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is held at

Orpington Liberal Club
7, Station Road,

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Next Meetings 28 March, 11 and 25 April 2017

 Next meetings of "Grand Ole Orpy"  21 March, 4 and 18 April 2017

OF&BC meets on the

2nd & 4th Tuesdays

of each month

Music starts at 8:15pm - Listeners welcome

Admission is £2 and there is usually a raffle

Club nights with an optional PA are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month at the Orpington Liberal Club premises which are ideal as they have a CAMRA rated bar with real ale, the music room is separate and there is good accessibility by public transport. The club is close to the Orpington War Memorial and opposite Tescos. A small amount of parking is available on the forecourt otherwise there is the Tesco Car Park or nearby street parking. Orpington Station is further up Station Road (see map)

Music is the main priority in a pleasant, friendly and supportive atmosphere. The aim is to give people the opportunity to perform well and to be entertaining. With this in mind we discourage dirges with 49 verses and ask those who wish to catch up with chat or to tune their instruments to use the bar next door. This maximises playing and singing time for all and helps the evening to run smoothly.

The club has no religious or political affiliations and should not be used as a vehicle for promoting such causes.

Frank Bigham is well known around the Folk and Open Mic sessions of North-West Kent and South-East London, with his steel guitar and upbeat songs.

He regularly takes part in many different events locally he and two friends Jenny Barnett and the late Mark Riley wanted to set up a folk and blues club that not only promoted "roots" music but encouraged and supported participants in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Orpington Folk & Blues Club was officially launched on 24 April 2012 and is run by an enthusiastic committee of friends.


Opening time is 8pm. This is to allow time for tuning up, and practice, so we can kick off promptly at 8.15. The idea is to allow a little more time for all those songs and tunes we know you are desperate to perform.

Occasionally we invite performers who reflect our Folk and Blues ethos such as Rag Mama Rag and Hughie Jones of the Spinners together with Swinging The Lead (five part sea shanty group)

Every summer we hold a festival in the garden with a barbeque and range or real ales. Music is supplied by regular musicians together with talent such as Mississippi MacDonald or Jagger Folk. It is always popular and we have been giving part of the proceeds to charity - lately to the Guide Dogs For the Blind Association.

Grand Ole Orpy on 6 January 2015

http://youtu.be/OorhBXTZTbE is a longer version

O87AaP4UDiM is a version of Worried Man Blues

IAHRVkLvD5Q is a version of Hand Me Down My Walking Cane

Grand Ole Orpy

Hi friends of Orpy,

Our next informal meet up is this coming Tuesday at 8.00pm at the the Liberal Club in Orpington. For those who haven't been before we are opposite the Tesco car park entrance.
The session is an opportunity to freshen up those stale songs, try some new tunes and if you are new to performing it's a great opportunity to have a go in front of a small and friendly group of like minded people.

As always entrance is just £2 to cover our costs and the bar, serving quality ales and other drinks, is available.
I look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday.

Kind regards

Contacts for these evenings are:

Frank: - frankbigham@hotmail.co.uk
Pete:- Surfpete@msn.com



http://youtu.be/e_XoQqMIEns Angela McCarron and the Levee Breakers perform Cripple Creek








Ado Thanks

Check out these You Tube links

True Colors Hallejulah Loch Lomond

And one with John Edwards: There's A Place In The World For A Gambler




BBC Radio Kent

Doug Welch

Listen again to OFBC regular Frank McConnell on Doug Welch's  Kent Folk show.
BBC Radio Kent
Tune in every Sunday evening on 96.7 or 104.2 FM or Digital

Russ Evans Show

Russ Evans is a presenter on Surrey Ridge Radio that hits the Internet waves. His shows regularly feature John Denver and Dan Fogelberg. Below is a link to his show transmitted on Sunday 8 January. Listen in around 1.45 hours in for a plug for Orpington Folk and Blues!


John Handley sings his protest song Jerusalem 2



New Levee Breakers with Old Joe Clark

Robin Slater sings 500 miles (part)



Opening the Topic treasure chest

Speaking about folk music at the 2003 BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, Kazuo Ishiguro said - “ The way I see it is like this… There is this kind of treasure chest you have sitting in front of you… I would urge you to open that thing up and delve inside it…”
Topic Records is now opening its own treasure chest.  A wonderful selection of archive artefacts from the past 77 years of folk music history is going on display in an exhibition at the Barbican Music Library in London from today - Wednesday 9th November.
The exhibition, entitled ‘Topic Records & The Art of Folk Music’, will run until the end of January 2017, and is free to visit. The Music Library is situated on the 2nd floor of the Barbican Centre:

Barbican Music Library, Barbican Centre, Silk Street,  LONDON EC2Y 8DS
Opening hours:
Monday 9.30am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 9.30am - 7.30pm
Wednesday 9.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm
Friday 9.30am - 2pm
Saturday 9.30am - 4pm
The library is closed on bank holidays



Peter Thomas          Pete Thomas is a driver of Grand Ole Orpy

Richard Thew

Richard Thew works hard on the music



Email feedback from 24 February evening

Subject: Last Night

Thanks for a great night at Orpington F & B last night.  So many really good performers - the club deserves to be so popular.                It was good of some of the regulars to make way - I hope they get a good turn on other nights.
You seem to have the PA system just right too - the guitars sounded very good through the instrument mic.
Last night was the first time I was able to be there this year and I won't
be able make another one until at least the end of April.
Meanwhile, all the best to you all.