Guest performers

Coronavirus update: This page is very much under construction as we catch up with performers and re-book. Come back often!

Guest nights at Bideford start at 8 pm unless it says otherwise below – we advise you to arrive at 7:30 or thereabouts to be sure of a seat.  They finish between 10:30 and 11.  There’s no singaround on guest nights, support performers are invited in advance by the MC for the evening.

We don’t charge for tickets but we do pass the box round – please consider how much you might pay for a public concert and then contribute at least the cost of a drink.  All club events are financed by the collections taken each week.



We are still booking, or in some cases re-booking, guests for 2022. Details, photos, etc will be added later.

Mar 5th, Saturday, Special Event: Magpie Lane at the Pannier Pantry.

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Bideford Folk Club Present Magpie Lane
Saturday 5th March at the Pannier Pantry at the Custom House 7: 30 for 8:00pm

Tickets are £13.20 including a £1.20 booking fee from

Magpie Lane perform Traditional English songs and dance tunes on acoustic instruments. The band has been performing for over 25 years and have produced 10 albums.
They are a five-piece folk band from Oxford, the band has been delighting audiences with a combination of powerful vocals and vigorous dance tunes, performing inventive arrangements on acoustic instruments. Every one of them is a fine singer as well as an instrumentalist.

Magpie lane performing “The Trees Are Bare”

Magpie Lane’s website


The Pannier Pantry at the Custom House is at 1 Bridgeland St, Bideford EX39 2PS – on the corner of Bridgeland St and the Quay. There is ample parking just round the corner on the Pill or on the riverbank.

PLEASE NOTE. This is an upstairs venue with no wheelchair access. The stairs would be difficult or impossible for anyone with mobility issues.

April 7th,  Winter Wilson

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Winter Wilson are: Kip Winter who plays flute, guitar, tenor guitar, bass, piano accordion and tenor ukulele but mostly loves to sing. Dave Wilson writes songs plays guitar and allegedly practises the banjo (Good for him. Ed)
They play original songs, packed with emotion, delivered with humour.

“Dave and Kip of Winter Wilson were a delight to share with a Vancouver BC audience for the first time. Beautiful voices, exceptional songwriting, and utterly endearing performances from these two charming and engaging artists. I loved watching the audience fall in love with them!”  Shari Ulrich (Canada), Multi Juno Award Winner

WinterWilson playing “Tried and Tested”

Winter Wilson’s wensite

April 28th, Wildwood Jack



Wildwood Jack are a guitar and ukulele duo originally from Kent. In 2013 they sold their home and have been travelling the world with their music ever since.They play contemporary folk music with a twist of bluegrass and world music played with outstanding fingerstyle guitar and ukulele.

‘An absolute delight. Haunting, atmospheric and clearly put together with much love and care. I’d like to make it CD of the week‘ ROGER WILLIAMS – A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
‘Outstanding music. An excellent album‘ WILLIES CAFE RADIO SHOW, COLOGNE

Wildwood Jack playing “The Captain and Me”

Wildwood Jack’s website

May 26th, Harbour Lights

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Three Suffolk musicians (Alvar Smith, Derek Simpson &; Rob Neal) perform mainly
East Anglian songs and tunes on concertinas, melodeon, banjo, guitar, harmonica and
Alvar is a retired gamekeeper from Blaxhall who sings songs gathered from
his grandfather and other local characters.
Rob and Derek have performed in many bands over the years.
The trio’s emphasis is on entertainment and audience participation.

Harbour lights performing “Flash Company”

Harbour Lights Facebook Page

June 16th, Na-Mara


Na-Mara are the Hertfordshire-based duo of Rob Garcia and Paul Mc Namara. Rob plays guitar, mandola and mandolin. Paul plays guitar. They both sing. Their music includes self-penned songs in traditional style on contemporary and historical topics; traditional songs from the British Isles; their own translations of songs from the Breton, French and Quebecois traditions, and tunes from Brittany, France and the Spanish Celtic regions of Asturias and Galicia.

“One of life’s certainties, thus far, is that any music produced by Na-Mara, be it live or recorded, will be of the highest quality and guaranteed to involve subjects and themes of compelling interest.” David Pratt, FATEA, April 2019 

“…Na-Mara is one of today’s leading folk ballad duos on the British folk scene.” Michael Moll, Folk World #70, November 2019

Na-Mara playing Navajos & Pirates

Na-Mara’s website

October 6th Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter

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Sally and Brian have been writing songes and performing for more than twenty years. They have a quirky and distinctive style, most of their songs are self-penned about anything from prostitutes to seaside trips. Sally sings, accompanied by Brian’s impeccable guitar playing.

Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter put on a brilliant show, firmly rooted in the folk music tradition, but including some hints of jazz and blues and other genres. Mostly self-penned, their songs were moving and funny and quite catchy.
Most of all, they were fun and joyous entertainers”
(Richard Death, Stratford Sub Castle, February 2019) 

Sally & Brian performing “Metalwork”

Sally & Brians website