Welcome to the new web site for Orpington Folk and Blues, arguably one of the top places to play and listen to music. Don’t let the words folk or blues put you off as you might be pleasantly surprised at what we have to offer.
NB. No fingers have yet been cut off whilst in the performer’s ear!
Also on this site is an important update on Grand Ole Orpy*, our complimentary event that gives musicians an opportunity to try their stuff in front of their peers, an opportunity to seek new alliances and generally have an evening’s fun but without the larger numbers of the Orpington Folk and Blues events.
More pages will become active in the coming weeks and months, including links to some of the most memorable performances by some brilliant musicians.
*Grand Ole Orpy
This used to take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month – performers have a chance to try out new material in a less formal atmosphere. There is also an opportunity to jam along. Post the Covid 19 crisis, we are planning to utilise the 3rd Tuesday of the month, commencing on 17 August but we need a minimum 15 per session to break even
Here is a session from one of our early meetings
Orpington Folk & Blues re-opened on 27 July and any worries about the numbers turning up were soon dispelled! In front of nearly a full house (due to ongoing Covid 19 restrictions) resident John Edwards was the MC who introduced several old friends such as Doug Field and his namesake Tony Field plus residents Jennifer Barnett and Rik Lawson who provided some unaccompanied traditional fare.
However it was nice to see some new faces perform too and everybody agreed it was a great night with everyone looking forward to our next sessions on 10 and 24 August. Grahame Hood will be running the first Grand Ole Orpy on 17 August.
Our hosts Orpington Liberal Club have imposed changes upon us that will mean we have to change also. Firstly our timings – the bar will be open from 18.15 and but the premises close at 22.00. Our music session will start at formally start at 19.00 and end at 21.45 to allow for drinking up and clearing up.
As usual floor singers will have two numbers with an extra number if time permits. Initially we will be purely acoustic as we have relinquished our storage facility but may use a condenser mic and mini-PA at future sessions.
Our costs have been increased by 50% and so we reluctantly have increased the entry fee for musicians and audience to £3 – still cheaper than a pint of beer!