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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


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 19th
Hoy Shanty Crew at Victoria Plaza, Southend on Sea

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.

6th October  
Dovetail Trio 

Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. Their collaboration effortlessly combines the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, BBC Performing Arts Award winner Rosie Hood, and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn. Their debut album ‘Wing of Evening' was released on 4th September 2015 and will doubtless be available on the night, it features a number of unusual versions of traditional English songs alongside an American folk story, a traditional Scottish whaling song, and even a French/Canadian tune set. Tight vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship should make this an evening to remember.

13th October  
Open Night

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.

20th October  
Mike Tickell & Daughter (Yes - Kathryn)

As a child Mike learnt songs from the few remaining singers in his area in the North Tyne Valley and won many Border Ballad competitions, at one time his parents ran a hill farm, which had earlier been run by Kathryn’s mother’s parents;

leaving school in the 50s he worked for the Forestry Commission before joining the Horse Guards then worked in the education sector while studying at university. In 1995 he released his solo CD ‘Warksburn’; he sings on the Northumbrian compilation album ‘From Sewingshields to Glendale’ and has recorded a radio series on Border Ballads, both his father and grandfather were singers and musicians.

Kathryn’s first visit to the club was many years ago as an accomplished musician, now she is the most celebrated virtuoso player of Northumbrian pipes in the world and we are privileged to welcome her back to the club with her father touring a few chosen clubs from her early career. It is recommended to arrive early to get a seat, not to be missed, WOW!

27th October  
Steve Turner

Steve Turner comes from a family of concertina players and singers and began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s, playing and touring as a member of Geordie band Canny Fettle, then nationally and internationally throughout the 80s as a solo professional performer, recording his first four solo albums with Fellside Records, he is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, mandolin and banjo. A good night for traditionalists. 

3rd November  

A bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s erstwhile legendary fiddle player. But, Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a “blistering pace of a musical world tour” (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). It is appropriate then that author Terry Pratchett wrote that “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow” Peter’s musicianship is further enhanced by the playing of Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on congas and djembe (West African goblet drum) 

November 4th      Singers’ Session at The Billet (MC Jack Forbes)
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 13th    Hoy Shanty Crew at Traditional Folk Carol Concert,
                            St Clements Church, Leigh on Sea (6.30)

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 with Pete Dunhill (£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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