Joe Quinn + Guests

July 27, 2022

7:30 pm

Free Entry

An Extra Club Night which will headline our old friend singer songwriter Joe Quinn who is en route to appear at Cambridge Folk Festival. Joe is based around Loch Lomond where he runs a very successful weekly show on Facebook … The Doghouse Sessions … He has a wealth of great material both traditional and original with a great stage presence. There will be further support from seasoned songsmiths Stewart Murdoch and Brian Burke. Don’t miss this bonus evening! This will be our last club night of the season and we’ll be back in September.

July 13, 2022


7:30 pm

Free Entry

Our long-awaited club singaround night. Come all ye to watch or bring your instruments and sing a song or two. We look forward to a great night of music and banter. Everybody welcome!

PLUS!!! Everyone who comes to the club SINGAROUND will receive a free pass for the Sunday of Todd in the Hole festival! Don’t miss out on a FREE festival!

June 29, 2022 7:30 pm Free Entry

Tonight will be a veritable smorgasbord of musical styles with influences ranging from Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Steve Earl, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Randy Newman and many other iconic artists from the great American song book. Appearing tonight are: Chris Wright – a brilliant young finger-picking acoustic guitarist from Stevenage who amazed us with his stunning playing and fine voice on his last visit a couple of months ago; Twitchy Fingers – acoustic guitar duo John Young and Tony Gammage making a long awaited return, performing an eclectic mix of ragtime, hokum and country blues; The Shawnee Mountain Boys – Brian Burke on bazouki and mandolin, and banjo ace Dave Stacey playing some fine old-time and bluegrass material; CorrMcConnell – Frank Corr and Shelagh McConnell performing songs by some of the legends of Americana and country music.

June 15, 2022 7:30 pm Free Entry

Thursday’s Band + Vic Lennard

We are pleased to host the ever-popular Thursday’s Band on the 15th June. Playing at the club for the first time, the band have been entertaining audiences around the Cambridge area for many years with their varied musical sets. There’s a bit of folk, a dash of country, a touch of Spanish, a cajun flourish, even a whisper of rock. And a healthy dose of classical, when virtuoso strings start to soar over locked-down guitars. The songs are mostly written by the various band members, but the band also has a repertoire of tunes, set against occasional covers of favourite songs.

Mark Gamon – guitar, voice

Matt Kelly – fiddle, mandolin, viola, voice

Rhys Wilson – guitar, voice

David Cammish – bass

Vic Lennard writes with a passion about everyday topics that listeners relate to, with playing
styles that have been compared to a number of classic acoustic guitarists such as Paul Simon,
James Taylor and John Martyn. He covers songs by artists as diverse as Marc Cohn and
Coldplay, with intriguing back stories accompanying each song.

Try Fest, 12th June at The Letchworth Rugby Club

Try Fest is back! 12th June from Noon ‘til Nine at Letchworth Rugby Club. Free parking. Three stages including a Folk Music stage with 8 different acts. The final line up is: **Chris Wright** **Corr McConnell** **Twitchy Fingers** **The Devines** **Gor Jus Wrex and Dancers** **Kelvin Davies** **Skimmington Ride**

Entertainment for kids who get in for free under 12. Folk Club members (sign up for our newsletter for instant membership here ) can purchase tickets for only £10! instead of normal price of £15. Contact Brian on 07768 274037.

June 1, 2022 7:30 pm Free Entry

Mair Thomas + Kaszak and Afifi

Mair was brought up in Montgomeryshire in a musical family. She sings both in English and Welsh, and has a special interest in traditional Welsh songs.

Mair started writing songs in 2003, and has featured on Radio 3’s Late Junction, and Radios Hereford, Worcestershire and Shropshire,  where her song ‘Love Imperfect’ was a record of the week. Mair has also featured as a special guest on Radio Shropshire’s Sunday Folk, hosted by Genevieve Tudor.

Her sound has been favourably compared with the likes of Eva Cassidy,  Janis Ian and Carole King and she has a large and loyal fanbase.

Martin Kaszak and Faradena  Afifi  are a  duo performing a rich variety of acoustic music and original material  from Folk to Country Blues and more modern songs .  Martin is known for his warm vocals and finger-picking guitar and Fara is a talented singer and musician providing beautiful close harmonies and playing viola and cello with a touch of folk and jazz influences.

May 18, 2022 7:30pm Free entry

Baldock Festival – Skimmington Ride + Jim Watts

We are proud to present local legends Skimmington Ride for our Baldock Festival event. Rob, Paul, Joe and O’Clogger embody elements of Irish folk music legends such as The Dubliners, The Pogues and others in-between. From Kelly to MacGowan via Bogle and McColl and more! Come and join us for a rumbustious night of Righteous Ruaille Buaille!  (Cheerful Mayhem!)

Jim Watts is a local singer with a rich deep voice and a laid-back guitar and a wide repertoire of country-influenced songs.

May 11, 2022 7:30pm Free entry

Eddie La Roche + Floor Spots

Sadly, our headliner for this evening, Steve Warner, had to cancel due to ill health. Steve apologises profusely for not being with us. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back singing and playing for us very soon.

Stepping deftly into the breach, we had extended floor spots from: Eddie La Roche whose virtuosity on the Spanish acoustic guitar has become legendary in the area; Adrian Hall with some fine, intricate guitar;  Frank Corr who brings real life to his chosen Irish and Country ballads. And you can always expect a few lively bluesy and rag tunes from our own Tony Gammage.  Finally, we had Dave Stacey and Brian Burke as the Shawnee Mountain Boys who provided some lively bluegrass and Appalachian music on banjo mandolin and bouzouki. So, a real mixed and talented bag for what was a great evening.

April 27, 2022 7:30 pm Free entry

A Night for Dorrie featuring Viv Lucas

Tonight’s show will be dedicated to the memory of Dorrie Randall, known and loved by all at the club for her vivacious personality and her wonderful singing alike. Viv Lucas will be headlining singing songs from the great American back catalogue along with some self-penned numbers. Viv will be supported by Phil Hewett, Brian Burke, and Greg Rose, and there will also be floor spots available and a few surprise guests …..

The collection will be for Dorrie’s favoured charity BALDOCK Community Centre .

It would be great to see a good crowd to honour the memory of this remarkable lady.

April 20, 2022 7:30 pm Free entry

Linda Moylan + Cut the Mustard

Irish-born, London-raised Linda Moylan is a singer, songwriter, poet and story finder who skilfully blends the traditions of Celtic narrative, smoky folk and contemporary blues. Her songs speak hauntingly of life experienced and truly felt. Linda cites an eclectic mix of musical influences such as Sandy Denny, Nina Simone and Leonard Cohen. Linda will be singing songs from her second album ‘The Merchant’ which has been produced by Phil Beer (Show Of Hands / Albion Band etc) and has been getting plenty of airplay (including several from the BBC) and has had some great reviews.

Cut the Mustard are Martin Kaszak and Dave Oxley. An eclectic, bluesy duo with their own distinctive style, including some vintage ragtime – infectious music that makes you want to tap your toes and shake that thing (shouldn’t that be ‘thang’? – Ed)! Dave and Martin have rich, powerful voices and are accompanied by a range of instruments, including National guitar, mandocello, stomp box and blues harps.

April 6, 2022 7:30 pm Free entry

Den Miller + Kate Rice

Den Miller returns to the club for a headline slot, having impressed us on a flying visit last year. Strong melodies, catchy sing-along choruses and intelligent lyrics, are the trademark of songs composed and performed by this talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Den is an engaging and entertaining live performer, delivering his music and his message with clarity, energy and a good deal of humour.

His latest album “Join All The Dots” presents a quirky outlook on modern life’s issues and challenges, including relationships, parenting, war and terrorism. Den shares an unusual viewpoint that entertains and is thought-provoking, to make connections between situations and events that seem to be unconnected.

Kate Rice is an up-and-coming young singer-songwriter who we are delighted to welcome back, following her engaging appearance at our Folk Round The Tree festival last year.

March 23, 2022 7:30 pm Free Entry

Blues night with Kelvin Davies plus Phil Hewett, Chris Wright and Tony Gammage

Local boy-made-good, Kelvin Davies is a great friend of the club and has appeared many times, always to a delighted audience. A traditional country blues and ragtime musician, he nevertheless displays a British folk vibe, while keeping the style and music of some of the great bluesmen and women alive and strong. Kelvin also writes his own material in the same style and has received plays on The Cerys Matthews Blues Show on BBC radio 2, as well as performing at festivals such as Ely Folk Festival and at venues such as Cambridge Junction and London’s Dingwalls. Kelvin has the perfect foil for his virtuoso guitar work in the pared-back but always complementary harmonica of Gary Jones.

Tonight’s support will be three fine guitarists with roots in country blues.  Phil Hewett is a regular performer at our club and we are delighted to welcome Chris Wright for his first appearance, together with the wonderful Tony Gammage of this parish who will be adding his blues playing to the mix to complete what will be a great celebration of the blues guitar.

March 9, 2022 7:30 pm Free Entry

Sons of the Seisun plus CorrMcConnell

We are in for a real Irish treat the week before St Patrick’s Day with a rare appearance of Sons of the Seisun. After a break of several years this legendary band are re-forming for a very special appearance at our club. The band consists of Chris Sadler singer, guitarist and concertina, James O’Grady on Uillean pipes and fiddle, Richard Herrity on pipes, flutes, whistles and bodhran, and last but not least our very own Brian Burke, singer, songwriter, bouzouki and mandolin.

With several guests including Dave Stacey and Kevin Naughton also appearing, and great support from CorrMcConnell, this is a night not to be missed.

February 23rd, 2022 7:30pm free entry

The Devines + Colin Frid

John, Joe and Caz Devine are three members of the same musical Family, with roots firmly planted in the Irish musical tradition, playing traditional Irish dance music, mixed with original and contemporary arrangements of Irish songs, on an inspired mix of instruments, including Uilleann Pipes, Banjo and Saxophone.

The Devines have been touring since 2011 and made history when they were amongst the first musicians to ever perform Irish music at a Royal reception in Buckingham Palace. They have produced three studio albums and an EP since conception in 2009.

Colin Frid is a popular and talented Hertfordshire-based singer/guitarist with a wonderful voice, great guitar work and brilliant songs. Colin has been around years and his style, experience and stage craft show through. His versions of some classic songs are often very different from the original,but still very recognisable. 

Hamish Currie + Peter Crossley – 9th February, 2021

Hamish Currie has played at our club a number of times. He is much loved for his interaction with the audience as much as for his fine voice, sensitive guitar style and his love of traditional and contemporary songs.

He doesn’t like to mention his self-deprecating sense of humour. “Because”, he says, “it’s not very good.”

Originally from the east coast of Scotland, folk music was always part of the landscape for Hamish. But it was on moving south half a lifetime ago and discovering English folk music that his performing really took off. His repertoire is now taken from the traditions on both sides of the border, laced with some original and contemporary material. And fun.

A veteran of Towersey Folk Festival, Bude & Stratton Folk Festival, Holmfirth Festival of Folk and Cambridge Folk Festival no less, he is always welcome at our humble little club and we’re delighted to welcome him back.

Peter Crossley is Hertford-based and displays impressive skills in singing, playing guitar and fiddle, and songwriting. His debut album, Rags to Riches, has been well-received with several radio plays. He has a powerful voice and a commanding prescence – we’re looking forward to enjoying his set.

The Mummers Play with Barry Goodman’s Barfront Guizers – 15th December, 2021

We are delighted to welcome back Barry Goodman’s Barfront Guizers with their traditional Mummers Play. Barry and the Guizers have performed their play at Baldock Folk Club for many years and it is great to welcome them back after not being able to perform last year due to Covid restrictions. Expect the traditional Mummers play starring King George, the Turkish Knight, the Doctor and others with a few witty modern references and plenty of fun.Barry & The Guizers will be collecting donations for charity after their performance – don’t forget to bring some cash!

Stella Hensley & Chris Newman – 1st December, 2021

19:30. Plus support from “8 til Late”

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Blues, Slide, Ragtime Guitarist Chris Newman & Bluesy songstress Stella Hensley have toured extensively and between them have recorded eight albums and guested on many others. Chris has worked with the Climax Blues Band, later going on to form The Mississippi Houndogs with Climax front man Colin Cooper. Stella is a powerful singer-songwriter. often compared to Stevie Nicks and Alison Moyet. Support by local 3-piece band “8 til Late”.

Brian Burke’s Baldock Ballads – 17th November, 2021

at The Orange Tree, Baldock Free entry.

Launch of Brian Burke’s new book and CD of Baldock Ballads

plus The Tanglers Irregulars

plus support from CorrMcConnell

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We are delighted to present a very special event to celebrate the CD and book launch from our very own Bard of Baldock, Brian Burke. Brian will be singing a selection of ballads from the collection, accompanied by some great musicians from the The Tanglers Irregulars. Not to be missed!

Plus local duo CorrMcConnell play a mixture of American country styles, along with Irish and Scottish ballads.

Elizabeth and Jameson – 3rd November, 2021

support from Steve Warner

Elizabeth and Jameson

Hannah Elizabeth and Griff Jameson is an award-winning collaboration comprising two rising stars of the UK acoustic music scene. They have joined forces to create an indie-folk sound which encompasses both their individual musical backgrounds. Hannah’s influences are firmly planted in traditional folk-roots, whilst Griff has formed his musical reputation within folk pop/rock genres. Together as a duo Elizabeth & Jameson offers the best of both backgrounds.

Molly Armstrong/Viv Lucas – 20th October, 2021

Tonight is a special double headline gig by two great performers who regularly appear at the club. Molly engages the audience immediately with her pure, clear vocals and sincere delivery.

Viv is a well-known, locally-based singer songwriter whose album Edgelands features ten original songs.

Beans and Biscuits – 6th October, 2021

with support from Jim Watts

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A good time Rockabilly and Swing outfit from rural Hertfordshire. These guys play both kinds of music in their own inimitable fun style. Fronted by Martin (Fatman) Spencer, you will be entertained and amused by their personal take on the great British and American songbooks. They really get the crowd jumping and smiling with their colourful showmanship. You are guaranteed a great fun evening.

Jim Watts plays evocative guitar and applies his rich voice to some great country songs, and tells some funny stories in between! We’re glad to have him back!

Daria Kulesh – 22nd September, 2021

with support from Stewart Murdoch

With her “extraordinary voice” and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, Daria Kulesh has been making a name for herself as a “bold, exotic, impressive” performer. Her debut release Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal”; her second album Long Lost Home has enjoyed rave reviews, national radio play and multiple awards in the UK & Russia.

Support on this occasion is provided by Scottish singer, guitarist and songwriter Stewart Murdoch.

Wildfire – 8th September, 2021

Kicking off the new season, we welcome Wildfire, an acoustic folk-rock duo from Bedford, previously playing as part of the Bedford-based band ‘Cheap Thrill$’.

Wildfire specialise in covering some great well known songs from artists as diverse as Simon and Garfunkel , Dylan and Springsteen and will provide the club with a lively start to the Autumn season .

Musical support on this ocassion will be provided by club stalwarts Brian Burke and Greg Rose, and we’ll also have some fascinating stories on the history of Baldock from the ever-entertaining Jane Havercroft.

Admission is FREE and doors open at 7:10 for a 7:30 start so we welcome all to come down for a great evening’s entertainment !

£700 raised for Motor Neuron Disease charity – 29th August, 2021

Our Folk ’round the Tree festival on 29th August was a great success with superb music throughout the afternoon and evening and a lovely holiday atmosphere. We are thrilled to have raised over £600 for the local branch of the Motor Neuron Disease association, a very worthy cause and one that is close to the hearts of many of us here at the club. Thanks to Brian Burke and Viv Lucas who organised the whole shebang, and to all the team at The Orange Tree and Baldock Folk Club for making it run so smoothly. Also huge thanks to all the musicians and bands who kept us entertained and to everyone who came along and made it such a special day.

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Skimmington Ride at Folk ’round the Tree

Folk ’round the Tree Festival – 29th August, 2021

This year’s one-day music festival takes place on the Bank Holiday Sunday, 29th August, at The Orange Tree Baldock. Starting at 1pm and continuing with non-stop great bands and performers until around 8pm.

Food and drinks available, beautiful pub garden setting, free entry (donations encouraged) and the famous Baldock Folk Club raffle, with proceeds going to the MND (motor neuron disease) Association. Live music comes from local legends Skimmington Ride, local hero Kelvin Davies, award-winning near-enough local singer/song-writing star Chris Fox, local treasure Viv Lucas, up-and-coming songstress Kate Rice, newly-named but eerily-familiar favourite duo Shawnee Mountain Boys (aka Brian and Dave), our own Baldock nightingale Dorrie, Club hero Greg Rose…..and more!

Running Order:
13:00 Baldock Folk Club
13:30 A and R Guitar
14:05 Americano
14:50 Chris Fox
15:40 Kate Rice
16:25 Brian and Viv introduce MND and raffle
16:45 Shawnee Mountain Boys
17:40 Kelvin Davies
18:30 Skimmington Ride

Come along and enjoy! (Phone John at The Orange Tree, 01462 892341, to book a table or take your chances on the day!)