Welcome to the official Home Page of Redbourn Folk

We meet every Wednesday from 7.30pm - 10.30pm at The Hollybush, Church End.

Also see our facebook page at here.

Please note that Jenny's email address has changed, there is a link at the bottom of this page.

Please see our  program for 2024 below:

Jan 3rd Sing-around £3

Jan 10th Sing-around £3

Jan 17th Vik plus floor spots £10  


Vik are Jess Distill (vocals & dulcimers) and Nick Losse (guitar & pedals) playing what has been described as folk noir or Norse Gothic! If you're pining for the fjords or a good murder ballad come and check them out!

Jan 24th Sing-around £3  

Jan 31st Daria Kulesh and Marina Osman (pianist) plus floor spots £10 

Daria Kulesh has been described by Mike Harding as “one of the finest voices and one of the most intriguing and interesting songwriters on the present folk scene”.  Her performances are refreshing and mesmerising, full of passion and magic. Mixing her Eastern roots with Western folk influences, she creates an original and exciting sound. 

Feb 7th Sing-around £3

Feb 14th Maddie Morris plus floor spots £8

Maddie Morris is an artist who strives to make a difference in the world. Bold, insightful and refreshingly unique, she takes traditional song in new directions to shine a light on contemporary issues, offering new perspectives about the world we live in today.

Feb 21st Sing-around £3

Feb 28th Sing-around £3

Mar 6th Emerald Hill plus floor spots £10

Emerald Hill are a 4 piece band from Essex playing bouzouki , guitars, cello and assorted woodwind on a mixture of traditional and contemporary folk songs

Mar 13th Sing-around £3

Mar 20th Tom McConville plus floor spots £10

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Tom’s musical journey started in the North East folk clubs in the early 70s. Newcastle’s thriving Irish scene provided the opportunity, with his first band, to support Sean McGuire, John Doonan, The Fureys, Boys of the Lough and even a lock-in with The Dubliners. Turning professional in 1974 he joined Bob Fox in a duo then folk/rock band Magna Carta to play all over Europe. A memorable partnership with Kieron Halpin produced two award winning albums and top billing at The Cambridge Folk Festival. Tom is sure to sell out - you cant miss this!

Mar 27th Sing-around £3

April 3rd Sing-around £3

April 10th     Hunter Muskett £10
Hunter Muskett is an acoustic/electric 3-piece playing distinctive original songs in a folky, bluesy sometimes Americana vein. Formed in 1969 the band played at home and abroad until 1974 producing two, now collectable, albums: Every Time You Move with bassist Danny Thompson and the Keith Relf produced Hunter Muskett. Since resuming touring in 2010 Hunter Muskett has released two further CDs of new material: That Was Then This Is Now and Unafraid and Sober.

April 17th Sing-around £3

April 24th    That Blue Patch £10 
That Blue Patch is a duo – playing many instruments (guitar, ukulele, banjo, melodica, saxophone, kazoo, bouzouki, accordion) – performing with their own take on songs from as far back as the 1920s to as recent as the 21st century.  Favoured influences are Americana, Blues and Jazz. Great fun and humour is to be had wherever they play!

May1st Sing-around £3

May 8th     Kathy Pilkinton & Minnie Birch £10
Kathy Pilkinton and Minnie Birch are known to regulars as members of Said The Maiden. They bring deft lyrics and beautiful voices to everything they do. Come and be enchanted. 

Kathy and Minnie are now going out under the name 'Awake Mother'

May15th Sing-around £3

May 22    Steve Warner £8
With a musical heritage of playing bass guitar in 90’s rock bands, Steve discovered folk music later in life by stumbling into a folk session at his local pub (Kimpton), he felt immediately at home with this community. The storytelling song writing and the energy and passion of fellow musicians playing together was something that lit a spark within him that has never gone out

May 29th Sing-around £3 

June 5    Na Mara £10
Na-Mara are Rob Garcia (mandolin, mandola, classical guitar and vocals) and Paul McNamara (guitars, vocals). They are based in St. Albans and have been performing since 2006 across the UK and in France, Germany, Spain and, in 2019, China.

June 12th Sing-around £3

June 14th Folk in the Garden at the Hollybush from 7pm.  All welcome.   

June 19     Steve Ashley £10                                                                 

Unfortunately Steve has had to cancel this concert because of covid.  Please come for a sing-around instead.   

June 26         Sing Around £3                                                      

July 3             St Michael's Folk Night. Please do not come to the Hollybush. We will be at the Waffle House as part of St Michael's Folk Night. Please come and sing and support us - usual times.    

July 10           Sing Around £3

July  17      Graham Goffee & Nigel Hyams  £10
Graham and Nigel have been stalwarts of the local folk scene for many years and we are very pleased indeed to be welcoming them back to the club. Both are fine singers and extremely accomplished musicians, Graham on guitar and Nigel on melodeons and harmonica. Expect a wide and varied selection of songs.

July 24           Sing Around £3

July 31       Jon Doran £10
Jon Doran is a Newcastle-based folk singer and multi-instrumentalist from Gloucestershire. He was a 2019 finalist on BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Awards and a recent winner of Bromyard Folk Festival's 'Future of Folk' competition.

August - We are open Wednesdays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th for a sing - around. Please come along and join in!  £3 per night.  

Sept 4            Bryan Causton & Penni Walker £10

Both Bryan (mandolin family instruments and guitars) and Penni (guitars and lead vocals) have long and varied musical careers in folk and other types of music, playing in a number of different bands including The Boxwood Chessmen (which operate concurrently with the duo). Bryan also played with fondly remembered Shave the Monkey and Strangeworld. Penni is known as a singer songwriter.

Sept 11         Sing Around £3

Sept 15     Folk on the Common - a special Sunday event on Redbourn Common with guests from 2.00 to 6.00pm. Free Entry 

Sept 18      Craig Joiner £10

Whether lamenting a love lost, celebrating the calming beauty of nature or relating the epic tale of a struggle at sea, Craig’s songs are informed by experience, observation, vivid imagination and a desire to take his music “deeper into folk”. As a dextrous and highly accomplished guitarist, Craig is fully equipped to play out his compositions against an acoustic musical backdrop which perfectly suits his subject matter and vocal delivery.

Sept 25         Sing Around £3

Oct 2       Liz Simcock £10

Liz Simcock is one of the country’s finest female singer songwriters. Her songs – often autobiographical and highly personal – are immediately accessible to audiences and injected with poetry, emotion and splashes of humour.

Oct 9             Sing Around £3

Oct 16      Chris Fox £10

A genre defying Folk troubadour Chris made rapid progress through the UK folk and roots scene with his song writing, utilising a variety of styles across the roots lexicon of traditional & contemporary folk, Americana, Country and Blues.

Oct 23           Sing Around £3

Oct 30       Plumhall £10

Plumhall (Michelle Plum and Nick B Hall) are critically-acclaimed songwriters from the UK, using a mesmerising combination of acoustic and electric instruments (occasionally with electronica) to create breathtaking soundscapes to their powerful original songs. They are renowned for their exquisite vocal harmonies and scintillating live guitar playing.

Nov 6           Sing Around £3

Nov 13       Joe Topping  £10

Joe aspires to create songs that resonate with listeners on a profound level, aiming to forge a shared connection and foster a sense of community among his audience. Guided by values of kindness, love, and social activism, Joe's music endeavours to contribute to a better world in every way possible.

Nov 20           Sing Around £3

Nov 27      Elizabeth & Jameson £10

Hannah Elizabeth and Griff Jameson have joined forces to create an acoustic folk-roots sound which encompasses both their individual musical backgrounds.  Hannah’s influences are firmly planted in traditional folk-roots, whilst in contrast Griff has formed his musical reputation within folk pop/rock genres.  Together, Elizabeth & Jameson arguably offer the best of both backgrounds; this is simplistic, classic song writing at its best - a stripped back harmony-driven sound with acoustic guitar, violin and exquisite vocals.

Dec 4             Sing Around £3

Dec 11      Jim Causley £10

Jim Causley is a folk-singer, award winning songwriter, musician, proud Devonian and all-round entertainer. He grew up in a wassailing village not far from Sidmouth Folk Festival and sang with Wren Music before heading to Newcastle University to study on their brand new degree course in Folk & Traditional Music. He rose to prominence singing with The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley as well as touring with Waterson:Carthy and David Rotheray. In recent years his work has focused on his musical settings of poems by his relative Charles Causley, penning his own songs and reviving lost gems from his home county

Dec 18           XMAS PARTY

All restrictions re. numbers have now been lifted.
No need to book a slot - just turn up ready to sing and play!