Forest Folk  - a great folk club in Hampshire

What's on:           

Monday 9 December, 7.30 pm - Christmas Ceilidh 

with Threepenny Bit - SOLD OUT

Join us for our Christmas party night and dance the evening away to Threepenny Bit - or just come along and listen to a grea band.  Hampshire-based Threepenny Bit are an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music.  This dynamic band play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious stage energy for ceilidh dancing and concerts.




Monday 16 December, 8 pm - The Jigantics

The Jigantics are Keith Thompson (vocals, guitar, bass guitar), Sarah Kelly (vocals, ukulele, bass guitar, Mark Cole (vocals, squeezebox, harmonica, mandolin, guitar, and Martin Fitzgibbon (percussion, drums, vocals), all multi instrumentalists who frequently swop instruments and share lead vocals, with stunning four part harmonies.  Individually, band members have performed with some of the biggest names in the world of popular music, such as Mick Jagger, Lou Reed and Steve Winwood.  The Jigantics are never afraid to mix musical styles but always with a touch of class, combining original material with their own interpretation of Steve Earl or Tom Waites, to name a few.


The Jigantics’ foot-tapping, feel good and totally convincing tearjerkers makes for a remarkable and spellbinding evening’s entertainment.  The whole effect is one of wondering what may come next, and then being surprised when the unexpected happens. 


Monday 20 January 2020, 8 pm - Steve Knightley

Pass Notes - The stories behind the songs 

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and Steve is also enjoying success as a solo artist.  Steve won the Best Original Song category at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for his biting, banker-baiting Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed, and has been rated as “one of England’s greatest singer songwriters”.  

Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing.  Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! 


Monday 17 February 2020, 8 pm - The Paul McKenna Band

Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan.

He and his band – comprising Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion) – draw on both Scottish and Irish roots, in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material. 

“The best band of their generation” (The Living Tradition)

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See below for details of all forthcoming events.  Forest Folk meets on the first Monday of the month for Singarounds – 7.30 to 11 pm;
 and third Mondays (with occasional second Mondays) of the month for Guest Evenings – 8 to 11 pm, doors open 7.30 pm, unreserved seating.

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To reserve and buy tickets:  Tel 01329 833625 / 023 9226 4288 / email   Please send cheque payable to FOREST FOLK (together with a stamped, addressed envelope) to Forest Folk, 12A Ashling Gardens, Denmead, Waterlooville, PO7 6PR and we’ll send tickets by return.  NB Please do not write on the back of the cheque as the bank has installed a new cheque reader which will not accept cheques with writing on the back!

Membership:  Forest Folk membership costs £10 per person or £15 per couple per year, your year starts when you join up. Membership will give you a discount on your guest night ticket.

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To find us:  The North Boarhunt Village Hall & Social Club, Trampers Lane, North Boarhunt, near Wickham, Hampshire PO17 6DD

From the East, leave the M27 at Junction 10, take the A32 Alton road and fork right at the Shell Garage in Wickham.  Turn right by St Nicholas Church onto the B2177 to North Boarhunt, and after approx one and a half miles take the second left into Trampers Lane, Forest Folk is at the Social Club and Village Hall half a mile down the lane on the right, opposite the bottle bank sign.  There is plenty of room in the car park behind the village hall so please do use it - many thanks. There are two disabled spaces at the front of the building (which is wheelchair accessible) - please keep free for those who need to use them.

From the West, double back along the M27 from Junction 11 to Junction 10, then follow directions above.

Our thanks to all of you for supporting Forest Folk, and we hope to see you soon!
For more information please contact:
Charles (tel) 01329 833625
Janet (tel) 023 9226 4288 / 07976 713949

Mail to: Forest Folk, 12A Ashling Gardens, Denmead, Waterlooville PO7 6PR



2 December 2019                              Singaround

9 December 2019                           Christmas Ceilidh with Threepenny Bit (tickets £14 non members, £12 members)

16 December 2019                         The Jigantics (tickets £14 non members, £12 members)


6 January 2020                                Singaround

20 January 2020                               Steve Knightley (tickets £17 non members, £15 members)

3 February 2020                                Singaround

17 February 2020                              The Paul McKenna Band (tickets £16 non members, £14 members)

2 March 2020                                    Singaround

16 March 2020                                  The Trials of Cato (tickets £16 non members, £14 members)



14 January 2019                        The Local Honeys

21 January 2019                        Steve Knightley

18 February 2019                        Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle

18 March 2019                            Edwina Hayes

15 April 2019                                Glymjack

20 May 2019                                The Gerry Colvin Band

10 June 2019                                Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys 

22 June 2019                               Forest Folk Day (acoustic concert with JC & Angelina Grimshaw)

15 July                                            Saltfishforty

9 September 2019                            Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

14 October  2019                              JigJam

18 November 2019                            Daoiri Farrell 


15 January 2018                    Steve Knightley 

19 February 2018                    Martin & Eliza Carthy 

19 March 2018                        Broom Bezzums

16 April 2018                           The Coal Porters

21 May 2018                            While & Matthews 

18 June 2018                           The East Pointers 

16 July 2018                            Heidi Talbot & John McCusker 

17 September 2018                  Granny's Attic 

15 October 2018                       Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan 

12 November 2018                    Tide Lines

19 November 2018                    Martyn Joseph

10 December 2018                    Christmas Ceilidh with Threepenny Bit  

17 December 2018                    A Causley Christmas with Jim Causley


16 January                        Steve Knightley 

20 February                        Breabach 

20 March                            Maddy Prior, Hannah James & Giles Lewin 

Easter Monday 17 April      Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

22 May                                John Doyle

19 June                                Le Vent Du Nord 

17 July                                Melrose Quartet

18 September                        Merry Hell Acoustic

16 October                            Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley with Emily Sanders

20 November                        Tide Lines 

11 December                        Christmas Ceilidh with Threepenny Bit

18 December                        The Liberty to Choose


18 January                    Steve Knightley

15 February                   Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle

14 March                        The Poozies

18 April                            Bob Fox

25 April                             Show of Hands

16 May                            Jim Causley

20 June                           Martyn Joseph

18 July                            Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons

19 September                  Ranagri

17 October                      The James Brothers

21 November                   Skerryvore

(Friday) 2 December        Christmas Ceilidh with Simon Care's Banter

19 December  2016          Les Barker


Monday 18 May 2015  -  Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys

Monday 8 June 2015  -  Mànran

Monday 20 July 2015  -  The Dovetail Trio

Monday 21 September 2015  -  The New Rope String Band

Monday 16 November 2015  -  Oysters3

Monday 14 December 2015  -  Christmas Ceilidh with Threepenny Bit

Monday 21 December 2015  -  Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs

Our thanks to all of you for supporting Forest Folk, and we hope to see you soon!
For more information please contact:
Charles (tel) 01329 833625
Janet (tel) 023 9226 4288 / 07976 713949

Mail to: Forest Folk, 12A Ashling Gardens, Denmead, Waterlooville PO7 6PR