Every Thursday from 8pm at Loughton Club 8 Station Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 4NX

21 Aug 2014
Entrance   £3

Daniel Nestlerode

in aid of

Daniel Nestlerode is a singer songwriter who writes and performs principally on mandolin. Born in Pennsylvania, seasoned in California, Daniel is now based in Cambridge, UK and is rapidly building a reputation for excellent vocal ability and history soaked original songs.

supported by
Andy Mathewson 

Andy Mathewson is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, singer and songwriter. He plays pre-War blues and ragtime, songs by band singers of the 1940s, one or two 'standards', some early rock 'n' roll pieces and his own contemporary songs.


28 Aug 2014 Entrance   £3

Matthew Shepherd

Loughton's own singer song writer also enjoys traditional folk song. His clear voice and guitar accompaniment endear him to all. He has performed in a variety of prestigious indoor and outdoor arena's in several cities. He has performed live on local radio, been selected to appear at the major 'lighting up Brentwood' Christmas light event in 2013, played at venues across Essex and is a regular at 'Stand & Deliver' club at Loughton's Royal British Legion. His first 5 track sampler album nicely demonstrates his ability to perform established folk songs alongside his own acoustic versions of chart material, interspersed with his self penned songs, the depth of which belie his tender years. He has a steely determination to increase his repertoire and to make a career from doing the thing he loves most ..... performing his music.

Supported by Maiden Jeans

Dianne and James are Maiden Jeans, they have been playing open mics and gigs around the Bishops Stortford area, for some time now. Formed from meeting at a ukelele group, they play a wide variety of folk and country, with  60's and 70's classics thrown in'

4 Sep 2014 Entrance £6

Winter Wilson 

Winter Wilson are known for beautiful songs, beautifully sung. Stunning harmonies, thought-provoking and often challenging lyrics, all held together with a weird, off-the-wall humour all of their own. 

Supported by

The Hannafords

Craig and Auriol Hannaford play original folk music with an Aussie twist. Described by Rhythms magazine as “Australian dirt music in its purest form” (July 13), the hannafords have a unique and distinctive flavour to their well-crafted original songs. A little bit country, a little bit bluegrass, with a strong folk edge, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, always enjoyable - their stories are delivered with honesty and skill – well worth a listen.  Website

11 Sep 2014 Entrance £8

Ewan McLennan
Ewan’s music combines traditional folk, with an inevitable focus on the music of Scotland, as well as his own self-penned songs. His dazzling guitar playing is influenced by his years of studying classical guitar, unique, compelling, and immersed in folk music, showcases his range of powerful traditional and self-penned songs.
‘he sings beautifully, with great sincerity and great empathy, he's terrific!’.
Mike Harding

Supported by

Graham Harrison

Graham plays blues, folky stuff, celtic tunes and contemporary guitar - and he does it very well!

                     18 Sep 2014
Entrance £5

Cindy and Mark Lemaire

While Mark's solo guitar pieces stand as complete statements, his harmonies with Cindy Lemaire add another dimension. When Mark and Cindy join in song, it’s like two people with one voice. California concert promoter Kiki Wow says: “I've seen a lot of acts, but the harmonies of these two are so aligned and balanced, I felt as though I got an audio 'tune up' inside me after listening to their songs."  This is music for adults, yet it appeals to the part of us that is ageless. Website

Supported by Tom Blackburn

Tom says 
"I am a folk singer and accomplished fingerstyle guitarist based in London. I  play mainly traditional songs of the English and Irish variety, alongside my own originals and instrumentals. I see my music as a collection of folk themes that I have picked up over the years through listening to and appreciating the music of others." 

25 Sep 2014
Entrance £3

Russ Chandler in aid of "Unite Against Fascism"

Russ Chandler is well known around the folk scenes of East London and Essex.His repertoire ranges far and wide from traditional ballads through Cockney music hall songs and monologues, Edwardian parlour music and old-timey banjo tunes to the most up to date of contemporary song writing.All performed with his warm, open voice and skillful playing on guitar and banjo.

In addition he is a promoter and one of the driving forces behind the Walthamstow Folk Club.

"With the kind of honesty in his voice that would make Billy Bragg blush, Russ Chandler digs up folk roots everywhere from Andy Warhol's New York factory to Bob Marley's Jamaica. via war-torn 19th century Crimea obviously"
 - Simon Berridge, Scratchy records"...not only a talented musician and singer, but he also seems to know every obscure folk song ever written. It's a Joy to behold when he switches from a sea shanty one minute to a random 18th century folk tune. Plus: extra points for banjo playing" - Waltham Forest Guardian

A skip will be provided in the car park for any unwanted banjos!


2 Oct 2014
   Entrance £7

Elsie's Band 

ELSIE`S BAND is one of the most prominent folk music bands to be found in the south east, well known for appearances at folk clubs, folk music festivals and folk concerts. The band consists Tony Deane, Iris Bishop, David Watts and John Hills and its beginnings go back to the nineteen seventies. The band gets its` name from the landlady of the pub where they have held Sing and Play nights for many years, The Queens Arms at Cowden, Kent. It is known familiarly as Elsie`s to one and all after the name of the landlady, Elsie Maynard, hence the name of the band and there are few performers in the folk music world who are not familiar with this venue. Website

9 Oct 2014   Entrance £3

Al Neville in aid of Scripture Union 

Returning to the venue of his "Live at Loughton" CD from 2011, Al will once again be entertaining us with his "songs to make you laugh and cry...not necessarily at the same time." There'll doubtless be some "old stuff" but look out for a few newer ones too; there could even be an unexpected item....

16 Oct 2014
Entrance £5

Anna Shannon 

From a classical musical background (flute, oboe, saxophone and violin) Anna has featured in line-ups of diverse styles over the last few years but it is her award winning solo work on the folk circuit that is now earning growing acclaim.Her varying guitar styles and honest voice, has been admired and accepted by many folk traditionalists and maritime and shanty singers.
"I have had the honour of sharing the stage with Anna Shannon, She's a truly fine multi instrumentalist, a great singer and as far as I'm concerned, a major song writing talent. The clubs and festivals are yearning for what she has to offer" Vin Garbutt

23 Oct 2014 Entrance £5

Kim Lowings
and the Greenwood

Folk singer & songwriter Kim Lowings fronts a collective of musicians called The Greenwood. They are based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands and play a mix of contemporary, original and traditional folk song. The Greenwood have supported acts such as Martin Simpson, Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Faustus & Belshazzar's Feast.

"I really love her new album Deepest, Darkest Night, It's full of great songs" - Mike Harding
"Rising stars of the folk scene with captivating traditional and original songs." - Potbelly Folk & Roots Club
"Expect great things to come!" - Paul Sartin, Faustus, Belshazzar's Feast, Bellowhead


Supported by

Saul Bailey - New Roots finalist 2014

Jim says "Saul's playing is phenomenal! Breathtaking"

Saul says "I play melodeon and English concertina to, as I always say, inflict much misery upon everyone. Having performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, different folk clubs and the odd village event, I enjoy experimenting with old and new folk tunes mainly from England, and tend to do a mix of dance stuff, fast stuff, furious stuff and frankly ridiculous stuff. When you don’t find me doing that, you may find me prancing around with bells on my legs…"

30 Oct 2014 Entrance £5

Hicks & Goulbourn 

The music that Steve and Lynn make as the duo ‘Hicks and Goulbourn’ is characterised by pure acoustic tones, reflective lyrics, well crafted arrangements and intricate, complex guitar work.  Whilst the genres in their typical sets are wide ranging there is no compromise in quality and their live performances are interspersed with engaging anecdotes and humour.

 6 Nov 2014  Entrance £7

Andy Clarke and Steve Tyler

Together Steve and Andy form an extremely versatile duo with a unique approach to traditional songs and tunes. From powerful, driving tunes to beautiful haunting songs from their native Devon performed on hurdy gurdy, cittern, guitar and bouzouki. They are also available for French dance. Andy is an experienced MC and they have a variety of workshops to offer.

"Proper music with just the right amount of polish from a highly skilled duo"
. Living Tradition


13 Nov 2014
 Entrance £4

Paula Ryan 

Paula is a compelling SINGER-SONGWRITER, born and bred in Tipperary, Ireland, whose POWERFUL, insightful songs are inspired by the LYRICISM and musical PASSION of her Irish Gaelic ROOTS & driven by the FUNKY rhythmic influences and “WACKY” instruments of music from other cultures. To accompany her songs, Paula plays Marimba/Tongue Drum, Guitar and a variety of percussion instruments including Bodhran, Djembe and Darabuka.


Supported by Mike Norman

"Observational, witty, heartfelt, melodic, and acoustic songs. Mike’s eclectic (mainly self-penned) song collection and performance style combines contemporary British Isles folk with influences including The Beatles, The Jam/Paul Weller, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, UK and US Indie with touches of jazz and blues. Enjoy!!!" Hear Here

20 Nov 2014
Entrance £5

Kate Denny 

Kate is a composer, singer and violin/viola player. She performs regularly at folk clubs and festivals as a solo performer and was previously part of folk trio The Kittiwakes. She released her solo album Closer to Home in 2012 focusing her writing closer to heart and home. Expect songs of tragedy and injustice, love and hope—and the odd talking bird thrown in for good measure! Kate is no stranger to performing live, captivating audiences with the stories she weaves and gorgeous strings-based tunes.


27 Nov 2014 Entrance £4

Gemma Khawaja

Gemma Khawaja is a singer & guitarist from the Midlands, now based in Norfolk playing and singing traditional songs of the British Isles and creating her own songs inspired by rural poets. 

Gemma's arrangements of traditional songs emphasise the universal stories and themes found in folk traditions and sensitively draw out the richness and beauty of the old melodies.


Supported by deMerc Barbershop

The men of the Harlow-based de Merc Chamber Choir return to Loughton Folk Club in their guise as a Barbershop Group with two contrasting sets from their extensive repertoire.  Pretty much as   "un-Folk" as you can get, they will perform a programme of luscious four-part Barbershop standards and then delve back in time to the seedy Elizabethan and German student taverns for some bawdy 
rather non-PC drinking songs before weighing anchor and setting sail with some Sea Shanties including the promised rude words to the "Maid of Amsterdam" with every opportunity for everyone to join in. So sing up or be keel-hauled!" Website

4 Dec 2014  Entrance £3

Foxen in aid of Headsmart Campaign 

Having failed for years to write the great British novel John has resorted to writing songs - a two-minute song being easier to dash off than a 1,000 page book. It also gives him more time to concentrate on playing guitar, violin, concertina and mandolin - and also to find the perfect pint of Old Speckled Hen.
Before seeing the dark, Margaret learned to sing in the Salvation Army where she earned the coveted black belt in the art of self-defence with a tambourine (the
weapon of choice for sellers of War Cry in pubs). She now also plays autoharp, bowed psaltery and hammered dulcimer and the Fox-headed lagerphone.

 In addition to singing in clubs - particularly HaverFolk in Chadwell Heath, East London,  and the Fab Club in Grays, Essex - Foxen can also be found occasionally playing for the Border Morris sides Lodestone of Devon, theWreckers of Cornwall and the Widders of Chepstow.


11 Dec 2014 Entrance £3

Les Elvin
in aid of Action Against Hearing Loss

Les plays guitar, harmonica and bouzouki, and his entertaining repertoire includes blues, ballads, ragtime and guitar instrumentals. Expect class! Both contemporary and traditional.

18 Dec 2014 Entrance £3

Moose Rosser
In aid of TBA

Moose sings big chorus songs or long ballads about death, incest, miscarriages of justice, death, infanticide, death, fratricide - did I mention death? He says he's not funny and not very clever but he's alive and doesn't have a guitar!

Supported by Trio Saozon

Trio Saozon (saʊzɒn/sɔːzɒn) is a coming together of Gwendal Moële (vocals) Emma Hardy (violin) and Tom Hardy (guitar) to explore the traditional song and dance repertoire of Brittany and beyond.  Saozon is a Breton words for English the trio arose from a chance meeting at Wivenhoe Folk Club and an immediate desire to play together. They have a shared enthusiasm that draws on inspiration from such diverse artists as Alan Stivell, Denez Prigent, Martin Carthy and Fairport Convention. Audiences both familiar with and new to the repertoire will find melodies, harmonies and rhythms to enjoy. Website

                     25 Dec 2014 Closed - Have a mince pie and a glass of sherry!

1 Jan 2015
8 Jan 2015
15 Jan 2015
22 Jan 2015

Liz Simcock

29 Jan 2015

Tom Blackburn

5 Feb 2015
12 Feb 2015
19 Feb 2015
26 Feb 2015

Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

5 Mar 2015
12 Mar 2015

Tony Winn "Singing in the Bath"
in aid of Comic Relief

19 Mar 2015
26 Mar 2015
2 Apr 2015
9 Apr 2015
16 Apr 2015
23 Apr 2015


30 Apr 2015
7 May 2015
14 May 2015
21 May 2015
28 May 2015
4 Jun 2015
11 Jun 2015
18 Jun 2015
25 Jun 2015
2 Jul 2015
9 Jul 2015
16 Jul 2015
23 Jul 2015
30 Jul 2015
6 Aug 2015
13 Aug 2015
20 Aug 2015
27 Aug 2015
3 Sep 2015
10 Sep 2015
17 Sep 2015
24 Sep 2015
1 Oct 2015

The Mob

8 Oct 2015
15 Oct 2015
22 Oct 2015
29 Oct 2015
5 Nov 2015
12 Nov 2015
19 Nov 2015
26 Nov 2015

Music Hall with Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

3 Dec 2015
10 Dec 2015
17 Dec 2015
24 Dec 2015


31 Dec 2015




Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies
An intimate acoustic folk/reggae cabaret of joyful sing-a-long choruses and general participatory fun! 

Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies
An intimate acoustic folk/reggae cabaret of joyful sing-a-long choruses and general participatory fun! 

Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies
An intimate acoustic folk/reggae cabaret of joyful sing-a-long choruses and general participatory fun! 

Having failed for years to write the great British novel John has resorted to writing songs - a two-minute song being easier to dash off than a 1,000 page book. It also gives him more time to concentrate on playing guitar, violin, concertina and mandolin - and also to find the perfect pint of Old Speckled Hen.


Before seeing the dark, Margaret learned to sing in the Salvation Army where she earned the coveted black belt in the art of self-defence with a tambourine (the weapon of choice for sellers of War Cry in pubs). She now also plays autoharp, bowed psaltery and hammered dulcimer and the Fox-headed lagerphone.

In addition to singing in clubs - particularly HaverFolk in Chadwell Heath, East London,  and the Fab Club in Grays, Essex - Foxen can also be found occasionally playing for the Border Morris sides Lodestone of Devon, theWreckers of Cornwall and the Widders of Chepstow.
John is particularly proud of his guitar - a vintage Bartram made by the wonderful player and luthier Richard Bartram of Littleport, Cambridgeshire.

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