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 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)
       
2017      

Sunday 1st January
 
CLOSED - quiet!
 

Sunday 8th January
 
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 15th January
 
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 22nd January
 
Sue Gates & Iris Bishop
Iris Bishop

Sue Gates' unusual, strong voice brings her songs to life in her own charismatic way. With Iris Bishop accompanying her on concertina there's always going to be wonderful music too. And maybe a visit from Marilyn with her own brand of singing.
Admission £5 (members £3)

Sunday 29th January
 
Green Matthews
Green Matthews

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21stcentury
kick-ass style. Using a beguiling blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English border bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, Chris and Sophie breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh, relevant and accessible for a modern audience.
Green and Matthews combining incisive wit and humour with a genuine love for the English tradition. They have a particular passion for 18thcentury ballads and dance tunes – several of which have been unearthed by Chris from various libraries around the country and which are now being performed again for the first time in two hundred years. They also perform original songs which draw on their wealth of historical research to paint a fascinating picture of individual lives and stories from England’s past.
“Sophie and Chris have a gift for choosing great tunes and songs from our rich and complex English folk tradition and performing them with skill and imagination.”
Paul James (Blowzabella)
Admission £8 (members £5)

Sunday 5th 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 12th 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)

Sunday 19th February
 
Dana Immanuel
Dana Immanuel

Dana Immanuel is a banjo-toting, whiskey-drinking, poker-playing singer-songwriter currently operating from a north London hideout from which emerges a sound more usually associated with the bayou, triple filtered through bourbon, washboard, and a touch of alt-country eccentricity. Dana and her four-piece, all-female Stolen Band have been getting feet stomping across the UK folk, blues, Americana and rock scenes.

Having been Classically trained at Oxford (she studied Latin, Greek and Philosophy, with a self-taught minor in guitar playing and country music appreciation), Dana set out to live the dream; she became a professional busker on the icon that is the London Underground. These formative years produced her debut album Character Assassination, a unique blend of folk, blues, old-fashioned jazz and Americana overlaid with lyrics featuring a surfeit of wit and a lack of punches pulled. A long stint working in the gambler's demi monde that is the poker industry contributed not insignificantly to the lyrical content of her second album, Dotted Lines, released in 2015.

Dana’s music reflects her eclectic influences, from Alice Cooper to Hank Williams, routed via the bluegrass turnpike around the township of alt-country. She is at home in the high-stakes casinos of Monte Carlo as in the basement bars of London, Paris and Amsterdam, and her live show with the Stolen Band is not to be missed.
Admission £8 (members £5)


Sunday 26th February
 
Den Miller
Den Miller

Den Miller is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumental musician and entertaining solo performer, whose fifth studio album, A Headful of Fancies, was released to great reviews in April 2015. Den's songs mix the silly and the serious, often in the same song, but always with his trademark mission statement of a strong melody plus intelligent lyrics.
Den is both an accomplished guitarist and pianist, sometimes using a loop pedal to play both at once. Den has an impressive vocal range and a love of singing harmony, something which the loop pedal also allows a soloist to do live. Den delivers his own songs with energy, honesty and emotion. He is also an organist, available to play classical or church music at weddings and funerals.
"Over two highly enjoyable sets, he performed every song from the album, effortlessly shifting from electric guitar, to keyboards, to acoustic guitar... Clearly warming to the positive reception, Den performed with authority and aplomb" - Nigel Schofield, Tykes News Magazine
"Den’s songs are masterly: remarkably strong creations brilliantly arranged, and sporting a positive and forward-looking outlook (and a keen sense of humour)" - David Kidman, Fatea Magazine
"A wonderful artist, don't miss this!" - Cathryn Craig & Strawbs' Brian Willoughby
Admission £6 (members £4)

Sunday 5th 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 12th March
 
Gilmore & Roberts
Gilmore Roberts

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk AwardsKatriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008.

Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.
2015 saw the release of their fourth album, Conflict Tourism, which appeared on several end-of-year Best Album lists and received national airplay on both BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6music. Produced by Mark Tucker and featuring Matt Downer (Jamie Smith’s Mabon), Phil Henry (Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) and James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), Conflict Tourism packs a considered punch from start to finish.

Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. She joined folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady in 2006, and in 2011 was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared onstage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.

Jamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in a musical family – his sister Kathryn Roberts is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007 and more recently formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band and  Blackbeard’s Tea Party amongst others.

‘Hot property’ – fRoots
‘Gilmore & Roberts take English folk and scuff it up with indie rock drama’ – Q Magazine
‘Enthralling….consistently compelling’ – Pure M Magazine
‘Head and shoulders above their contemporaries’ – Rockin’ Magpie
Admission £7 (members £5)


Sunday 19th 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 26th March
 
Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection
Wild Willy Barrett

Wild Willy Barrett, known as the Godfather of Grunge Folk, is a highly respected musician whose styles include folk, blues, gypsy jazz, reggae, bluegrass and punk.
Willy - has recorded Rasta Communication with Sly and Robbie, toured with U2, Police, Madness and many more, been guitarist for George Hamilton IV, considered for Brian Jones’ replacement in the Rolling Stones, recorded ‘The Contemporary Folk Guitar’ album with Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap & Ralph McTell.
Mary - Willy was living on the Grand Union canal near Tring when he saw and heard Mary playing cello and dancing in the garden of a pub close to where his boat was moored and rushed over with the immortal words 'would you like to join my band?' Mary knew who he was, but confesses to being a bit suspicious as to whether it was the cello playing or her he was interested in.  Turns out, he was interested in both – they're now married.
John - a master of the Uilleann pipes, for whom these are interesting years: he's also played at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the Queen.
Aurora - originally from Nancy in France, Aurora's lively personality fits in perfectly with the quirkiness of the other musicians, and with her beautiful vocals in English and French.
Admission £8 (members £5)

Sunday 23rd April   Kadia  
Sunday 14th May   Cloudstreet  
Sunday 28th May   Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith  
       

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