Nettlebed Folk Song 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.
The Club moved in 1991 to its present venue at the Village Club in Nettlebed. This was due to the closure of the Bull Inn by its owners Brakspears Brewery in Henley. However, the opportunity was taken 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, Steeleye Span, Ralph McTell, Altan, Dervish, Richard Thompson and Show of Hands to Club Acts like Vin Garbutt, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Martin Simpson & our local BBC Award winning Megan Henwood. The Club's Patron is Phil Beer and we also have three resident acts - Terry Page and Maria Jaffray who make up 'Kith & Kin', Bruce Gomersall and the BBC Award winning Jackie Oates.
The Club is also famous for 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.
Nettlebed Folk Song Club is now one of the top folk venues in the U.K. and is highly regarded by the Country's main Folk Acts - "Probably the best Folk Club in the Country" (Phil Beer from Show of Hands). The Club also won the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Club of the Year Award 2002.
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. Tel 01628 636620.