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British Bands Directory

Please note:
If this list is out-of-date it's because the British Bluegrass Scene
is too bone idle and disinterested to send up-to-date information.

London Area


  • The Grove, Oldridge Rd., Every Sunday from 8.30
    Tel: David East, 020-8677-9989
  • Caledonian Road
    Weekly Session 9:00 p.m., Mondays.
    Hemingford Arms, Offord Road near Caledonian Road tube
    Casper Cronk, 020-8340-4683
  • Mount Pleasant Harlequin Pub, Arlington Way, (behind Sadler's Wells) Nr Angel
    Old Timey every Sunday 8pm.
    Tel: Frank Weston 020-8552-8308

Bluegrass session every Wednesday, The Victoria Pub, Worple Rd., Old Isleworth, Middlesex with THE GIN SOAKED BOYS.
(Banjo Bob 0208 400 2705)


  • Every other Wednesday, 9pm, Ryan’s Bar, Church St. , Stoke Newington.
    With Foghorn Leghorn.
    Tel:Tim Kent 020-7502-0483
  • The Auld Shillelagh Chruch St. most Wednesdays (PLEASE ring first!)
    with The Other Brothers
    Tel: Declan 020-7-275-9306

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East Anglia

King's Head, first Tuesday of the month.
Tel: Mike Green 01473-213740
Write to Mike

CODDENHAM, north of Ipswich. STREET LEGAL, Country/Folk & more at The Dukes Head, 3rd Thursday of the month.
Mike Green 01473-213740
Write to Mike

INGATESTONE (Nr Chelmsford)
The Star Pub. General accoustic picking session every Monday 9 pm.
Dave, 01708-372010

MISTLEY, Essex, Waggon and Horses, New Road, 01206-393411. From 8.30 p.m. 3rd Monday each month. Mike Green 01473-213740 Write to Mike 

Last Sunday of the month, King's Arms, Saffron Walden, Essex. Lunchtime session.
Paul 01371 810334

Last Sunday each month. Picking session at The Cock, Silver Street, (Old A11), Stansted
Roger Burrows 01279 647118

Mondays at Waggon and Horses
John Pearman, 01763-852721

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ANGMERING, Alternate Tuesdays at the Woodman's Arms, (A 27, opp. Hammerpot Garage), Nr Anmering, W. Sussex Bluegrass/Old Time with THE GREENHILL STRING BAND
Tel: Reg 01903 717962

BIGGIN HILL (Flying Club)
2nd Thursday monthly. Anglo-Irish Pact
John MacDonagh 0208-3095-7350

BODLE (near Herstmonceux)
Fortnightly on Mondays at The White Horse. Mainly Old-Timey.
Info: Dave (Landlord) 01323-833243

The Bluegrass Plus Club
Acoustic Music, 2nd Friday monthly with guests and open nights.
8 - 11pm with bar. Membership £6 pa
Details: Tel Sheila Tassie 01737 551191
Email: (cut out the X)

Also check out the Camden Based Country & Roots club ""

The Fighting Cocks, Horton Kirby, Nr Dartford, "Open Mic Club" welcomes Bluegrass & old time pickers.
Tel: 01322 862299

Picking session, 1st Tuesday monthly, 3 Tuns, Finchingfield, Essex.
Paul 01371 810334


  • The Stag, Old Town, Hastings, East Sussex
    Every Thursdays with Gerry Rolph & Friends
    Gerry: 01424-8523
  • Fairlight Lodge Hotel, Old-timey probably on Wednesdays - check details
    Colin Meadows 01424 714065 or

Last Friday monthly. St.Julians Club, Sevenoaks.
Solo guests will be giving workshop sessions from 7-8 pm.
Rick Townend, 01892-782412 (home) 01732-458261 (work)
Web site

Foresters' Arms, Quarry Hill. “Imperial Bluegrass Band”, 3rd Monday monthly.
Ron Jacobswood 01892-784714

Wadhurst Bluegrass Club. First Monday monthly (except August):
The Greyhound,High Street Wadhurst.
Gerry Williams 01892-782947

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The South

Beginners only picking session. 1st Thursday of the month at The Kings Head, Bridge Rd., Abbots Langley.
Andrew 01442 394974 or Chris 01442 215826

EWSHOTT, nr Farnham, Surrey
Picking session first Friday monthly. The Windmill, Church Lane, Ewshott.
(Seperate children's room at back).
Gary or Sherryl Payne 01276 609954 or Write to organisers

4th Thursday monthly, 8.30pm, at The Marlborough House (pub), corner of Marlborough and Western Avenue (first right turn after Folly Bridge on Abingdon Road).
Paul Mulvey 01865 723451, Taube Marks 01865-552111 (eve) 01865-283362 (day)
Write to Paul

Coach & Horses, 2nd Tuesday monthly.
Richard Holland 0118-942-3535

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South West

For information on what's happening in Cornwall contact Dave Wilkinson 01736-793545 Write to Dave Wilkinson.  Some of the new venues here are taken from his publication "String Band News"
For information on sessions in east Cornwall and West Devon:
Dave Morriss 01752-845686
Write to Dave Morriss

The Victoria. Bluegrass and Old Time on alternate Thursdays.
Phil Brimilcombe 01364-652725


  • Occasional Bluegrass gigs at The Bell.
    John Wirtz, 01373-813590 Write to
  • Session - mainly Irish... Every Friday at The Porter Butt, London Road
    Phil Bunce 01225-335111

BLAGDON HILL, nr Taunton
At The Lamb & Flag. Old Timey sessions every other Thursday
Derek Parsons 01823 442713

Bluegrass Bands appear fairly regularly at the the Fox & Hounds on Saturdays
Stuart or John: 01453-890366

Session occasional Sundays (8:30) at the Oscar's Wine Bar, Market Square.
Richard Hall, 01460-77494

Holford Arms. Sessions every Friday 8pm.
Terry Heatley 01454-238669

The Globe Inn - 3rd Thurdays monthly, Bluegrass and Old Time.
Tony Taylor 01208-844691

Lyme Bay Folk club (odd Bluegrass spot welcome).
The King’s Arms, Stockland, first Saturday of the month.
Ruth 01884 821177

Bluegrass/American/Old timey session, every other Tuesday at The King’s Arms, nr Mousehole.
John Watson 01736 731931

PITNEY, Nr Langport, Sommerset.
Half-Way Inn, Bluegrass and Old Timey. Mondays but
not every month
Julian, 01458-252513

St.IVES (19 Jan 04)

  • Alternate Wednesdays, The Gurnards Head at Zennor. Irish / Bluegrass
    Lawrence Kell, 01736-796928
  • Also sometimes at The Western Hotel -
    Brian and Cheryl Terry, 01736-795277
    Write to stevemcintosh@

Old Timey sessions, every other Thursday (alternating with BLAGDON HILL)
The Crown, Trull, nr Taunton.
Derek Parsons 01823 442713

TAUNTON, Somerset
The Half Moon Pub, Alternate Thursdays
Mainly Old Timey but Bluegrass welcome
Derek Parsons 01823-442713

Bluegrass session every Sunday at The Kings Bridge Inn
Dave Morriss 01752-845686
Write to Dave

Sessions on alternate months at The Eldon Arms, Clifton Hill, Bristol & The Dursley Arms, Dursley Road, Trowbridge.
Tel: John Wirtz 01373 813590
or Write to John

For details of gigs in the Torbay Area by The Bluegrass Flyers -
Info: Mark Woodward 01626-774966.

For information on gigs by “Contraband” in the Southampton area contact Rick Tarrant 023-8073-9467

Sessions on alternate months at the Eldon Arms, Clifton Hill, Bristol and the Dursely Arms, Dursely Rd., Trowbridge.
Info: John Wirtz, 01373-813590 Write to John

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South Wales

Information: Andy or Linda Quelch 01558-668908
or area rep Tony Mear 01792-885222 (Write to Tony
or Write to Terry Holland

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North Wales

1st Monday monthly. 8pm at the Bull Hotel
John Blisset 01492-433898 or Stuart Williams 01928-726587


  • 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Britannia Inn, Pentre Rd., Halkyn,
    300m S of A55 at Rhosemore turnoff (travelling westward).
    Tony Keysell 01492-533011 Write to Tony
  • Glan-yr-Afon Inn, Pentre Halkyn, Nr. Holywell. First friday monthly.
    Acoustic folk/bluegrass/sing-a-around music session.
    Andy Wood 01352 780159

LLANELIAN, Old Conwy nr Colwyn Bay.
Old Time, Country and Bluegrass at the White Lion every Wednesday.
Not the usual "all-play-together" jam session.
John Les 01492-580454  Hosted by Highly Strung
Write to John

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North West

BRIDGEMONT (near Whaley Bridge, West Derbyshire Pennines)
First Sunday afternoon monthly at the Dog and Partridge Inn (01663-732284)
Bluegrass (mainly) jam session 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m in a private room.
Tel: Tom Travis - 01457-861789
Write to Tom | Web page

Looking for a new venue following change of landlord. Bluegrass jam session.
For latest details: 01244-683563 or Write to Derek | Web page |

CLAPHAM, Near Lancaster
Flying Horseshoe Hotel, 3/4 mile S. from Clapham village in the Limestone dales, 18 miles from Lancaster. 1st Saturday monthly. Folksy Acoustic; Bluegrass welcome.
Campsite details
Pub: 01524 251229 Website with map. 

Bluegrass and Old-Time session, every Tuesday night, 8:30 until closing at the White Lion, Halton, near Lancaster M6 J.
Mark Curry 011524-812295 or Bill Gilson 015397 35653
| Write to Bill | Web page |


  • Ex-Serviceman's Club, Weekly beginners-only workshop/ session every Thursday about 8.30 pm. Stuart Williams 01928-726587
  • Robin Hood Hotel, first Sunday of the month. Open Pick 7:00pm followed by Open Mic. Bryn Williams tel 01928-723256.

INCE, 2nd Tuesday monthly, Duke of Wellington, 9:00pm Open Pick.
Tel: 01928-723256

LIVERPOOL The Grapes on Roscoe St, Liverpool City Centre
Every Thursday 8.30pm - 11pm. Mainly Bluegrass
Contact Jimi Fallows Tel: 0151 727 4667 E-mail
(Info 8 Sept 2004)

The Pig & Whistle (Nr the Liver Building by St Nicholas Church). 8:30pm Thursday nights. Mixed acoustic format, some Bluegrass (maybe).
Brian 0151-7344-721.

MOSSLEY, near East Manchester
Every Tuesday: The Rising Sun, Mossley (on A670 between Mossley and Greenfield).
Old Time and Bluegrass pickin' session. “Rank Strangers”.
Dave Pope 01457-837166
Web page

Alternate Tuesdays, The Welcome Inn. Resident band “Rainy City Bluegrass Band”. Beginners workshop 8-9 p.m. Pick: 9 pm onwards.
Tom Degney 01204-886893
Web page

RAINFORD (near St.Helens).
Bluegrass Picking Session + Country every Wednesday.
The Junction 3/4 mile along Bushey Lane, past The Wheatsheaf Hotel on the Rainford By-Pass, near St Helens. Beginners session 7.30 to 9.00
Jack on 01942-522309, Owen or Paul 01744-630104
Web page

First Sunday monthly, Robin Hood (7:00 pm, open pick) followed by Open Mic (8:30pm)
Tel 01928-723256

WALTON (Liverpool)
At the Hermitage, Queens Drive, Walton, Liverpool.
Every Wednesday night , free entry. Hosts: The Britannia Bluegrass Band.
Pete Mackie 01704-870129
Write to Peter | Web page

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The Northeast

CLEVELAND, Marske By Sea
Zetland Hotel, Every second Saturday from 6 pm.
Chris Tranter 01287 653133.
Write to Chris | Website

Knox Arms, Bachelor Gardens. Saturday night picking session, all singers/musicians welcome. Also sessions on alternate Fridays.
Tel: Roger Knowles 01423 562540
Write to Roger

Leeds Bluegrass Club. Last Thursday every month: The Grove Inn, Back Row, Leeds (200 yards from the Leeds Hilton Hotel in City Square).
Resident bands: The Generation Gap3 Out Front and Ken Tardley Playboys
Kevin Garrat 01132-677040  
Write to Kevin (also Pete Wraith 01484-307424)

SALTBURN-BY-SEA, Cleveland (North Yorks)
Wednesdays, at The Spa Hotel. Nominal cover charge of £1
7.30 p.m. start. Workshop first hour, then open to to pickers & singers to perform.
Guest Artistes booked on different nights to the regular Wednesday club night.
Drop-in floor singers welcome on all nights.
Stan Gee 01642 478859. email lost.

Picking Session every Monday, The Bath Hotel, Victoria Street, off West St.
Steve Read 01298-871645

Old time picking every Sunday evening: The Golden Ball, off Bishop Hill, York.
Eve Morris 01904-632674

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Bluegrass and Country with Ken Harris and Grass Style. Bulkington War Memorial Club 2nd Tuesdays monthly. £2.50
Club: 024-7622-3842

Heart of England Bluegrass every Friday at the Kenilworth Sports and Social Club, Upper Rosemary Hill, Kenilworth. For a copy of the band appearance schedule send SAE to Ron Stevens, 50 Blenheim Cresc., Broughton Astley, Leicester LE9-6QY.
01455-284211 or 024-7622-3842
Write to 

LONG EATON, nr Nottingham
Tiger Inn, Tuesdays, weekly, at Tamworth Road and Lower Brook St.
Informal picking session.
Keith Bowdler 0115 972 7239  Write to ; Patrick O'Byrne 0115 925 6034
Write to | Website

Picking session 3rd Tuesdays monthly at The Bridge.
Christine Cleaton 01981-510674


  • Every Wednesday 8.30 at the Cannon Public House, High St, Newport Pagnell.
    Folk plus Bluegrass and Old Timey
    [ Write to | website ]
    Tel: Pat Mason 01908-610919 or Adam Hepburn 01908-211495
  • The Stables, Wavendon, first Thursday of the month, predominately Bluegrass.
    Paul Smith 01234 750228 or Dave Cromack 01525 237715

Alternate Sundays: Corn House Wine Bar, Shrewsbury.
Resident band: Wrekin Havoc Mountain Boys.
Mal Salisbury: 01952-505565  
Write to Mal

The Plough and Harrow (locally known as "The Steps"), High Street, Kinver, nr. Stourbridge, 1st and 3rd Wednesday monthly. Tel:01384 872659.

The Bird in Hand (by the canal) in on the 2nd Friday of each month, Holly Road (off Baldwin Road), Stourport on Severn 01299 822385

New Bowling Green Inn, St. Nicholas Church St.
Picking session every Sunday, hosted by Stained Glass Bluegrass.
Pete or Shirley 01926-832693

For information on what's on in this area contact Harry Whale 01562-68044

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1st Thursday monthly. Informal picking session,
Castle Bar Café, Johnston Terrace
Tel Betty Cooper 0131 661 2106

Bluegrass picking session, 1st Wednesdays monthly.
The Gateside Inn, Gateside, Fife. M90 jct 7S, jct 8N .
John & Jackie Sheldon 0131 333 5009 Write to John


  • Every Saturday afternoon at The Clutha Vaults, Stockwell Street
    Rob Mairs 01355-233613
  • Every 3rd Saturday, Victoria Bar, Stockwell Street 3.00 pm.
    Informal bluegrass session Tel Sean McGhee 0141-882-1898

Alternate Sundays, informal session (increasingly bluegrass)
Harbour Arts Centre, Harbour St
Tel Junior Clark 01294 217306

Monthly Bluegrass Concerts. Free entry at Bar 57, Hopetoun St., Bathgate
John & Jackie Sheldon 0131 333 5009 Write to John

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9 Nov 2006

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