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

March 1st – Singers Night


March 15th –  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 has 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.

April 5th – Singers Night

April 19th – 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

May 3rd – Anthony John Clarkeanthony 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.

May 17th – Singers Night

June 7th – 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.

June 21st – Singers Night

July 5th – 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).

July 19th – Singers Night

August 2nd – Singers Night

August 16th – Sadie and Jay

Australian duo Sadie & Jay write exquisitely crafted original songs with origins in the Anglo-Celtic tradition travelling through contemporary Australian folk and roots. They perform beautiful songs with exceptional vocals and harmonies playing intricate finger style guitar and double bass. 2020 see’s Sadie & Jay return to the UK for their third and most extensive tour yet. This year they present songs from their third release, ‘A Passing of Seasons,’ an album rich in Australian history, bursting with colour, texture and spirited characters! This couple love to play to an intimate crowd where stories can best be told. Some songs invite a chorus from the crowd, others draw intense listening or a fit of giggles!

Sadie & Jay have received national & international recognition for their songwriting. Several songs from their three albums have been finalists in The Australian Songwriters Association Awards (ASA). Two songs from their latest album were placed fourth & fifth in the folk and acoustic category in the 2019 ASA’s. They are multiple first place winners and finalists in Australian and international awards platforms. FATEA magazine are featuring Sadie & Jay’s ‘Leaving the Harbour’ in their STRINGS Spring Showcase Session 2020.

Sept 6th – Singers Night

Sept 20th – Harp and a Monkey

Award-winning song and storytelling trio Harp & a Monkey specialise in poignant and melodic short stories (original and traditional) about life, love and remembrance. The trio’s work has been described as “bold and brilliant” by the likes of The Observer, “fantastic” and “fascinating” by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2, “inventive” by Mojo and “excellent” by The Guardian. Their new show, The Victorians, features street, parlour, work, popular and rural songs and stories from the Victorian period that have been reworked for contemporary ears. The result is thought-provoking, entertaining and musically stimulating, featuring tales of bare-knuckle boxers, evolutionary moths and wife auctions.

Fronted by an internationally respected historian and author, these multi-instrumentalists (from banjos to harps and accordions and violas to glockenspiels) provide poignancy, humour and great audience rapport with a show suitable for all ages. Not to be missed!

Oct 4th – Hilary Pavey and Jim Reynolds

Hilary Pavey is widely acclaimed on the South West’s acoustic scene and is known for her beautiful and well-crafted songs. Her intelligent and heartfelt lyrics tug at the heartstrings, captivating her listeners as they relate to her words…her clever use of lyrics and sometimes quirky songs bring warmth and humour to her performance, with beautiful guitar and ukulele playing and clear, expressive vocals.

Jim Reynolds is a highly accomplished guitarist and singer who writes and plays an eclectic mix of music. The individual pieces tap into blues, ragtime, rhythm and blues, music hall and folk traditions. Some are extremely sensitive songs about life, people and relationships, while others are tongue in cheek. His songwriting is versatile stylistically and always manages to be accessibly intimate, his wry yet deeply felt observations on life and love almost always leaving the listener with a feeling of hope. He’s worked with many of our most respected acoustic music icons, from Phil Beer, Steve Tilston, Mike Silver, Wizz Jones, Chris Newman and Isaac Guillory to Maggie Boyle and the late George Melly. Together Hilary and Jim make a lively and entertaining duo and promise an evening of musical excellence!  

Oct 18th – Singers Night

Nov 1st – Singers Night

Nov 15th – Jigantics

A four piece band from the Gloucestershire area. The line-up is Mark Cole, vocals, squeezeboxes,mandolin,harmonica, mandocello. Keith Thompson, guitars, harmonica, mandolin and vocals. Sarah Kelly Ukulele, flute, vocals. Martin Fitzgibbon drums, vocals, percussion, bass. The band are multi instrumentalists who frequently swop instruments on stage throughout their set and share lead vocals, as well as four part harmonies.

The Jigantics gig extensively throughout the UK and Europe. This year they are appearing in Germany, Holland, France and in October 17 were part of the five day festival, Costa Del Folk in Portugal. At a recent festival The Daily Telegraph described them as “a roots driven country band who were a high class, highlight act”  As well as mainstream country the band reference Folk, Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues as their major influences.

Dec 6th – Bonner and Blake

John Blake and Helen Bonner have been performing together for five years. Helen is an actress as well as a singer, so when it comes to comedy songs, she really gets into character and is beautifully accompanied by John’s guitar and vocals. They perform a wide repertoire, including songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart and George Gerschwin, Victoria Wood, Richard Stilgoe, Flanders & Swann and Pam Ayres (her poems put to music by John). They also like to take well-known old songs and change most of the words to turn them into comedy. A great evening of entertainment and music awaits!

Dec 20th – Christmas Singers Night