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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


2nd Feb - Tom Lewis £6 - Tom is a 24-year veteran of Her Majesty's Royal Naval diesel submarines; although now he's comfortably located on dry land. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on board H.M. ships, through the loneliness and lure of the sea, to traditional shanties and classic nautical poetry, set to his own, and others’ melodies, sometimes accompanying himself on button accordion and ukelele

3rd Feb - Hoy Singers' Session at The Crooked Billet (Old Leigh)  The Hoy's monthly outing to its spiritual home where singers can try out new or older material in a friendly, informal and relaxed atmosphere washed down with a pint or two of decent ale. Drop in to join us or just to listen if you prefer.

9th Feb - Damien Barber & Mike Wilson £7 - raised in Norfolk and influenced by Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer either a cappella or using guitar or concertina while Mike is the youngest of the Teesside singing siblings ‘the Wilson Family’ who have raised the rafters at many a club and festival, they share a rich repertoire of traditional and modern songs from writers such as Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson. Be prepared to join in the choruses.

16th Feb - Open Night - another of our monthly ‘come all ye open nights and a chance to 'get up and do your thang’, we all get a bit of the butterflies so try it along with our residents and regular floor singers. Special Guests: Fiach

23rd Feb - Moirai £8 - this trio is a meeting of musical minds of Jo Freya, Sarah Matthews & Melanie Bloggs, having played together in sessions throughout the country they decided to get together to form ‘Morai’ which translates to ‘spinners of destiny’ and their performances combine the trio’s musical talents with haunting vocals and arrangements delivered with skill and good humour.

1st March - North Sea Gas £7 - North Sea Gas: Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan, over thirty-five years and stronger than ever!! "North Sea Gas" is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Don’t be late.

2nd March - Hoy Singers' Session at The Crooked Billet (Old Leigh) The Hoy's monthly outing to its spiritual home where singers can try out new or old material in a friendly, informal and relaxed atmosphere washed down with a pint or two of decent ale. Drop in to join us or just to listen if you prefer.

8th March - Winter Wilson £6 -  During17 years of part-time touring, Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) built a reputation for fine songs, stunning harmonies and spontaneous, (occasionally outrageous!) off-the-wall humour. 

Kip Winter has simply one of the best voices in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure. In the past she has sung everything from opera to soul and jazz, but is at her best (and happiest) singing folk and blues.

 Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the UK’s best contemporary, acoustic songwriters. A great wordsmith, his songs are sometimes challenging, often lyrical, but always poetic and have been widely covered, including “Storm Around Tumbledown” recorded by Vin Garbutt, amongst many others.

March 15th          Croabh Rua  (£10)
March 22nd         Open Night  (£2) with Special Guests Cheap Joint
March 29th          Quicksilver  (£7)     

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

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

June 14th            Dick Miles (£5)
June 21st            Open Night (£2) with Special Guests Mick & Pete
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 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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