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ORPINGTON FOLK & BLUES
is held at

Orpington Liberal Club
7, Station Road,
Orpington,
Kent.
BR6 0RZ


Would you like to play at
ORPINGTON FOLK & BLUES?

Send an e-mail -
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or just turn up at one of the sessions

Next Meetings 12 and 26 July 2016

 Next meeting of "Grand Ole Orpy"  19 July 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

We are pleased to announce that as a result of demand from our fellow musicians there will be a trial relaunch of the ORPY session.  
Bluegrass and Skiffle music may not have been to everyone's taste and it is everyone that we want to attend and enjoy. Therefore the future for this session will be to encourage any music style with an emphasis on trying out your new material so you can improve your confidence and standard of playing in front of supportive fellow musicians.
 We all know how easy it is to play at home and yet more difficult in front of an audience. The session is an opportunity to play with supportive musicians who suffer the same issues with new and even old material.
This will be used as a development session rather than a general sing around.
The last sessions were difficult for the quieter players as more confident players often drowned out the performer. Therefore players will be encouraged to use the simple PA set up that we will provide. Other musicians are welcomed to join in and try and enhance the performance BUT THE KEY WILL BE RESPECT THE PERFORMER. Understandably, we will therefore expect you to be able to hear your instrument without over overpowering the person next to you.
Please bring along your songs and tunes you would like to develop or, as some might say your “work in progress”. We hope that fellow players will be able to offer constructive comments and perhaps even help you to develop the tune further.
 
Don’t forget the evening will all be about fun. We welcome any standard and any instrument too and, if you have the desire to improve, the session will be a great platform to achieve your goals within a  friendly and supportive learning environment.....all  for just £2 a session (to cover costs), so that can't be bad........ onwards and upwards!!!!!"

Contacts for these evenings are:

Frank: - frankbigham@hotmail.co.uk
Pete:- Surfpete@msn.com

 


 

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John Handley sings his protest song Jerusalem 2

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New Levee Breakers with Old Joe Clark

Robin Slater sings 500 miles (part)

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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

Hi,
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.
Allan