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Hughie Jones at Orpington

On 25 March 2014 we had a special guest appearance by one of the true legends of folk music.
Hughie Jones appeared with his superb selection of sea shanties as well as land songs and provided a truly memorable evening to a packed house. Our thanks go also to Kent band "Swinging the Lead"  

Hughie, Swinging in the Lead and Dave Harper


A packed audience enjoying the Hughie Jones concert


4GO appearing at the Rochester Acoustic event on 12 July 2014

4GOClick for 4Go performing Dixie Line




Gig review

Rag Mama Rag

A first for the Orpington Folk and Blues Club on Tuesday 26th March 2014 was the visit of the superb Rag Mama Rag. Playing to a packed room the evening was a total success, raising the profile of the club enormously and creating a great deal of interest in our normal Tuesday evenings from people who were previously unaware of our existence.Rag Mama Rag

Rag Mama Rag are based in South-West France but return regularly to tour the UK.



Past Events

Charity Summer Party
Monday August 26 2013

Well, what an amazing day it turned out to be! An even bigger turnout than last year flowed into the bar and filled the sunny garden. We arranged with Duncan (already well on the CAMRA map) to incorporate a beer and cider festival with our proceedings which Duncan also provided a great range of high quality fare for our barbeque (manned by Holly, Adam and Molly for over 7 hours!) The shared profits from that, plus raffle revenue, enabled us to donate a worthwhile amount to the training of guide dogs for the blind and Johnny Mathews with new dog Nessie in tow, gave us an informative talk about the matter.

The new PA system did us proud enabling us to adjust for each act. The OF&B team worked flat out with PA, food, tombola and furniture arranging. One p

Dave did a great hosting job while entertaining performers, in ones, twos and threes, took to the stage as the beer flowed and the barbecue sizzled in the sunshine.

At 4:30, we were treated to a veritable music feast from Mississippi McDonald and the Cottonmouth Kings- led by Ollie, towering over 6 feet in his red suit and Stetson hat -all done for a few beers so mega thanks boys! With the sun setting lower in the sky, we moved into the club room with stage for full-on music with Dave wisecracking  all. The hall was packed as more performers arrived now from other gigs at the best gig in town-ours!

Jagger Folk kicked off with wonderful Irish-style music, then Coburn and cousins, followed by Deep South London (Frank and Mel), Nick and Simon and more up to the grand finale “Get-up and-dance” act, Mr. Frank Statesboro who finished to whistling and stomping!

We can now add a sound monitor to our PA system from club funds and look forward to new faces on Tuesdays. Huge thanks to Duncan, all audience, performers, helpers, tolerant neighbours ..................... and look forward to an even bigger extravaganza in 2014!

4GO appearing

Civil Minds 1Richard Thew leads on Me and Bobby McGee

Angela 12  Angela McCarron with her self-penned song "Camper Van"

Johnny Matthews 3Johnny Mathews sings "Keeping The Tradition Alive" on You Tube



Summer Festival 2014

Saturday 23 August 2014 as part of the Orpington Liberal Club Beer Festival from 11.00 to 23.00

See http://www.orpingtonliberalclub.co.uk/beer_festival_27.html for entry details

Featuring the following artists:

  • Frank Statesboro

  • Russ Kearton

  • Matthew Sear

  • Ken Bridgford and Mike Stapley

  • Forged Steal

  • Alan Richardson

  • Chris and Alan Davis

  • Pete Thomas

  • Tony Dobson

  • Jaggerfolk

  • Johnny Boy James

  • Susan and Gill

  • 4Go

  • New Levee Breakers

  • Colin Brunton*

  • Richard Thew*

  • Johnny Matthews*

  • Markus Michelucci

  • Butt of Lewis

 (* to be confirmed)


Special Showcase Event

Friday, 9 May 2014 from 20.00-23.00

Orpington Folk and Blues provided a special eight act evening providing extended spots to selected local acts that include:

  • Dave Underwood
  • Ken Bridgeford and Mike Stapley
  • Mick Brett
  • Nick Edwards
  • Dave Harper

BBC Radio Kent Folk with Doug Welch

Hear the latest programme by clicking here


Mississippi Macdonald

We had a Special Showcase by Mississippi Macdonald and the Cottonmouth Kings on 28 January 2014




Superb Folk Music Site - see http://folkconcerts.co.uk/

 Willows Folk Club

AmericarlosOrpington Folk and Blues Folk Club are keen supporters of Americarlos Cafe, in Farnborough where the bread is baked on the premises


Accoustic Sussex Virtually Accoustic

for details of upcoming gigs and venues

Malcolm TysoeA cracking music shop in our view