Billingshurst Folk Club

Scroll a bit further for ‘Who’s On’ and for useful information for performers.

We run a successful little folk club at The Chapel. Held on the first Saturday of each month, the club encourages floor spots by any acoustic based act. Each month we offer one or two half- hour sets to allow performers to spread their wings a little further. Occasionally, we book professional acts.

Contact Stuart Coupe – 01403 260046

We can be tricky to find but that’s part of our charm. Look at the sidebar on your right for how to find us!

We ask for a donation of about £3.00 for a regular evening and a little more if we book an established, professional. Any profit from any of the the evenings is donated to the upkeep of our building. We start promptly at 8.00 p.m. and if you would like to perform, it’s best to arrive a little before that to get your name on the list.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for information for performers.

Who’s On?

 

Sat. October 7th 2017 –  Floor singers with guests Mike Reinstein’s, ‘Rymm. 8.00pm. Suggested donation of £3.00.

The ever popular Mike Reinstein returns under the guise of ‘Rymm;’ his four piece group. Expect a mixture of  band covers and some of Mike’s brilliant solo material. 

Sat. November 4th 2017 – Floor singers with guests Tim Kent and Richard Hart.  8.00pm. Suggested donation of £3.00.

Tim Kent is a stalwart of the Sussex acoustic scene and performs a range of material which is often connected to the local places and historical events.  Richard Hart plays acoustically- based material, largely from the 1960’s and 70’s; he has been a session musician playing for the likes of Donovan.

Sat. December 2nd 2017 – FOLK CLUB SPECIAL -Floor singers with guest, Martin Wyndham- Read. 8.00pm £6.00

Martyn Wyndham-Read has been involved with folk music for over forty years. In his late teens he left his mother’s farm in Sussex and headed off, with his guitar, to Australia where he worked on a sheep station. It was while he was there that he heard, first hand, the old songs sung by some of the station hands and he became captivated by these songs. He has since travelled the world performing a wide repertoire of folk music. Professional to the core.

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Martyn Wyndham-Read

Sat. January 6th 2018 – Floor singers with guest Mike Nicholson. 8.00pm. Suggested donation of £5.00.

Mike Nicholson is one of those remarkable singers who manages to create an immediate and loyal following everywhere he goes. This is due in large part to his unrestrained passion for what he loves doing the most – singing good songs! He draws his audience to him through an unassuming approach which only asks that the listener might share his love of singing and of the songs. 

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Mike Nicholson

Sat. February 3rd 2018 –  Floor singers with guest Greg Harper and Martin Littleboy.  8.00pm. £3.00 suggested donation.

Greg is an accomplished singer-songwriter who has performed across the region at clubs and festivals. Martin Littleboy is a tasteful and skilled musician who is a leading figure in the Southern Uillean Pipers Association and who also plays guitar and sings beautifully.

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Greg Harper

Sat. March 3rd 2018 – Floor singers with guest, Andy Smythe. 8.00pm £3.00 suggested donation.

A singer-songwriter from Shropshire, Andy Smythe has for the past 15 years years quietly stolen the hearts and minds of all that hear his evocative, finely crafted songs. He has a truly fantastic tenor voice with a huge range that is arguably as good a voice as you’ll hear on the circuit. Andy has played with the very best UK folk artists such as Jez Lowe, Peggy Seeger and Martin Carthy, both touring on the folk circuit and appearing at a number of major folk festivals across the UK.

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Sat. April 7th 2018 – FOLK CLUB SPECIAL -Floor singers with guest Lee Collinson. £6.00 suggested donation.

Lee burst on to the national folk scene in the late 1980’s and was twice finalist in BBC Radio’s Folk On Two ‘Young Tradition Award.’ With national and international tours to promote his albums ‘Limbo’ and ‘Slip the Driver a Fiver,’ Lee took a direction away from the folk scene to pursue different ambitions. However, after a chance meeting with yours truly, he’s been enticed back to perform solo tonight just for us!

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Lee Collinson

 

Sat. May 5th 2018 -Floor singers with guest performance by John and Di Cullen.  8.00 pm. £3.00 suggested donation.

John and Di have built a steady reputation in the South East region for performing traditional and contemporary folk with the skill, panache and professionalism of any performers on the national scene and we are delighted to have them back to deliver a full evening of entertainment. 

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John and DI Cullen

Sat. June 2nd 2018 – Floor singers with guest performances by Caroline Kendall and ‘The Rude Mechanicals,’  8.00pm. £3.00 suggested donation.

Caroline has a beautiful voice – as good as any you will hear on the national, let alone local folk scene. She chooses material of exquisite taste which perfectly compliments her talents.

The Rude Mechanicals are Ray Chandler (concertinas, banjo, flute, bodhran, piccolo), Mick Parker (accordions, keyboards), and Barry Ruffell (fiddle, nyckelharpa, whistles, guitar, mandolin) – a line-up with an armoury of instruments with which they can – as they say – make a lot of different noises.  Equally varied is their material: it’s mostly instrumental (though songs can be on the menu too) drawn largely from the traditions of the U.K, but with gems from Scandinavia, America, Ireland   .  .  .  in fact anywhere they can find a tune they like. 

Sat. July 7th 2018 –  Floor singers with guest Claude Bourbon  Donation of around £10.00.

Claude loves playing in our little Chapel and as he’ll be passing through town, he offered to come visit us again. Claude plays dynamic guitar with a little french twinkle in his eye. He’s bloomin’ good.

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Claude Bourbon

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INFORMATION FOR PERFORMERS 

We run the folk club in the candle- lit chapel area, sitting in the pews. Floor singers tend to leave their instruments in the hall and duck out during the act before them to have a quiet tune up and to prepare themselves. We encourage everybody to have a spot who wants one, though performers should endeavor to arrive in good time in order to get their name on the list. Sometimes it’s one song, sometimes three or four, depending on how busy we are. We always worry about ‘missing somebody’ who turns up to play but who for whatever reason does not make it to the list, so please make yourself known to the organisers if you don’t see your name up on the chalkboard. The running order list is pretty random.

All monies collected contribute to the upkeep of the building which costs in the region of £350 a month to keep going. We very much appreciate those local performers who give their time and talents to help keep us going. Please do not conatct us if you are a professional performer who expects (deserves) to earn a living from music – I’m afraid that we can’t help you. 

However…………. Every so often we are able to secure a gig from one of our professional ‘folk friends’ or catch a nationally known performer ‘between gigs’ who is happy to play for more-or-less the door money. In these cases we charge a bit more to our audiences on the understanding that they are getting a very good performance by somebody seeking to earn a living at what they do and then a percentage of the door money goes to the performer.

We ask performers to bear in mind that we operate out of a chapel. Raising a smile with ‘close to the edge’ implications in a song song is fine but overt sexual or profane language and content may a) cause embarrassment, b) alienate our audience who should be respected and c) land us in hot water with trustees who do literally ‘trust’ us to use the lovely building responsibly.

We are totally acoustic and without PA. We do find that anything other than hand-held light percussion can over power our space though and voices are unlikely to be heard over a cajon or snare for example.

We like to encourage friendly, fair-minded and accommodating people who come musically prepared, seek to perform to the best of their ability and who take their music reasonably seriously, if not necessarily themselves!

We serve coffee and tea during the break and patrons may bring their own alcohol to drink in moderation.

That’s it!

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3 Responses to Billingshurst Folk Club

  1. Pingback: Upcoming Events at The Chapel | The Chapel at Billingshurst

  2. Jane Renshaw says:

    I can’t believe I’m going to miss the first folk club in the newly restored ‘Chapel’. Duty calls with my 90 year old dad though! Have a great evening.

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  3. John De little says:

    HI – looking forward to playing at the Chapel. I run he Partridge Folk sessions and use to co-host the club at Amberley. I know the standard of your guests and look forward to trying to convince you that I am worthy of such an opportunity! Best wishes John * That said Sat 5th Sept is a problem!

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