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

We are delighted to welcome back Barry Goodman’s Brafront 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!)