Swindon Folk Club
Founded by Ted & Ivy Poole and friends in 1960 as Swindon Folksingers’ Club, the Swindon Folk Club has a long history of keeping traditional music alive in this busy town in north-west Wiltshire. From its beginnings in the folk revival, the club has seen Swindon’s character change from railway town to a modern centre of new technology and financial services; but through it all, the club has remained as a friendly, relaxed and welcoming place where anyone can come and sing or listen.
The club runs a mixture of “club nights” – informal singarounds for floor singers – and guest nights (the guest spots are about an hour and a quarter, with a break). You can go along and just listen, or you can sing a song or play a tune. The material is mainly traditional, but with a large smattering of songs from the current folk scene, as well as other stuff.
They welcome performers of all abilities. The atmosphere is friendly and encouraging, so go along and have a go! It doesn’t matter how good you are – we all had to start somewhere!
The club currently meets at the RAFA Club, 41-43 Belle Vue Rd, Swindon SN1 3HN, on the first and third Friday nights of the month from 8:15 – 11:00. See the website for more detailed directions.
For further information see: www.swindonfolkclub.wordpress.com