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  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 19th October 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Damien Barber & Mike Wilson
    Friday 26th October 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Martyn Wyndham-Read & Iris Bishop
    Friday 9th November 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 16th November 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Makepeace
    Kevin Dempsey, Carolyn Robson & Paul Hutchinson
    Friday 23rd November 2018 - 8.00pm


  • A Causley Christmas
    Join Jim Causley for a journey through Christmas past
    Friday 7th December 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 14th December 2018 - 8.00pm


  • New Year's Eve Barn Dance
    Ellbee Special Events present New Year's Eve barn dance at the Elizabeth Hall, Hook, with The Diatonics
    Monday 31st December 2018 - 8.00pm to 12.30pm


  • Tim Edey
    Friday 11th January 2019 - 8.00pm


  • The Pigeon Swing & Baz Parkes
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 12th January 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 18th January 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Daria Kulesh
    with Tristan Seume and Marina Osman
    Friday 25th January 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Cosmotheka
    Friday 8th February 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 15th February 2019 - 8.00pm


  • The Andy May Trio
    Friday 22nd February 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Florida & Chris Rose
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 2nd March - 8.00pm


  • T.B.C.
    Friday 8th March 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 15th March 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Judy Cook
    Friday 22nd March 2019 - 8.00pm


  • O'Hooley & Tidow
    Friday 5th April 2019 - 8.00pm


  • The Dartmoor Pixie Band & Sarah Bazeley
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 6th April 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 12th April 2019 - 8.00pm


  • T.B.C.
    Friday 26th April 2019 - 8.00pm


  • T.B.C.
    Friday 3rd May 2019 - 8.00pm


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    Come All Ye
    Friday 19th October 2018 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    COME ALL YE OPEN STAGE
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Having enjoyed a series of successful come-all-ye's during our 2017/18 season we look forward to welcoming back our regular singers, musicians and wordsmiths - as well as meeting as many new local performers who wish to share their favourite songs, tunes, poems and tales. As ever Tim Stansfeld will be hosting the evening and making everybody welcome and inviting everyone who wishes to take the open stage in warm and friendly surroundings. Audience members are also extremely welcome as they are an essential ingredient to the success of the evening.

    Admission £3.00 on the door (to cover the rent)

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  • Damien and Mike
    Friday 26th October 2018 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    DAMIEN BARBER & MIKE WILSON
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Two of the finest exponents of Traditional Song in the United Kingdom, it is difficult to accept that these relatively young men have a combined 40+ years experience of performing at folk venues. This will be the duo's third visit to the club, though Mike has visited a couple of other times with the Wilson Family.

    Raised in Norfolk and heavily influenced by earlier Norfolk singers such as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied or using guitar or concertina and is probalby widest known as the Demon Barbers' front man. Though he has lived for a long time in West Yorkshire he retains a strong East Anglian identity.

    Mike Wilson is the youngest member of the Wilson Family, the powerful Teesside singing siblings who have raised the rafters at many a festival or folk club event. His musical heritage is emphatically that of the North East – rural and industrial folk song both traditional and modern. Damien and Mike have a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.

    Admission £11.00 on the door, £10 in advance

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  • Martyn Wyndham-Read
    Friday 9th November 2018 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    MARTYN WYNDHAM-READ & IRIS BISHOP
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    We have been booking Martyn at various folk clubs in West Surrey for over 40 years! In that time his remarkable voice has gone from strength to strength, his enormous repertore, featuring items from the tradition (as geographically diverse as Sussex and Australia) and the pens of some of the finest comtemporary songwriters, has grown like topsy and his popularity is as strong now as it has ever been. A large number of people were disappointed this year when, due to numerous reasons, we were unable to book Maypoles To Mistletoe at the Electric Theatre at Christmas so we are delighted that we are able to welcome the show's driving force, Martyn, to the club.

    We are equally thrilled that he will be at the club in the company of one of the finest accompanists in the business, Iris Bishop. Iris is rightly regarded as one of the best players of the Duet Concertina on the scene and, as the musical director and leader of the Maypole Band, is the other mainstay of Maypoles to Mistletoe.

    Guaranteed to be an outstanding evening.

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  • Come All Ye
    Friday 16th November 2018 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    COME ALL YE OPEN STAGE
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Admission £3.00 on the door (to cover the rent)

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  • Makepeace
    Friday 23rd November 2018 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    MAKEPEACE
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    We’re delighted to welcome this new combination of three very familiar faces - Kevin Dempsey, Paul Hutchinson and Carolyn Robson. Together, they will take us on an incredible musical journey, interpreting songs and tunes from Playford to the Rolling Stones and from all four corners of the earth in ways you have never heard before!

    Kevin Dempsey is a master guitarist and fine singer and is one of the most sought-after musicians on the UK folk scene and beyond. He has played and recorded with many of the most famous names in acoustic and folk music: Dave Swarbrick, Peter Knight, Dando Shaft, Whippersnapper and Mary Black. Paul Hutchinson is a superlative accordion player with a unique style inspired by church organ music, violins and concertinas! He has been a member of several groups including Hoover the Dog and The Playford Liberation Front but is probably best known and loved as one half of Belshazzar's Feast. Carolyn Robson is an acclaimed singer and interpreter of folk song from her native North-East as well as songs from early music to Cole Porter. She is probably best known locally as musical director of the Alton, Petersfield and Winchester Community Choirs.

    Carolyn’s exceptionally warm voice augmented by Kevin's apparently effortless guitar accompaniments and complemented by the imaginative depth of Paul’s accordion playing guarantees an evening of fabulous eclectic music.

    Admission £11.00 on the door, £10 in advance

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  • Jim Causley
    Friday 7th December 2018 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    A CAUSLEY CHRISTMAS
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Join one of the club's favourite guests, Jim Causley, in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley, as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence. Maybe even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through "Christmas past" that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!

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  • Come All Ye
    Friday 14th December 2018 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    COME ALL YE OPEN STAGE
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Admission £3.00 on the door (to cover the rent)

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  • Tim Edey
    Friday 11th January 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    TIM EDEY
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    BBC Radio Two's Musician of the year in 2012, multi- instrumentalist and singer Tim Edey has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary folk music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Altan, Lunasa, Mary Black, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin to name but a few...

    Tim is now a name on the world stage in his own right after seventeen years of hard work and is widely regarded as one of the world's finest melodeon and guitar players on the folk scene today. Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent, Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard, a fine guitarist himself, and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt.

    He has lived in Ireland and now resides in Perthshire, Scotland where he is based with his family and tours regularly all over the world.

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  • Pigeon Swing
    Saturday 12th January 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.40pm - evening finishes at 11.00pm
    THE PIGEON SWING & BAZ PARKES
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance

    The Pigeon Swing have arguably to most prestigious CV of English Ceilidh bands in the country - it's line-up consists of Dan Quinn (melodeons, formally a member of Flowers & Frolics, Gas Mark 5 etc.), Martin Brinsford (harmonica and feet, member of The Old Swan Band, Brass Monkey etc.), Paul Burgess (fiddle, member of The Old Swan Band and formerly The English Country Dance Band etc.), Ian Kearey (bass guitar, member of Duck Soup and formerly The Oyster Band) and Tim Normanton (banjo, member of Grand Union and formerly of Housewives’ Choice).

    Caller Baz Parkes has been at the Borough Hall numerous times in the past, usually to call with All Blacked Up. His extensive portfolio of dances is English through and through but, on this occasion, they will be danced to The Pigeon Swing's repertoire of French Canadian tunes, culled from recordings and transcripts of the old players, but played in the style of English ceilidh dancing.

    A splendid time is guaranteed for all - as always at GBH Ceilidhs!

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11.00 in advance (£6.00 children up to 16 years of age))

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    Record Corner, Pound Lane, Godalming GU7 1BX

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  • Come All Ye
    Friday 18th January 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    COME ALL YE OPEN STAGE
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Having enjoyed a series of successful come-all-ye's during our 2017/18 season we look forward to welcoming back our regular singers, musicians and wordsmiths - as well as meeting as many new local performers who wish to share their favourite songs, tunes, poems and tales. As ever Tim Stansfeld will be hosting the evening and making everybody welcome and inviting everyone who wishes to take the open stage in warm and friendly surroundings. Audience members are also extremely welcome as they are an essential ingredient to the success of the evening.

    Admission £3.00 on the door (to cover the rent)

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  • DARIA KULESH
    Friday 25th January 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    DARIA KULESH
    with TRISTAN SEUME and MARINA OSMAN
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    This will be Daria's second visit to the club having previously performed at the Institute as a member of Kara. With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, "bold, exotic, impressive" Daria Kulesh is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her debut album Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” and named Runner-Up in “Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist” by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades. Her 2017 album Long Lost Home has won multiple awards in the UK and in Russia, including LCM Album of the Year. It has enjoyed incredible reviews calling it a “triumph”, a “masterpiece” and “a definite contender for the best album of 2017”. Mike Harding praised the The Moon and the Pilot as "one of the most beautiful new songs of the last ten years".

    Guitar soloist, accompanist, writer and session musician Tristan Seume is already well and widely known on the local music scene. He has appeared several times before at the c;ub as Jackie Oates' accompanists.

    Daria's collaboration with the extraordinary pianist Marina Osman (originally from Belarus) started with a set of nostalgic Russian songs. Since then, their successful partnership has extended to Daria's solo material, offering a fantastic variety for every listener regardless of their language and cultural background. Expect plenty of authentic Russian flavour, superb musicianship and heaps of heartfelt, infectious energy.

    Admission £11.00 on the door, £10 in advance

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