Following the stunning success of recent themed folk sessions, on Friday 28 June we look forward to an entertaining evening of ‘Norfolk Songs’ led by Brian Gaudet, host of Uncle Walter’s Music Nights at the Orchard Gardens in North Walsham.
Shake out your dwiles, seek out your favourite Norfolk ditties and tunes, and bring a bottle or check out one of the local pubs or off-licences. And there’s always coffee and a choice of teas in the kitchen. Free entry.
Norwich Folk Club Annual General Meeting will take place at 8 pm on Friday 8 February. The club is run by a committee, who will report on the events of the past year. All club members are invited to attend the meeting. This will be followed by a singaround, open to all listeners, singer and players, from about 9 pm. Bring your own refreshments – teas and coffee available.
June Thaine, David Robertson and Kevin Green
Special showcase guests at the singaround on Friday 1 February are popular local trio, June Thaine, David Robertson and Kevin Green, otherwise known as Poacher. We look forward to hearing a variety of traditional and more recent songs, sung in close harmony.
Other singers and players are also welcome to take part in the singaround. Entry free. Please bring your own liquid refreshments – teas and coffee available.
The showcase guests at the singaround on Friday are well-known local performers, David Drinkwater and Pete Wilkes. We look forward to an evening of some of our very favourite songs. Other singers, musicians and listeners are also very welcome. Free entry. Bring your own refreshments. Various teas and coffee available.
At the singaround showcase downstairs on Friday 25 May we are very pleased to welcome back the ever-youthful Zimmer Follies, an occasional group of much-loved stalwarts of the Norfolk folk scene. Mauny Wood is joined by Peter Colman, John Mathews, Colin Tait and Roger and Chris Gamble. Not to be missed! Free entry. Bring your own refreshments.
Singarounds continue every Friday upstairs at the Christ Church Centre, with a special evening on Friday 1 June on the theme of ‘Kings and Queens’. All welcome, whether to listen, play or sing. Free entry.
John Ward and Mario Price
Local performers John Ward and Mario Price join us as showcase guests at the singaround on Friday 23 March. An accomplished singer-songwriter and musician, John Ward has just released his sixth album ‘East of the Sunrise’, a collection of songs from East Anglia.
John is a fine guitarist and also plays several other instruments, most notably the bodhran. He often works solo, but also plays regularly with his musical partner, outstanding violinist Mario Price. Together they perform a highly eclectic mix of John’s original compositions, popular, standard and traditional songs and Mario’s beautiful and high energy instrumentals.
Free entry. Bring your own songs and tunes, and refreshments. Tea and coffee available.
Norwich Folk Club Annual General Meeting will take place at 8 pm on Friday 17 February. The club is run by a committee, who will report on the events of the past year. All club members are invited to attend the meeting. This will be followed by a singaround, open to all, at about 9 pm.
At the singaround on Friday 24 February, the special showcase guest will be popular local singer, guitarist and ukelele player Kevin Green. Free entry. All welcome. Bring your own refreshments. Tea and coffee available.
There will be singarounds every Friday throughout the summer, with ‘Games and Pastimes’ as the theme on Friday 22 July and ‘Murder and Mayhem’ on Friday 19 August. Songs and tunes connected with the theme will be appreciated, but some leeway is allowed! Everyone is welcome to all singarounds, whether to sing, play or listen, and entry is free. Bring refreshments. Hot drinks available.
Please get in touch via the form on the ‘About the club’ page if you would like to join our Summer Sunday event, from 4-10 pm on Sunday 31 July at Weston Longville, for details of the venue.
During November, singarounds continue every Friday, throughout the month, with two special showcase nights with extended spots featuring local folk performers. Free entry. Bring your own refreshments. Tea and coffee available.
On 12 November, we welcome the return of a group of folk stars, known to us as the ‘Zimmer Follies’. Familiar faces on the local folk scene, they come together to present a variety of songs, tunes and other treats in what promises to be a memorable night.
On 26 November, the local showcase features the accomplished singing of June Thaine, David Robertson and Kevin Green. June and David are joined in close harmony by Kevin in a new collaboration, known collectively as ‘Poacher’.
Roger and Chris Gamble will be the showcase guests at Norwich Folk Club singaround on Friday 30 April.
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Roger has been a stalwart of folk and acoustic sessions in Norfolk and Suffolk for over 45 years, drawing on a wide range of material, from English traditional to influences as diverse as Randy Newman and Mark Knopfler. The trademark harmony singing of Chris and Roger has long been a feature of their local gigs.
Since moving to South-West Norfolk their appearances in Norwich in recent years have sadly been limited, but their return promises to be a treat, with much of Roger’s ‘back-catalogue’ expected, together with some recent additions.
Bring your own refreshments. Tea and coffee available.