Our shows are now live again!
We hope that you are safe and well
Now that the Show of Hands concert on 23 May is sold out, our next available show is Monday 6 June when we have the tribute concert for Rowan Godel, one of our Ladies of Nettlebed who sadly passed away in February. This concert consists of John Jones, Ian Telfer, Alan Prosser & Al Scott from Oysterband, The Ladies of Nettlebed (Charlie Dore, Jackie Oates & Megan Henwood) and John Jones and the Reluctant Ramblers (including Benji Kirkpatrick & Tim Cotterell). Benji will be donating the proceeds from this show to a charity that Rowan would have liked to support.
Then on Monday 13 June The Churchfitters return – This flamboyant band is unique and energetic! They present a fast-paced infectious show with fresh, original songwriting as well as rearranged songs & tunes from the British Isles.
And further ahead on Monday 4 July we have another special night, this time to mark 50 years of Paul Downes & Phil Beer playing as a duo – this show will have a slightly American slant due to the date!
It's great to have live music in the venue again and we hope that you enjoy these shows.
So our next shows are:
Show of Hands with Track Dogs on 23 May SOLD OUT
The Rowan Godel Tribute Concert on 6 June
The Churchfitters on 13 June
Paul Downes & Phil Beer on 4 July
Then please see the Programme page
To make a booking or to check availability for an event please contact us on 01628 636620 – between 10 am & 8:00 pm. (If busy try 01628 603670)
Info & price details at the Booking page.
Best wishes and stay safe,
All the volunteers at Nettlebed Folk Club.
Nettlebed Folk Club is a Registered Club (No.29523U3) of The English Folk Dance and Song Society (Charity No.305999).
About Nettlebed Folk Club
Nettlebed Folk Club was started in July 1975 by a group of Folk Song lovers from Maidenhead in Berkshire when the tenant of a local public house moved to the Bull Inn at Nettlebed, nr. Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
From a small start in a tiny bar (40 people) the Club progressed to a converted coaching barn holding over 100 and quickly established itself as one of the folk scenes major circuit venues.
When Brakspears brewery closed the Bull at Christmas 1990 we were approached by The Village Club to bring the Folk Club ‘over the road’. This gave us the opportunity to change gear' as the new venue held 200 people.
The Club is a volunteer run, non profit organisation and takes over 12 people to keep it running smoothly!
The acts that are staged encompass the different types of traditional and contemporary music and song from the British Isles with occasional acts from Europe & North America. Most of the major folk acts have appeared ranging from headliners like Fairport Convention, Cara Dillon, Steeleye Span, Ralph McTell, Seth Lakeman, Kate Rusby, Richard Thompson and Show of Hands to folk favourites like Chris While & Julie Matthews, John McCusker, Martin Simpson & our local BBC Award winning Megan Henwood. The Club's Patron is Phil Beer of Show of Hands and we also have resident acts including the BBC Award winning Jackie Oates.
The Club is also known for promoting young 'up and coming’ artists and its unique special performances such as 'Feast of Fiddles' and Showcase concerts where we mix leading national performers with local artists to provide unique themed evenings.
We also have been involved in several episodes of ‘Midsomer Murders’ including ‘The Ballad of Midsomer County’. We were asked to provide over a dozen performers and 100 audience extras, over several days filming at three venues including the Village Club, to create a Folk Festival which was central to the plot. Bentley Productions who produce the series not only made the usual DVD of the episode but also CD which involved all our performers going into a London studio to record. The CD which is on the Silva Screen Label includes Seth Lakeman, Lucie Jones (UK Eurovision artist!), Paul Downes, Jackie Oates and several others as ‘The Nettlebed Collective’.
Nettlebed Folk Club is now one of the best known volunteer-run folk venues in the UK and is highly regarded by the country's main folk hierarchy – BBC’s Mark Radcliffe introduced the Folk Awards live on air from the Royal Albert Hall by saying that the Royal Albert Hall was ‘..very much the Nettlebed Folk Club of the South Kensington area!’ and Phil Beer from Show of Hands said that we were "Probably the best Folk Club in the Country” – but he is our Patron!
The Club has also won the prestigious BBC Radio2 Folk Club of the Year Award.
Nettlebed Folk Club holds its concerts on Monday evenings from 8pm at The Village Club, High Street, Nettlebed, nr Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 5DD. All will be welcomed and for information give us a call on 01628 636620, or check the online Programme page and Booking Form.
Last updated: 9 May 2022
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