NETTLEBED FOLK SONG CLUB
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
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 Folk Song 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 and
North America with the occasional act from 'down under'!
Most of the major folk acts have appeared ranging from headliners like Fairport Convention, Steeleye
Span, Ralph McTell, Lindisfarne, Richard Thompson and Show of Hands to Club
Acts like Vin Garbutt, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Eric Bogle and Bill Jones. Not forgetting our two resident acts Terry
Page and Maria Jaffray who make up ‘Kith & Kin’ and Bruce Gomersall.
The Club is also famous for its unique
special performances such as 'Feast of Fiddles' and 'Rocks Specials' 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 live at Feast of Fiddles Feb 8th 1999). The Club has also won the prestigious BBC Radio 2 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.