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Orpington Liberal Club
7, Station Road,

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Next Meetings 11 and 25 October 2016

 Next meetings of "Grand Ole Orpy"  4 and 18 October 2016

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.
FOR THIS SESSION I SEND PUT OUT A CHALLENGE to our regulars to try something totally different to your normal genre (if you have one). Stepping outside of one's comfort zone can bring on the perspiration but is really fun and widens your playing style and can surprise your audience in a positive way!!!   
For people who are early on their learning curve with their instrument and performing, please rest assured you will be most welcome to our session and given a lot of support and some guidance and help if we can offer it.

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






August 13 was a blast

Great day Saturday for Orpington Folk and blues regulars and friends garden party, great turnout and time to really chat to others from the full on hectic club nights ! Some superb music from all inc Ado Matheson . This event was different to our bank holiday show we have been running for some years, more relaxed- thanks to all who came and supported it. The ww 2 air raid shelter in the garden volunteers have cleared out was a popular "sideshow" for brave explorers and was food for thought for another event with a difference...more to follow !

John Handley sings his protest song Jerusalem 2



New Levee Breakers with Old Joe Clark

Robin Slater sings 500 miles (part)





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.