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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

Great News! 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, 22 June! Thereafter we will have sessions on 13 and 27 July.

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!

We look forward to seeing you all on 22 June!

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