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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 takes 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. Due to a 50% increase in the rental of the hall, Grand Ole Orpy has been suspended until further noticed – sorry about that.

Here is a session from one of our early meetings

News Update: With the gradual lifting of Covid 19 virus restrictions, we will be able to resume our Orpington Folk and Blues sessions inside the OLC from Tuesday, 27 July subject to Boris!

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 21.30 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!

In the interim, Paul Green will be running various sessions outside in the garden on 22 June, 29 June, 6 July, 13 July and 20 July.

Tues 22nd June will be an Open Mic Night in the Orpington Liberal Club Garden. A small PA will be set up & Performers take it in turns to play under a Gazebo Stage. Singers, Musicians, Poets & Short Storytellers are welcome.
Orpington Folk & Blues planned re-launch has been put back due to the delay in ending lockdown, So, we’re going to pool resources & continue in the garden for the time being where we have to finish by 9. We will only move inside if the weathers bad.
It’s free entry for OLC Club members, with Non-Member Guests paying a £1 charge for the use of facilities.
There will be a hat collection in cash to help cover current & future overheads..so please give generously.
The bar service is cards only with the expectation you’ll buy a drink. The prices are very reasonable & there’s always a great selection of well kept CAMRA award-winning Real Ales & Craft Ciders available.

On 29 June, it’s another fun-packed early Tuesday evening of folk & acoustic music under the OLC Garden Gazebo.
We’ll finish the evening with a set from ‘Impressed’ Impressed are a fabulous folk duo from Tonbridge. Roger Resch & Liz Randall perform sea songs, including shanties & also more reflective or humorous songs, both from the tradition and from contemporary sources. They sing a cappella as well as accompanied by a variety of instruments, and are noted for their rousing chorus songs, inviting audience participation.
They will also be a lively 20-minute mid-evening showcase from Dave Harpers’s Hashtag starting at around 7.30. Floor spots start the evening from as soon after 18.30 as possible to 19.30 with more getting shoe-horned in between the 2 featured sets at 20.00 hrs ..we’ll aim to get Roger & Liz on as soon after 20.20 as we can.
If you wish to perform please come early or flag up your intentions in advance to avoid disappointment…we’re open to poets & very short storytellers in addition to singers & musicians ..& of course an audience.
The bar will be open from 18.15.
Due to licensing conditions, we have to finish in the garden by 21.00 hrs at the very latest, but subject to space, you’ll be able to continue drinking inside for a little bit longer if you wish.
It’s free entry for OLC Club members, with Non-Member Guests paying a £1 charge for the use of facilities.
There will be a hat collection in cash for the performers & help cover the clubs overhead..so please give generously.
The bar service is cards only with the expectation you’ll buy a drink. The prices are very reasonable & there’s always a great selection of well kept CAMRA award-winning Real Ales & Craft Ciders available.

Orpington Folk & Blues look forward to seeing you all on 27 July!

Best wishes from The Team
John, Jenny, Dave, Grahame, Rik and Frank