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.
To look further ahead, view our online calendar, or our current leaflet.
Song of the Week: The Excellent Gift
24 Feb 2017

Hoop and Two

Unfortunately Damien Barber & Mike Wilson have had to cancel their appearence.

Instead, Brian Hooper, Eamon Duffin and Debra Chesman will being singing in turns, where a song may or not be related to the one that went before.

Eamon was a regular at the Fo'c'sle in the 1980s.  He's a singer, songwriter and poet and a legend in his own lunchtime in and around Waterford (where the crystal comes from).  Hear Eamon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySZe383K84g.   Debra ran the Fo'c'sle in the 1990s, and she's a singer and washtub bass player in and around Painted Post, NY.  She's also Director of Valley Folk Music www.valleyfolk.org.

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3 Mar 2017

Singaround with a theme: Southern Songs


Give us a song, a tune, a poem, a story, join in – or just enjoy. This has the theme of "Southern Songs" - a good open theme this time.  We might have songs from the south of England, or from the Southern hemisphere, or, like "The Stately Southerner", about American civil warships.  Lots of scope!  
If you've never sung etc in public, if you need the words in front of you, if you're really nervous - here's a chance to dip your toe in the water.

10 Mar 2017

Vin Garbutt

We take over the foyer at Turner Sims, and give you - Vin Garbutt!!!

It's like a Fo'c'sle evening - starting with songs from Brian Hooper, and we even have a raffle - just somewhere different.

For tickets, ring the box office on 023 8059 5151 or visit the website at turnersims.co.uk

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17 Mar 2017

Singaround - Anything Goes!

Other things of interest

No petticoats here!

We have Louise Jordan at the Fo'c'sle on 24 March, with her acclaimed album about women who served in the Great War "No Petticoats Here."      Visit her at louisejordan.co.uk for more about the album.


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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