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.
Sat. Jan 7th 2017 – Floor singers with guest Andy Smythe. 8.00pm £3.00.
Sat. Feb. 4th 2017 – Floor singers with guests ‘Jus’ Geoff’, and John and Di Cullen. 8.00pm £3.00.
Sat. March 4th 2017 – Folk Club Special. Back by popular demand, acoustic guitar genius Claude Bourbon treats us again. 8.00 pm. Support by Andrew Foster . Donation of around £7.00.Floor singers welcome tonight by prior contact only 01403 260046.
Sat. April 1st 2017 – Floorsingers with guests, Trevor Clawson and Peter and Tony. 8.00pm.£3.00 suggested donation.
Sat.May 6th 2017 – East Midlands Evening! Special guest, Leicester’s Pete Morton, supported by Derbyshire’s Steve and Julie Wigley. Floor singers very welcome (and need not come from the Midlands)! 8.00pm £5.00.
Sat.June 3rd 2017- Floorsingers with guest, “The Greenhill Boys” and Steve Flack . 8.00pm. £3.00 suggested donation.
Sat. July 1st – Folk Club Special with international recording artist Miriam Backhouse. 8.00pm £5.00. Floor singers most welcome.
And getting ahead of ourselves…
Sat.Oct 7th 2017 – Floorsingers with guests ‘CLJ’ and Mike Reinstein. 8.00pm.£3.00 suggested donation.
Sat.Nov 4th 2017 – Floorsingers with guests Tim Kent and Richard Hart.
Sat. Dec 2nd 2017 – Floorsingers with guest, Martin Wyndham- Read. 8.00pm £6.00
Sat.Feb.3rd 2018 – Floorsingers with guest Greg Harper and Martin Littleboy. 8.00pm.£3.00 suggested donation.
Sat. April 7th 2018 – Lee Collinson.
Whether performing or listening, we endeavor to make everybody welcome.
Here are a few of the nice things people have said about our club.
“I thought the venue was really beautiful and everyone who turned up was really friendly and welcoming…….”
“Thank you both….super venue…we will be back to support you…….”
” The night was really great ! Such talented people..thanks for a great night……”
“I think that ‘The Chapel’ is making a wonderful contribution to life in Billingshurst …thank you!
“Thank you for inviting us to play last night – we had such a wonderful evening. Great floor singers and you create a welcoming and genuinely inclusive atmosphere. Thank you!”
“Hey, all of you …Thank YOU! It was certainly a smashing evening. I’ve had lots of good feedback.Key words were: venue, music, company and food. I was privileged to be part of this venture.Many thanks to you, Stuart, for MCing and making sure everyone got to perform, to Jan, for looking after us all so delightfully, and to Jane, for having the idea in the first place!
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. This helps us to judge roughly how long each performer might get. 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 and we don’t ‘save the best til last.’
Unfortunately, we are not able to pay our guest performers: all monies 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 100% 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 could cause embarrassment, alienate an audience who should be respected and 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!
Regular attenders who who we think can hold an audience for a more extended period of time are sometimes asked to perform a guest spot to round off an evening.
We serve coffee and tea during the break and patrons may bring their own alcohol to drink in moderation.