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ORPINGTON FOLK & BLUES
Orpington Liberal Club
Would you like to play at
Send an e-mail -
or just turn up at one of the sessions
Next Meetings 10 and 24 May 2016
Next meeting of "Grand Ole Orpy" 17 April 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.
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.
Annual Summer Festival August 29th
We had a great day in spite of late afternoon rain with good variety of performers, BBQ food and an impressive range of beers and ciders. Morris dancers managed well in the little courtyard. Thank you to all who contributed up front and also organised behind the scenes. Due to the generosity of people, plus raffle and BBQ takings, we are able to donate £150 to the training of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Click on the artist to see some of the afternoon performances.
Hughie Jones at Orpington
The former Spinner
makes a rare appearance at Orpington Liberal Club on Friday, 20 May starting 8pm. He will be supported by Ado Matheson and Russ Kearton. Tickets are £6 in advance or £7 on the night.
Ivan takes a tumble
Accordion player Ivan North took a tumble at the start of his floor spot on 9 February, missing his chair and landing on the floor, legs akimbo. Frank Bigham and John Edwards were on hand to help the shaken but not stirred Ivan up who gave us a superb set as usual.
Showcase Night on Friday, 22 May
The String Theory Quartet - featuring Matthew Sear
Matthew and Suzanne Sear plus Alison Ruscoe put in a brilliant performance on 22 May. Click on the link above the picture for a taster!
Formed in 2013 – ‘String Theory’ perform original jazz/blues, world music, as well music in the style of Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli and The Hot Club Of Paris! http://www.matthewsearguitarist.co.uk/
Special Guests on Friday, 19 June
Allen Family Band
Fabulous Allen Family - click link below for audio
Friday, 19 June will go down as one of the top music nights ever at the Orpington Liberal Club as the Allen Family came to town. Despite Ruby being missing from the line-up, the Ramsgate based bluegrass band attracted rapturous applause from the 70 strong audience. The family's youngest member Geary (16) in particular gave a dazzling display on the banjo after playing guitar in the first half. Thanks were also given to the support act Tony Field, (below).
Keep watching for more special guest nights!
John Handley sings his protest song Jerusalem 2
New Levee Breakers with Old Joe Clark
Robin Slater sings 500 miles (part)
Pete Thomas is a driver of Grand Ole Orpy
Richard Thew works hard on the music
Email feedback from 24 February evening
Subject: Last Night