3. ORPINGTON FOLK CLUB :
Orpington Folk Club ( O.F.C ) is the longest surviving folk club in the area. Having enjoyed several homes since 1965, the O.F.C. is now firmly established most evenings in the restaurant or in the bar annex at :
Change of Horses
Farnborough High Street
01689 852 949
Please do not use the above
telephone number for folk club enquiries. Staff members at the Change of Horses are not necessarily aware of the clubs events or activities. Many thanks for your co-operation.
Orpington Folk Club is a members club. However since the advent of new laws relating to public performances
(PRS Performing Rights Society)
the club no longer has to be a members club but for its own sake we have kept it on and it is now optional and free to join. Orpington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening from 8:15pm
5. FORMAT :
The format for most Thursdays, except singarounds, is to commence with
one of our regular singer(s)/musician(s), followed by a floor singer from the audience who
has requested a spot. For those seeking a floor
spot on a guests night. We recommend you phone or email us first, especially if coming from a long way. We also have to be
selective on guest nights.
This is to help us plan the evenings better, ensure the guest(s) get their full performance and avoid disappointment to anyone.
6. PROTOCOL :
Or should I sing, play an instrument or percussion while others are performing?
While we at the OFC encourage participation, it should be limited to joining in the chorus o
f a song. In most cases we find the performers prefer to play it thier way - unless they request that the audience join in. This applies to both guest nights and singers nights. Please keep noise and conversations levels to a minimum during a performance.
See David Harley's tips for floor singers Here... 7. GUEST(S) NIGHTS :
After the initial start, on a booked guest(s) night, the guest(s) will
perform for us for 30-45 minutes approximately, depending on the duration
of their act. This will normally be followed by a break. The evening
then continues with invited floor singers if time permits, after which our guest(s)
will perform again for 30-40 minutes and finish the evening, at around 11p.m.
Those seeking a floor spots on guest nights should contact us before coming.
Time is very limited on these nights and if time permits we may have floor singers but have to be selective.
We recommend you phone or email us first to avoid disappointment, especially if coming from a long way.
On singers / musicians nights however we welcome performers of any ability.
8. SINGERS & MUSICIANS NIGHTS :
Singers nights start off in a similar way to guest(s) nights but continue on with singers from the floor to perform for us. Each spot will be around
8-10 minutes in duration, depending on how many wish to perform that evening. Singers' Nights are a popular part of the club's program with all types of acoustic folk music and song performed. This is the chance for SOLO or GROUPS of singer musicians to come and showcase their talent.
David Harley's tips for floor singers Here...
11. ENTERTAINMENT :
Every evening is different. We enjoy a wide variety of entertainment,
from highly acclaimed professional, semi-professional singer(s)/musician(s)
to amateur enthusiasts. It includes unaccompanied singers, groups
of singers and musicians, playing a variety of instruments.
Apart from guitars, accordions and flutes, some of the more unusual instruments
are dulcimers, hurdy-girdys and crumphorns to name but a few. There
are often large helpings of humour in their performances, which is always
welcome. Guest(s) are often booked for their humour as much as their music.
20. EVENTS ENQUIRIES :
(Please do Not Phone the Venue)
For information on events please phone : Steve Jennings : 01959 53275 Ted Handley : 0208 325 6513