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.
Reg Meuross January 24th
Reg Meuross is one of this country’s finest singer songwriters, he has one many awards including:
Best male vocalist Fatea Music Awards 2013
Best album 2014 ‘England Green & England Grey’ FolkWords
Best song of 2017 Fatea Music Awards 2017 (Faraway People)
“Faraway People (One of Reg’s many albums) goes the distance in turning the spotlight on issues that should not be left in the shadows.”
Folk Radio July 2017
Reg’s YouTube Channel
Reg’s Facebook page
Silvington 25th April
Silvington is Tricia Moore and John Connor, both established musicians. Tricia plays guitar and has a clear singing voice, John sings harmonies and is multi-instrumental.
They perform both traditional and contemporary material and are prolific songwriters.
The 13 songs feature good harmonies and good stories, Most importantly they open a window to the past.
Review of “A Song in Every Window” in What’s Afoot
Silvington singing Hotel on the Island
Quicksilver 13th June
Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham are QuickSilver. Hilary was for 20 years the lead singer with internationally acclaimed acappella trio Artisan and Grant is a wonderful songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire. They had known each other on the folk scene for several years before they came together in 2002 when Grant stepped in gallantly to save the launch concert of Hilary’s second solo album “Afterimage” when at four days’ notice her guitarist had to pull out.
An absolute treat: some of the funniest songs ever written.
Grant Baynham is one of the funniest songwriters ever to have put pen to paper. His side-splitting rhymes make Quicksilver an outstandingly entertaining duo, featuring his mirthfully lively guitar and resonant vocals, along with the extraordinarily flexible voice of Hilary Spencer
Folk and Honey
Quicksilver at Folk on the Farm 2016
Shore to Shore 27th June. Note: 7:30 start
Folk Music from Newfoundland and England’s Westcountry
‘Shore to Shore’ is a concert tour given by Newfoundland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music – Hearty choruses, story song and ballads and foot tapping instrumentals featuring the fast driving tunes of Newfoundland and their rhythmic English cousins. Guitars, Accordions, 4-stop melodeons, strong vocal harmonies and much more.
Together the performers will be exploring songs they have shared for over thirty years – songs that demonstrate the cultural and musical links between the county of Devon and the former Dominion of Newfoundland. Many people in Newfoundland, who took the Devon songs with them, can trace their ancestry to Devon. In this series, the three performers compare and contrast various versions from both sides of the Atlantic.
Brian Peters 29th August
Brian Peters’ is well known English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist. He is known particularly for his interpretations of the Child Ballads and his researches into the traditional music of the North-East of England. He is acknowledged as one of England’s leading exponents of the Anglo concertina and melodeon.
“A man of considerable talent; a singer with a relaxed yet compelling style, one of the country’s finest melodeon players,
a concertina player of repute, and an accomplished guitarist.”
Baz Parkes, English Dance & Song
Bruce Watson 10th October
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 —
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