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.



Daniel Nestlerode 12th October

Stratford River Festival 2015

We are pleased to welcome Daniel Nestlerode back to Bideford.  Daniel  was born in Pennsylvania but is now based in Cambridge.  He sings many original songs and also performs traditional material accompanying himself principally on mandolin but also mandola, tenor mandola and guitar.

If you fancy a good dose of Americana/country then you could do worse than have a listen to More Than A Little Guitar, the pun will become obvious when you see the album and find out more about the ex-Californian Daniel Nestlerode.

Listen to Rolling With the Circus

Daniel’s website.

Robb Johnson 9th November

robb johnson

Robb is one of the finest singer-songwriters active in the UK today.  His songs are edgy, hard hitting and full of social comment. He featured in the BBC’s “Folk Britannia” series and has worked with many well-known performers including Leon Rosselson and Chumbawumba.

“Britain’s finest songwriter since Richard Thompson”

“The real deal when it comes to songwriting”
Mike Harding, BBC Radio2

See Ballad of the NHS on YouTube

Robb’s website



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