Forest Folk  - a great folk club in Hampshire

Forest Folk & Covid-19  

We do hope you are all safe, keeping well, and making the most of the summer.  This is a slightly more upbeat update, given the latest Government news this last Friday of the easing of restrictions, but with social distancing remaining at the forefront of their guidelines.

Sadly, the Skipinnish UK tour has had to be postponed until 2021, but they have assured us that we will be part of their 2021 tour.  They will be sorting out new dates for 2021 and once these are available, we will of course let you know immediately.  Indeed, we are thrilled they will be with us during our 20th anniversary year, and this will be a real celebration.  For those of you who have tickets, we would love it if you would hold onto them as these will remain valid for the new date in 2021.  You can then decide whether to roll-over your tickets for the new date, or if you prefer a refund, then we will arrange this.

Most importantly for Forest Folk and all other music venues, the Government has said that indoor music performances can start from 1st August, subject to social distancing.  This certainly gives us hope that we can start to think and plan how we might be able to get together again, slowly, softly, and most importantly, safely.

For the moment, the current government guidance is that singers and musicians need to be three metres apart, so we are unable to hold our Singaround evenings.  Research is being undertaken that may allow the guidelines to be relaxed – but there is no date for this yet.

We will, however, start to think how we can re-open with a reduced audience and perhaps hold a few guest evenings in the autumn, subject to it being safe to do so, and subject to you being willing to support us.  Everyone is longing to sing, play or see a live gig again, but we have to keep everyone safe – the performers, the audience and our venue.

Here's to the re-opening of Forest Folk – whenever it might happen!

Please let us know what you think.

Take care of yourselves, keep safe, and once again, many, many thanks for your support.

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The Forest Folk Virtual Singaround continues

Our Singaround regulars are contributing videos of songs and tunes and until such time as we can meet again 

in the bar of the North Boarhunt Social Club, these videos are being posted on the Forest Folk Facebook page.  

For some great contributions to our Virtual Singaround, please go to our Facebook page, 

and thanks so much to our regulars for sending them in.

 We need more likes on facebook - please join in the fun, click on the tab, 
and like and share Forest Folk on
 facebook.  Many thanks.

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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.

Join our e-mailing list:

Due to a new European Regulation, we are required to ensure that you consent to being on our newsletter. You would only be contacted because you have contacted Forest Folk for tickets, given us your email address at a gig, or subscribed yourself. You can change your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

We only use your contact details to let you know about Forest Folk  related information - events etc - we will never sell or pass on your information.  We use Mailchimp, which is fully GDPR compliant, to send out our newsletters.  If you have any questions at all do let us know. 

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



20 July 2020                                        Richard Digance (tickets £14 non members, £12 members) - CANCELLED

31 August 2020                                   Skipinnish (tickets £22 non members, £20 members) - TO BE REARRANGED FOR 2021

7 September 2020                               Singaround

21 September 2020                             An Evening with Jim Causley (tickets £14 non members, £12 members)

19 October 2020                                  Le Vent Du Nord

16 November 2020                              Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs

21 December 2020                               The Young'uns - PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE



20 January 2020                        Steve Knightley 

17 February 2020                        The Paul McKenna Band

16 March 2020                            The Trials of Cato


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 

9 December 2019                           Christmas Ceilidh with Threepenny Bit

16 December 2019                         The Jigantics


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