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Paul Sartin leading a singaround at FolkEast, 2022
The late, great Paul Sartin leading a singaround at FolkEast, 2022. Photo credit: Jon Nice

Finding a tradfolk singaround near you

Everyone loves a good singaround, don’t they? There’s nothing quite like that electric feeling of everyone coming together on a rousing chorus, or seeing a singer stand up and take an unaccompanied ballad alone, their entire focus and being channelled into that moment and song.

Those moments when the instruments are tucked away and it’s just the singer and the spell they weave… they’re to die for.

Video taken at a Bristol Singaround by Tamsin Elliott

In our time-honoured Tradfolk way, we’re attempting to catalogue as many traditional singarounds as we can so that other people around the country can find their way to their nearest. We’ve put together a Google Form for you to help us gather information, so if you know of a killer singaround that absolutely blows your mind, we’d like you to tell us all about it. Click the button below to get started.

In the meantime, a few pointers:

  • We’d prefer to document singarounds that focus on traditional songs, but we’re not being too picky.
  • Please be sure that the singaround still exists before submitting info.

Many thanks, and please do share this article and Google Form around. The more the merrier!

Find your nearest singaround here

This information is in the early stages of being collated. Add your singarounds info and check back when you can.

On this page, you’ll find…






Dragon Folk Club

The Bridge Inn
BS16 9NG

Website: dragonfolkclub.blogspot.com

When: Every Friday, 8:15pm

The Dragon Folk Club began at The Lamb, Iron Acton in the summer of 1969, where it thrived for 17 and a half years. The club moved to the Rose and Crown, Iron Acton, for two years followed by the George and Dragon for six months and then found a home for the next five years at the Green Dragon, Downend. It moved to the Bridge Inn at Shortwood in 1995 where it has been ever since, except for a short spell at the New Inn, Westerleigh 2015-2016. While it was at one stage a guest club, it has been a singaround for many years. The last “guest” they had was John Alderslade in 2013 for a one-off charity event. They keep a very tidy songs account from every session on their blog. See the link above.

Bristol University Folk Society Song Session

Highbury Vaults
164 St Michael’s Hill

Social media: Facebook

When: First Sunday of every month

A popular young session taking place at the Highbury. Purely unaccompanied singing, mainly focusing on traditional songs. Having run for years up until COVID, it went into a long hibernation, only returning again in recent months. All welcome.

Folk Song Session

The George & Dragon
140A Church Rd

Contact: Instagram

When: Second Tuesday of the month

Brand new for 2023, this Redfield singaround is being organised by Nick Hart, Anna Cornish (The Norfolk Broads) and Sister Scholastica. Expect it to be focused on unaccompanied traditional folk songs.


Lake District Folk and Acoustic Club

Staveley Pavilion
87 Main St

Social media: Facebook

When: Second Friday of alternate months, 8pm

Originally in Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley, the club has singers and musicians nights alternating with guest performers. No bar, so it’s bring your own bottle. There’s a £3 door charge for singers’ nights. Song policy: anything goes.


Overton Folk Club

Overton Community Centre
5 High St
RG25 3HB

Contact: overtonfolkclub@hotmail.co.uk

When: First Wednesday of every month

Running for more than 10 years, the Overton Folk Club is a singaround with an ‘anything goes’ songs policy. They regularly attract a decent crowd of over 20 people and sometimes book guests to perform. All welcome.

The Whitchurch Acoustic Sessions

The White Hart and the Sports and Social Club
RG28 7DN and RG28 7RB

Social media: Facebook

When: Every other Sunday, alternating between venues

The Whitchurch Acoustic Sessions is run by Keith Bell. It swaps between two venues (The White Hart and the Whitchurch Sports and Social Club) every other Sunday. The singaround is not traditional, although Keith is very enthusiastic about, and welcoming of, traditional performers and musicians of all genres. There is regularly a crowd of about 15 people with a very welcoming atmosphere. Find out which venue the next event will take place in via their Facebook page.


Arnside Song and music

Arnside Sailing Club
The Old Customs House
17 The Promenade

Social media: Facebook

When: Second Tuesday of every month, Oct-Apr, 1pm

Relocated from Staveley’s Eagle & Child following the COVID lockdown, this monthly song and tunes session runs from October to April. All music styles are welcome. There’s a door charge of £1 and a soup lunch for £3.


The Goose is Out!

The Ivy House
40 Stuart Road
SE15 3BE

Website: thegooseisout.com

Social media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

When: Every second Sunday of the month

Over the course of more than a decade, The Goose is Out! has built a reputation for itself as one of London’s finest singarounds. Starting life in a very tiny sidebar of a pub which no longer exists, it gradually expanded through various venues before arriving in the ballroom at London’s first community-owned pub. Run by London folk legends, Nygel Packett and Sue Whitehead, it is heavily song-focused, with an any-song-goes policy.

The Harrison Singaround

28 Harrison St

Website: sophiecrawfordmusic.com

Mailing list: Sign up here

When: Every third Saturday of the month, 2pm-5pm

A singaround rather than a tunes session, this monthly event focuses mainly on traditional songs. Founded by Sophie Crawford in 2018, the event moved online during lockdown where it was MC-ed by co-organisers, Caroline Stupnicka and James Eagle (editor of Folk London). Returning to the Harrison post-lockdown, the singaround is usually MC-ed by Sophie, Caroline or James.

Sharps Folk Club

Sharps Bar
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Rd

Website: sharpsfolkclub.co.uk

Social media: Facebook | Twitter

When: Every Tuesday, 7:30pm

World-famous traditional singing night held in the basement bar at Cecil Sharp House. Paul Sartin was only one of many stars of the folk scene who took their early folk singing steps here, and it’s where Irish Traveller singer Thomas McCarthy first started performing publicly. Tom Paley, who taught a thing or two to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, was a regular at Sharp’s for many years, and Peggy Seeger has been known to drop in.


The Bricklayers Arms
Waterman Street
SW15 1DD

Social media: Facebook

When: Last Sunday of the month (except July & August), 2:30pm. Please check the Facebook page in case of time or day changes.

A mostly-unaccompanied, mainly traditional singaround that focuses purely on songs. Over a decade in existence, the event regularly attracts a neat little crowd of tradfolk purveyors.

Effra Singaround

The Sun
61-63 Coldharbour Lane

When: Last Thursday of the month, 7:30pm

The organisers tell us: “It has moved around a lot in the area, which is why it’s named after an underground river. It continued online through lockdown. At the moment our venue seems fairly stable. It tends to be more traditional than not, but the main thing is to pass on songs.” Mostly unaccompanied, purely about song.


Bromborough Folk Club

The Merebrook Pub
Allport Road
CH62 6DD

When: Every Wednesday, 7:30pm

Running for over 40 years, this weekly tunes and songs session regularly attracts over 50 eager players and singers. Most are on instruments and there’s no restriction over whether you sing trad or non-trad songs.


Denver Windmill Folk and Acoustic Session

Blackstone Engine Bar
Denver Windmill
95 Sluice Rd
Downham Market
PE38 0DZ

Social media: Facebook

When: First and third Fridays of the month, 7:30pm

A pleasantly-sized gathering of people turn out for this fairly new (under two years) tunes and songs session. Mostly traditional, all acoustic instruments welcome.

Folk Around the World

The Bell
King Street
IP24 3PW

Social media: Facebook

When: Third Wednesday of every month, 7:30pm

Organiser, Mike Harding-White, tells us: “Folk Around the World grew out of the Open House Music Night, the idea being to focus more on traditional music, songs and instruments without losing what had developed into a very popular performance group. In our first nine sessions, we have enjoyed ballads and shanties, jigs, reels and polkas, and heard chromatic harmonica, violin, hammered dulcimer, recorder, flute, small Scottish pipes and guitar.”


Trent Acoustic Roots and Folk

Royal British Legion Club
17 Main Road
NG12 2FD

Social media: Facebook

When: First Monday of the month, 7:30pm

Mainly focusing on traditional songs, this singaround in Racliffe-on-Trent is run by Norman Randall and is open to unaccompanied singers and musicians alike (although it’s definitely a song session rather than a tunes session). At the time of writing, it has been going for just under two years. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information.


Half Moon Singaround

The Half Moon
17 St Clement’s St

Social media: Facebook

When: Second Monday of every month

A mostly unaccompanied, traditional-song-focused singaround organised by Jack Evans. The session has been running for over three years and regularly pulls in between 10 and 20 singers.


Traditional Singarounds

Eli’s pub
Rose and Crown
Huish Episcopi
TA10 9QT

When: Third Saturday (September to May), 8pm

Taking place in an unspoilt pub, known historically as the ‘Men’s Kitchen’, this session started back in 1995. The session welcomes all abilities and features a traditional singaround format, mostly unaccompanied. Despite its longevity, the session has maintained its original character and continues to attract locals and visitors alike. Overall, the session is a great opportunity for people to come together and enjoy traditional music in a friendly and welcoming environment.


Kinver Traditional Folk Song Club

Kinver Senior Citizens Hall
Legion Drive

Social media: Facebook

When: First Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm

Roger Tyler has been running the Kinver Traditional Folk Song Club for just under a year. The get-together is exclusively traditional songs, with most of the singers singing unaccompanied. For more info, hit the Facebook link above.

Tyne and Wear

Stumble Inn Folk and Acoustic Afternoon

The Stumble Inn
88 Chester Road

Social media: Facebook

When: Fourth Tuesday of the month, 1pm

Mainly traditional, mostly unaccompanied, this Sunderland singaround has been running for just under 10 years and regularly attracts a decent crowd. Hit the Facebook link above for more information. Your organiser is Eileen Richardson.


The Cumberland Arms
James Place Street

Social media: Facebook

When: Second Tuesday of every month, 8pm

A mainly traditional, mainly unaccompanied singaround in Byker, attracting a modest crowd now for just under a decade. This monthly event is run by Jo Ellis.


Folk at the Boat

The Steamboat Tavern
78-80 New Cut W

Social media: Facebook

When: Last Thursday of the month, 7:30pm

Over 20 years in existence, this monthly folk gathering features tunes and songs with an anything-goes policy towards the kind of music represented. For more info, head to the Facebook page on the link above.


The Traditional Sunday Singaround

The Ashford Road Club
17-18 Ashford Road

Social media: Facebook

When: Second Sunday of the month, 3pm

Swindon’s Traditional Sunday Singaround is a brand new event for 2023, offering the town an outlet for all its tradfolk singing desires. Run by Craig Boswell, it’s only for traditional song and it’s mainly unaccompanied. All welcome. Note that the event takes place upstairs in the function room at the Ashford Road Club. Keep an eye on Facebook for updates.

West Midlands

The Bedcote Music Dance and Song Session

The Duke William
25 Coventry St

Social media: Facebook

When: Every other Tuesday from 8pm

Run by Craig Simmonds, this singaround/session has been running for over three years and regularly attracts a merry little crowd of between 10 and 20 people. Craig tells us, “A group of friends wanted an informal session where anything goes. We have tunes, singing, poetry and the occasional jig. The main ethos is a friendly, welcoming environment, so we quite often have a bit of a chat between songs and tunes.”

West Sussex

Chichester Folk Song Club

The Chichester Inn
38 West street
PO19 1RP

Website: chifolksongclub.co.uk

When: Every Monday except Christmas and New Year’s day, from 7:45pm

The Chichester Folk Song Club, currently organised by Marilyn Campbell and something of an institution, has been running weekly for over 50 years. A singaround rather than a tunes session, it mostly features unaccompanied singers with an anything-goes policy on songs. Join the throng each Monday evening at the Chichester Inn.

Partridge Folk

The Partridge Pub
Partridge Green
RH13 8GW

When: Fourth Monday of each month, 7:30pm

Brian Skinner, Mick Bullen and Tim Carter run a popular tunes and songs session at the Partridge Pub, mainly focusing on traditional music. For more info… just turn up!


Folk at the Grove

Back Row
LS11 5PL

Social media: Instagram | Facebook

When: Every Monday, 8pm, except on monthly guest nights and during summer holidays

The Grove Folk Club has been running weekly in the same location since it began in 1962. These days it is run by Heather Woodhead, Alan Murphy, Fran Hughes and Heather Sharp. The Monday evening events are a mix of singarounds and tunes sessions, but the focus is mainly traditional music. Bring your old songs, bring your instruments – everyone welcome.

The Meanwood Singaround

Meanwood Institute
94 Green Rd

Social media: Chris Brain’s Instagram

When: First Sunday of every month, 6-9pm

Launching on May 7th, 2023, this brand new Leeds singaround is being started by Chris Brain, the energetic young folk obsessive behind the Hyde Park Folk Club. “Running one folk club isn’t enough for me,” he laughs. “There’s nothing like it here and I think it’ll go down a storm. The thing with Leeds is you have to go into the city to get to a folk club or singaround, so I think it’ll be great to bring it back to smaller communities.” All the best, Chris!

Chorus Songs

The Red Deer
Pitt Street
S1 4DD

When: Second Sunday of every month, 3pm

The popular Kelham Island Tavern Sings have not restarted since lockdown, so Chorus Songs has sprung up in its place. A very new Sheffield singaround, the session focuses on traditional and modern folk songs, although it tends to be traditional and is always unaccompanied. We’re told that there may be an outdoor singaround starting on the fourth Sunday of every month at General Cemetery, beginning in May.



Edinburgh Song Session

The Canons’ Gait
232 Canongate

Social media: Facebook

When: Second Sunday of every month, 3pm

With its origins as the Traditional Song and Tunes Session, this monthly event has inhabited various venues in Edinburgh, but now seems to be settled in name and venue. Run by Bob Murray, it is mostly focused on traditional songs and tunes, but it’s an anything-goes policy.


Glasgow Singaround

232 Woodlands Road
G3 6ND

Social media: Facebook

When: First Monday of the month, 8pm

Organiser, Martin Graham, tells us: “This singaround was inspired by the welcoming and vibrant folk scene in Manchester, and was started to provide a song-based session in Glasgow. It has been through lots of venues before settling on Dram, where the staff are fantastic.” Regarding choice of song, it’s an anything-goes policy, but it tends to focus on unaccompanied singing.


Ardersier International Folk Club

Wendy’s Cafe
School Place

Website: ardersierfolkclub.org.uk

When: Every Tuesday, 7:30pm

This is a mostly traditional sing round the table with everyone getting a turn, accompanied or unaccompanied – anything goes. The club has a guest last Tuesday of the month. They’ve been nominated in the Scottish Trad Awards for club of the year 2023 and they run a weekend festival in September. Run by John Ross, Dave Godden and George Livingstone, get in touch via the website for more info.


The Taverners

The Tavern
103 South St

Social media: Facebook

When: Tuesdays, 7:30pm

Previously known as Folk at Kinnears, Scone, the Taverners have been gathering for a couple of years now. A mix of singing and tunes, it’s mostly accompanied music with an anything-goes policy towards song selection.


Stirling Folk Club

Stirling County Rugby Football Club
Bridgehaugh Park
Causewayhead Rd

Website: stirlingfolkclub.co.uk

Social media: Facebook

When: One or two Monday evenings each month – see website for schedule – 7:30pm

Running for more than 30 years, the Stirling Folk Club singaround focuses on songs rather than tunes. Mainly traditional repertoire, there’s no restriction on instruments. For more info, head to the website on the link above.



Traditional Session

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Neurum Creek Bush Retreat
268 Rasmussen Road
Mt Archer

Website: neurumcreekfestival.com

When: Annual

The organisers tells us: “The session was created to encourage the singing of unaccompanied traditional British song, the emphasis here is on joining in. The session has a songbook that can be downloaded on to phones/tablets but singing is not restricted just to these songs. It has been described by an Anglo-Australian as the best, most egalitarian session he has been to. Almost certainly an exaggeration but it is slowly gaining interest and participation. UK tourists passing through are most welcome.”

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