The new year 2015 continues our programme of wonderful artists and Singers nights.   It is also the time the Club annual membership renews which gives members discounts on guest night entrance fees throughout the year – see our lovely door people to renew or join.

07 January 2015

Entrance £3

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


As it’s the first meeting of the new year, why not bring something new to perform and share with others?


Featured ‘join in’ tune: Michael Turner’s Waltz in G



14 January 2015

Entrance £9



One of the busiest and most in-demand performers on the current acoustic music scene (both solo and with the Bad Pennies) Jez has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music.   Recognised as a great musical ambassador for his native North East England, he has made almost twenty albums and performed countless live performances around the world over the last thirty years.   In 2008 Jez was nominated as “Folksinger of the Year” in the BBC Folk awards.

Jez was one of the principle songwriters in the award-winning BBC series The Radio Ballads and subsequent similar projects, including contributions to a set of programmes in 2014 entitled `The Ballad of the Great War’ to commemorate the start of World War One.   Versions of his own songs have been recorded by Fairport Convention, The Unthanks, The Dubliners, Liam Clancy, Bob Fox among many others, and you will recognise many, like BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THE BERGEN, GREEK LIGHTNING and THESE COAL TOWN DAYS which have been covered by many artists.



21 January 2015

Entrance £9



Keith stands for everything inherently good about being English, being a celebrated folk singer/dance musician and, in particular, Derbyshire born and bred. Blessed with a natural, wry sense of humour and a unique and endearing quality to his voice, he is one of the world’s very best story tellers in song.

He describes himself as a shameless practitioner of the songs, monologues and country / ceilidh and barn-dance music historically and currently connected with his home background and the general environs of the Midlands as a whole.
Specialities include the authentic – yet entertaining - performance of traditional songs and ballads of both land and sea, and the playing and tutoring of two varieties of the only English invented chromatic musical instrument, the Concertina, both `English’ and `Anglo German’.



28 January 2015

Entrance £3



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



04 February 2015

Entrance £9



Although Rosewood is a new-ish name, the members of this trio have been performers on the folk scene for some years and have played at major UK folk festivals as well as the club circuit. Members of Rosewood have played or still play in Bass Instincts, Bof!, Crownstreet (who had a very popular visit to the Club a while back), Harkeles, The Hosepipe Band and RSVP.

Rosewood are based in East Anglia and sing and play traditional and contemporary songs and tunes, some of which they have written themselves. Their unique features are the range of their source material and the array of instruments they play. The members of the band are

  • Val Woollard: Bagpipes, Recorder, Flute, Hammered dulcimer, Desk Bells, Saxophone, Vocals
  • Phil Lyons: Guitar, Bouzouki, Vocals
  • Simon Haines:   Melodeons, Concertina, Bandoneon, Footbass, Vocals



11 February 2015

Entrance £3



Featured ‘join in’ tune: Scan Tester’s Polka No. 2 in G



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



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 . . .

01 Apr

Andy Cutting


    - melodeon maestro who has always led the way in musicianship with enjoyable tunes

22 Apr

Davenport & Kitching


    - duo of fine singer and great fiddle player

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!

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

30 Sep

Harpeth Rising


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