November and December
Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox on 29 November
St. Agnes Fountain on 13 December
Please see the Programme for full details of our upcoming shows.
To make a booking or to check availability for an event please contact us on 01628 636620 between 10 am & 8:00 pm. (You can also go to Booking Form for details to make a postal application).
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: 24/11/2021
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