It seems so long ago that we were all able to enjoy our folk events together, so much has changed but perhaps we can, with caution, begin to peep above the parapet and resume in a restricted capacity.

Sunday 17th October
Forest Folk Club are hosting another guest night on Sunday 17th October at The Orepool, Sling near Coleford with Steve and Julie Wigley, 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.
We are still operating on limited, pre booked audience seating. If you would like to attend please let me know ASAP by email to secure a seat. £7 is payable on the door, please arrive by 7.45. Mask wearing is preferable until seated and we would ask that you are double vaccinated. We look forward to seeing you! To reserve your seat please email: forestofdeanfolkclub@gmail.com

 

Anthony John Clarke – Sunday 5th September – ALL SEATS NOW SOLD

After a very successful evening with Gerry Ffrench on 15th August with a limited audience, we are pleased to invite you to an evening with the popular singer songwriter and entertainer on Anthony John Clarke Sunday 5th September at 8pm at The Orepool Inn, Sling near Coleford.

We are limiting audience to 20 so please let me know by return if you would like to reserve seats. We would ask that all attending are double vaccinated and keep social distancing when possible in the function room. As much ventilation as possible will be in place, and you may want to wear a mask when going to the bar or toilet. Admission by prior reservation only, £7 payable at the door.
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.
 

 

 

Gerry Ffrench was the first of our cancelled gigs back in March 2020 and so it would seem appropriate that she will be our first booking.
She is visiting Gloucestershire to do one or two other gigs and so we have booked an evening with her on Sunday August 15th in the function room of The Orepool in Sling.
Because we will restrict numbers to an absolute maximum of 30, I would be grateful if you could let me know ASAP if you would like to attend and how many will be with you. I will then add you to the list, but on a first come first served basis, so only those who have pre booked will be allowed in. Entry will be £7 on the door and we will space out seating and ventilate the room as much as possible. We would ask that all those attending have been double vaccinated. No floor spots will be available at the moment. Please arrive by 7.45 for an 8 pm start.
To reserve your seat please email: forestofdeanfolkclub@gmail.com
Below is some editorial about Gerry, if you have not heard her before, I can promise you an entertaining evening of beautifully crafted songs and music.

August 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. http://gerryffrench.com/