of "Grand Ole Orpy" 7 and 21 June 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
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
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.
IAHRVkLvD5Q is a version of
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
Grand Ole Orpy resumes September 29
We are pleased to announce that as a result of
demand from our fellow musicians there will be a trial relaunch of the
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
This will be used as a development session rather than a general sing
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
Orpington Folk and Blues had arguably their best ever night on 10
February 2015 with a superb range of musical talent, the highlight being Kim
with his version of Day-O. The previous event on January 27 saw Les sing
his version of Lindisfarne's hit "Meet Me On The Corner"
"Kim" sings "Day-O" on 10 February 2015 to rapturous applause
Well would you know it, those who turned up on 24 February had a simply
amazing set from the musicians.
Our thanks to the following
Frank and Ivan
John Handley (aka Rod Stewart!)
Pam and Paul
Dave, Frank and John
Grand Ole Orpe 7 June
For this special session we also have a short tutorial by one of our
regulars who is an experienced teacher. The tutorial part of the session
will look at Chords, Harmonies and Scales.
Those on our circulation list have an attachment that shows what will be
covered and I, for one, was initially taken aback by what looks like a
foreign language (I play but I'm no music student), but please don't be put
off by the content as all will be explained in the short session. Any
experts reading this please note that there are some calculated omissions
from the attachment and this will be explained on the evening (so please
don't email me and say our volunteer teacher has it all wrong!!).
So if you fancy a sing around and an expert short tutorial come along
to our friendly non-pressured session at the Liberal Club in Orpington at
8.00 this comingTuesday (only £2 entry to cover costs).
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.
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!
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
Thanks for writing and for your kind words! We had such a great time playing
for you and all the wonderful audience. We are so thankful for your
hospitality and warm welcome!
It was our pleasure and we would love to see you and play for you all again,
with Ruby singing too!
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.