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Orpington Liberal Club
7, Station Road,

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Next Meetings 14 and 28 November 2017

 Next meetings of "Grand Ole Orpy"    7 and 21 November 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





Frank and Jackie


Frank Bigham, co-founder of Orpington Folk and Blues is retiring to Cornwall and so he has left the crew to steer the ship. Dave Harper, Jenny Barnett and John Edwards have been entrusted to keep the spirit of the past five years going. They will be aided by Pam and others.

However, Frank has not gone all together as he aims to return to haunt us every now and again, staying the night at his daughter's home.

We cannot thank Frank enough for his hard work and expertise and it will not be quite the same without his stompbox!

In addition, we are losing Dave Underwood who is also migrating west, this time to Somerset, though he is less likely to return, though he will always be welcome.

Pete Thomas

Finally ole sweaty palms himself, Pete Thomas is also set to move to Cornwall in the New Year. Another founder member, Pete has been preparing for his move by plenty of decoration at home.

Just a couple more and we can open up our own West Country branch of the Grand Old Orpe!


Christmas Cabaret Party

Tricity Vogue
Entertainer extraordinaire !!! 
Fab singer and Ukulele player.
As well as teaching, she also heads an 'All Girl Jazz Band' no less. 
One of the most entertaining acts I've ever seen!
Santino Fabricatore
Santino is a local singer and guitarist of many styles.
He recently wowed us at the Cafe Dolce Vita, with the audience asking for more and also for requests, such is his repetoire.
We are all in for a great entertaining night.
We will try and restrict it to maximum of 50 and already have a lot of interest. 
Therefore grateful if you can email me back saying if you would like us to reserve a ticket for you.
Tickets only £4 for this night including mince pies and mulled wine



In My Liverpool Home

Dave Harper along with Pauline Llewellyn, Jenny Barnett, John Edwards and his other half are planning to invade Liverpool on 7 November to visit Hughie Jones' Everyman Club at the Cross Keys in Earle Street and nursing thick heads will do some guest spots at the Singaround at the White Star pub from noon as part of the event organised by the Button Street Badger Band.


Here are some

We operate a "Fair for all" policy so we must insist that all performers help to keep their set within say 6-8 mins absolute max so please, please do 2 shortish songs OR 1 long song and keep intros as short as possible as this eats into the time.

We will be doing an announcement this Tuesday to advise on best way we can all help each other and maintain the great atmosphere.
If you are a performer please give your names as you arrive to the MC for that night.
Hope you will enjoy yourselves as always and a very BIG thanks to those that help in clearing the glasses and tables and stacking the chairs, it really is a big bonus to us as I'm sure you appreciate the amount of work that we already have to do in running our little event! 

Folk London Feature

Check out the June-July issue of Folk London for a feature of Orpington Folk & Blues

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)


Peter Thomas          Pete Thomas is a driver of Grand Ole Orpy

Richard Thew

Richard Thew works hard on the music