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Updated 11 January 2022 2nd update

Calendars are updated as soon as possible

Sessions and folk clubs are restarting, and I am updating the session calendar and the events calendar. Opportunities to meet in person are there again !

I am keeping up with what I know as soon as possible - The calendars contain the most up-to-date information I have. Check the calendars for the most up-to-date info.

Please keep me informed of any nearby sessions.

Please note : The "webmaster" only actually "runs" one of the sessions listed.  He runs this site as an information source,  He makes no private gain out of the site, in fact it costs him money.   He, and all the other musicians, play at sessions for the love of the music, and not for private gain.  There may be occasions when sessions are cancelled, or change venue, with little notice so the site is out-of-date.  Please make every effort to check the accuracy of the information before travelling long distances to reach sessions.  We are volunteers and do our best - we cannot take responsibility for any inaccuracies.

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Folk concerts, ceilidhs, etc. only appear in the FOLK EVENTS calendar  further down the page

You can click on any entry in the calendar to get further information, also if you want a listing type presentation click on "AGENDA"

You can click on any entry in the calendar to get further information, also if you want a different sort of presentation click on the relevant tab at the top

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FQ is a printed regional folk magazine (52 A4 pages). Local pages copied to, including
There is also an extensive online Directory


A traditional music session is a great way to enjoy some good music - and a cheap way to find out if you enjoy it. All the sessions shown in this section take place in pubs - there is no charge for admission, neither do the musicians get paid - although they may get some sandwiches or cheap beer !

For those who have been to or know of sessions in other places, I should tell you that most of these sessions get a real mix of traditional music and song (unless it says otherwise below).  English, Scottish, Irish, contemporary music, song, even a bit of music hall or rock-and-roll, can all be there depending upon who turns up.

Updating of this section of the web-site is still incomplete !


Every Monday : FORMERLY The Dragon Inn, 51 The Tything, Worcester WR1 1JT, UK  : Mainly but not exclusively Irish tunes.  This session went on-line via Zoom and is still running as such at the moment.


First Tuesday of the month : Rose and Crown, Feckenham B96 6HS.  Now 8pm to 11pm. Mixed folk/traditional session, music and song. 

In view of the colder weather in coming months, the sessions will in future take place in the bar.  Mel is going to swap tables around to allow us to spread out a bit more in the Bar, keep the door open and open windows. If there are too many of us we can use the function room as long as it isn’t in use for another function.

Organiser : John Sullivan <>

WEDNESDAYSLocal session in progress

Every 4 weeks on a Wednesday : at the The Royal Oak, Kinnersley, Worcester WR8 9JR  : See calendar for dates. Mainly traditional tunes.  Organiser is Hamish West, with email address sessions(at)

Every Wednesday : The Prince of Wales, Ledbury HR8 1DL : All sorts of music.  Does not start until 9pm.  www.powledbury/page6.html   Contact : John Burton 01531 630159.

Alternate Wednesdays at The Wyche Inn, Clarence Road, MALVERN WR14 3EQ.  Organisers : Dion & Lynne Cochrane (email :, phone  07779907004. English instrumental music (not song) (as distinct from the Celtic music session at the Wyche). 

3rd Wednesday ZOOM Session of the month (known as the the Dragon Inn club from its former home).  Folk Club with residents including Rod Willmott, Paul Rose and Barry Walmsley, plus resident groups such as ‘Don’t Mess with Katie’ and ‘Monkwood Green’, as well as visiting floor spots. Contact Barry at to obtain Zoom information and book spots.  Club does not run during August

Alternate Wednesdays at The Wyche Inn, Clarence Road, MALVERN WR14 3EQ.  Organisers : Dion & Lynne Cochrane (email :, phone  07779907004. English instrumental music (not song) (as distinct from the Celtic music session at the Wyche). 

Third Wednesday of the month : Dragon (virtual) Folk Club : Plans for sessions actually at the Dragon postponed for the present Subject to revision based upon Covid rates Folk Club with residents including Rod Willmott, Paul Rose and Barry Walmsley, plus resident groups such as ‘Don’t Mess with Katie’ and ‘Monkwood Green’, as well as visiting floor spots. Contact Barry at to obtain Zoom information

Alternate Wednesdays : Much Marcle Session starting 20:00 : Royal Oak, Ross Rd, Ledbury HR8 2ND

2nd Wednesday of month at The Black Boy, Wyre Hill, Bewdley DY12 2UE, UK.  Folk session : Mostly folk but anything acoustic goes.   Dave n Lindsay contact Dave


First Thursday of month : Currently at Village Hall, Kempley, Dymock GL18 2BP but change of venue under consideration Mainly traditional music. Not in August.   Now at the earlier time of 7.15 for a 7.30 start.  If the weather is kind we shall sit outside if it is inclement we shall be indoors with plenty of ventilation. 

Please bring your own refreshments along with your instruments and voices.

 Information : Kempley Folk <>

First and Third Thursdays of the month  Anchor Inn & Restaurant, Cotheridge Ln, EckingtonAll forms of music, informal.

Fourth Thursdays of the month : A ZOOM version of the Anchor Inn session continues for the winter.  Broad range of music accepted.  EMail the webmaster (Mike Walton) on the address shown on the web-page to obtain a Zoom code.

Alternate Thursdays 
The Wyche Inn, Clarence Road, MALVERN WR14 3EQ.  Formerly at the Morgan.  Mainly Irish and Scottish.  Normally a good number of musicians, rarely any songs. 
Run by Paul Hawes, Mob 07775 727 907

Every Thursday : at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton WR11 7JE, an ancient hostelry owned by the National Trust and serving real ale and cider.  Apparently the style of music is variable according to who turns up, but we have enjoyed our visits. Traditional music and song.  Pub phone 01386 831173


First Friday of the Month : Camp Inn, Grimley  - From the Worcester - Holt Heath - Tenbury road, turn right at sign to Grimley, right again twice, then continue for quite a distance before the narrow lane bends left to the pub.  WR2 6LX.  Songs and tunes, anything goes.

Every Friday : Three Kings Inn, 29 Church End, Hanley Castle, Worcester WR8 0BL  LUNCHTIME SESSION Informal session, all types of acoustic music with a folk "bias".   Runs from about Noon to 3pm.  Phone : 01684 592686

Third Friday of the month at St. Peter's Church, 5 Meredith Grn, Kidderminster DY11 7EJ :  Birch and Stock Folk club is a community run folk club at St Peter's Church Meredith Green and has charitable Status.  All funds raised go to the church and are used in its upkeep and in local community projects.
Events run every month, usually the third friday and alternate from a singers night one month and a formal folk night with booked acts the following month.
Refreshments are available at both events but you are welcome to bring your own .You are also welcome to bring alcoholic drinks if you wish.
Singers nights are open to all and all abilities. We hold a bring and share buffet that is free, so come and share food and play music, tell a story, or recite a poem in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. Entrance fee for both events Ł4.00 per person.  Contact (Mike Walton of Kidderminster)


Friday on a monthly basis :  Folk At The Falcon :  Bringing the best acoustic music to the Falcon Mews in Bromyard,  Folk at the Falcon is a recently established folk and acoustic music evening which takes place in the atmospheric setting of the Falcon Mews. The Folk at the Falcon Team bring you a selection of excellent local and national artists on a Friday evening on a monthly basis. 

For more information, concert details and tickets, follow the link below.

FOLK AT THE FALCON – The home of quality folk, roots and acoustic music. – The best in acoustic music


2nd Saturday of the month “Rushwick Folk” at Rushwick Village Hall, WR2 5TA. Admission normally Ł2. Bring your own drinks. 8pm start.   Contact Derek Lovell 01299-824908.  EMail

4th Saturday of the month ' Folk at the Fold
: A monthly Folk Club in the Cart House at the Fold.  Evening to start at 8pm precisely (or thereabouts depending on the boo-ing) until 10.30pm. Come and sing, play, tell a story or poem - or just enjoy listening! If you are planning to come please let us know in advance by emailing and read the information below carefully.  Important - for your safety and to help us….please read carefully if you are attending:  Things will be a little different so we can make the best use of the space safely. Apologies but there will be no tea / coffee facilities, also we will not be using the stage. All tables and touch points will be cleaned beforehand.


Every Sunday : West Malvern Session at West Malverrn Social Club, W Malvern Rd, Malvern WR14 4AY. 

Arrive anytime from 9pm, expect the playing to begin around 10 and go on until midnight, crib sheets encouraged, beginners welcome.
Now every Sunday :   Bowling Green Inn, Stoke Prior (north of Droitwich) B60 4BH : This session has a good mix of music plus songs in many different styles.

1st Sunday of the month : Dymock Session at Beauchamp Arms, Dymock GL18 2AQ : Mainly English music

irst Sunday of Month (except Bank Holiday weekends) at Swan Hotel, 48 High St, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8BE, UK ` Folk music and song session.  Organised by Keith and Dei



The Huntingdon Hall in Worcester is a former chapel, a listed building, which has been converted into a concert venue. With a modern box-office and bar attached, they serve up a wonderful range of folk concerts. CLICK HERE to visit their web site. Definitely recommended


FAITHFUL CITY MORRIS MEN : Morris Ring side, dances Cotswold + a little Border + rapper, practises on Wednesday nights at the Talbot, Knightwick.


KEMPSEY MORRIS MEN : The side merged with Faithful City Morris Men in late September 2000. Kempsey Morris dancing t
SILURIAN BORDER MORRIS MEN : Morris Ring side, dancing Border only, black faces and tatters.

THE ORIGINAL WELSH BORDER MORRIS MEN : This side dances, in traditional Border fashion, only once a year - on the Saturday before Christmas. The annual tour takes in White Ladies Aston, Pershore, Upton and Worcester. 

Old Meg North-West Morris dancersOLD MEG NORTH WEST MORRIS :: A "North-West" style side, with men and women dancing mainly traditional North-West morris dances in clogs. Currently meeting on Tuesdays at the Foley Institute near the Three Horseshoes pub in Poolbrook, Great Malvern. .

SOFT OPTION Appalachian Dancers
Click above for their web site !

FOXS Border Morris (Mixed side) dances mainly from the Border tradition. Meet every Thursday evening during term time at Cookley Sebright First School, Lea Lane, Cookley. New dancers and musicians always welcome.

APPLEYARD LADIES TRADITIONAL DANCERS practice in Upton-on-Severn. They perform a wide range of English dances traditionally performed by women for social or celebratory purposes. New dancers (beginners or experienced) and musicians (men or women) are welcomed. In the winter they practice on Thursdays in Croome Village Hall, Earl's Croome. Contact Diana Maiden on 01684 565204 or Peta Whitlock -on 01386 750596 
Website address is  and email is

CAST OFF APPALACHIAN STEP DANCE TEAM are based in Bromsgrove.  Contact by email

LEDBURY MORRIS - A border morris dancing side : New dancers and musicians welcome. Contact or 07870 362678

We meet at Holy Trinity Hall in Malvern (Worcestershire) on Thursday evenings from 8.00 pm.  If there are enough numbers, we run a beginners class starting at 7:15pm.  More information from the web-site

AELFGYTHE BORDER MORRIS is based in Alvechurch, and is made up of female dancers and male and female musicians.  We practice in the Alvechurch Baptist Church hall (B48 7LN) on Wednesday evenings, 8 - 10pm.  New members are very welcome regardless of experience - all you need is a sense of fun!  For more details please email

There are other dance groups - including Appalachian sides - in the area. Please contact me as above for further information !

For information on these great value "folk" holidays for all the family visit their web-site


This section used to include other details I have been asked to include. I know that there are clubs, sessions and dance sides in Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Redditch, and other places, but I have tried to keep the main contents of the page local in the interests of accuracy. I have deleted the information here as I suspect much of it was out-of-date.


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