The Wivenhoe Folk Club meets at The Royal British Legion
Hall, The Quay, Wivenhoe where we have moved following the closure of The
The Club meets on the first Thursday of every month,
with occasional special 'extra events'. Run by a small band of
volunteers (some of whom are also a small band!) we welcome many styles of
largely acoustic music. People who come to Wivenhoe say that we are very
friendly and welcoming - we like to think they're right!
Our booked guests are nationally known and often
internationally known performers; we also have a wide variety of
floor spots at each club night. Our guests play two 45-minute sets
with a short interval in the middle. Each set is preceded by floor spots -
the majority open the first half of the evening with rather fewer to open
the second half.
While many of our floor spot performers are 'gigging'
musicians in their own right, we also give a warm welcome to beginners
trying out their material. Everyone gets a friendly and supportive
reception from a 'listening audience'.
On guest nights however, you do need to book a floor
spot in advance as the spots are more limited
and we get a lot of people. Handy tip:
don't leave it until one or two days before the club night!
Doors open at 7.30pm
for an 8pm start.
'Thursday 7th April Open Stage at our lovely new venue!
As Wivenhoe residents will know, The Flag Inn has sadly, closed. All
nearby businesses had been hit hard by the road closure and as James was
only 1 year in at The Flag it was not sustainable. We extend our gratitude
to our lovely publican James for making the pub such a fantastic place to
be and for looking after us so well while he was there - and we send him
our very best wishes for the future. WIVENHOE FOLK CLUB HOWEVER HAS NOT
CLOSED! We will now meet at The Royal British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe.
The RBL kindly agreed to accommodate us - starting 7th April 2016 - so we
won't even miss a month! It's a really nice venue, complete with a bar (we
thought you'd like that bit) so be sure to join us there for the Open
Important: Parking tips (mainly for those unfamiliar with Wivenhoe)
People won't be able to park outside the venue (booked guest performers
arriving early will be able to unload and then move vehicles). The most
plentiful parking spaces available are in the publlc car park opposite The
Greyhound - it''s then a very short walk down to The Quay. Tip:
Turn right out of the car park exit (opposite The Greyhound) and walk
towards St Mary's Church; keep walking past with the church on your left,
across the 'square' and keep going - you will see The Quay ahead - turn
left at the corner and you are at the Royal British Legion.
There is some very limited parking in Station Road - residents'
restrictions don't apply in the evening, but do bear in mind the spaces
will be mostly filled with residents' cars. There are a few spaces outside
the church - but not many.
If you are coming into Wivenhoe on a train it's a short walk
Turn left out of the station and walk down Staton Road. Turn right at
the end of Station Road and walk towards St Mary's Church; keep walking
past with the church on your left, across the 'square' and keep going -
you will see The Quay ahead - turn left at the corner and you are at the
Royal British Legion.
We will sooon have a new map on our calendar page - and we might be
able to post a video on facebook of us driving in and walking the route!
Watch this space.'
On 'Open Stage'
Nights just turn up between 7.30 pm and 8pm to put your name on the list
with our MC Alan Van Loen who will do his best to fit everyone in.
You'll recognise him easily - he'll be the little bloke with a pencil and
paper, a fixed grin and an air of mild panic. A floor spot at Wivenhoe is
usually two items (songs, tunes, poems or stories).
Admission on guests nights is
£6, concessions are
£5 and for floor spot performers £2.
*Concessions= OAP, student, unwaged/benefits
On our 'Open Stage' nights, performers get in free and
admission for non-performers is £2.
You can become a club member, which gets you onto
our mailing list. Membership is free for life - just give your
details to our club secretary Denise Van Loen.
For club membership and guest bookings contact Denise
on (01206) 827759
For floor spots 'phone Alan, also on (01206) 827759
E-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find us on
Joan Gifford, of course is still involved with the
club - don't miss her wonderful floor spots!
Joan Gifford - trying not to be recognised!
Click here for more details about Joan Gifford
Assortment' are a Wivenhoe acoustic trio with a real assortment of music,
from bluesy-jazzy sounds to traditional and contemporary folk, from
standard ballads to original material. The band consists of vocalist
Denise Bidewell, Lola Barnes on flute and harmony vocals and Alan Van Loen
providing the guitar & harmonicas. They play at many folk clubs in the
region and have become the "house band" at Wivenhoe Folk Club. You can
hear tracks from their CD, "TeaTime At Tom's" on their Myspace site.
here for the link to TeaTime Assortment's Myspace site: