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The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club
Home of Contemporary & Traditional Folk Music for 45 years

Every Tuesday Night at 8.00pm

The Royal British Legion
Telephone: 01702 347581
7/9 Northview Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9NG.
Hoy Contact: Tony Prior : anthony.t.prior@gmail.com 07805 641797


July 28th     
Wizz Jones   (£8) MC Graham
Wizz has been influencing many of what others consider the greats of guitar players like Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Renbourn and Bert Jansch but hey, when you’ve been on the road and playing for over 50 years, name dropping doesn’t seem to matter so here goes: - in May 2012 Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin Show with Wizz’s song ‘When I leave Berlin’. “if it wasn’t for Wizz I’d have got a proper job” John Renbourn (RIP). 

August 2nd  Hoy Shanty Crew at Leigh Maritime Festival

August 4th
Isobel Morris & Jim Kimberley  (£6)

Otherwise known as Bruise and a very well kept secret, they are a pair of genuine musical mavericks.  They make some of the most original, melodic, accessible and engaging modern music you're likely to hear, they can be as thought provoking as Joni Mitchell or Joan Armatrading  and as energetic as Blondie; no stranger to festivals including Glastonbury and they now have out their new album "Little Victories. Isobel has the distinctive voice and Jim is the talented multi instrumentalist having supported and played with many well established artists. This should be a memorable night. 

August 5th      Singers’ Session at The Billet     *** Cancelled ***

August 11th
Mawkin  (£8) 
MC Steve
A hat trick of nominations for BBC 2’s Folk Awards, Essex Folk Boy Band Mawkin will be fresh from Cambridge, Sidmouth and Broadstairs Folk Festivals, they will doubtless be playing material from their new album out on 13th July which has already had plays on Radio 2 and some of their establish favourites. Since their formation in 2002 Mawkin has grown into one of British folks brightest acts with energetic instrumentals and songs from brothers Jamie and David Delare with Nick Cook on melodeon, Danny Crump, Bass and Lee Richardson, drums. It’s holiday season but this band really is ‘the real deal’ so cancel the round the world cruise and join us for a great night.

August 15th Hoy Shanty Crew at Southend Carnival Beer Festival (Leigh Comm. Centre)

August 18th
Open Night
with Les & Sandra Potts  (£2)  Performers FREE      MC Tony
An opportunity for anybody to give it a try at performing along with some local established performers with a friendly encouraging audience and good beer, sometimes these nights prove very popular so it’s best to arrive as early as possible to ensure our M.C. can reserve you a spot for couple of numbers. 

Les & Sandra Potts have been playing locally for many years (formerly with their band “Legacy”) and always put on a good set, Les plays guitar + vocals, Sandra plays bass + vocals, always entertaining with a relaxed style covering songs from Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan to well known country songs, they make a welcome return to the club.

August 25th
Bob Wood  (£5) MC Simon

Bob is an accomplished finger-style guitarist and singer from Scotland but settled in the home counties for many years and very under estimated as an interpreter of folk songs and tunes and has the respect of luminaries like Steve Tilston, Andy Irvine, Archie Fisher and Benny Gallagher, his influences include all the ‘Les Cousins’ players from Davy Graham onwards, he has a relaxed delivery and stage presence and also gives workshops for guitarists covering open tunings and song accompaniment. A good evening for the guitar players.

September 1st
Martin McNeil (£5) MC Judy

A return visit by local bluesman Martin McNeil, a consummate blues guitarist/singer who is at home with traditional or modern material be it bottleneck/slide or harp (a harmonica on a stick while he plays guitar) accompaniment with an engaging persona and easy delivery.  

September 2nd      Singers’ Session at The Billet     *** Cancelled ***

September 8th
Spikedrivers  (£7) MC Mick
The Spikedrivers are Ben Tyzack - slide guitar, vocals, harp (harmonica on a stick); Constance Redgrave - bass, vocals, percussion; Maurice McElroy- drums, vocals. They are one of the most original innovative and exciting bands around, their combination of gutsy slide guitar, rock solid bass, infectious grooves and highly distinctive vocals, creates a sound that is uniquely their own. They take you on a journey from southern juke joints and lazy front porches to the expansive open spaces of dust bowls and railroad tracks disappearing into the distance….  look forward to an energetic, foot tapping night. 

September 15th
Open Night
with Jack Forbes  (£2)  Performers FREE       MC Tony
We encourage new performers to ‘have a go’ (usually two numbers) and sometimes open nights can prove very popular, often with so many local artists arriving that they are restricted to one number, so arrive early to avoid disappointment but if you show up the MC will always try to give you a chance to perform. Bring your best songs.

Jack Forbes has been a leading light of the Southend folk scene for more years than he cares to remember and has written many songs and shanties some of which (Rolling Down The River, Day-trip to Southend-on Sea) have become folk standards. Jack is versatile a cappella singer but also plays whistle, harmonica, concertina and occasionally guitar, he is often accompanied by members of the Slow Loris Band. This evening Jack will be singing songs from his folk theatre production 'Down the Hill to the Old Town' before taking the show to the Harwich International Shanty Festival in October.

September 20th Hoy Shanty Crew at Leigh Regatta

September 22nd
Three Dollar Shoe  (£7) MC Steve
Three Dollar Shoe started out as an instrumental project with Adam Mace, mandolin: Jerry Bloom, fiddle and Adrian Lever guitar. they have been looking to play more measured, somewhat more atmospheric and arranged music, with a lot of dynamic range from the very gentle (all too often lost in practice in Irish music) up to the 'storming' level. They  often explore some aspects of various wider music traditions, such as Balkan, Breton, English and other musical repertoire, but also remain very much based around their central interest in Celtic and most especially Irish traditional music, more recently they've included a really excellent young Irish singer from Strabane called Ruth Corey. Ruth sings with the choir London Contemporary Voices, and various other bands, but really is an authentic voice for the traditional Irish song repertoire. Should be a foot-tapper but bring a hanky for those slow Irish airs.

September 29th
Richard Grainger  (£7) MC Jane
Richard was born into a musical family in Middlesborough and served his time in the Teeside folk clubs joining The Fettlers in 1986 before launching a solo career which has taken him around the world and produced 11 albums of original and traditional songs. He is a fine guitarist/entertainer and gifted songwriter, a frequent guest artist at many festivals worldwide he’s been compared to ’the incomparable’ Nic Jones and Martin Carthy bringing 30 years professional experience to the club this should prove to be a good night.

October 6th          Dovetail Trio (£8)
October 7th          Singers’ Session at The Billet (MC Jack)
October 13th        Open Night (£2) Performers FREE
October 20th        Mike Tickell & daughter Kathryn Tickell (£8)
October 27th        Steve Turner (£6)

November 3rd      Gigspanner (£10)
November 4th      Singers’ Session at The Billet Jack
November 10th    Open Night - Silbury Hill  (£2) Performers FREE

November 17th    Calan (£8)
November 24th    Richard Digance (£10)    MC Tony

December 2nd     Singers’ Session at The Billet (MC Jack)
December 8th      Rory McLeod (P) (£8)
December 15th    James Findlay    (£5)
December 22nd   Hoy Christmas Party  (Free for Members)
December 29th    Open Night (£2) Performers FREE


January 5th          Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis (£7)
January 12th        Slow Loris  (£5)
January 19th        Open Night (£2)
January 26th        Carravick Sisters (£8)

February 2nd       Tom Lewis   (£6)
February 9th        Damien Barber & Mike Wilson  (£7)
February 16th      Open Night (£2)
February 23rd      Morai   (£8)

March 1st            North Sea Gas (£7)
March 8th            Winter Wilson (£6)
March 15th          Croabh Rua  (£10)
March 22nd         Open Night  (£2)
March 29th          Quicksilver  (£7)     

April 5th              Tom McConville & Leonard Brown (£8)
April 12th            Dave Ellis & Boo Howard (£6)
April 19th            Open Night (£2)

May 10th             Kieran Goss (£8)
May 17th             Open Night (£2)
May 31st             Ritchie Parrish Ritchie (£10)

June 14th            Dick Miles (£5)
June 21st            Open Night (£2)
June 28th            Flossie Malavialle (£7)

Booking a Floor Spot at The Hoy

Guest Nights

On a normal guest night we have several floor-spots who perform between 8.00 and 9.00 pm
Please arrive early and ask to the MC on the night if you want to perform. 

Open Nights

These often feature a 40 minute spot by a pre-booked guest, sometimes a local semi-professional artiste.
If you would like to be considered for this spot, please contact Tony Prior on 01702 715111 or 


Programme Subject to Change

These bookings are subject to change, often due to circumstances beyond our control. 
For up to date information call Tony Prior on 01702 715111 or email


Hoy Singers' Club
The Crooked Billet, High Street, Old Leigh

On the first Wednesday of each month The Hoy hosts a Singers' Club 

The sessions are friendly & informal and resume in October.

They give all those attending the opportunity to try new songs
or even attempt a performance in front of others for the first time.

Encouragement and advice is offered on a friendly basis
from experienced long-term members of The Hoy.


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