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In February we have a program change which is the welcome addition of Cousin Pearl a 3 piece blue grass band. This is in addition to the superb Geoff Lakeman who will be on later in the month

The New Year started well with the return of two of our old favourites Tom Brown and Ian Goodier.

Our guests in December are The Teacups, they are a young dynamic group singer old songs with great energy

For our November guest we were very pleased to welcome back The Time Bandits from Chester. They are often to be found at the Raven Folk club at The Bear and Billet.
A superb sound with some songs and tunes all played and sung to a very high standard, to many they define what a folk band should really sound like.

Through the summer with great performances from Bernard Wrigley, Bob Wood and Johnny Coppin, the club is certainly having a good year in 2018.

On the weekend commencing Friday 3rd August there will be a chance to play and listen to some great sounds on board the SS Daniel Adamson.
The steam ship has been partly restored by volunteers over 10 years.
Further work is dependant on lottery funding but it is hoped that the ship can be returned to full working order with public sailings.

Runcorn Folk Club performers will be on board the afternoon of Friday
3rdAugust, with continuing music on the afternoons of 4th and 5th August from Northwich and Frodsham Folk Clubs respectively.
During this time the boat will be moored near the Leigh arms at Acton Bridge.


The anniversary charity event on 9th July was well supported and around £200 was raised for Christian aid.
Special guests Tom Browne and Ian Goodier gave a superb performance of songs and tunes just as they did at the opening night of the club.
There were other performers and organisers who have been there since the start of the club. Roger, Christine, John and Carol have been responsible for its creation and success over many years.
   More recently Tony has taken over as the prime organiser and the club continues from strength to strength.

Above: Tom Browne and Ian Goodier
Below: Richard and Adele.


Below: Some great tunes to end the night with Tom, Ian Keith and Richard.


This year is the 20th anniversary of the club. Its amazing how time flies but week in week out the club has been well supported by many talented performers and of course those who just come along to listen.

   In order to mark the event there will be a special Anniversary night on 9th July 2018.
This will be a charitable event with Carol collecting for Christian Aid week


   One of our best loved performers Norman Wilson passed away last year.
He was an exceptional singer and guitarist with an unassuming manner and has been sorely missed by the club and his family.
On 12th of February we will be remembering him with a Tribute Night.


   Roger and Christine Hanslip have been running the club since it started 20 years ago. Its success has been greatly due to the well chosen guest list which maintains a balance with the roots of traditional folk music against an innovative selection of newer performers. Roger announced that he would be stepping down from this roll at the end of the year and invited volunteers to come forward to run the club. He pointed out that the financial position of the club was sound and that guests had already been booked for the next twelve months.

Tony Toy has come forward and offered to take on the running of the club.
Tony and Anne have been stalwart supporters of the club for many years and are keen and accomplished performers.

We wish Tony every success in this role.


Quicksilver duo consisting of Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham played for us in December. They have great style with some amusing songs in their repertoire. Great guitar playing from Grant and amazingly powerful vocals from Hilary. Example clip below


Our guests in November was Anthony John Clarke  with Dave Pegg. They played to a full house, very enjoyable music interspersed with humor delivered in a quiet and unassuming style.


Pete Coe came to us on the 2nd October,just recovered from a chest infection but obviously showing great enthusiasm to perform for us at Runcorn. The number of instruments in his set must be a record. He also performs a great variety of music from self penned songs, traditional and modern. A great all round entertainer.


Tim Edey played to a full house on 4th September and did he play, his fingers moved so fast they were just a blurr. Maginificent instrunentalist with great enthusiasm.


Our August guests are Karin Grindal-Park & Karl Robins

Karin is a singer/songwriter with of some 30 years. Starting with Jazz/Bluess he has sung with numerous bands over the years.  After going to a Folk Festival in Dumfries & Galloway, she diversified into Folk Music. Now she is solely to writing and performing Folk.

Karl Robins a songwriter and musician originally from Leeds now lives in Northumberland in Spittal. He has played in a variety of bands in the Acoustic Folk/ Folk Rock genre. They have recorded a CD entitled ‘The snows they melt the soonest’


An amazing night Runcorn Folk Club this week Mon 10th July as well as all the regulars we had a number of visiting professional musicians who treated us to a festival performance. We were fortunate to be able to hear Gerry French, Yesterday's Men, Rafael, Grassroots, Keith Price and Geoff Bibby. The move to the excellent facilities offered by the Golf Club certainly is working well.


Ben Robertson our guest on 14th July proves to be a very talented young guitarist well spotted by our organisers at Chetser Folk Festival. He was capable of playing a wide variety of music from traditional tunes right through to popular music and kept the attention of his audience throughout.


It seems that the success of the club has now overgrown The Prospect, with growth in the dining business and possibly less activity in the public bar we were ask to move to the other side of the pub but even on singers nights it was a bit cramped. In future the club will meet at

Runcorn Golf Club

Clifton Road,



Tel 01928 561431


On 26th of June there will be no meeting at the club due to golf clubs’ chefs funeral. The singers night will take place the next evening Tuesday 27th


Full House on 10/04/2017 was indeed full, with 6 performers the stage area was packed to capacity. The audience was packed too. A great and varied performance with styles including everything from Morris to Jazz. Full House are a well liked Chester based group.


A very successful charity night on February 27th when over £200.00 was raised for Christian aid. There was a bumper raffle with many people donating gifts. There was also many floor singers and regulars. See Photos of our regulars here.


A late addition to our lineup for March and a welcome return of another old favourite is Kenny Speirs who last visited the club in April 2015. Kenny was a founder member of the John Wright band and later Realtime.

Our March guest is Gerry Ffrench who also put in a great performance at the shanty festival. Its not her first visit to the club, she is a talented singer, song writer and multi instrumentalist who we will be glad to see again, and if you haven’t seen her yet don’t miss this opportunity.

February’s guest night saw a very packed room for “Yesterdays Men”.Two fantastic concertina players playing tunes and singing songs of the sea.
I first saw them at the Liverpool Shanty Festival which was a great occasion.

Another year passes as we go into 2017 which started with the folk Stalwarts from Wirral and Cheshire Welcomme, Finnan & Chrimes.


February 8th 2016
Nick Dow, a singer of mainly traditional song returned to the folk scene in 2007 after a 15 year break.
During that time he was busy with his business of signwriting and building and restoring Gypsy wagons. He has a warm, mellow voice often unaccompanied. His guitar playing has been compared to that of Nick Jones.


In January 2016 we were pleased to welcome Garva back to the prospect they’ve guested at the club more times than anyone and with good reason.
Superb use of many instruments which blend together really well in a relaxed yet tight performance. Great selection of songs both new and old.  

And remember “Tuesday Night is always Karaoke!”



All other Mondays are singers nights