Welcome to the web site of Bedworth Folk Club.
General Information
The Club, which has run almost continuously since 1972, meets every 2nd wednesday of the month (8pm start) in the Smercote Lounge at The Newdigate Club in Smorrall Lane, Bedworth (CV12 0JP), and also holds a second night most months on the 4th wednesday, except June - August (also 8pm start) at the same venue.
The club is quite unique in that there is no admission charge despite the fact that there are top rate guests at almost every meeting (we just pass the jug around so you can give as much or as little as you wish a minimum of the price of a couple of pints (at least £5) is suggested – our aim is always for everyone, guests, audience and floor singers alike to have a really good time.
Floor singers are always welcome but we get very busy so we recommend a call or email to reserve a spot, on the night it is very much first come first served – if there is space available.
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 Our next three event dates are:
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(Wednesday) April 25th 2018
at Newdigate Club

Phil Riley and Neil Mercer

Phil Riley and Neil Mercer

Neil first began playing music in public in the 1960s in a Cumbrian rock band called The Norsemen, who supplemented their pocket money by playing in some of the roughest youth and social clubs on the west coast. As the folk music revival got under way, he switched with some relief to playing in folk clubs and took up the mandolin and pipes to add to the guitar.

Phil started out in folk clubs in the Midlands, doing his first solo gig when he was 16. He teamed up with Neil in (about) 1969, eventually releasing a single on Polydor in `76 with a band called `Kites`. As a result of this, Pete Townsend, of The Who, signed Phil to his Eel Pie Publishing Company.

The two went their own ways after this but began collaborating again a few years ago and in 2017 eventually finished recording the `LP` they had started in 1976. It`s now a CD called `Lost Legions` and is available through Phil`s website www.philriley.org.uk where you can also hear a few songs too.

`Some bushel you`ve been hiding your light under . . It felt like I`d met an old friend . . . Lost Legions has some great songs on it . . . Forty years in the making but all the better for that . . . ` Mike Harding


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(Wednesday) May 9th 2018
at Newdigate Club

Phil Hare

Phil Hare is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer.

In his professional capacity Phil teaches guitar, plays solo gigs in folk/roots venues around the world, deps occasionally with other bands and also plays as a session musician.

Check out his YouTube videos which are largely improvised in that Phil gets an idea around a structure and then records it in a fairly 'ad hoc' way - primarily to remember the idea without writing it down, and to have a frame of reference.

As Phil writes everything on the guitar, most of thes YouTube videos are guitar-based - and indeed, many are instrumental. That is not to say that Phil's live gigs are instrumental affairs; in fact there are many songs. But, as Phil largely writes his own songs, he would prefer it if you bought the CD's or downloads rather than taking it all from YouTube!


(Wednesday) May 23rd 2018
at Newdigate Club
Final Festival Fundraiser of the spring - next session September!

Malc Gurnham & Gill Gilsenan

Malc and Gill have more than 90 years experience between them of singing on the folkscene and the wider music scene, and although they have only been performing as a duo for a dozen or so years, have been an integral part of the Midlands folkscene singing solo and in various other line-ups since the mid-sixties!

Malc Gurnham is an excellent singer, plays quite a variety of instuments (most of them with strings!) and is a highly regarded solo performer. He also can be found running singarounds and acting as an MC at many festivals throughout the country. He has played in numerous bands as well as a solist, in both the "popular" and folk music scene, currently in addition to singing with Gill also is part of GLORISHEARS CEILIDH BAND, and THE OLD 'UNs, (along with Gill) - A six-piece band consisting of a very experienced group of performer friends specially put together for Bedworth Folk Festival - but has now gained quite a local following and is also doing the occasional "other" gig! Latterly he has also played in THE KATHERINE FEAR BAND, and appeared on recordings by a number of well know performers including the late Johnny Collins As well as performing Malc promotes many folk events - he is Festival Director of BEDWORTH FOLK FESTIVAL and the Organiser of BEDWORTH FOLK CLUB, one of the longest running clubs in the country, runs his own small recording studio FAT SAM MUSIC, and has presented his own Folk Music show on BBC Local Radio.

Gill Gilsenan started singing at The Corner House Folk Club in the 70's (Run at the time by Malc) with her partner and later to be husband BRYAN SUNDERLAND, as a duo they became quite popular around the Midlands folk scene under the collective name of "THE FLYING SUNDERLANDS" performing close harmony Contemporary songs and traditional songs, particularly those from Bryans native North-East of England, and regularly visited Newcastles' popular Bridge Folk Club. Sadly Bryan died in the 80's, and although frequenting the


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