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The Royston Royal British Legion Mill Rd, Royston SG8 7AE
On the Second and Last Friday of every month …

7:30 for 8pm start and 11pm finish

Our Next Event

Friday 26th May

At The Royal British Legion
7:30 for 8pm to 11pm
£9 pre-booked tickets CLICK HERE
£12 cash or card on the door

Featuring … Katie Spencer

Raised in the East Yorkshire flatlands on the fringes of Hull, Katie Spencer’s landscape has always been that of open skies and widening rivers. Industry still shapes the city here. The people, as with the land, are moulded by tides and stark horizons. Stand in the same place for long enough and you can watch the sun rise over the North Sea and then sink into crop fields, glowing auburn in late-summer sun. It is this sense of space and movement that flows through Katie Spencer’s music.
“Katie’s guitar playing has echoes of my dear friend the late great Bert Jansch. Like a musical weaver she threads her poetic lyrics through the guitar’s strings and produces little tapestries of song” – Ralph McTell

Her articulate picking, with suggestions of folk and jazz, frames intelligently written songs and is the backbone to her music.” Guitarist Magazine

“One of the most satisfying and spellbinding singer-songwriter collections I’ve encountered in some time.” RnR Magazine ★★★★★

“Imaginative imagery supported by compelling music that summons up the best of early 70s folk, fluently delivered here with its own contemporary power. This is a fine collection of memorable songs by an outstanding writer and musician.” Record Collector

“A timeless English folk album, perfect for the still calm of a Sunday morning.” Shindig!

“Katie Spencer sits gracefully in a vocal nook between Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson and, to conjure a name we hear less often these days, Bridget St John.” Prog Magazine

“The way Katie plays is never contrived, showy or imitative; it sounds true … a world-class folk guitarist” – fRoots

With …. Faradena Affifi
Fara has had an amazing lockdown with immense work via zoom and prodigious song writing. Through Tai Chi song lessons and improvisation with ‘ The Noisy Women’ she has developed her voice and focus. As if all of this was not enough she has taught herself double bass and piano to add to her violin and cello … She has even stolen her buddy Martin’s “claw hammer” fingerpicking and applied it to her four strings in a pizzicato stylee … Your in for a treat ..

With … Chris Wright
Local musician Chris from Stevenage has the nack of finding and choosing great songs and adapting them to his skilled flat picking style.
“Fingerpicking, flat picking, anything with an acoustic guitar!” Thats Chris Wright

Our FULL Programme for 2023
It is all here on our
‘What’s On’ page

With video examples of every artist on our programme

Covid 19

We are offering contactless payment and social distancing, sitting in groups around tables, in our large airy hall with mechanical ventilation.
There are screens at the bar.


We are now taking advance bookings for all our events at the discount prices listed in our What’s On page saving you £3 per seat..
Lesley is hosting this service personally by email and will advise you how to pay either by Paypal or direct bank transfer to the clubs account.

Our NEW Venue

The Royston Royal British Legion Mill Rd, Royston SG8 7AE

Large stage
Social distancing with our own bar
Full range of drinks available at any time

The Royston Royal British Legion Mill Rd, Royston SG8 7AE

We have been welcomed on the Second and Last Friday of every month … 7:30 for 8pm start and 11pm finish

The British Legion provides us with …
Our own entrance and reception
Capacity for 100 socially distanced in groups at tables
A ‘proper good’ stage and lighting
Our own Bar and bar staff serving us at any time throughout the evening
With on tap … Lagers, Guinness, John Smiths, IPA and a Guest Ale …
… plus the usual softs, spirits and wines
Snacks but not cooked food are also available

Car parking at The British Legion … is not obvious but (Our Survey Says) …
There are regularly about 20 spaces in Mill Rd, Queens Rd, Stamford Rd and Lumen Rd
(these are only restricted 10am to 11 am so NOT RESTRICTED when we will be there)
Additionally in Lumen Rd there are a number of unrestricted car parks with capacity for about 45 cars
Furthermore … The King James Wall, Royston’s civic car park, is FREE OF CHARGE after 3pm and is about 10 mins walk away with ample capacity.

More Detail … to help you find our venue and all about us on our ‘About’ page

Our Mission

Royston LIVE (Folk Club) is a constituted  “Not for Profit” Organisation with a committee of volunteers. Its aim is to help build a friendship community for those who like to regularly gather together and enjoy listening to live music with those that enjoy playing live music.

The breadth of musical genre that we embrace is wide, but predominantly acoustic, but does not preclude electric guitar and bass, keyboards, or percussion.  It includes “All Roots” and the full spectrum of Folk, Jazz, Blues, Ragtime, Protest, Story telling, Sung and Spoken as well as contemporary composers and song writers who work in these genres. We encourage diversity and we especially encourage young musicians.

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