Welcome to Darlington Folk Club                                                          


This is our first website. We have been in existence since 1982 and WE MOVED TO THE COPPER BEECH PUB IN JULY2012
We meet every Thursday evening at 8pm and finish about 11pm.

We use a spacious function room to the left side of the main bar for our popular singarounds. (voluntary donations and raffles keep it going)
Guest nights  will usually take place on alternate weeks from the singarounds but not always so depending on booking availability for certain guests  and a brief August lay off. This room has bar facilities at the back.  We have just purchased a new, quality, PA system. The ambiance is very good and attracts, on average about 40  but can accommodate up to 80 people. Full wheelchair access is available to this location.

                                                                                                        Organisation      

         

Since the sad death in 2011 of our organiser, MC and friend, Tom Hughes, the club has kept going without a break after the formation of a steering group composed of Jennie Hughes, Bobb Wootten, George Armstrong, Bob Tuddenham, Tony Martin and Paul Davison. This team is working well to promote the club, book guests, keep the finances healthy and manage change.

                                                                                                   Singing and Music


The Club welcomes all calibres and abilities of singers, musicians and poetry ( if that is your thing!) Our singarounds thrive on variety including some country music, classical guitar, assorted own compositions as well as the traditional, contemporary and unaccompanied folk songs. This is where your individual hard work and practice can be appreciated in public and "first timers" are given every encouragement. Please note that this club has always been promoting live music and the use of pre recorded backing tracks will be discouraged. Joining in is desirable but not compulsory and our singarounds have many folk who just love to listen and appreciate real live and emotional performances. The spontaneous, friendly banter and insults among the regulars are part of the traditional fun! The excellent sound system is manned very proficiently by Ian Rutland.