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Updated 14 March 2018Ludlow session has moved to the Blue Boar
Folk concerts, ceilidhs, etc. only appear in the FOLK EVENTS calendar
can click on any entry in the calendar to get further information, also
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TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSIONS IN THE WORCESTER (UK) AREA
A traditional music session is a great way to enjoy some good music - and a cheap way to find out if you enjoy it. All the sessions shown in this section take place in pubs - there is no charge for admission, neither do the musicians get paid - although they may get some sandwiches or cheap beer !
For those who have been to or know of sessions in other places, I should tell you that most of these sessions get a real mix of traditional music and song (unless it says otherwise below). English, Scottish, Irish, contemporary music, song, even a bit of music hall or rock-and-roll, can all be there depending upon who turns up.
However, just a short "health warning" - sessions tend to be quite transitory, so please check the calendar above for one-off changes, and if possible the organiser or venue before travelling a long distance - Information provided in good faith but no liability accepted - please, please email me if you find any changes or inaccuracies !
Every Monday : The Dragon Inn, 51 The Tything, Worcester WR1 1JT, UK (formerly at the Lamb and Flag, Upper Tything) : Mainly but not exclusively Irish tunes. The session is in the upstairs room.
Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) : Rollin Hills Restaurant, 20 Church Street, Upton-upon-Severn WR8 0HT : New session, started December. All styles of music, singers, traditional tunes etc are welcome. Contact Paul O'Neill, 07896327069.
Monday of every month
The Pickled Plum, High Street, Pershore WR10 1EQ, from
8pm. Contact Griff 0775-334-9685 for further info. Broad
styles of acoustic music.
4th Monday of every month : Moonshine Acoustic Jam Club at the Pidele House, Main Road, Wyre Piddle, Pershore WR10 2JB. Mainly country and Americana, but anything goes ! For directions please go to http://www.piesseofpiddle.com/. Organiser : Frank Jolley :frank(at)classicheads.com
Organiser : Tony Burt : tony(at)netsecrets.co.uk
Tuesday of the month : Rose and
Crown, Feckenham B96 6HS. Organiser :
Phil Knowles : knowles641(at)btinternet.com
Tuesday of month : Acoustic
music session in the back room at The
Friar Street, Worcester
A friendly and relaxed gathering featuring traditional tunes and
songs from the Irish, Scottish and English traditions together with
an assortment of alternative music styles to add extra variety to
proceedings. Contact Pauline
Pub phone no. 01905 724006.
Tuesday of the month
Cottage of Content, Barton, Warks. :
Music and Song session, 9 pm - 11.30pm, Contact Alan Whitbread (01789
07939 053619) for details
2nd Tuesday of the month : Acoustic session at The Farriers Arms, Fish Street, WORCESTER WR1 2HN at 8-30pm. Songs and tunes. Mainly traditional but all styles welcome. Pub telephone : 01905 27569 Pub email : email@example.com. Contact : Pat Heslip patheslip(at)hotmail.com
2nd Tuesday of the month : (Unamplified) "music jam session" at the Railway Inn, 78 Wells Road, Malvern WR14 4PA starting at 8.30pm. Call Jill on 07754950939 for info, or the pub on 01684 578859 The grub is good!
Tuesday of the month :
Bell Inn, Pensax, Worcestershire WR6 6AE (Just
off main Worcester/Tenbury Road midway between Abberley and Newnham
Tel : 01299
by Mick Morris of Hagglebag. Starts at 8-00pm.
Tuesday of the month : Millers
Arms, Bridge Street, Pershore WR10 1AT : Anything goes !
Always check the session calendar for one-off changes
Wednesday of the month at the Talbot Hotel, Knightwick Bridge, WR6 5PH, on
the main Bromyard - Worcester road, More sing/playaround rather
than session format.
Pub phone no. : 01886 821235 www.the-talbot.co.uk
Wednesday of the month at The Fleece, Bretforton WR11 7JE :
"Celtic" tunes and songs
Alternate Wednesdays at The Crown Inn, Walwyn Road, COLWALL, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6QP. Organisers : Christian & Dion (Silurian Morris). Pub phone no. : 01684 541074
NEW SESSION ! Alternate Wednesdays at The Wyche Inn, Clarence Road, MALVERN WR14 3EQ. This session alternates with the Crown Inn Colwall session, and is also on opposite weeks to the "Celtic" music session on a Thursday at the Wyche. Organisers : Christian & Dion (Silurian Morris).
Every 4 weeks on a Wednesday : Bredon session at the Cross Keys, Bredon's Hardwick, opposite the turning to Croft Farm Park, near Tewkesbury, Glos GL20 7EE. 8pm : Mainly traditional music. Organiser : Tony Gibbons : tonyjgibbons(at)btinternet.com.
2nd Wednesday of the month : Community Centre, Wick, near Pershore WR10 3NZ : Open mic session, all sorts of music. Organiser : Griff Collins : griffsmail(at)talktalk.net
or last Wednesday : Open Mic at
Pidele House, Wyre Piddle WR10 2JB : All sorts of music : Unfortunately
the imprecise description of the date means I can't include this in my
4th Wednesday of Month : King's
Cross Street, Tenbury Wells
WR15 8EG. : Americana Session. Contact :
Every Wednesday : The
Wales, Ledbury HR8 1DL : All sorts of music. Does not start until
9pm. www.powledbuey/page6.html Contact : John Burton
First and Third Thursdays of the month at The Anchor Inn, Eckington. Quote
from our correspondent : "A crackin session at the Anchor in
Eckingtion, 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month,......, good pub, with
a broad selection of real ale and cider, session is semi formal, i.e.
Turn based, however this doesn't detract from the very informal
reception/participation of the 'audience/performers' that attend" Session is run by John
(wrist slasher) Wraingwright. Does not meet in August.
the Fleece Inn, Bretforton WR11 7JE,
an ancient hostelry owned by the National
Trust and serving real ale and cider. Apparently the style of
music is variable according to who turns up, but we have enjoyed our
visits. Traditional music and song.
Thursday of month at the King's Head,
Cross Street, Tenbury Wells
WR15 8EG. Mainly Irish music session 8-11 pm. Contact
4th Thursday of month : At the Cross Keys, Stratford Rd, Alcester B49 5AR . Mainly tunes. Contact
philandknowles(at)gmail.com. 8.30pm start.
: The Wyche Inn, Clarence
Road, MALVERN WR14
3EQ. Formerly at the Morgan. Mainly
Irish and Scottish. Now running successfully at the new venue.
Thursdays : MUCH DEWCHURCH BLACK SWAN SESSION, wkly : Bob Chance 01981 540725 r.h.t.c(at)hotmail.co.uk
Always check the session calendar for one-off changes
Friday of the Month :
Inn, Grimley - From the Worcester - Holt Heath - Tenbury road,
turn right at sign to Grimley, right again twice,
then continue for quite a distance
before the narrow lane bends left to the pub. WR2 6LX. Songs and tunes, anything goes.
2nd Friday of the month : Rous Lench Village Hall (The
"Community Pub" at the back of the
hall), Rous Lench WR11 4UL - All welcome, informal songs and
tunes. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Does not run during
the summer months.
CHANGE OF VENUE
First Friday of the Month : Blue Boar 52 Mill St, Ludlow SY8 1BB 8pm start : Mainly traditional, but anything acceptable
Last Friday of the month : Fox, Monkwood Green WR6 2NX (Through Hallow, left following signs to Sinton Green, left again at next junction). Excellent atmosphere, traditional cider served. 8.30 ish till late. Can be very busy and somewhat noisy. Songs and tunes, anything goes. Contact email@example.com
Second and fourth Friday : St Ambrose Hall, Birmingham Road, Kidderminster DY10 2BY : Irish music
Every Friday : Three Kings, Hanley Castle LUNCHTIME SESSION : All types of acoustic music. Med Snookes 01684 833477
No Saturday sessions known in the area.
See "Folk Clubs" below
Always check the session calendar for one-off changes
Every Sunday : Social Club, West Malvern (near the village hall) : 9.30 pm to midnight : Click for web page or phone Gordon Kirk 01531 636281
Last Sunday of Month Bowling Green Inn, Stoke
Prior (north of
Droitwich) B60 4BH : This session has a good
mix of music plus songs in many different styles.
Third Sunday of Month Galton Arms,
The third Sunday session is in an upstairs room at the pub, but
the first Sunday session is being held in the side bar
Singaround format, mainly singer/guitarists.
FOLK CLUBS IN THE WORCESTER AREA
TUESDAYS2nd Tuesday of the month : Malvern Storytellers : The Great Malvern Hotel , Graham Road, Malvern WR14 2HN. Does not meet in August
For more info see : www.malvernstorytellers.co.uk. Contact : Tim Willcocks on 01684 567 721 or Peggy on 01905 831032 info(at)malvernstorytellers.co.uk
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at The Dragon Inn, 51 The Tything, Worcester WR1 1JT. New folk club starting 4th October 2017 with local guests and floor spots. Website www.dragonfolk.co.uk
Thursday of month
The Talbot Inn, 19 High Street, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire WR9 8EQ.
club style but no guests at present. Focus on traditional English
and Celtic music and home-grown singer-songwriters - all
acoustic. Information from Malcolm : firstname.lastname@example.org
First Thursday of month at Cap and Gown, Upper Tything, Worcester : Blues Night : Booked bands perform : Contact Bob Jones email@example.com
2nd and last
Thursdays of the
Folk Club, Catshill Social Club, Meadow Road, Catshill
1st Thursday of the month : The Riverside Folk and Acoustic Club at Stourport Boat Club. www.riversideclub.co.uk
Change of venue !
Traditional Folk Club, from immediate effect at The
Bishop Allenby Hall (St. Stephens Church), St Stephen's Street,
Worcester WR3 7HS. Hall is set back, to the left of the
church. Start time changed to 8.15pm, bring your own drinks and
glasses. No animals, no unaccompanied under-18's, no
e-cigarettes. Parking within church grounds. Traditional
song a-plenty, most of it unaccompanied, in an organised but very
friendly atmosphere. Quiet, listening audience, mostly singers
themselves. There is a charge for admission £1.50 members, £2 visitors.
First visit free. No guests. "A place where traditional
song is at home, but we
enjoy all kinds of songs, music and spoken word in the acoustic folk
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month : (ALCESTER AND) REDDITCH FOLK CLUB will now meet at 89 Salford Close, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 7UL Tea and coffee will be available on the house, please bring your own alcohol. Please phone for further details, it will be nice to see you, all are welcome: singers, poets, story-tellers, and listeners. For more details: Contact Dave James firstname.lastname@example.org or 07795022779.
2nd Saturday of the
month : “Rushwick
Folk” at Rushwick Village Hall, WR2 5TA.
normally £2. Bring your own drinks.
8pm start. This club will continue to run "under new
management". Contact Derek Lovell 01299-824908.
4th Saturday of the month : "Folk at the Fold" at The Fold Centre, Bransford WR6 5JB : Come and sing, play, tell a story or poem - or just enjoy listening!
TRADITIONAL SOCIAL DANCE IN THE WORCESTER (UK) AREA
Every Wednesday : Sytchampton Folk Dance Club at Sytchampton Village Hall, Cow Lane, Sytchampton, DY13 9SY., off the A449. Web-site http://www.sytchamptondanceclub.org.uk. Contact Mike Lomax 01299 879 284 for details, or email Gaynor Butler on email@example.com. "We do a mixture of English, American and Playford dance, depending upon the caller on the night. We have live music every Wednesday, provided by musicians from several bands. We are a cheerful and welcoming group"
FOLK/TRADITIONAL MUSIC CONCERT VENUES NEAR WORCESTER (UK)
CONCERTS AT THE HUNTINGDON HALL, WORCESTER
The Huntingdon Hall in Worcester is a former chapel, a listed building, which has been converted into a concert venue. With a modern box-office and bar attached, they serve up a wonderful range of folk concerts. CLICK HERE to visit their web site. Definitely recommended
Folk Music at Artrix
at School Drive, BROMSGROVE,
Worcestershire B60 1AX also runs occasional folk concerts.
Details will be included in the calendar when we are notified.
Office – 01527-577330
or book online at www.artrix.co.uk
MORRIS SIDES (etc.) IN THE WORCESTER AREA
FAITHFUL CITY MORRIS
MEN : Morris Ring side, dances Cotswold
+ a little Border + rapper, practises on Wednesday nights at the
KEMPSEY MORRIS MEN :
The side merged with Faithful City Morris Men in late September 2000. t
ORIGINAL WELSH BORDER MORRIS MEN : This side dances, in
traditional Border fashion, only once a year - on the Saturday before
Christmas. The annual tour takes in White Ladies Aston, Pershore, Upton
OLD MEG NORTH WEST MORRIS :: A "North-West" style side, with men and women dancing mainly traditional North-West morris dances in clogs. Currently meeting on Tuesdays at the Foley Institute near the Three Horseshoes pub in Poolbrook, Great Malvern. .
OPTION Appalachian Dancers
Border Morris (Mixed side) dances mainly from the Border
tradition. Meet every Thursday evening during term time at Cookley
Sebright First School, Lea Lane, Cookley. New dancers and musicians
always welcome. http://www.foxsmorris.org.uk/
This section used to include other details I have been asked to include. I know that there are clubs, sessions and dance sides in Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Redditch, and other places, but I have tried to keep the main contents of the page local in the interests of accuracy. I have deleted the information here as I suspect much of it was out-of-date.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW MORE INFORMATION, INACCURACIES, FAILED LINKS ETC. BY E-MAILING ME
Please do not use firstname.lastname@example.org – this will not work. Please use mike@ [the same ending] – sorry I don't want to print it in full to avoid spam.
Blue type in the details above indicate a club, session or side which I attend at least occasionally - so details are likely to be more accurate - (alternatively this might give you some tips as to which sessions to avoid !)
Mike Walton - Worcester
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