What's on at the Fo’c’sle Folk Club, Southampton

Fridays at 8pm at the Richmond Inn, 108 Portswood Road

Here’s what’s on for the next few weeks.
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Song of the Week: Bold General Wolfe
30 Jun 2017

Sunjay Brayne

Sunjay is a great guitar player and singer, with a folk and blues repertoire reminiscent of his friend and mentor Derek Brimstone.  He was due to be here in May, but he was invited to play the lead part in "Buddy Holly and the Cricketers" so we thought "it doesn't matter any more".

After 54 years, the Fo'c'sle is closing its doors for the last time on 30 June 2017. Unfortunately we have not found anyone able to act as an organiser after Brian stepped down after a lifetime of involvement. While we regret doing this, we look back on many years of successful operation and thank everyone who took part in any way.

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A word from Brian

I’ve been at the Fo’c’sle Folk Club most Fridays for the past 40 years and it will be a wrench to stop, but, as Pete Seeger and some old prophet said - to everything there is a time. I picked up the baton as “organiser” in 2012 and said at the time I aimed to run it for five years and then hand it over to someone noticeably younger. I haven’t found the young pretender yet, but my five years are up. Having been struck by a stroke during the first of those years, it hasn’t been easy and I am immensely grateful for the current Committee and numerous others who have kept the club in shape. Sadly, none of those are in a position to take on the main organiser role, so we will have a meeting on Friday 9 June to decide the way forward – probably closure, with the last night being 30 June.  Could you take it on?  Maybe monthly rather than weekly?  Then bring your plans to the meeting!
In the meantime, we will enjoy (almost) every last minute!


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Parking behind the nearby shops near "Iceland"  is now managed by cameras.  If you stay for the full evening you will be fined £60.



Sunjay Brayne is a young singer and guitarist with a blues edge, and gave us a great evening here a year or two ago.  We booked him again for this May, but he's been chosen to play the title part in "Buddy Holly and the Cricketers" all round the country, so he'll be with us on 30 June instead.  Oh boy!

Reg Meuross - 18 November 2016

"Thanks for a lovely night!" (Reg Meuross)

"We had a wonderful evening, and made very welcome by @FocsleFC" (Adrian Harris)

Jon Witcher

Good to see Jon Witcher drop in at the club (9 Dec '16).  A former stalwart of the club, and the lead singer with Hampshire Union, Jon moved to Wales in 1989.  Somewhere down the intervening 27 years he shaved off a magnificent beard!

Paul Clarke

7 October

Mesmerizing evening with Lee Collinson: my favourite of the year.  Since his last Focsle visit (when Debra Chesman was in charge!), he hasn't lost a drop, not in vigour, fluidity, wit or authority (he claimed afterwards to be less sharp, but you wouldn't have known). The (enviable*) banjo-playing could provide him with a living on its own, yet that's a sort of sideline for him.  Keep a lookout for his occasional (3 or 4 times yearly) intimate gigs like this. Top dollar.

* inevitable jokes notwithstanding

John Licqorish ("Meon Rose")

(25 November)

Had a great night at the Collaborations singaround on Friday - great club - great people - community singing - kazoos - what more could you ask for - look forward to goin again soon