Forest Folk Club 2020 Events

Entry Fee for a Guest Night:£7.00 *EXCEPT WHERE NOTED
Entry Fee on a Singers Night: Singers £1.50
Non Singers £2.50
Doors will open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

We welcome floor spots, and especially want to encourage new acts to our “singers’ nights”, where they can be assured of a warm welcome and an attentive and appreciative audience. All acoustic music, contemporary or traditional, is welcomed. The folk club runs on 1st & 3rd Sundays of every month.  Doors open in the function room of  Orepool Inn at 7.30

Sunday 5th January – Singers Night

Sunday 19th January – a double bill of special guests for the start of 2020!
Drybrook Male Voice Choir 
The Drybrook and district Male Voice Choir started life in 1950. It’s present MD  Peter Alan joined at the beginning of 2016 and has reinvigorated the choir with his passion for music and the health benefits of singing. In the past the choir has entered and been successful in many competitions. They have a huge library of music to draw from and the emphasis these days is on looking forward while mining the rich tradition of three-part male voice arrangements while also bringing new arrangements of these pieces as well as more contemporary work. They now have a repertoire which will entertain and uplift in the way in which their illustrious forebears would be proud!

Terry Gibson and Tony Morris

Both originally from North Yorkshire, have a long history of performing both inside and outside of “folk and acoustic” music and teamed up as a duo quite recently with Terry being from a “folk” background and Tony a re-directed “rock and roller”. Both have been part of various bands and duo’s for many years as well as Terry having performed at numbers of different folk clubs, festivals, local radio (many years ago) and a past winner of “The Three Counties Folk Song Writing Competition”. Both came out of semi retirement from the music scene as two members of a four piece acoustic band currently going strong, but also enjoying very much getting back to our background in folk.

Sunday 2nd February- Singers Night

Sunday 16th February – The Julie July Band presents “Lady of the First Light”
Following the great accolades after their last booking at the club is 2018 with their “Tribute to Sandy Denny “ we are pleased to invite Julie and the band back to the club with a show from the new album “Lady of the First Light”.

“British Folk Rock group Julie July Band has built a substantial reputation, reinterpretations and arrangements of the work of singer-songwriter Sandy Denny.  Inspired by Sandy’s work and the wider folk, rock and blues movements of the Sixties and Seventies, ‘Lady of the First Light’ is the band’s new album of self-penned originals. From dreamy acoustic folk songs to driving progressive folk-rock with passing references to psychedelia and country.”

Sunday 1st March – Singers Night

Sunday 15th March – Gerry Ffrench

One of the best singer songwriters that the Northwest has to offer, Gerry’s Liverpool/Irish roots make her a wonderful performer, writer and recording artist of rich contemporary folk music. Her song writing has evolved over the years, influenced initially by the music that her Irish Father – who was a Cunard Yank – brought home from America during her childhood. Rock and Roll and Country and Western made up the musical diet at home, together with the Irish folk songs that her Irish Grandmother used to sing. These different but connected genres made an engagement with the Folk Revival a natural progression for her.

With their strong local flavour, Gerry’s own songs make many references to Liverpool’s maritime history while their style is firmly rooted in traditional folk and shanty. Now she is embarked on a mission to record and celebrate a way of life which has all but disappeared from Liverpool – and every other major seaport. The hard lives of the women left behind when the sailors went off to sea have never been given a voice in the same way that the lives of their husbands and sons were, in traditional Shanty. Songs such as The Other Maggie May, When The Wind Blows Up From The Mersey and of course Cunard Yanks do just that, being written from the point of view of the wives and the families left behind.

Sunday 5th April – Singers Night

Sunday 19th April – Steve and Julie Wigley

Steve and Julie Wigley are a Derby duo, who have been singing together for many years, performing mainly original songs written by Julie.
They are regulars at Burton Folk Club and other midlands folk clubs and also enjoy travelling to clubs further afield. They have been finalists in BBC Song for Lincolnshire and the John Birmingham Cup and have now recorded five albums of Julie’s songs, with a sixth in progress.
They have a number of Julie’s songs on Soundcloud (Steve and Julie Wigley) and videos on Youtube.
Julie’s songs often tell a story and many have been also published as poems. Their Derbyshire home features in songs like The Derbyshire Hare, West End, The Mermaid’s Pool and the Poppies Weep and her song The Spoon in the Brook won last year’s Lymm Folk Club songwriting competition

Sunday 3rd May -Anthony John Clarke 
All Anthony John Clarke  ever wanted to be was a writer of songs. From the minute he heard Barry Maguire singing the song “Eve of Destruction” and held the single “Like A Rolling Stone” by Dylan in his hand. From that point, he says, he was doomed to that life that could so easily end in failure. Irish-born and educated, he became a teacher but song writing remained his raison d’etre.
It was perhaps inevitable that by his mid-thirties he found his way into the music profession and was discovered in turn by audiences all over the world. Twenty-five years on he has a string of self-penned albums to his credit, a legion of fans and a date sheet that stretches two years into the future.
This includes what appears to be at least half the folk clubs in the UK as well as assorted village halls, theatres and arts centres, plus the plum MC’s job in 2017 at the 50th Cropready Convention.

Sunday 17th May – Singers Night

Sunday 7th June – Folklaw
 “Whirling jigs and lyrics that bite!” (fRoots). FolkLaw bring you some exhilarating songs and music which get feet tapping, minds thinking and festival crowds jumping! Acrobatic fiddling and earthy vocals are interwoven with distinctive vocal harmonies and an energized stage performance is guaranteed.  FolkLaws second album ‘The Tales That They Tell’ has been described as “a touch of magic” (Bright Young Folk) and “Full of Passion!” (R2), and contained songs which reached the semi-finals of the UK song writing contest and have delighted audiences at Festivals, Arts Centers and FolkClubs across the UK. Prior to forming FolkLaw, Nick performed with folk artists across Europe and North America, supporting acts such as the Oysterband, Shane Macgowan and the Levellers.
“impressively wild fiddle…. full of passion” – R2
“a touch of magic” – Bright Young Folk
“Premium quality folk rock” – FolkWords
“One of the most exciting acts to grace the stage” – Banbury Folk Festival.

Sunday 21st June – Singers Night


Sunday 5th July -The Meadows Band
The Meadows are a vibrant multi-instrumentalist Celtic-Crossover folk band, all drawn from one family.  Bringing cutting-edge techniques and an exciting, contemporary vibe to every show, the band perform original works which weave between foot stomping reels to rich vocal harmonies, taking their audiences on a spellbinding journey.
After completing the E.P. ‘Through the Fayre’, they toured Great Britain with a self-produced original show, Celtic Journey, alongside the international singer Kristyn Murphy who joined them from Maine.  During the tour, they performed live on television networks and BBC Radio Wales where listeners contacted the station to ask whether their performance really had been live.
The Meadows have twice played sets at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, the International Music Eisteddfod in Llangollen, the Fishguard Folk Festival, How the Light Gets In, The Little Big Gig, Cardiff’s WMC and many other festivals and events along with regular airplay on both national and international radio and T.V. networks.  A number of their works have debuted on BBC radio.  They have been trained under some of Britain’s finest musicians including Prof. Barry Haskey (BBC NOW retired leader), Matthew Featherstone (BBC NOW Principle Flute), Christopher Williams (BBC NOW & WNO piano), the late Eva Stewart (BBC NOW Principle Piccolo), Marie-Christine Zupancic (CBSO Principle Flute) and the world-renowned contemporary flute composer Prof. Ian Clarke (Guildhall).

Sunday 19th July -Singers Night