Clubs/Sessions/Folk Nights

Isle of Wight folk song clubs, folk music sessions, Irish music, storytellers etc

Playalong – tunes are led by one musician and the rest join in. Singaround – usually one song/tune/poem each round the room. Performance – more formal, with a ‘stage’ area.

NOTE: This information is as accurate as I can make it, however occasionally cancellations or changes happen. Most music and song sessions and clubs are free.


MONDAYS  15.00 Music afternoon on Zoom hosted by The Oddfellows. www.vectisradio.com

MONDAYS  Open Mic on Zoom, 20.00.   Meeting ID: 891 0610 5858   Passcode 1234

Brighstone Barnacles meet at The Three Bishops, Brighstone from 7.30, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Mondays. Audience welcome. Tel pub on 01983 740226 CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

8pm Cowes Alehouse, Shooters Hill, PO31 7BE  01983 294027 Every Monday. A wide variety, including songs,  but the core is playalong Irish tunes. CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Shalfleet Shanty Singers, now meeting outdoors to practise, late Monday afternoon. Mail or tel. Martyn on 531548 or 07810633477.

Island Storytellers- Third Monday, 7.30  Venues vary.  Donation £2  07837 601315 for more details or see Events.


9pm Dairymans Daughter at Arreton Barns, PO30 3AA  01983 539361 Every Tuesday. Song and music. Singaround/performance. CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


First Wednesday  8.30 pm. Irish music session. Woodman’s Arms,  Wootton. Tel. 01983 524040  Playalong. CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Every Wednesday John Hacker ‘s Folk Show on Vectis Radio. 7 til 9pm. 104.6 or Includes early blues and roots, invited guests and some live music. John invites local bands to send him CDs he can feature. On Vectis Radio iplayerand facebook after a few days if you miss the live broadcast.

Waverley Folk and Music Night at the Waverley Inn,  Carisbrooke. 07986 583714. Performance/ singaround. NOW IN A MARQUEE


 Every  Thursday,  Friendly traditional Irish music session at a leisurely pace. Bob’s House, Blackwater. Tel 01983 524040 for details. Playalong. CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Thursdays, Traveller’s Joy Folk Club in the pub garden, first and third Thursday of the month,  2pm. Limited space indoors if weather is bad. Performance/Singaround .OPEN

THURSDAYS   Folk Night at the Porter Club, Lake, PO36 9LE,  19.15 for 19.30. June 10th and 24th, second Thursday of month only from July., booking essential for June 10th. Performance/ Singaround. OPEN

Last Thursday of month, Gallybagger Folk at The Gallybagger, Main Road, Chillerton, PO30 3ER. 8.00 start tbc. The Gallybagger is where the old Reading Rooms used to be, look out for the new sign outside. Singaround.  REOPENING ON JULY 29th.


Third Friday – Trinity Folk Night in the hall of Holy Trinity Church, Ventnor. 7.30. There is a bar.  Performance. REOPENING JUNE 25TH

Fridays – Shantilly Clad singing group, specialising  in sea songs old and new, including some folk songs. The Green Room, Salisbury Gardens, Ventnor, PO38 1EJ. 19.00. Starts Friday 10 January 2020 Contact via shantillyclad page on Facebook. Not every Friday. NO MEETINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


SATURDAYS  Andy Roberts, most Saturdays 18.00, £3 online donation or live at Freshwater £10.

Howlin Wolf Folk, Blues and Jazz Club, Dimbola Lodge,  1 to 4. Showcase 1 to 1.45, followed by open mic. Free. Pete Darby 01983 638201 STARTING 2021, DATES TBA.

Sunday  Irish Sessions at Quay Arts Centre, playalong NO SESSIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Third Sunday – Quay Folk Club at Quay Arts Centre, Newport  7.00 for 7.30 start, ends 10pm approx. Showcases top Island performers and. Collection. Performance. Pre-booked floor spots. Reopening tba.

Wight Accordion Group  (for button and piano accordions) meet fortnightly on Sunday at 6pm in Sandown. Mixed styles with some UK and international folk tunes. Contact Rene Mairis on 07881 811757  or mail Facebook page. Beginners welcome. Restarting 23rd May.

The form below is for sending information about new groups.

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