Orpington Folk and Blues officially launched on 24 April 2012 and in the past six years has gone from strength to strength attracting some brilliant musicians.
The brainchild of Frank Bigham, Jenny Barnett along with the late Mark Riley, it was envisaged that there was a gap in the musical world to promote a friendly sing-around club where the organisers gave plenty of room to visiting musicians to shine.
On launch, there was a team of six volunteers with Frank and Jenny being joined by Ken Bridgford, Peter Thomas, John Edwards and Dave Harper.
The main event is held every second and fourth Tuesday at the Orpington Liberal Club, 7 Station Road, Orpington, BR6 0RZ starting at 20.00 and due to licensing restrictions finishing by 23.00.
Forthcoming dates are: 8 and 22 May, 12 and 26 June, 10 and 24 July, 14 and 28 August, 11 and 25 September, 9 and 23 October, 13 and 27 November, 11 and 18 December.
Entry is just £2 with optional raffle tickets at £1 per strip. The Liberal Club itself has been a CAMRA award winning organisation for its quality ales and ciders.
The Orpington Liberal Club premises 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).
Email enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Edwards: 07515 486379
Visiting Musicians: What to expect
Orpington Folk and Blues nights tend to be extremely popular and those planning to play should arrive early and make themselves known to the evening’s host who is responsible for the running order.
Artists may expect to have two numbers or eight minutes on stage in the first half and possibly a third number in the second half. We prefer not to have poetry.
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.