What’s On


Bracknell Folk at The Sun in Windlesham - 8:30 p.m. Every Tuesday

The list below gives only our guest nights, which always include floor spots as well for performers in the audience.

Every other Tuesday is a “Come all ye” to play, sing, join in or just  enjoy the music and the company.

Guests by name

Guests by date

Tue 20th

Feb 2018

Dan Kemp

Dan first wandered into the club with his pal Matt in  those heady, pre-uni days of yore, guitars over their shoulders and brought a verve to their floor spots that we’ve seldom seen. Since then, Dan has moved forwards, performing in several countries. Dan is a folk singer and fiddle player with occasional forays into punk and ska music. He sings and plays wherever he gets the chance, whether that's busking around Europe, performing at a punk gig or playing the fiddle at a folk session. He is also a member of Will Tun and the Wasters and regularly collaborates with Ash Victim. Now we’ve booked him for your delectation and delight!

Tue 6th

Mar 2018

Kitty Macfarlane

"This young Somerset-based singer-songwriter's blessed with a strong identity: a confident singing voice and a compelling writing style deriving inspiration from growing up in the south-west, allied to a talent for finding wider significance in everyday experiences” fRoots Magazine

Kitty reached the semi-final of the BBC Young Folk Award in 2015, released her debut EP Tide & Time, gained her first national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 folk show with Mark Radcliffe and completed an extensive national support tour with award-winning duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman. That’s a pretty good start for anyone’s folk career. She’s clearly a performer to look out for, but you need look no further. Catch her at the club.

Tue 27th

Mar 2018

Damian Clarke

Damian, a founder member of Pressgang, is a fine folk singer/songwriter who accompanies himself on hammered dulcimer and hurdy gurdy (though not simultaneously) when not singing a capella. Beyond his own songs, he has a range of others including songs in Irish, Plat Deutsch and Breton, any of which might crop up in his performance, but come prepared to join in the occasional chorus too! Damian released his third solo CD in 2016 and keeps himself busy with a list of gigs at clubs and festivals, including a European tour in 2017, plus artwork and historical events.

Tue 17th

Apr 2018

Chris Ronald Trio

Now living in Vancouver, Canada, contemporary folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald emigrated from his native England in 2002. Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Ronald’s music has been described as “Canadian folk with British roots,” and The Province likened it to “the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.”

This song master is a revelation” FATEA

John Ellis is an award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist who flits effortlessly between guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and more. He has worked with top Canadian talent and produced Ronald's CFMA-nominated Timeline album. The pair teamed up again to create Ronald's new Fragments CD and look forward to more national and international touring to support the release.
Mike Sanyshyn has played fiddle in a dazzling array of situations from performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra to acting as musical director for the British Columbia Country Music Awards. Mike was named BC provincial champion four times and placed in the top three at the Canadian Grand Masters Championship. A first call studio musician, Sanyshyn's fiddle features heavily on Ronald's new Fragments album.

Tue 8th

May 2018

Steve Ashley

Steve Ashley has been playing in folk clubs since 1961. Since his debut album in 1974, Steve has performed on over 40 albums including 10 of new songs, the latest of which, Another Day was released in 2017. He’s recorded with Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention, Shirley Collins, Spyrogyra and numerous others. People covering his songs include Fairport Convention, Martin & Jessica Simpson and Phil Beer. That’s a folk pedigree!

Tue 29th

May 2018


Patchouli, a.k.a. Terra Guitarra are master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer, songwriter and guitarist Julie Patchouli. We came across them at a house concert and thought you should have the chance to hear them too. Based in Mississippi & California, Patchouli / Terra Guitarra have performed over 4,000 shows, toured a million miles on the road supporting 20 CD releases, won songwriting awards, industry awards, performed on TV, film and are played on Radio programs around the world.

"An acoustic duo whose songs about harmony & healing inspire the human spirit" - B Sents, Chicago Tribune

“One of the top nuevo-flamenco groups in the world”  ZMR

Tue 19th

Jun 2018


Jo Freya, Melanie Biggs and and Sarah Matthews manage to create an orchestra and a choir of sounds and yet there are still only three of them. Throw away your preconceptions about what constitutes folk music and open your minds to a colourful pallet of sounds and song. They will take you on a roller-coaster ride through beautiful traditional tunes, haunting and buoyant compositions and songs that will pluck at your heartstrings as well as have you holding your sides to prevent bursting with laughter.  

Many bands can do beautiful music, many bands can do comedy, many focus on instrumentals others on their vocals, here you get it all in one tight but fluid package.   Between them you get accordion, flute, fiddle, viola, guitar, traditional whistles, soprano and tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet and three voices.

Moirai means 'Spinners of Destiny' and performances weave the trio's instrumental talents with haunting vocals. The result: enchanting musical arrangements delivered with skill and a healthy dollop of humour.

Tue 4th

Sep 2018

The Boxwood Chessmen

The Boxwood Chessmen are a semi-acoustic, four piece band from East Anglia and Middlesex, raiding a fabulous musical pantry stocked with the finest roots ingredients - Folk, Americana, Angliana, hokum and a light dusting of swing all delivered with panache and fun ..... Pretty much anything goes into the pot. They call it Gloriana.

"The oh so talented musicians that make up Boxwood Chessmen have really pulled together a crowd pleasing set.. loving this combo and their songs"    

Chris Walls Royston Folk Club

Tue 25th

Sep 2018

The Foxglove Trio

The Foxglove Trio seek out lesser-known traditional and contemporary folk songs and, with care and creativity, transform them into moments of breathtaking beauty. They are Cathy Mason (guitar & cello), Ffion Mair (whistle & bodhran, best Celtic Folk Singer at Llangollen Eisteddfod 2011) and Patrick Dean (melodeon, cello & concertina and player in several ceilidh bands) and they're great! They visited us three years ago and we liked them so much that we’ve asked them back. A review of their debut full album, These Gathered Branches, commented that “the interest never wanes” when listening to The Foxglove Trio (R2 magazine).

Tue 16th

Oct 2018

Lisa Winship and Andy Mathewson

Lisa and Andy play a wide range of music. Blues and ragtime from the pre-War era, some standards belonging to the 'Great American Songbook' and, increasingly, their own compositions. The name they give it is 'vintage acoustic music'.  Lisa’s voice is ideally suited to this style of music, easy on the ear and effortlessly capturing the spirit of each song.  Andy’s skilful guitar playing is the cement in the wall, never intruding on, but perfectly accompanying Lisa’s voice to build this duo’s distinctive and irresistable sound.

Tue 6th

Nov 2018

The Shackleton Trio

The Shackleton Trio (formerly The Georgia Shackleton Trio) play an exciting blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material, instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from her native East Anglia.

Georgia’s skills as a singer and instrumentalist have been put to the test in numerous different contexts, and this trio sees her teaming up with guitar powerhouse Aaren Bennett and mandolin ace Nic Zuppardi. Together they have toured the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, appeared at Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Towersey Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Folk East, and concert halls and folk clubs across the UK.

Tue 27th

Nov 2018

Emily Mae Winters

Some singers grow on you over time and others stop you in your tracks. Emily Mae Winters falls into the second category.” Fatea Magazine

Emily Mae Winters’ songs are quickly permeating the folk and song writing scene. A poetic singer songwriter, influenced by the likes of Gillian Welch, Carole King, Alison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz and Kate Rusby; her music splits the difference between the gentle seas of folk and country. In 2016, Emily teamed up with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker to produce her first commercial EP release ‘Foreign Waters’. Her self-penned track ‘Anchor’ from the release won the folk category in the Guardian Songwriting Competition. The tracks have received extensive national and international folk and Americana radio play including support from the BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. She has just released her debut album ‘Siren Serenade’, which hosts a combination of self-penned and traditional folk songs.

Emily Mae Winters has produced an arresting, enthralling tantalising introduction to her work that leaves us hungry for more.” Folk Radio UK

Superbly crafted and dramatic song writing.. Winters’ songs reflect a love of poetry, her lyrics giving a dark edge to songs that are beautifully performed. ” R2 Magazine

Tue 11th

Dec 2018

Tudor Lodge

Tudor Lodge, founded in 1968 are John Cee Stannard, who also performs solo and with his group Blue Horizon together with Lynne Whiteland, doyenne of the Boars Bridge Festival who joined in 1980. They’ve produced 9 albums so far and gigged as far afield as Tokyo. Since 1988 they’ve been a song-writing and performing duo creating a sparkling array of original songs. We’re delighted to be able to welcome them back to the club.

Tue 8th

Jan 2019

Emerald Hill

This Essex quartet play a variety of traditional and original songs with verve and enthusiasm to anyone at all (as Jake Thackray might have said). Accompanying themselves on bouzouki, cello, guitar, violin, bodhran, banjo and woodwind, this is the perfect act to rouse you from those post Christmas blues.

Tue 12th

Mar 2019

Reunion Lane

This recently-formed trio consists of three seasoned folk performers.  Alison Fenner on vocals and duet concertina was an original member of Bread & Roses and has performed as part of the quartet, Commonground. David Fenner  on vocals, guitar and mandola performed as one of the King Gippos and also with Commonground.  Simon Diegan on vocals and melodeon  played with Wiltshire Reunion and now plays with  Celtic Heartbeat.  We’re familiar with Alison and David’s fine performances as a duet, we’ve had Commonground as guests at the club and we’re looking forward to this combination.

Reunion Lane played a great set at the Towersey Festival. Their musicianship and vocal harmony brought both laughter and tears to very appreciative audience. Top band.” Jim Greenhough, Thame Club Organiser

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