Minchinhampton Folk Club
Since our founding in July 2003 by local folkie John Mills, Minchinhampton Folk Club has given enormous pleasure to thousands of singers, players, listeners and joiners-in from the four corners of the British Isles as well as further afield. We call ourselves a folk club because people understand how folk clubs work, but we are by no means just about folk music. Each Thursday night from about 8.15, the rafters ring to the sound of modern and traditional folk, blues, country, jazz, classical, bluegrass – in fact, all kinds of music.
At MFC we believe in encouraging new performers and fresh talent – just turn up, introduce yourself and play. We don’t expect you to be accomplished, just to do your best and enter into the spirit of the evening.
We meet in the Maypole Room at the Old Crown, Paganhill, Stroud (see news and info pages). The music starts at 8.15 and finishes around 11, depending on numbers. Requested donation £2 on entry, and please give more if we have a guest artist ‘doing it for the door’.
Folk Club at the Little Vic Sunday 1-3pm

Well known area singer and musician, Chris has been a longtime organizer of the Cheltenham Folk Club., held Sundays in the Sandford Ale House in Cheltenham.
Song Session at the Little Vic Saturday 1-2:45pm


The Gloucester Diamonds +44 7843 241371
Paul and Robin walked into a pub during the 2015 Gloucester Shanty Festival and met Rod. “Do you know where we can do some singing?” we asked. “I’m booked to sing outside in ten minutes, you can join me,” said Rod.
Afterwards, we all said “That was fun… we should do more of it”.
So we have. Since that meeting, and with the addition of Deb Hannis to the band, the Gloucester Diamonds has evolved into much more than a shanty group. A Diamond performance features comedy, traditional folk, music hall, contemporary folk; and even the odd blues number.
The Gloucester Diamonds are: Rod Penlington, Deb Hannis, Paul Carter and Robin Burton

Song Session at the Little Vic Saturday 3-4:45pm. &
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 1:30-2pm



Folk Orchestra Workshop at Stroud Folk Weekend. Leader: Fran Wade

Last year’s Folk Weekend ‘playing duets’ workshop evolved into a folk orchestra which now meets once per month at Rodborough Village Hall and did its first gig in June.  Music for this year’s workshop is for a full orchestra and includes a tune line, a counter melody line, another harmony line – the continuo, lines for viola and cello / bass, chord notation and parts for Bb clarinets and Eb saxophones.  The workshop will appeal to players who are inspired by our rich musical heritage and who would like to play together in a more structured way than would be found in a traditional pub session.  The style will be ‘chamber orchestra meets folk’ where the rhythm comes from the tune and accompaniment players rather than a hefty set of timps and percussion.  The workshop is likely to include fiddles, mandolins,  flutes, concertinas, recorders, violas, cellos, double bass, guitars, keyboard, clarinets, alto sax, accordions –  really anything that squeezes, blows, plinks or scrapes apart from percussion.  Players will need to be able to follow a line of music, but not be expert sight readers.

We will do 4 – 5 traditional tunes drawn from the music of the British Isles.  The 2 hour workshop will include a brief break for refreshment and will be followed by a performance of our endeavours at the start of the afternoon concert at 1pm.  It will be a glorious noise!

Fran Wade has been playing folk music for decades in various bands and has led orchestras and choirs both locally and at festivals further afield (eg Whitby, Broadstairs, Prince Albert Carol Consort, Stroud).

Cost: £5 (not including refreshments). Bring a pencil, highlighter pen and music stand. Arrive 10.15am for a prompt 10.30 start. Workshop finish: 12.30. Concert: 1.00 – 1.30. Lunch after the concert slot!.