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.

Sadly Ken moved to Norfolk where he visits local club and Peter to Cornwall. Frank preceded Peter to Cornwall but still tries to visit us once a month.

The team has been augmented by Rik Lawson and Grahame Hood plus there are other volunteers to occasionally host, drive the sound desk or welcome visitors at the door. The main event is held every second and fourth Tuesday at the Orpington Liberal Club, 7 Station Road, Orpington, BR6 0RZ starting at 19.00 and due to licensing restrictions finishing by 21.30 (the premises must be vacated by 22.00) – please note that drinks are bought via Chip and Pin cards only.

Our next meetings are  22 June, 13 and 27 July.
Entry is just £3 with optional raffle tickets at £1 per strip. The Liberal Club itself is the 2019  London Region CAMRA Club of the Year 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 in The Approach. Orpington Station is further up Station Road (see map).

Email enquiries: grand-ole-orpy@outlook.com
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.

The first 15 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. Those who arrive after the first 15 slots have been filled may have an opportunity to play but this cannot be guaranteed. 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.

As a rough guide, solo artists and duos have about eight minutes and trios and above 12 minutes.

The club has no religious or political affiliations and should not be used as a vehicle for promoting such causes.