Who we are



Market Place, Bideford, EX39 2DR

Singers, Musicians, Poets, Storytellers and audience are all welcome at this friendly club.

We meet every Thursday from 7.30pm to share songs, tunes, stories and poems with occasional guest performers. At Christmas/New Year time please check Diary Dates and MCs to see whether we are opening.

Back to our original home upstairs in the skittle alley at Joiners Arms with its wonderful acoustics and friendly atmosphere and now – central heating and hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate! ( As well as well kept ales and a wide range of soft drinks). https://bidefordfolkclub.com/who-we-are/map-of-joiners-arms/

For more information

Contact: John – email: bidefolk@gmail.com or by telephone 01237 424286
Do take a look at the facebook page for photos and videos of club activities that we can’t always publish here.


Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or have tested positive in the last ten days.

Thank you
Bideford Folk Club Committee. March 8th 2023

Data protection and email lists

There are two mailing lists; one for regular members who will receive notification about Guest nights, outings or other activities, local events of interest and admin materials such as AGM notices. The second list is for those who just want notifications of guest nights.  You may subscribe to either list by emailing bidefolk and stating “Please subscribe me to: main” or “guests only”.  Likewise if you wish to unsubscribe just let us know. Please let us know if you change your email address.

The only information we keep is your name and email and possibly your phone number and/or home address if you have passed that on.  We will never share your details with anyone else without your permission.

Known as a club that encourages singers and musicians, we have seen beginners take their first faltering steps in folk music and then turn into performers able to perform on a national stage. Our guest nights have featured some fantastic performers, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman, John Kirkpatrick, Pete Morton, Cloudstreet, Pete Coe, Chris Coe, and Steve Knightley, it’s quite a list and apologies to all those great artistes we have not mentioned.

Bideford Folk Club members have been singing and making music together since September 1995. We meet, every week on a Thursday evening in the upstairs room at The Joiners Arms, Bideford.

Different members of the club MC the evening, putting their own stamp on the proceedings which, unless we have a ‘special guest’, usually takes the form of a singaround.

Everyone who comes has the opportunity to perform and although our roots are in traditional music we welcome any contributions, whether they are contemporary songs, any other song genres or personally written, it all adds to the rich mix of the evening. We also welcome anyone who just wants to sit and listen or join in with choruses

There are lots of great ‘open mikes’ and music sessions in pubs locally but not that many opportunities to really sit and listen to traditional and contemporary songs or air your song to a listening audience.

Bideford Folk Club gives you that opportunity and every Thursday night is different depending on who comes so the range of music and song is very diverse.

About eight times a year we organise concert nights featuring national and international guests with support from club members. It has long been our policy not to charge a ticket price for concert nights and we rely on weekly collections and your generosity on the night to pay our guests.

We are members of Folklife West and appear in the Folklife directory