Guest performers

Guest nights at Bideford start at 8pm 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.


John Conolly 19th April

John Conolly

John Conolly makes a welcome return to Bideford.  John has been around the British folk scene since the early 60s, he has written many songs – particularly about the east coast herring fishing community of which “Fiddler’s Green” is probably the best known.
More recently John has written many love songs and has also taken to writing some outrageously funny ditties. He plays melodeon and guitar.

Readers will, I’m sure, need no introduction to John’s enthusiastic, involving and entirely accessible performing style and his enviable songwriting versatility is well showcased on this latest collection
Living Tradition

Johns facebook page

John singing Fiddler’s Green

Carolyn Robson and Iris Bishop 31st May

robson and bishop

Carolyn Robson specialises in traditional songs (and dance). Most of her songs are from her native Northumberland bur she also sings Scottish songs and songs from other parts of the British Isles

Carolyn has recently teamed up with the fine accordionist and concertina player Iris Bishop.

FOLK IN THE CHAPEL with Carolyn Robson and Iris Bishop
This duo is very special – two accomplished performers who have come together to provide a mature and satisfying sound.  It is good to hear Carolyn’s fine voice sensitively accompanied by Iris on concertina or piano accordion.  The accompaniment is always appropriate and understated, although Iris is a virtuoso musician.  Carolyn’s singing is rich, warm and often very moving.  Their “All the Fine Young Men” was chockingly beautiful. Other songs ranged from traditional fare to the jazz favourite “Miss Otis Regrets” in a truly memorable performance. Do see them!
Denise Savage

Pete Coe June 14th


A welcome return to Bideford for one of Britain’s best-known folk musicians.  Pete has been a professional musician for some 46 years but continues to be entertaining and innovative.  He plays guitar, banjo, bouzouki, Appalachian dulcimer and melodion.

“Pete Coe in many ways represents the backbone of the modern folk revival. A fine solo performer and an energetic activist for the scene as well, founding Ryburn 3 Step, running folk clubs, dances and workshops in Ripponden and beyond while also teaching music and dancing in schools. He’s still one of the most committed, most versatile, most important folk artists in Britain.”  
Colin Irwin MOJO

Pete performing The Last Dance

Pete’s website

Nick Dow July 19th


Nick has been singing and collecting traditional songs for over forty years.  He has a particular interest in the music of travelling people. Nick is acknowledged as an expert in West Country folk song. He sings both unaccompanied and with guitar.

With his fine rich voice and superb guitar playing you will hear a great ballad singer of English traditional songs. His Latest CD “ My love you have won to keep” has had rave reviews.

Black Diamond Folk Club

Nick singing Just as the Tide Was Flowing

Winter Wilson  6th September


Dave Wilson and Kip Winter.  Dave plays guitar and writes many of the songs that they sing.  Kip is a multi-instrumentalist and also a fine singer  They have recently toured with folk-rock legends Fairport convention.

“Dave Wilson’s songs pull no punches when relating to the sights and sounds of everyday local life, and are complimented by Kip’s powerful and emotional voice.”
Daily Telegraph, January 2018

Video of To Hell with Monday Morning

Winter Wilson’s website

Proper English 25th October


Proper English are a singing trio (and also a Barn Dance Band) performing traditional English songs with a lively and entertaining style.  Between them they play  Fiddle, concertinas, melodeon, cello, guitar and banjo.

Proper English at the FolkEast Festival

Proper English’s website