk, roots and more.

They have been writing, recording and performing together for over ten years, produced 6 albums on their own label LAMA Records and had national airplay on BBC Radio 2 (Bob Harris) and Radio 3 (Lucy Duran).   Their arrangement of ‘Dance to Your Daddy’ was also featured on BBC 1’s Antiques Road Show.

Landermason have performed at some of the best known music venues on the UK circuit including Cambridge Folk Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Celtic Connections, Wales Millennium Centre, The Sage Gateshead plus a host of other festivals, small theatres, clubs, pubs and village halls. They have also toured in Europe.



22 July 2015

Entrance £3


Featured ‘join in’ tune: Tip Top Polka in G 


29 July 2015

Entrance £3


Featured ‘join in’ tune: Irish Washerwoman in G 


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


More great acts to come: guest artists already booked further onward for 2015 listed below, so note your diaries now and keep checking this website for further details and updates . . .

09 Sep


Winter Wilson



- duo 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

28 Oct


Eddie Walker



- folky blues, ragtime, jazz and extraordinary guitar licks

04 Nov


Twisted Routes



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