Forest Folk Club 2019 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 6th January.        Singers night

dick brice singer songwriterSunday 20th January. Dick Brice

Although this ever popular singer/songwriter is well known for his ‘’Forest Humour’’ and songs in dialect, he writes many songs based on his own experience which can be poignant or humorous and frequently both! You are always assured of an evening of first class entertainment with Dick! 


Sunday 3rd February.       Singers night

jane pearlSunday 17th February.  Misfit Pearl and the Oddfellows

Corn fed Kentucky raised singer, songwriter & raconteur, Jane Pearl is a rare thing. A genuine wordsmith [when she can remember them]. Drawing from all four marriages and using all four chords Jane brings you heartfelt, humorous, well crafted wry vignettes on modern life. Through the medium of Americana, her talent drips from her kitchen table, drops to the floor and saddles up on an epic quest across the Forests of Dean [her present home] into the ears of any freeminer, hobo or chartered accountant passing through the West Gloucestershire badlands. Jane has spent nearly a decade knitting and crocheting two band members that add finesse and groove to what she describes as a “mighty fine trio”. Multi-instrumentalist Lyndon Webb, a purveyor of an original 1980s ponytail, on guitars and Thad Kelly, owner of two shopping scooters, on bass. Odd indeed.


pete coe Sunday 3rd March.  Pete Coe

Pete Coe has had more than 50 years of music making on the English folk scene. His contributions include traditional song research, song writing in traditional style, the founding of several seminal bands (the founder member and visionary force behind The New Victory Band, Bandoggs and Red Shift) plus solo and duo performances, dance calling, recording, field research, local folk activism in Ryburn Three Step and teaching at various levels. Together with his wife, Sue, he received the Gold Badge Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in 2016 for their outstanding contributions to folk dance, music or song.Pete Coe celebrates narrative folk songs, rooted in English traditions, classic ballads & broadsides, rural yarns, travellers tales, and songs of love, loss & protest learned from the old songcarriers & songsmiths he’s met over a lifetime on the road. He performs with great skill, presents with authority & good humour & encourages audience involvement.


Sunday 17th March.              Singers Night

anthony john clarkeSunday 7th April.  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. “He storms it every night he gets on stage. Brilliant!!! He had our audience eating out of his hand every night on the Fairport Convention Tour” says Fairport’s Dave Pegg

Sunday 21st April                 Singers Night

Sunday 5th May                    Singers Night

kevin dempseySunday 19th May   Kevin Dempsey

Kevin Dempsey is a master performer on the guitar, an arranger, a singer and a top quality live entertainer. He is one of the most sought-after musicians on the UK folk scene and beyond, and has played and recorded with many of the most famous names in acoustic and folk music: Dave Swarbrick, Joe Broughton, Chris Leslie, Peter Knight, Dando Shaft, Uiscedwr, Whippersnapper, and Mary Black. Whether in an intimate acoustic environment, or a large festival stage where he fills the air with spellbinding music, Kevin puts his audience at ease and takes them on a varied and wonderful musical journey.

Sunday 2nd June.   Singers Night

jinskySunday 16th June    Jinski

Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, JINSKI are song writer Stephen Wegrzynski and musician Dave Kennedy, a partnership forged from acoustic roots and the love of a strong melody. Their music touches the borders of folk, country, and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern. Playing ‘live’ with just two voices and two guitars JINSKI have been touring the UK, honing their craft, chalking up the miles and making new friends wherever they play. They have built a reputation for delivering music for the head and the heart that is full of passion, meaning and originality. Notable supports have been to Joe Jackson, The Proclaimers, Lindisfarne and Kathryn Tickell. A recent TV appearance has been on BBC 1 The One Show. “You’ll love them fo their style, polish and great songs” – (R2 ROCK ‘N’ REEL magazine) 



Sunday 7th July   Merrymaker

Merrymaker are made up of Dan Sealey (formerly of Ocean Colour Scene and Merrymouth and Adam Barry (Formerly of The Misers and Merrymouth). They are joined by Paul McCormack, Nikki Petherick and Hannah Lawson. Together they combine skilful musicianship with thought provoking music layered with vocal harmonies. Sealey and Barry are no strangers on the folk circuit. In recent years, they have recorded and toured with multi-award winning folk musicians John McCusker and Andy Cutting. They have performed at BBC Radio 2’s Carfest, Celtic Connections, The Moseley Folk Festival and The Great British Folk Festival. Sealey has also joined his father, Dave Sealey on stage at Sidmouth, Whitby and Towersey Folk Festivals, for shows as a tribute to Cosmotheka, a popular duo throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, featuring Dave and Dans uncle, Al Sealey, who became legends within the folk scene all over the world with their unique brand of humour and material. “Beautiful and Majestic” Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2.



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Sunday 21st July.   Singers Night

Sunday August 4th – Jenkinson’s Folly
Jenkinson ‘s Folly are Towcester based duo. Phil Thurman (Guitars, Bouzouki, Mandola, Vocals) Sophie Thurman (Cello, Whistles, Vocals)
Their repertoire comes from the mists of time through to contemporary folk classics – from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, from America and Australia… and is bounded only by the music we find and fall in love with. ”Most of our material is accompanied songs, with a smattering of acapella, and very occasionally a tune!” They released their first recording, CD:EP “Afterthought”, in 2013, to coincide with Folk Weekend – Oxford, and are now looking forward to returning to the studio for a full length CD.
Phil once hosted the fondly remembered Folk Sessions at The Fir Tree Tavern on Oxford’s Iffley Road. He has performed widely with Ian Giles, and with others who “cut their teeth” in the Oxford scene, frequently dep’s with various ceilidh bands, and is himself a ceilidh caller. By day, he is an APQP Engineer.
Sophie is a classically trained soprano, and a lover of jazz songs, becoming involved in folk music in 1999 when she joined Oxford based folk group, Magpie Lane, as cellist and vocalist. She continues to perform and record with the Magpies to this day, at clubs, festivals, and functions, and the folk genre has become her foremost musical love. She is a singing teacher by day. Phil and Sophie started performing together as Jenkinson’s Folly in 2012

Sunday 18th August.      Singers Night

Sunday 1st September.      Singers Night         

Sunday 15th September  – Harbottle & Jonas

Combining a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting, the album’s maritime theme is maintained across political, historical, and personal stories and songs. 
A compelling live show during which David & Freya blend their distinctive solo voices and close harmonies with concertina, harmonium, cittern, stomp box and acoustic guitar. This signature sound has been honed by over six years of performing together and up to 200 gigs a year including Dartington Hall and folk clubs and festivals up and down the country. With plaudits from Seth & Geoff Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Lankum, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing, and Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music), Harbottle & Jonas have managed to establish themselves as one of the most exciting prospects on the folk circuit
‘Definitely one of the best folk acts I’ve heard in a long while‘ – Music News  
‘I would stake money on a bright future for Harbottle & Jonas’ – Folkwords
‘Stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements 9/10’ – Americana UK

Sunday October 6th- Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle is a French born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002. Several years on, she has become an accomplished performer playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK (and beyond) and supporting acts such as Fairport Convention and Show of Hands. Flossie’s powerful yet sensitive rendition of songs combined with her quaint northern twang and humorous banter will no doubt entertain and leave you with a smile

Her collection of 13 albums (so far) is a reminder of how much work and dedication she has put into her music career: from well established folk songs to jazz standards, from blues numbers to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel’s classics, her wide repertoire appeals to all.

Sunday 20th October.       Singers Night
Sunday 3rd November.    Singers Night

Sunday November 17th – Charlie Dore

In a rare solo show Charlie Dore shares songs from her double award-winning album, Dark Matter and spotlights personal favourites from her last six albums as well as unique takes on songs she has written for platinum-selling artists, some never before performed live in their original form. 
The evening promises a multi-layered show as Charlie swaps between guitar, piano, ukulele and harmonium, her background in folk & roots music very much in evidence, as are her years of experience as an actor and improviser. The stories in between the songs are often dark and funny, the rapport with her audience always instant and relaxed. This multi-award-winner is one of only a handful of contemporary writers to have had success across so many different genres. Tina Turner, George Harrison, Celine Dion, Paul Carrack and Jimmy Nail have all covered Charlie’s songs. 
Her own worldwide hit, Pilot of The Airwaves is still a staple of UK And US radio playlists… yet her contemporary songs favour her more eclectic, acoustic roots, winning her two Ascap awards, an Ivor Novello nomination, both the Overall Grand and the Folk Prize from the International Acoustic Music Awards and in 2012 Best Album Lyrics from the Indy Acoustic Project for her album Cheapskate Lullabyes, which also awarded her 2017 album, ‘Dark Matter’ both Best Album of the Year and Best Lyrics.   
“…an amazingly astute, moving, intelligent and connected songwriter…a voice like Kate McGarrigle meets Dory Previn. Wonderful ”.  Mike Harding 
A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original ” Guardian ★★★★
“Beautiful, existential, metaphysical and intruigingly other. Zen folk I want to call it…Charlie Dore’s ‘Time Out of Mind’ “ Ricky Ross, BBC Scotland.

Sunday December 1st – Whiskey River
Whiskey River play Americana – Cajun, Zydeco, Good Country and Low Down Dirty Blues with a dangerous edge. With many years experience of performing, these guys deliver the goods whether in full electric or acoustic mode. The current band was born after founder members Martin and Aidan went to Louisiana in 2003 and visited a fabulous funky dance hall called “Whiskey River Landing”, built on the edge of the Atchafalaya swamp, South of Breaux Bridge. They had a fantastic Sunday afternoon there and got to thinking that Whiskey River might be a good name for a band. About a week later, a guy in a bar in Houston Texas heard them talking over a beer at the bar [“Hey, are you guys from New England?” – “Nope, we’re from Old England!”] and then gave them a plectrum with “Whiskey River” written on it. This was taken as “a definite sign” and the band they were working with back in the UK was renamed on their return.


Sunday December 15th – Christmas Singers Night