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 2nd October
 
David Francey
& James McKie
David Francey

David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.

A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released eleven albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.

Francey also had the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award as well as taking home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Award and in the Folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Award.
Admission £8 (members £5)


Sunday 9th October
 
AGM followed by:
Song and Dance

At 19:30 (7:30 p.m. in old money) we'll hold our AGM. We can't promise it'll be exciting, but it'll be interesting, and it is an opportunity to be a part of the cheery community that is our club.
The there'll be 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 16th October
 
Worry Dolls
Worry Dolls

London’s Worry Dolls have been rapidly building momentum with their unique approach to indie-folk. Formed in late 2010, the duo met at Paul McCartney’s school of music in Liverpool. Bonding initially due to having the same fiery red locks, what sets Worry Dolls apart is their tongue-in-cheek, honest lyrics and their refusal to sing “cliché love songs”.

Worry Dolls’ music is packed full of sublime harmonies, atop a plethora of varied instruments. Many have seen them performing at Glastonbury Festival, supporting Joan Armatrading on tour, or heard their music played on Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music. With a strong online following, tracks from Worry Dolls debut EP have clocked up over 100,000 views on YouTube, and over 80,000 spins on SoundCloud.

With two EPs already under their belt, Worry Dolls recently returned from Nashville, where they recorded their debut album with producer Neilson Hubbard (Matthew Perryman Jones), to be released in 2016. Since their first EP, Worry Dolls’ sound has grown as their influences shifted towards the rootsier sounds of Nashville & the Appalachian mountains – still with a strong UK stamp. In their time together as a duo, they’ve forged something substantially stronger than a hair colour match. A beautiful and captivating result.
Admission £8 (members £5)

Saturday 22nd October
 

Dance, Music and
Bell-ringing
to celebrate the life of
Henry Burstow
Henry Burstow


This is a concert at St Mary's Church, Causeway at 7:30 on Saturday 22nd October.
Members of the folk club will be singing songs that Henry Burstow used to sing, reading from his book 'Reminiscences of Horsham' and Classical Folk will be playing Sussex music. All rounded off at the interval by Broadwood Morris dancing down the aisle.

In the second half the Bernardi String Academy will be playing 'The Lark Ascending' and Warlock's 'Capriol Suite' before we all sing 'To be a Pilgrim', the tune of which is a Vaughan Williams adaptation of the tune to 'Our Captain cried all hands', a tune that he called 'Monksgate' because that's where he collected it.

The St Mary's bells will be rung before and after the concert - because Henry was also a bellringer of course.

Admission by ticket - on sale at the club - £10 (£12 on the night).


Sunday 23rd October
 
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 30th October
 
Jim Causley
Jim Causley

Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry. He became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, East Devon. After studying Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. During this time he became involved in the wider folk scene and gained interest as a solo performer in folk clubs and festivals throughout the country.
His recording debut came in 2005 as part of Martyn Wyndham-Read’s 'Song Links II' project (Fellside) which linked English Traditional songs with their American variants. That same year he released his first solo album; 'Fruits of the Earth' (WildGoose) and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Causley received further acclaim for his work as part of a cappella trio; The Devil’s Interval whose album ‘Blood & Honey’ (WildGoose) also received another BBC Folk Award nomination in 2007. As one third of The Devil's Interval he toured with Waterson:Carthy for seven consecutive years as part of their annual Frost & Fire Christmas show and joined them in the studio for on their last album ‘Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man’ (Topic).
He then went on to collaborate with the rebellious Essex ceilidh band 'Mawkin' to form Mawkin:Causley whose albums received excellent reviews and their highly energetic live shows brought them yet more plaudits. Since then Causley has recorded with several respected artists including Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby. Causley's latest solo project was creating an album of poems written by his relative, the late Charles Causley, which Jim had set to music and recorded in Causley senior's cottage to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet.
Jim has become reknowned for natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years and his relaxed and playful stage presence.
Admission £7 (members £5)

Sunday 6th November
 
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 November
 
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 20th November
 
Open Floor plus Desert Island Folk with Dave Toye
Dave Toye


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's Open Floor will be enhanced by Caroline Thomas asking Dave Toye questions about his life in folk music and we'll be listening to Dave's choices of folk music, sung and played by his chosen artists.

Dave's interests in traditional music were sparked by the folksingers that he heard at the Redhill folk club in 1962 - in the heady days of regular guests like Paul Simon, Bert Janch, John Renbourn, John Martyn, Bert Loyd, etc.. Listening to recordings by Bob Dylan and Blind Boy Fuller as a student at the University of Loughborough inspired him to teach himself to play acoustic guitar. Together with Tony Eckersley, Dave opened a folk club in Horsham in 1969. He learned many tunes from British folk song collector Ken Stubbs and traditional singers, including Harry Holman, George Spicer, and Scan Tester, who he heard at pub sessions.
Dave's song, "Bold Reynolds," which he recorded with ex-Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks on keyboards, was covered by British folksinger Martyn Windam Read.
Admission £2 (members £1)


Sunday 27th November
 
Dr Bluegrass
Dr Bluegrass


Dr Bluegrass play foot stompin’, thigh slappin’ bluegrass from the deep south (of England).

They were a big hit on the Horsham Folk Club stage in the Carfax during the Horsham Festival so we invited them back to do a full evening of their lively take on songs from every genre.

Admission £8 (members £5)


Sunday 4th December
 
Will Duke.
Will Duke

Will Duke is a Sussex man: a fine anglo concertina player who has studied and learnt much from the playing of the great Scan Tester. He even has an instrument that was once owned by Scan. Will will be treating us to ‘Songs, tunes, clicks and wheezes in the traditional manner’. No doubt a comic song or two as well.
Admission £5 (members £3)

Sunday 11th December
 
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 18th December
 
Christmas party
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. Bring some finger food to share - not too much! Hats may be worn.
Admission £2 (members £1)
       
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