The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club 


In aid of Leigh Folk Festival Association

Southend Spring Folk & Ale Festival


On 22nd /  23rd  April 2017 The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club is organising a Free Folk Festival
for Southend Council in aid of The Leigh Folk Festival Association at The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier.


All of the participants are performing for free.


Saturday 22nd April 2017


Joe Migdal


Jones Boys




Bernard Hoskin


Dennis Homes


Dave Symonds


Whatever Next


Angel & The Melodyhorns


Hoy Shanty Crew


Pete Dunhill & Charlie Skelton


Arfur Doo & The Toe Rags


Slow Loris


Grand Reunion


Mudlarks Cafe Choir


Sunday 23rd April 2017




Leo Clemenson


Random Folk


Colette Meury


Chris Robson


Mainsail Haul


Bob's Barbershop Boys


Mucky Dennis & The Grifters


Hoy Shanty Crew


Dusty Pedlars


Emerald Hill


Crafting for Foes


Funky Voices





Arfur Doo & the Toerags play traditional music from the British Isles untraditionally, on a range of instruments. They are happy to have been described as a "joyous racket"!


Bob’s Barbershop Boys is a close harmony group from the ancient town of Leigh-on-Sea, who sing for pleasure (and for money)! Their repertoire includes the latest hits from the 1920s and 1930s


Crafting For Foes Adam Rees and Amanda McManus perform both traditional English folk songs and their own folk influenced songs, in a distinctively English styling with fingerpicking guitar and lovely harmonies. Since forming in 2010, they have released three hand crafted CDs on Adam Rees’ Moth House Recordings label.


‘Delicate, almost fragile contemporary English Folk songs with a slightly gothic tinge around the edge’ FATEA


Grand Reunion Celebrated 30 years on the circuit last year, having been formed in Leigh's iconic music venue the GRAND Hotel in May 1986 ( hence the name ), but more affectionately known by long-standing punters as the "Cockle Rockers". Proud of our Leigh heritage and being long-serving stalwarts of the little gem in Southend's yearly itinerary, namely the Leigh Folk Festival ! Highlights include supporting Ralph McTell in Cromer at "Folk on the Pier" and appearing on German regional TV during one of the seven highly successful tours we've been booked graced in the Black Forest.


Line-up: Mickie D, Pete Bailey, Joe Parker & Jon Green


Bernard Hoskin is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge who has released 11 albums. "Great voice, great songs, superb guitarist" - Epping Folk Club.

The Hoy Shanty Crew was formed several years ago and quickly became an integral part of the folk scene in Essex. The 'Crew' has performed at many events and festivals and has a reputation for gutsy and passionate rendering of shanties as well as other chorus songs, particularly if they involve the partaking of beer.


The current crew consists of Tony Prior, Derek 'Otto' Oliver, Dave Symonds, Allan Barttram, Ron Hill, Terry Docherty, Keith Baxter and Steve Ramm.  The Hoy Shanty Crew

Formed in 2014 Mains’l Haul have evolved into lively group singing shanties and songs of the sea. They sing mostly unaccompanied but also play a variety of musical instruments including guitar, melodeon, concertinas and recorders.

Colette Meury As a singer/songwriter and musician in the recording studio and on stage, Colette has worked with many different artists over the years. Swiss born Colette emigrated to London at the age of 21 but now lives in Southend-on-Sea. She sings, plays piano and guitar, composes songs, performs on stage, engineers and releases her own songs.


Revival play traditional folk, acoustic covers and original songs. Their atmospheric music was loved by everyone who heard them when they were here last year. Revival are: Rachel (vocals), Peter (guitar and bouzouki) and Roy (bass and keyboards).'

Slow Loris have been playing 'rip-roaring' arrangements of ceilidh tunes since being formed by Joe Parker in the late 80s. Joined by Jack Forbes soon after they started the band is known for producing and performing Jack's songs and folk theatre shows at public and private functions, clubs and festivals. Since the sad passing of Jack last year Slow Loris have continued their tradition of great ceilidh performances and are determined to carry on sharing his songs wherever they play. The band hopes to produce a new version of Jack's 'Rolling Down the River'show later this year. Watch this space!


Dave Symonds performs folk, blues and contemporary music on acoustic guitar. Mostly Neil Young and Bob Dylan style material. 


Whatever Next ? like to  play an eclectic mix of Americana, blues and folk along with some of their own songs, they always aim to have a “good time” and encourage the audience to join them.


They  don’t have a web site but are on Facebook as “Whatevernext”, (no spaces)