Guest performers

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.



Bruce Watson 10th October

bruce watson

Bruce is an Australian singer and songwriter.  He is well known for his humorous songs.  Bruce’s songs have been recorded by many other Australian and international artists.  He has released many albums and has toured extensively in Australia, this will be his first UK tour.

Bruce has a rare talent . . . the best songwriter I have seen in a long time —
Eric Bogle

He rocked the festival with a series of hysterically funny and heartwrenching songs. I was so impressed… Bruce is an animated performer with great songs in the folk tradition — Woodford Folk Festival

Bruce singing The Reedy River Still Flows

Bruce’s website

2020 bookings – subject to confirmation

The Chris Cleverley Trio 27th February

Chris Cleverley

Chris is an accomplished singer-songwriter and an outstanding fingerstyle guitarist. The trio features renowned vocalists and musicians Kim Lowings & Kathy Pilkinton. The trio was assembled to rearrange and reinvent music from Chris’ solo career in a diverse format.

“With artists like Chris Cleverley writing and performing like this, the new British folk scene is in incredibly rude health” – Rock Society

The trio playing “Missing Persons

Chris’s website

Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter 19th March

ironmonger carter

Sally and Brian have been writing songs and performing together for nearly 20 years.  Sally has a unique voice and Brian is an accomplished guitarists. Their songs are rooted in folk tradition but incorporate elements of blues and jazz.

“Music, laugh, reality and friendship ! The Frogs love this pair of fantastic musicians.”  (The Flippin’ Frog, Rochester, January 2018)

Sally and Brian performing Metalwork

Sally and Brian’s website


Maggie Duffy 23rd April


Maggie is a well-known west country singer songwriter, her songs reflect the lives and times of the people who live there.  She brings a wealth of original material, a fine singing voice and great guitar work to her gigs.

Maggie’s  voice has a rare and haunting quality which is just amazing. (Judi Spiers Radio Devon)

Maggie performing Three Times Three

Maggie’s website

Harbour Lights 21st May

Harbour Lights

Harbour lights are a Suffolk-based trio Alvar Smith – Harmonica, Banjo, Vocals + local yarns Derek Simpson – Melodeon, Anglo concertina, guitar, vocals Rob Neal – English & Duet concertinas, ‘Cello, vocals
They perform a variety of entertaining material both traditional and more recent.


A medley of songs from a live performance

Harbour lights website

Na-Mara 7th July 


Rob Garcia (classical guitar, mandolin, mandola) and Paul McNamara (guitar) are a Hertfordshire-based duo. They have performed in venues and festivals across the UK and abroad and also on various radio stations.  Their material is both traditional and self-penned, from the UK and European sources.

“…Their musical skills are superb and their songs are of the highest quality…” Milkmaid Folk Club, Bury St Edmonds

A medley of songs from Na-Mara

N-Mara’s website


Jody Kruskal 5th  November  


Jody is a singer and concertina player from Brooklyn NY where he also teaches, designs instruments and calls for dances. He has a unique collection of unusual andvintage American songs. Blues and Old-Time gems, compelling stories, colouful characters, rich language, sly humour and intriguing melodies.

Thank you for one of our best evenings entertainments. A fantastic evening at the Folk Club – Jody is a great communicator and musician. He held the audience in his hand for his whole performance.” -John Cave, Seaford Folk Club
Jody playing Hop and Skip


Jody’s webpage