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 at 8.30pm except for breaks during August and over Christmas.

 

Club Re-Opening

We were pleased to re-open the club on 15th September 2021 and we look forward to seeing you over the coming months and into the new year.

 

Club Operation

To mitigate the risk of Covid-19 transmission at club meetings the following will be implemented.

  • People must not attend if they are feeling unwell with any symptoms that could possibly be related to a Covid-19 infection.  These include high temperature, fever, runny nose, cold, sore throat and digestive upsets.
  • Attendees must show proof of having had two vaccinations and participate in “Test and Trace” recording (either scan our barcode using their NHS Covid app or provide name and phone number).  Members are encouraged to allow us to keep this data on record to speed up future door entry.
  • Attendees must wear masks while moving round the Golf Club premises (please let us know in advance if you cannot wear a mask).  This applies to club entry, socialising, going to the bar and to the toilets.  Masks can be removed once attendees are sitting.  Attendees are asked to queue in a single line and observe social distancing when waiting to pay admission and when using the bar.
  • Maximum attendance will be limited to 50 persons; seats will be arranged with increased spacing between all rows and performers will be distanced from the front row.
  • The door will operate on a cashless basis; please pay admission by card (raffle tickets will still be sold for cash, but we may review this).

 

Ticketing and Admission Prices

The committee has decided to revert to a singers’ night admission of £3 for members (£5 for non-members) to mitigate against the possibility of reduced attendance.  We will review this regularly.

In light of the reduced maximum attendance we will operate an advance ticket system for “big-name” guests.  Up to Christmas tickets will be sold for Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Jez Lowe and Crows.

Tickets for members only will be sold on the door (during the interval) up to 2 weeks before each event.  Any remaining tickets will then be put for general sale on the Ticketsource website at non-member price (plus 7% Ticketsource fee) www.ticketsource.co.uk/dorkingfolkclub.  All ticket sales will be on a first come, first served basis.

For details of how to purchase tickets please refer to the latest club newsletter, or email dfczoom@shires.me.uk

Note: You should only purchase tickets for members and only if you are willing to comply fully with club Covid-19 requirements.

 

 

 

 

15 September 2021

Entrance £5

 

Singers’ Night

Our singers’ nights are open to anyone wishing to perform one or two acoustic items for the enjoyment of all.  Each floor spot should take no more than 10 minutes.

Our regular singers' nights are often well attended. Although the MC tries to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed on busy nights. If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time and let the door person know.

For the time being, we regret that we won’t be including the Tunes spot in our Singers’ nights.

 

22 September 2021

Entrance £12

 

Dougie Mackenzie and Brian Miller

Dougie Mackenzie sang mostly Gaelic songs in his youth but was introduced to folk music at the famed Inverness Folk Song Club and mentored by Duncan MacLennan, who gave him numerous songs. He is drawn to Scots ballad language and stories it carries from the past and he lists many influences and sources.      

Dougie is well known from appearances at Scottish and English festivals and has won many traditional singing competitions including Keith, Falkland, Kirriemuir and Aberdeen.  In 2019 he was nominated in the MG Alba Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year awards.

Brian Miller is one of Scotland's most esteemed singers and guitarists. In his long involvement with Scottish traditional music, he has performed in a number of bands including: The Laggan, Swan Arcade, The Occassionals. As a duo with Charlie Soane, he accompanied Tom Paxton; an early member of the Singing Kettle; more recently Brian performed with his daughter, Siobhan Miller in Ian McCalman's production Far Far from Ypres; member of The Stars Band, with Arthur Johnstone.

Dougie and Brian first met at Dave Goulder’s Three Day Ceilidh in Rosehall, and they have been friends ever since. They recently got together to create the album ‘Along the Way’, recorded and produced by Ian McCalman, at his Kevock Studio, with skill, patience and lots of encouragement.   As a result of the album, Dougie and Brian have joined forces on stage and we’re delighted to have them visit us in Dorking.

https://musicscotland.com/products/dougie-mackenzie-with-brian-miller

 

 

29 September 2021

Entrance £5

 

Singers’ Night

Our singers’ nights are open to anyone wishing to perform one or two acoustic items for the enjoyment of all.  Each floor spot should take no more than 10 minutes.

Our regular singers' nights are often well attended. Although the MC tries to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed on busy nights. If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time and let the door person know.

For the time being, we regret that we won’t be including the Tunes spot in our Singers’ nights.

 

06 October 2021

Entrance £12

 

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman     TICKETED EVENT     www.ticketsource.co.uk/dorkingfolkclub

Kathryn and Sean have long established themselves as one of UK folk scenes most enduring partnerships.  Duos come and duos go but some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. They have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship. 

This Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted best duo title at the UK radio of the BBC Radio 2 folk awards, consistently delivering assured distinctive performances, whether live or recorded.  Over two decades of performance they have never been trapped in a groove; always bold and innovative.  Mixing traditional song arrangements with their self-penned material, the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as songwriters.   Their story includes over 20 years of music-making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Fotheringay, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands; Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

https://kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com

 

 

13 October 2021

Entrance £5

 

Singers’ Night

Our singers’ nights are open to anyone wishing to perform one or two acoustic items for the enjoyment of all.  Each floor spot should take no more than 10 minutes.

Our regular singers' nights are often well attended. Although the MC tries to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed on busy nights. If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time and let the door person know.

For the time being, we regret that we won’t be including the Tunes spot in our Singers’ nights.

 

20 October 2021

Entrance £15

 

Crows      TICKETED EVENT     www.ticketsource.co.uk/dorkingfolkclub

Crows were a popular feature of the folk scene from 1978 to 1988. The combination of four strong voices and expert musicianship gave them a simultaneously unique yet broad appeal. With the sad death of Ralph Jordan, in 2013, previously unreleased radio recordings were discovered.  A ‘new’ album (‘Time To Rise’ on Wildgoose Records) was released in 2016 and enthusiastically reviewed.

Mick Ryan and Dave Bordewey, two of the original line-up are in the revived Crows band, joined by Pete Harris (vocals, guitar, bouzouki) who worked in an acclaimed duo with Mick for many years, adding his unique blend of power, warmth and harmony to the band’s vocal mix.  Dave Bordewey adds his astonishing high harmony lines and plays fiddle and mando-cello.  Finally, the inimitable Paul Downes on guitar, banjo, mando-cello and harmonies, takes over from Ralph.  All four are well known and highly respected performers in their own right. For the new ‘Crows’, it is very clearly ‘Time to Rise’!

www.facebook.com/crowsfolk

 

 

27 October 2021

Entrance £5

 

Singers’ Night

Our singers’ nights are open to anyone wishing to perform one or two acoustic items for the enjoyment of all.  Each floor spot should take no more than 10 minutes.

Our regular singers' nights are often well attended. Although the MC tries to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed on busy nights. If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time and let the door person know.

For the time being, we regret that we won’t be including the Tunes spot in our Singers’ nights.

 

03 November 2021

Entrance £12

 

Jez Lowe     TICKETED EVENT     www.ticketsource.co.uk/dorkingfolkclub

Not only is Jez one of the busiest live performers in the country, his songs are amongst the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts or by a new breed of stars.  His own long-established band The Bad Pennies continue to attract a huge following, and his other collaborations with The Pitmen Poets, The Broonzies, Men at Words and with fellow-songwriter Steve Tilston, show a willingness to push boundaries and venture boldly into pastures new.

A special anniversary was celebrated at the beginning of 2020. Fellside Records released a five CD set of Jez’ solo albums, forty years since the release of his debut LP in 1980. The Jez Lowe Fellside Collection contains every track that Jez recorded for the label and includes extensive liner notes by producer Paul Adams.  A new solo album, “Crazy Pagan”, his first for six years and recorded during the lockdown of 2020, has now been released. Twelve new songs, with Jez playing all the instruments and doing all the vocal work, this new CD is a solo album in every sense. It gives a tantalising, not to say hopeful, glimpse towards the future.  

https://www.jezlowe.com

 

 

10 November 2021

Entrance £5

 

Singers’ Night

Our singers’ nights are open to anyone wishing to perform one or two acoustic items for the enjoyment of all.  Each floor spot should take no more than 10 minutes.

Our regular singers' nights are often well attended. Although the MC tries to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed on busy nights. If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time and let the door person know.

For the time being, we regret that we won’t be including the Tunes spot in our Singers’ nights.

 

17 November 2021

Entrance £10

 

Triage

Kevin Henty - Melodeon, Vocals, Guitar; Malcolm Peet - Dobro, Mandolin; Dean Tainio - Guitar, Vocals, Recorder.  This Maidstone-based folk trio perform traditional and original tunes and songs from across the UK and US folk genres and are paying us a welcome return visit, rescheduled from 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/triagetrio/

 

 

24 November 2021

Entrance £5

 

Singers’ Night

Our singers’ nights are open to anyone wishing to perform one or two acoustic items for the enjoyment of all.  Each floor spot should take no more than 10 minutes.

Our regular singers' nights are often well attended. Although the MC tries to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed on busy nights. If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time and let the door person know.

For the time being, we regret that we won’t be including the Tunes spot in our Singers’ nights.

 

01 December 2021

Entrance £10

 

Dave Ellis & Boo Howard

In the 70s, a very young Dave left Liverpool and headed to London with his guitar.   He released a solo album in 1973, which was rated as a classic acoustic guitar record of its time.  This led to him touring with his hero Bert Jansch.  In 1979, he formed an electric band The Reactors and Boo joined on bass and vocals.  They soon became a solid songwriting team.  In the early 2000s Dave and Boo developed an acoustic act, which returned them to their folk club roots. Their debut album as a duo, Maybe I Might Fall, was critically acclaimed and featured a simple acoustic performance, with several more albums have been recorded since then.

The songs are at the heart of it all, served by imaginative and stylish arrangements and by the singing and playing of two seasoned, wholly in-tune musicians and their most recent release is Great Pleasure.  No doubt, we can look forward to songs from that CD tonight.

www.daveandboo.com

 

 

08 December 2021

Entrance £5

 

Singers’ Night – with our special Christmas Raffle

Our singers’ nights are open to anyone wishing to perform one or two acoustic items for the enjoyment of all.  Each floor spot should take no more than 10 minutes.

Our regular singers' nights are often well attended. Although the MC tries to accommodate all performers, this cannot be guaranteed on busy nights. If you are keen to perform, please arrive in good time and let the door person know.

For the time being, we regret that we won’t be including the Tunes spot in our Singers’ nights.

 

 

Important Information

Notice: Dorking Folk Club reserves the right to change, re-schedule or cancel events.