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Music, Beer and Cider

The week after the week before

So it is the week after last week’s Beer, Cider, Folk and Blues Festival.
Thanks to all who came, helped, played, drank, listened, danced and made it a big success.
After what were an exhausting few days I, Duncan, set about firming up a load of bookings for musicians to play at the club over the coming months. I also started the next round of beer planning. We’ve now got a host of great music acts booked, and great beers.
I was about to look at the various email lists I have (Ale Mail, festivals, Music) and decide what to put in several different emails, when my wife got called in to hospital for an operation she has been waiting for. So, I decided that rather than trying to decide who gets what, and some of you getting more than one email. I would put the whole lot into this!
So below you will find information for real ale (and cider) drinkers. Then for Jazz, Folk, Blues, Roots, Country and Bluegrass fans. for those who enjoy all of it, you are in for a treat.


Beer and Cider

What’s on, and what’s coming

Below, from Perfect Pint, is what we have currently on the bar, each beer/cider is a clickable link. These range from Adnams Southwold Bitter at 3.7% right up to Kissingate Six Crows at 6.6% 
Coming up on the bar soon we have: Gyle 59 Happy Daze Wheat Beer 4.1%, Adnams Jack Brand Mosaic 4.1%, Tonbridge Rustic 4/0%
Scroll down for real ale events – we’ve got a few planned!


East Kent Green Hop Breweries Tour

10 October 2015

A day out on the East Kent Green Hop Breweries Tour.
The plan is to take the train to Canterbury, and then get the Green Hop Breweries tour
bus round the Five breweries in east Kent that have arranged to open their doors to the public on Saturday 10th October for tours, music, food & Kent Green Hop beers.
Due to works on the railways that weekend, we will be travelling from St. Mary Cray to Canterbury East. From Canterbury East station it’s about a half mile walk into town
to The Foundry Brewpub, from where we will catch the tour bus. The tour will end back at the Foundry, where there will be a beer festival, barbecue and the Rugby World
Cup being screened. We will be meeting from 9.00 am at St Mary Cray station, in order for people to purchase group save tickets (as required). We are aiming to catch the 09.21 train to Canterbury East, arriving 10.36 am.

Please book and pay for your brewery bus ticket(s) below (£10 + booking fee), and email to let us know you are coming so we can meet you at St Mary Cray Station.

CAMRA Greater London Regional Club of the Year Presentation

24 October 2015

Bar opens 6pm, event starts 7.30pm
What it says on the tin! We are delighted to win this for a second time. We’ll have great beer, food, probably a bit of music, a presentation and some fun. Free entry. But non members should register using the link at least 48 hours in advance to keep it legal! 

Eventbrite - CAMRA Greater London Regional Club of the Year presentation

Meet the Brewer – Musket Brewery

11 November 2015

Musket Brewery is a microbrewery based at Loddington Farm, Linton in the heart of the Kent countryside brewing very traditional Kentish style beers.

Non members should register using the link at least 48 hours in advance to keep it legal! 

Eventbrite - Meet the Brewer - Musket Brewery

Bromley CAMRA Fifth Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

7pm for 7.30pm start
Open to CAMRA members.
Free pint and buffet.
Please bring your CAMRA membership card

Music at OLC

OFF is coming to an end with a bang – but the show goes on

After 28 years Orpington Friday Folk will be coming to an end on 30 October, but they are going out with a bang, with a string of guest nights and a big farewell night.

But the show goes on, and as well as the excellent Orpington Folk n Blues nights, the club has booked some superb acts for Friday and Saturday nights from the worlds of Jazz, Folk, Blues and Country. Scroll down to book tickets for Hank Wangford, Mick Groves, Jo Fooks, Mississippi MacDonald, Tred and Ange Hardy.

Orpington Folk n Blues

2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month – upcoming dates 8 September, 22 September, 13 October, 27 October, 10 November, 24 November.
£2 pay at the door

OFnB ran our beer festival music. OFnB sessions are open for players and listeners, but if you plan to come and play get there early as the list fills up quickly. The emphasis is on upbeat songs in the Roots, Blues, folk and Bluegrass genres.

Friday Folk – Phil Hare

11 September 2015
£6 pay at the door

Phil’s solo music career began almost 25 years ago and he is now widely regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive guitarists working on the current UK acoustic / folk music circuit.

Friday Folk – Special Guest from New York – Steve Suffet

25 September 2015
£6 pay at the door

Born Stephen Lawrence Suffet in 1947, Steve Suffet is best described as an old fashioned folksinger. His repertoire is a mixture of railroad songs, trucker songs, cowboy songs, union songs, old time ballads, blues, ragtime, Gospel, bluegrass, topical-political songs, and whatever else tickles his fancy. He takes songs from whatever sources he wishes and then he sings them his own way, maybe rewriting the lyrics on the spot, flatting a 7th, or changing a major key to a mountain modal.

Friday Folk – The Legendary Skynflynt Big Band

9 October 2015
£6 pay at the door

Skynflynt is a Kent based band presenting a unique blend of traditional and contemporary music using a wide variety of instruments. Well known throughout the county’s music clubs with a relaxed style that involves the listener and gives them wide appeal.

Friday Folk – McGillivray Burke Trio

16 October 2015
£6 pay at the door

Friday Folk – Jinski

23 October 2015
£6 pay at the door

Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne JINSKI are two highly individual guitarists/musicians with strong distinctive voices. JINSKI have a wealth of great original songs that draw upon acoustic roots and country music whilst remaining resolutely modern. JINSKI play songs that tell stories of love, joy, loneliness and longing. Intricate, soulful, beautiful songs, foot stomping, sing-a-long, raucous songs; music for the head and the heart, full of passion and originality.

Friday Folk – the Final Fling

30 October 2015

After 28 Fun filled years, OFF closes on Friday, October 30th 2015 – but Live music will continue at Orpington Liberal Club. The evening will be a singers format featuring as many of OFF’s friends as we can fit in. Starting at 6.00 with 24 acts, ending at midnight.

Eventbrite - Friday Folk - the Final Fling

Hank Wangford and Brad Breath

21 November 2015

Hank has joined up with his old musical buddy and saddlepal Brad Breath aka Andy Roberts. Together they have been touring round the village halls that Hank loves so much and doing the smaller gigs that are too small or low paid for the whole Lost Cowboys posse. Misery and melody, raw emotion and open ribcages continue to be their trademark whatever form they take.

Eventbrite - Hank Wangford and Brad Breath

Mick Groves
4 December 2015

Former singer and guitarist with top 60s/70s folk band The Spinners, Mick Groves, plays at Orpington Liberal Club. 

For more about Mick Groves go to

Eventbrite - Mick Groves - former singer with The Spinners

Jo Fooks Quartet
15 January 2016

Top Jazz saxophonist Jo Fooks, formerly in Humphrey Littleton’s band, brings her quartet.

Jo Fooks, born in Edinburgh, began learning the saxophone at 15. In 1992 she won ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’. Inspired and encouraged by local Edinburgh musicians, Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London (1995-99). She also studied at the Berklee School of music in Boston after receiving a full fee scholarship for the summer jazz programme.

After recording her debut album “Here and Now!”, the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his eight-piece band. With whom she toured and performed in some of the most amazing theatres and venues in Britain. Humphs fun filled and melodic approach to music was to be a huge influence. And through performing in his band Jo also recorded and worked with Acker Bilk and played alongside Tina May, Joe Temperley, Scott Hamilton, Elkie Brooks,and many others.

Eventbrite - Jo Fooks and her band

Mississippi MacDonald
22 January 2016

Mississippi MacDonald is a blues musician from London. He has been playing since he was 11 years old and has travelled extensively on the US blues trail. He has met BB King, Pinetop Perkins, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and Lucky Peterson. 

Eventbrite - Mississippi MacDonald

13 February 2016

Tred first played at Orpington Friday Folk in 2014, but their music crosses into jazz. A trio consisting of :

Elle Rees – Flute & Vocals
Pete Thomas – Double Bass
David Delarre – Acoustic Guitar

When they played here before they lured people in from the bar who had just come in for a beer and they will be hugely popular with jazz and folk (as well as Ian Anderson!) fans alike.

Eventbrite - Tred in Concert

Ange Hardy
18 March 2016

Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony.

Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a bag of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, a 27-string Salvi Harp and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you’re likely to encounter.

Shortly after winning FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year award in January 2014 she was referred to by veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of the bright stars of the new wave of folk singers” and since then Ange Hardy has established an enviable reputation as one of the fastest emerging folk acts in the UK. She released her third studio album ‘The Lament of The Black Sheep’ to a packed theatre audience in September 2014.

The album went on to receive international acclaim and was one of only three folk albums last year to be awarded 5-stars by The Telegraph. Bringing the story full circle it was in January 2015 awarded FATEA’s most prestigious award of all, Album of the Year, in the same week that Mike Harding referred to Ange Hardy as “one of the most interesting, powerful and talented singers and songwriters to come out of the last couple of years”.

Eventbrite - Ange Hardy

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