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Updated 23 February 2019

Malvern Storytellers now FIRST Tuesday of month

Tenbury Wells Session : Venue changed

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Session and Club Calendar      Concerts Ceilidhs & Festivals Calendar

Fleece Inn (Bretforton) Folk Events     Shindig Events     Artrix (Bromsgrove) Events
Roses Theatre (Tewkesbury) Events      Malvern Theatres Events   Bromyard Folk Festival
Conquest Theatre (Bromyard) Events   Pat Molloy Summer School (Irish traditional music, Birmingham)
Mikron Theatre     Huntingdon Hall (Worcester) Events
St Swithuns Hall (Worcester) Events and Dragon Folk Club        Evesham Arts Centre Events
Bromsgrove Folk Club     Malvern Cube Events    Number 8 (Pershore) Concerts

Additions and amendments to information in calendar occur often -
please check the calendar for any particular date !


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

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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.

However, just a short "health warning" - sessions tend to be quite transitory, so please check the calendar above for one-off changes, and if possible the organiser or venue before travelling a long distance - Information provided in good faith but no liability accepted - please, please email me if you find any changes or inaccuracies !  

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Every Monday : The Dragon Inn, 51 The Tything, Worcester WR1 1JT, UK (formerly at the Lamb and Flag, Upper Tything)  : Mainly but not exclusively Irish tunes. The session is now normally in the bar, but may be moved to an upstairs room on occasions.

Every Monday : Rollin Hills Restaurant, 20 Church Street, Upton-upon-Severn WR8 0HT : All styles of music, singers, traditional tunes etc are welcome. Check with the restaurant, which sometimes has group bookings.  Phone No. : 01684 778158

Every Monday at Swan Hotel, 48 High St, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8BE.  Traditional music and song welcome.  Every Monday evening starting 8.30pm. 
This session does not run on Bank Holiday Mondays.  Contact Dee and Keith :

1st Monday of every month - The Pickled Plum, High Street, Pershore WR10 1EQ, from 8pm.  Contact Griff 0775-334-9685 for further info.  Broad styles of acoustic music.

4th Monday of every month : Moonshine Acoustic Jam Club at the Pidele House, Main Road, Wyre Piddle, Pershore WR10 2JB.  Mainly country and Americana, but anything goes !  For directions please go to  Organiser : Frank Jolley :frank(at)

Always check the session calendar for one-off changes


EVERY Tuesday : The Falcon Hotel, High Street, BROMYARD HR7 4BT. (Tel : 01885 488881)  Acoustic music/sing-around (mix of folk, blues, country).  See
Hotel : 01885 483034 Website :  

First Tuesday of the month : Rose and Crown, Feckenham B96 6HS. Organiser : Phil Knowles : knowles641(at)

First Tuesday of month : Acoustic music session in the back room at The Cardinals Hat, Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA. A friendly and relaxed gathering featuring traditional tunes and songs from the Irish, Scottish and English traditions together with an assortment of alternative music styles to add extra variety to proceedings. Contact Pauline Molloypaulinamolloy(at)  Pub phone no. 01905 724006.

2nd Tuesday of the month The Cottage of Content, Barton, Warks. : Music and Song session, 9 pm - 11.30pm, Contact Alan Whitbread (01789 766446 or 07939 053619) for details

2nd Tuesday of the month : Acoustic session at The Farriers Arms, Fish Street, WORCESTER WR1 2HN  at 8-30pm. Songs and tunes.  Mainly traditional but all styles welcome. Pub telephone : 01905 27569  Pub email :  Contact : Pat Heslip  patheslip(at)

2nd Tuesday of the month : (Unamplified) "music jam session" at the Railway Inn, 78 Wells Road, Malvern WR14 4PA starting at 8.30pm.    Call Jill on 07754950939 for info, or the pub on 01684 578859 The grub is good!

3rd Tuesday of the month : The Bell Inn, Pensax, Worcestershire WR6 6AE (Just off main Worcester/Tenbury Road midway between Abberley and Newnham Bridge). Tel : 01299 896677. Hosted by Mick Morris of Hagglebag. Starts at 8-00pm.

Last Tuesday of the month : Millers Arms, Bridge Street, Pershore WR10 1AT : Anything goes !

Always check the session calendar for one-off changes

WEDNESDAYSLocal session in progress

Every 4 weeks on a Wednesday : at the Blue Bell, Ryall WR8 0PP : See calendar for dates. Mainly traditional tunes.  Organiser is Hamish West, with email address sessions(at)

3rd Wednesday of the month at The Fleece, Bretforton WR11 7JE : "Celtic" tunes and songs

Alternate Wednesdays at The Crown Inn, Walwyn Road, COLWALL, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6QP. Mainly English traditional music (tunes mainly).Organisers : Christian & Dion (Silurian Morris).  Pub phone no. : 01684 541074

Alternate Wednesdays at The Crown Inn, Walwyn Road, COLWALL, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6QP. Pub phone no. : 01684 541074  "Quiet" singaround - Quite a lot of song, joining in normally only when invited, room for everything from American / Folk / ragtime and blues to 1960’s-2000’s acoustic hits.  More informatiom from :  Alternates with the tunes session above.

Alternate Wednesdays at The Wyche Inn, Clarence Road, MALVERN WR14 3EQ.  This session alternates with the "Celtic" music session on a Thursday at the Wyche.  Organisers : Christian & Dion (Silurian Morris).  

Every 4 weeks on a Wednesday : Bredon session at the Cross Keys, Bredon's Hardwick, opposite the turning to Croft Farm Park, near Tewkesbury, Glos GL20 7EE. 8pm : Mainly traditional music.  Organiser : Tony Gibbons : tonyjgibbons(at)

2nd Wednesday of the month : Community Centre, Wick, near Pershore WR10 3NZ : Open mic session, all sorts of music. Organiser : Griff Collins : griffsmail(at)

4th or last Wednesday : Open Mic at Pidele House, Wyre Piddle WR10 2JB : All sorts of music : Unfortunately the imprecise description of the date means I can't include this in my calendar.

4th Wednesday of Month : King's Head, Cross Street, Tenbury Wells WR15 8EG. : Americana Session.  Contact : christopher.andrews42(at)

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


First and Third Thursdays of the month at The Anchor Inn, Eckington.  Quote from our correspondent :  "A crackin session at the Anchor in Eckingtion, 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month,......, good pub, with a broad selection of real ale and cider, session is semi formal, i.e. Turn based, however this doesn't detract from the very informal reception/participation of the 'audience/performers' that attend"  Session is run by John (wrist slasher) Wraingwright.  Does not meet in August.

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.

Third Thursday of month : Tenbury session is moving to the Bennetts End Inn, Knowbury, Ludlow, SY8 3LL from 21st February.  Mixed song and music, 8-11 pm.  Contact Dave Tromans 01584 890063. 

Suspended : 4th Thursday of month : Alcester  This session is now suspended until further notice

Alternate Thursdays  :  The Wyche Inn, Clarence Road, MALVERN WR14 3EQ.  Formerly at the Morgan.  Mainly Irish and Scottish.  Now running successfully at the new venue.

Thursdays : MUCH DEWCHURCH BLACK SWAN SESSION, wkly : Bob Chance 01981 540725 r.h.t.c(at)


Always check the session calendar for one-off changes


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.

2nd Friday of the month :  Rous Lench Village Hall (The "Community Pub" at the back of the hall), Rous Lench WR11 4UL - All welcome, informal songs and tunes.  Contact  Does not run during the summer months.

Session in progress
First Friday of the Month : Blue Boar 52 Mill St, Ludlow SY8 1BB 8pm start : Mainly traditional, but anything acceptable

Last Friday of the month : Fox, Monkwood Green WR6 2NX (Through Hallow, left following signs to Sinton Green, left again at next junction). Excellent atmosphere, traditional cider served. 8.30 ish till late. Can be very busy and somewhat noisy.  Songs and tunes, anything goes.  Contact

Second and fourth Friday : St Ambrose Hall, Birmingham Road, Kidderminster DY10 2BY : Irish music

Every Friday : Three Kings, Hanley Castle LUNCHTIME SESSION : All types of acoustic music.  Med Snookes 01684 833477


No Saturday sessions known in the area.  See "Folk Clubs" below

Always check the session calendar for one-off changes


Every Sunday : Social Club, West Malvern (near the village hall) : 9.30 pm to midnight : Click for web page or phone Gordon Kirk 01531 636281

Last Sunday of Month  Bowling Green Inn, Stoke Prior (north of Droitwich) B60 4BH : This session has a good mix of music plus songs in many different styles.

First and Third Sunday of Month Galton Arms, Himbleton WR9 7LQ : The third Sunday session is in an upstairs room at the pub, but the first Sunday session is being held in the side bar downstairs.  Singaround format, mainly singer/guitarists.

Second Sunday of the Month at the Red Lion, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley WR13 5NN.  On the main Worcester - Hereford road, just round the bend from the Worcester direction.  Music and song.  Not in September as it clashes with Bromyard festival.

First Sunday of Month at The Wyche Inn, Clarence Road, MALVERN WR14 3EQ : Afternoon session from 1600h to 1900h.  Irish traditional music.

Always check the session calendar for one-off changes



Every Monday :  LOCK STOCK & BARREL at
Lock Inn Wolverley starting at 9pm


First Tuesday of the month : Malvern Storytellers : The Great Malvern Hotel , Graham Road, Malvern WR14 2HN.  Does not meet in August

For more info see : : Tim Willcocks on 01684 567 721 or Peggy on 01905 831032 info(at)


1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at The Dragon Inn, 51 The Tything, Worcester WR1 1JT.  Folk club with local guests and floor spots.  Will resume a regular schedule from 19 September 2018 (also special events on 14/15 September - see calendar)


1st Thursday of month at  The Old Cock Inn, 77 Friar Street, Droitwich WR9 8EQ.  Folk club style but no guests at present.  Focus on traditional English and Celtic music and home-grown singer-songwriters - all acoustic.  Session starts at 7.30pm.  Information from Malcolm :

First Thursday of month at Cap and Gown, Upper Tything, Worcester : Blues Night : Booked bands perform : Contact Bob Jones

2nd and last Thursdays of the month Bromsgrove Folk Club, Catshill Social Club, Meadow Road, Catshill

1st Thursday of the month : The Riverside Folk and Acoustic Club at Stourport Boat Club.

1st Thursday of the Month : Black Hill Tune Club, at The Crown, Longtown, HR2 0LT.  Traditional music

First Thursday of the Month
at Kempley Village Hall GL18 2BP : [Formerly at Wellington Heath] : Mainly traditional music.  Not in August. 
Information : Stephanie Rose rose_stephanie(at)


Somers Traditional Folk Club at The Bishop Allenby Hall (St. Stephens Church), St Stephen's Street, Worcester WR3 7HS.  Hall is set back, to the left of the church.  Start time 8.15pm, bring your own drinks and glasses.  No animals, no unaccompanied under-18's, no e-cigarettes.  Parking within church grounds.  Traditional song a-plenty, in an organised but very friendly atmosphere. Enthusiastic, listening audience, mostly singers themselves. There is a charge for admission £2 members, £2.50 visitors. First visit free. No paid guests on club nights. "A place where traditional song is at home, but we enjoy all kinds of songs, music and spoken word in the acoustic folk idiom. " Bring your own drink (alcoholic or otherwise) and glasses.                                     


Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month : (ALCESTER AND) REDDITCH FOLK CLUB will now meet at  89 Salford Close, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 7UL ​Tea and coffee will be available on the house, please bring your own alcohol. Please phone for further details, it will be nice to see you, all are welcome: singers, poets, story-tellers, and listeners.   For more details: Contact Dave James or 07795022779. 

2nd Saturday of the month “Rushwick Folk” at Rushwick Village Hall, WR2 5TA. Admission normally £2. Bring your own drinks. 8pm start.  This club will continue to run "under new management".  Contact Derek Lovell 01299-824908. 

4th Saturday of the month : "Folk at the Fold" at The Fold Centre, Bransford WR6 5JB now starting at 8pm. : Come and sing, play, tell a story or poem - or just enjoy listening! 


Every Wednesday : Sytchampton Folk Dance Club at Sytchampton Village Hall, Cow Lane, Sytchampton, DY13 9SY., off the A449.  Web-site  Contact Mike Lomax 01299 879 284 for details, or email Gaynor Butler on  "We do a mixture of English, American and Playford dance, depending upon the caller on the night. We have live music every Wednesday, provided by musicians from several bands. We are a cheerful and welcoming group"



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

Fine Folk Music at Artrix

The "Artrix" at School Drive, BROMSGROVE, Worcestershire B60 1AX also runs occasional folk concerts.  Details will be included in the calendar when we are notified.

Artrix Box Office – 01527-577330
or book online at


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

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

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.


Please do not use – this will not work. Please use mike@ [the same ending] – sorry I don't want to print it in full to avoid spam.

Blue type in the details above indicate a club, session or side which I attend at least occasionally - so details are likely to be more accurate - (alternatively this might give you some tips as to which sessions to avoid !)

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