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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


April 19th            Open Night (£2) MC Tony
Our monthly evening to get the regular club singers on show and your chance to show how well the singing in the shower has been going, try not to be too shy, weíve all been there with creaking knees and butterflies but once youíve tried it you might enjoy the buzz

Special Guest - Bernard Hoskin. Bernard runs the very successful Acoustic Routes Club at CB2 cafe/restaurant in Cambridge and is a regular performer there playing folk, blues and world music 

'THE SAIL LOFT FOLK CLUB is holding a tribute night to celebrate the music of JACK FORBES on Sunday April 24th. This will be an informal 'open mic' night and all are welcome, particularly friends from Jack's 'home club'. We already have a few acts planning to cover some of Jack's songs and if you'd like to come along and perform then please let Martin Cowpland know and he'll make sure that you get a spot. Do feel free to just turn up though as it is an open mic night!'

April 26th            The Broadside Boys (£7) MC Simon

May 3rd               Paul Downes & Mick Ryan (£7) MC Darren
Paul Downes has been introduced (much to his embarrassment) as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists in the world. It is easy to see why when you see the dazzling array of styles he performs with effortless brilliance, but at the same time he considers himself as a singer of songs, rather than a guitar technician. Mick Ryan is known on the folk scene as a fine singer of traditional and original material. Folk Roots described him as "definitely the most underrated singer in the countryĒ. expect some great guitar accompaniment from Paul and some rousing chorus songs from Mick. 

May 10th             Kieran Goss (£8) MC Tony
Gossís trump card, ever since he first stepped on to a stage in the late 1980s, has been his rapport with his audience. Heís an artist who thrives on the challenge of the heckler, whose store of impromptu on-stage witticisms would be the envy of many a professional comedian. But the fact is, heís not a comedian; heís a singer/songwriter, and sometimes he has to remind himself of that when heís on stage. Kieran's songs have been covered by many singers and he has a knack of infusing real depth into his songs lightened by his stage delivery.

May 17th             Open Night (£2) Special Guest -Tonic  MC Jon

May 24th             Saul Rose & James Delarre (£7)   MC Steve
May 31st             Ritchie Parrish Ritchie (£10)  MC Mick

June 7th              Steve Tilston (£8) MC Judy
June 14th            Dick Miles (£5) MC Jane
June 21st            Arfur Doo & The Toe Rags (Album Launch) MC Mick
June 28th            Flossie Malavialle (£7) Mc Simon

July 5th               Pete Morton (£7) MC Tony
July 12th             Jack Forbes Tribute Night - MC Derek
July 19th             Gregg Russell & Ciaran Algar (£7) MC Steve
July 26th             Windbourne (£7)

Aug 2nd             TBC             
Aug 9th              TBC
Aug 16th            Open Night (£2)
Aug 23rd            TBC
Aug 30th            My Sweet Patootie (£8)

Sep 6th               na-mara (£6)
Sep 13th             Two Coats Colder (£6)
Sep 20th             Open Night 
Sep 27th             David Francey & Mark Westburg (£7)

Oct 4th                Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection (£8)
Oct 11th              Colum Sands
Oct 18th              Open Night
Oct 25th              Sara Grey & Kieron Means (£7)

Nov 1st               Liz Simcock (£8)   



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 everyone is welcome to attend and/or participate

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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