ACORN FOLK CLUB meets at UNITED REFORMED CHURCH HALL, BANCKS STREET, MINEHEAD TA24 5DJ.   Guests of National and International standing are booked on a roughly quarterly basis.  Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.   Doors open at 7 for 7.30 pm start and, as many people travel a good distance to attend, we finish at 10.30 pm.  Entry is £7 and there is a raffle to defray costs.   The Club is run on a voluntary and non-profit making basis to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead, giving a platform for professionals and amateurs alike.   If you wish to reserve a spot or a seat please ring 07811 744158 or email acornfolkclub@googlemail.com, but it is OK to just come along.   Bring own refreshments and have a superb evening in this lovely venue with wooden floor, high ceiling and really good acoustics in a warm and friendly atmosphere!    Joy, Peace and Tranquility, Eileen Ann (Founder) and Jim (Co-organiser).
KEEP MUSIC LIVE IN MINEHEAD!    .... Don't let time pass by, but see the colours of a dragonfly .... (EAM)
August 2016 - Pete Morton - We had so much positive feedback - stupendous, amazing, fantastic, fabulous - but mostly how good it is to be back after a year off ....
October 2016 - Mick Ryan and Paul Downes "We had a great time". A very successful evening  CP    All my party enjoyed the evening RL   

Sept 2014 - Dana & Susan Robinson wrote:
"A delightful club the Acorn is - a real testament to all the many years of work you’ve put into it.  Wonderful to meet you and Jim as well."
July 2014 - Brian Willoughby & Cathryn Craig:  "What a wonderful night. Minehead's Glastonbury without mud and tents. Also "The Acorn Shanty Crew sound brilliant ... PP
May 2014 - Dan Cassidy & James Hickman - Last night was sensational!   GL  and "Another wonderful evening the pair are so enthralling and professional"  JH
JUNE 17th 2015 - Concert for United Reformed Church
Dear Eileen Ann, I just wanted to say how well I thought tonight's concert went; the Shanty Crew were on good form and got the audience involved, I think we all enjoyed ourselves, and looking at the audience involvement I think these local concerts give a lot to many people in a variety of ways. Mike was so happy to have Di there, his joie de vivre was palpable and as always there was a real rapport between Rob and Jenny. What I wanted to say however was how impressed I was with the Victorian set - your voice is always strong and true - as you know I am not really 'musical', but you and Jim came across as very confident and professional and he sang really well and with true feeling, it was a well - deserved triumph. You put so much into supporting all of us, and of course your very gifted daughter and her family, ( I empathise there), your enthusiasm holds us all together !
with much love, Rita
June 2015 Dear Eileen Ann,It was fitting that Geoff Lakeman mentioned his relative’s workhouse experience – and for making the strong point that our folk arts generally, reflect our past origins and are a living heritage for future generations.
I have to say, you organise and run a great folk club across there in Minehead. Many other clubs, nationwide, could learn a lot from The Acorn. I regard what you have going there as an example of ‘best practice’ within the folk world.
AND FROM GEOFF LAKEMAN "I enjoyed the club - and a good singing audience."
July 2013 - Pete Morton/Darren Hodge/Somerset Nightingales/The Triplets:/Acorn Crew and Floor Spots. "Thank you for last night, it was very good,  The main guests were brilliant and so were the floor spots."  PC
Eileen Ann and Jim aka The Somerset Nightingales on stage at the Cornwall Folk Festival at Wadebridge
Mar 2014 - Thank you for a lovely evening. It was great fun! We hope our paths cross at a festival sometime in the year! Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
May 2013 Brilliant club with bags of atmosphere and so welcoming" SS
We appreciate all the hard work you put into making the Acorn one of the most high-profile clubs around ..." (AW)
"Thanks Eileen Ann for the great review;  Phil (Beer) had a lovely time"  VW 
 "Thanks for sending that lovely review - very well written and very flattering - and thanks again for a lovely night and your unparalleled hospitality."  Paul Downes x
The Acorn Folk Club upholds traditional and contemporary folk music on eight first Saturdays and is committed to bringing the best professional performers possible to Minehead.

For our 14th Season we have international guests, leading artists on the current folk scene and outstanding features, whom we have seen and heard before booking.

Many of our guests have received BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and also appear at festivals and other clubs
Tickets may be purchased online - please see right margin or reserved in advance by phoning or emailing. A raffle is offered to help with expenses.

There is always a warm welcome for everyone. We like to share cake on birthdays and anniversaries; in January we have our Annual Party, and in the summer our Annual Dinner, to round off the season.

Our new venue of the United Reformed Church Hall in Bancks Street, Minehead, has excellent acoustics and warm and clean facilities, and we are able to bring our own drinks and refreshments there - thus keeping costs down considerably.    Also Minehead "the gateway to Exmoor" is a good place to visit, and people further afield find it's worth coming for the whole weekend.  

The Acorn Folk Club was founded in 2002 by Eileen Ann Moore and her late husband John. She continues with the help of Jim Parham. The Acorn is run on an entirely voluntary basis and not for profit. It gives professional and amateur performers a platform, and gives listeners the opportunity to meet artists and hear good folk music in a warm and friendly environment, with plenty of space for banter and chat between acts and during the break.

We follow the very good example of Somers (Worcs), the Hoy at Anchor (Essex), and Bodmin, all long established clubs, (to name but a few).  We start and finish on time, face the listeners when we perform, and show performers courtesy.

We look forward to seeing you at The Acorn Folk Club whether as a loyal regular, someone who comes occasionally, as a newcomer or a visitor.

Joy Peace and Tranquillity*

Eileen Ann and Jim
* from Eileen Ann’s Song “Peace in Minehead”

Contact details:
Tel: 01643 709394 – Mobile 07811 744158


 "We have talked about it often, since our visit and reckon it is one of, it not the best we have been to." (RD of Somers Traditional Club) 

Artwork and Brochure, Website Management

                                                Albert Owen 

TO CONTACT EILEEN ANN or JIM, ORGANISERS OF THE CLUB, PLEASE SEE RIGHT SIDE MARGIN ABOVE - 07811 744158 or click on "to send an email" ....

How to find the Acorn Folk Club

See link on right hand side under CHANGE OF VENUE



(1939 - 2005)

Founder of the Acorn Folk Club in September 2002


THERE WAS A TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE ACORN FOLK CLUB The Acorn Folk Club was founded in Minehead, Somerset in 2002 by the late John Moore, and carried on from 2005 by his widow Eileen Ann with the help of Jim Parham and a willing team of volunteers. During these thirteen years nearly 100 outstanding and leading guests on the national and international folk scene have been hosted. The platform granted for regular and visiting talented floor spots has been well used, and a loyal and enthusiastic audience has been developed, earning the Acorn the reputation of "one of the best, if not the best, folk club around". Due to health reasons the club was closed for a year from Sept 2015 - July 2016, but in August 2016 there was a terrific revival evening with Pete Morton (see reviews) and it has been decided to run the club roughly quarterly.  The next one was 15th October with Mick Ryan and Paul Downes - a delightful evening, and we continue with ACORN CELTIC PARTY on Sat 21st January 2017.  See Programme for full details.  We follow on there with a guest on 6th May 2017 and Eileen Ann certainly hopes to throw another birthday party in August 2017.   Watch this space!! 
Even as late as January 2016 we are still receiving nice comments about the Acorn ... see News Page .
We took part in Dunster by Candlelight and Minehead Extravaganza in Dec with the Acorn Shanty Crew, and the Crew had various other gigs - at Minehead Extravaganza in December, 17th February at Dunster Lodge, and 16th March at Minehead Active Living Day Centre, both private gigs.  
"Making a Difference", "The Colours of a Dragonfly" (music & lyrics by Eileen Ann Moore) and "Slumber Ye Well" by the late Graeme Miles with Jim Parham
together as The Somerset Nightingales. Youtube Channel set up, filmed and recorded by Albert Owen.
Slumber Ye Well recorded by Albert Owen
and see Jimbo's Photos and Videos from festivals by clicking on No 3 on the left hand margin ....
Your comments:
Thank you for making us so welcome at the Acorn Club,
we both enjoyed the evening very much - whenever we are in the area we will make a point of visiting again (RC)
We had a great time at the club and the hospitality was wonderful (Damien Barber)
"Many thanks for the wonderful evening at The Acorn as well as your very generous hospitality." (Dan McKinnon)
"We have talked about it often, since our visit and reckon
it is one of, it not the best we have been to."
(RD of Worcester))


The Caravan & Camping Club - non members welcomed. Minehead
Club Site, Hill Road, North Hill, Minehead, TA24 5LB 01643 704138
Pete & Yvonne - welcome tents and campervans - hill is too steep for
towing caravans, but there are other sites in the town.
plenty of street parking
Click on the link to get a map A is the church
click on the picture and go left to see the car park.







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