Anchor Folk Club

Blue Anchor Public House, High Road, Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 7RL

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This page has some links to musical or folk-related web sites maintained by our members and friends, and by some local folk clubs. Sections available currently are:-CLUB Activities/Members' and Friend's Sites / Folk Clubs in Our Local Area / Folk Clubs in Other Parts of Britain /  Encyclopaedias / Venues for Hire /Miscellaneous Hobby Sites.

Page Last Updated :- 5/2/14  Revised Hector Gilchrist web site from to 

14/11/11 Added link to "Song of the Seas Night hosted by Steve Poole on 27th October 2011

29/10/11 with update to add link to THE MUSIC INSTITUTE  Folk Club in Guildford


AnchorFolk Picnic @ Chertsey Meads was held on Saturday 8th June  2013 @ 1:30 



The Anchor Folk Club in collaboration with St Mary's Church presented "A Celebration of Folk Music" on Saturday 17th April 2010 at 7:30pm in St Mary's Church, Church Road, Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7NF. Tickets were 8 . A great evenings entertainment was given in the wonderful setting of the old church . Some 80 plus people attended

All proceeds went to Woking Hospice ( 375.50) and St Mary's Fabric Fund (345.50). 


COMIC RELIEF:-  On Thursday 12th March 2009 the Jug collection at the Club was assigned to "Comic Relief" and thanks to everyone we raised 129.


Members' and Friend's Sites

Steve Poole Is a friend of the club who regularly sings at the club. He also sings in a trio "SOIREE" which occasionally performs at the club.

Steve hosted a Charity Singers Night on 27th October with a theme of "Songs of the Sea" in aid of Jubilee Sailing Trust. Some of the evening can be seen at

Kev Adams is a friend of the club , occasionally visiting us from his home in Castlethorpe , Bucks. He specialises in Violin and Cello repairs and re-stringing . Kev is also a multi-instrumentalist and is a member the bands STOCIA and STOMP

Roger and Jo Philby  were in the past regular members of the Anchor Folk club until they moved to Orkney . This is an accepted reason for not now coming every week ! While retaining an interest in Folk Music they have a Jewellery Business based in an idyllic setting from where they can see the whales migration which they report on their website . Have a look for ideas for that special present .

Hector Gilchrist has launched his own site concerning Celtic Folk music with a focus on modern traditional and the songs of Robert Burns , there are several song files from Hector's CD Hector has released a new CD "Ingelneuk" on Wildgoose Records with its first public performance at the Anchor Folk Club on 1st November 2007.  This CD features the support of Jonny Dyer , Vicki Swan , Paul Sartin and Steve Poole.

Sue Graves , Hector Gilchrist and Steve Poole have come together as "SOIREE"  . There are 5 songs to listen to on their web site , have a listen and prepare to be enchanted .They have released their 1st CD in June  2008 .

SOIREE"  had an evening of song on Saturday 20th February 2010 at St Peters Church, Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX  in aid of DayBreak Respite Care & Parish Churches of Staines . It was a very successful evening 

Dave Lambert's site, which contains some of his own music files and some information about the Bracknell South-Hill-Park Blues Jammers and  Music Club, can be found at

It is rumoured that Noddy's Lot have chucked in the banjo, so to speak, but they still have a very impressive web-site at

Betty Davila and JCB now seem to be known as Betty and Acoustic Astronaut, but can be still found at the Sutton Acoustic Music Club site.

You can find the entire illustrated history of Tudor Lodge - or チューダーロッジ -  at in English or Japanese. Ah so!

Folk Clubs in Our Local Area 

These are links to some clubs in the local area, and some we like to go to ourselves. None of them meet on Thursday night so there's no excuse for missing Anchor Folk ! These links have been tested and upgraded where necessary on 24/1/08  . Any updates to Dave Copp

Staines Folk and Blues Club Sutton Acoustic Music Club
Twickenham Folk Club The Ram Club (Archive1997 to 2006)
Acousticsussex The Ram Club (Thames Ditton)

26/10/11 Thanks to Irene Shettle for following update:-There is a Local Folk Club in Guildford "THE MUSIC INSTITUTE CLUB" which meets on Fridays twice a month in the Guildford Institute 

Also keep an eye on dates in the Electric Voices folk and acoustic concerts at the Electric Theatre in Guildford and the Farnham maltings

Folk Clubs in Other Parts of Britain

While on Holiday across Britain the urge to go to a Folk Club may come over you. This section lists some of the sites I have come across which can point you to local folk clubs .

1) EXMOOR region ( ):-  A site giving a good listing was run by John Moore ; the folk club he founded in Minehead is still running on the first Saturday of each month from September to July  ( . In an earlier site there were some 13 places listed of which about 8 were mainly for songs with some for dance and story .The "Links" page of the Acorn Folk Club maintains a comprehensive listing of other venues in the area (Updated 28/1/08). A couple of years ago we stayed at in Brendon , Lynton . The food was good and the bar area was packed for the Folk Club which is held on the 3 rd Saturday of each month . It was pure luck we stayed when the Folk Club was in session.

2) NORTH EAST SCOTLAND :- For anyone staying in this beautiful part of the country , if a music venue for the evening is required the "Montrose Folk Club" runs a guest night every fortnight  on Tuesday nights with some extra events making it seem weekly . The format for the night we were there, August 28th 2007,  was an initial guest session then a singers session followed by the final guest session . Doors open 7:30 and guests are nominally on stage at 8:00pm . The club venue is the Links Hotel , Montrose and tickets for the folk club nights and other nights such as Jazz and Classical music nights can be ordered through . The Guests on August 28th 2007 were Shona Kipling and Damien O'Kane , they are worth going out of your way to hear them .

While in Montrose we were told of the reopening of a club in the Woodlands Hotel , Dundee called "Out of the Woods acoustic music club at Woodlands Hotel"  01382 480033 Not yet had chance to visit but if you are in the area a quick phone call may result in a good evening. This club meets about once a month , for exact dates see web site Click here for Web link .

Revisited the "Montrose Folk Club" on 2nd September 2008 to enjoy an evening with Chris Drever . Had a meal beforehand in the Links Hotel restaurant , well worth a visit .

3) FIFE and Perthshire :-Whilst staying in Dundee in July 2008 we went to the Glenfarg Hotel near Perth to attend the Glenfarg Village Folk Club which meets on every Monday at 8:30pm. There was a Guest Night on 7th July featuring Joe Aitken and Scott Gardiner who sing  Bothy Ballads and Traditional songs. 

On Monday 23 rd February 2009 we revisited Glenfarg club to see Gareth Davies-Jones an excellent night from this singer- songwriter .

On Monday 14th September 2009 we revisited the Glenfarg Club to see Travelling People  a reformed group of  five "Golden Oldies" who put on an excellent nights entertainment.

On Monday 22nd February 2010 we revisited the Glenfarg Folk Club to see RALLION  Another great night 

4) SOUTHERN ENGLAND:- I add these ,taken from the gig list for "PINT and DALE" for their 2007 UK tour . At present , 21st September 2007 , I have not visited any of these so can only vouch for these venues on the basis they have the same good choice of guests as the Anchor Folk club . a) Hambledon Folk Club holds a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:30pm . b) Croydon Folk Club holds a meeting weekly on a Monday at 8:00pm . c) The Willows Folk Club in Arundel hold a meeting weekly on a Wednesday at 8:00pm .d) Oxford Folk Club  hold a meeting weekly on a Friday at 8:30pm .

We attended the "Fo'c'sle Folk Club" on Friday 19th October 2007 .This club now meets weekly in the Garden room of the Richmond Inn , 108 Portswood Road , Portswood , Southampton SO17 2FW from 8:00pm to 11:00pm . When we were there it was a Members Night with a mix of song , verse and story .This alternates with guest nights . A very friendly welcome awaits you if you attend . Contact the Organisers , telephone on the club web site,  to find out what is on .

Revisited the Fo'c'sle Folk Club   on Friday 3rd July 2009 where the guest was  Tom Lewis ( A great nights entertainment .

Willows Folk Club:- We attended this club on 9th January 2008 , their reopening night for the new year was a guest night featuring "Pied Merlin" who appear to come together just to entertain at this annual reopening . Normally a quartet but reduced to a trio due to illness this group entertained a large audience of nearly 90 . If you are ever staying near Arundel you will find a busy club every Wednesday.

Acoustic Sussex has a web site which lists events in an area around Crawley / Haywards Heath and their web includes a comprehensive link page to other clubs in the south east of England including the Anchor Folk Club



18/4/10:- John Wright has created a web site which aims to list (almost) every folk festival in the UK . The site is and should be of use to those holidaying in different parts of the UK and want to find where live folk music is available .

Where else would you look for everything about folk music but

Venues for Hire

The Anchor Folk Club has ,over a few years , had an evening cruise on the River Thames in "The Walton Lady " This has been well received  with singing and music on both decks. In case other clubs may wish to try this , the boat company can be found at

Miscellaneous Hobby Sites

Sometimes playing bass guitars over many years can lead dextrous fingers in other directions . Model railways can be attractive and sometimes hobbies can lead to elsewhere as a new career . Have look at a new model web site if you fancy a challenge .

Miscellaneous Holiday  Venues

If you happen to be on holiday in the North east of Scotland why not have relaxing trip on a preserved Railway and visit a whisky distillery to boot. The Keith and Dufftown Railway is the most northerly Heritage railway in Britain and will give you a great welcome . The Anchor Folk webmaster had a great day on 25/5/08,  with a family birthday party comprising four generations where the birthday "Girl" was celebrating her 87th birthday .


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