Club logo Sunday Evenings at 8 pm (doors open 7:45) at:
The Normandy Centre Denne Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1JF

Acoustic folk club - Licensed bar - Non members welcome
Admission varies between £2 and £8 (discounted for members):
Under 21s get free admission to all events.
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Sunday 4th February
 
Song and Dance

Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 11th February
 
John Kirkpatrick:
THE VICTORIAN FARMER’S YEAR IN SONG
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Following his appearances on the massively popular TV series “Victorian Farm”, John Kirkpatrick presents a programme of traditional songs to take us through a year in the countryside, reflecting the highs and lows of each season, and giving an authentic voice to the old way of life. Although agricultural working conditions in the later nineteenth century were as bad as any in the country, the songs that have been handed down from this time choose to embody hope and optimism, and a great delight in the processes of nature - songs designed to keep the spirits high and buoyant, rather than dwell on the gloomier side of a life that most of us today would find quite impossible.
So here we have The Victorian Farmer’s Year In Song – songs about farmers, and songs sung by farmers; songs about the work on the farm, and songs to make that work easier; songs celebrating particular days in the country calendar, and songs celebrating the daily miracle of life, death, and renewal. And the world we are shown here is not a romantic pastoral idyll viewed through rose-tinted spectacles – this is a world full of sweat and muck, a world with dirt under the finger nails, a world full of snorting, and grunting, and heaving.
And then there’s the animals………………
Admission £8 (members £5)

Sunday 18th February
 
Open Floor

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)

FRIDAY 23rd February
 
Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection
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AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE.
A Horsham Folk Club gig! This gives one of our favourite performers an evening of their own in the Studio at the Capitol. Special rates for Folk Club members. More anon.


Sunday 25th February
 
Hickory Signals
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Brighton-bred duo, Hickory Signals, combine strong, female vocal melodies with vibrant guitar, shruti, flute, and pulsing percussion, performing both original and traditional material. Live they have been described as enthralling, spellbinding and absorbing. In 2016 Hickory Signals released their second EP, 'Noise of the Waters'; recorded and produced by Ian Carter of Stick in the Wheel. The EP has been well received as a haunting, cinematic and un-rushed record, cementing their timeless sound as one to listen out for.
"Like stepping back into a bygone age, both in terms of musicality and atmosphere"
- Ken Brown, FATEA Magazine.
Admission £6 (members £4)

Sunday 4th March
 
Song and Dance

Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 11th March
 
Dave Ellis & Boo Howard
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Dave & Boo are a London based duo with a musical partnership that began in 1979. Dave Ellis came down from Liverpool for the London folk club scene in the 70’s. He became a regular at various London haunts such as the Marquee, the Roundhouse and the Lyceum and also played some higher profile gigs, opening for the Edgar Broughton Band at the Rainbow and Rod Stewart at Reading Festival.
In 1998 Dave’s intricate guitar work combined with Boo’s mellow vocals to create something very different and entirely new in the folk and acoustic clubs.
The mix is eclectic (from folk to jazz to blues to bluegrass) but the songs are at the heart of it all, served by imaginative and stylish arrangements and by the singing and playing of two seasoned, wholly in tune musicians.
Admission £7 (members £4)

Thursday 15th March
 
Tannara at the Capitol Studio supported by Horsham Folk Club members

The young Scottish band Tannara are playing in the Studio at the Capitol Theatre.
Horsham Folk Club will be providing the warm-up acts:
Dave Algar, John Byng and Chris the Spoons
Sally Wilton (with Peter Golden)
Julie Roberts (with Sylvia Golden)

Sunday 18th March
 
Open Floor

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 25th March
 
Open Floor & Desert Island Folk with Mary Gilmore.
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Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome.
Tonight Caroline Thomas will be asking Mary Gilmore about the - mostly folk - music in her life and we'll be hearing some of Mary's favourite songs.

Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 1st April
 
Open Floor

On Easter Sunday April Fool's Day we have our open floor night, which is an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 8th April
 
(Georgia) Shackleton Trio
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The Shackleton Trio (formerly The Georgia Shackleton Trio) play an exciting blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material. Accompanying herself on the fiddle, Georgia writes and performs 'wordy songs about other people’, instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from her native East Anglia.
Georgia’s skills as a singer and instrumentalist have been put to the test in numerous different contexts, and this trio sees her teaming up with guitar powerhouse Aaren Bennett and mandolin ace Nic Zuppardi. Together they have toured the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, appeared at Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Towersey Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Folk East, and concert halls and folk clubs across the UK
"Sparky, charismatic and intensely assured”– fRoots
"An excellent debut album"  ★★★★ – R2 Magazine“
A hugely talented lass” – Mike Harding
Admission £8 (members £5)


Sunday 15th April
 
Song and Dance

Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 22nd April
 
Drystones
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The Drystones are an award winning  young (just 21) lively folk duo from Priddy in Somerset playing violin, guitar and whistle, who have made a big splash since they formed in July 11. They play a mix of their own tunes and arrangements of folk tunes given drive, beat and energy. They have played festivals all over the Country (including Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Warwick, Bromyard, Purbeck and Folk East), and at their 2013 Glastonbury Festival performance they were highlighted by Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 as his "recommendation of the day". They were the 2015 Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award winners and were asked by Michael Eavis to play the 2015 Glastonbury Extravaganza when Joan Armatrading had to cancel! Their third CD is a Songlines "Top Of The World" album. For just two people they make a lot of sound, you will not be bored!
"The Drystones technical prowess and stylistic awareness speak for themselves" - Tom Newell - Songlines
"With energy pouring out of those instruments.." - Mike Norris EFDSS Classic Folk
"To describe their instrumental style as spirited and animated would be akin to asserting that Bellowhead can be quite an energetic band" ​- Clive Pownceby, Living Tradition
Admission £7 (members £5)

Sunday 29th April
 
Open Floor

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 6th May
 
Song and Dance

Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 13th May
 
Open Floor - Spotlight on
Leonie Mansell
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Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome.

Tonight the Spotlight is on two short sets by Leonie Mansell.
Leonie began writing in childhood but only became a performance poet when she was old enough to know better.  She appeared for some years (both solo and with another poet, Pippa King, under the name of Noovobrassik) at pubs and clubs, mostly in London, at arts venues and women’s festivals and performed with five other poets on the Edinburgh Fringe.

Whilst living in London she also worked as a part-time tutor of Creative Writing for the WEA and local adult education classes.  Her work has been published in anthologies and magazines for over thirty years:  a collection of her poems, The Tattooed Lady from Leamington Spa, was published in 2006 and a CD under the same title was released in 2007.  Copies of both have found their way to the USA and Australia.

An evening not to be missed!
Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 20th May
 
Bond of Union
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Bond of Union celebrate the great English tradition of unaccompanied folk harmony singing.

Brighton-based Richard Inman, Benjamin Board and Johnny Hewes sing about heroism and injustice,
struggle and superstition, soldiers and revolutionaries, but always about the bonds of union that
connect us, which are strengthened in their singing.

Admission £6 (members £4)

Sunday 27th May
 
Open Floor

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 3rd Jun
 
Open Floor - Spotlight on Rodney Wright
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Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome.

Tonight the Spotlight is on Rodney Wright. In his own words: Geriatric, late developer baritone with an eclectic taste and range of unaccompanied and accompanied songs with genres ranging from light classical/operatic through swing, blues, folk ancient and modern, to love songs from the musicals & classic pops. Seeks audiences to help him find out if he can actually handle this stuff. Likely to involve other Folk club members as partners in crime, in being alternately serious, sentimental or just plain silly. Previous form with HAODS, Trinity Church Players, Unity Players & Kammeo Singers. You have been warned.

Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 10th Jun
 
Open Floor - Gardeners

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome.
The theme tonight is Gardeners... If you want to know more, ask Dick.
Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 17th June
 
Dave Webber &
Anni Fentiman
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Dave and Anni joined forces in 1985, after spending many years around the folk club scene, in which time they featured on several albums made by other performers. Within a short time they teamed up with friends Charley Yarwood and his wife Cathy to form the acapella harmony group Beggars Velvet. The group were very soon in demand for clubs and festivals and recorded their only album, Lady of Autumn. They made two tours of the USA in 1990 and 1991 before they stopped performing together in 1993 after eight very successful and happy years.
Since then Dave and Anni have continued to work as a duo, making their duo debut on stage at the Eisteddfod Festival in Dartmouth Massachusetts in 1993 to begin a very successful career as a harmony duo, working largely acapella and featuring mainly traditional and traditional idiom material. Although Dave and Anni perform substantially at home in the UK they also make at least one trip each year to the United States, where they have an established following and have also performed in Holland, Denmark and Finland.
Anni has developed a specialist repertoire of songs originating from her native North East, and Dave has been writing songs in traditional vein since 1982 many of these are widely sung and have become part of the general song repertoire of singers all over the world.
"If you love traditional music delivered with strength, clarity and simplicity, you certainly won't be disappointed with this duo" - Cornwall Folk Festival
Admission £8 (members £5)

Sunday 24th June
 
Open Floor

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 1st July
 
Song and Dance

Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)
    SUMMER!

Sunday 7th October
 


Brian Willoughby & Cathryn Craig


Sunday 14th October
 
Stepling
 

Sunday 28th October
 
Damien Barber & Mike Wilson

Sunday 11th November
 
Jody Kruskal
 

Sunday 18th November
 
Steve Turner
 
       

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