HOW IT STARTED
After a 30 year hibernation Royston Folk Club was re-started in March 2012 by Mike Farrow. The first few events proved that the time and the place was right. Mike recruited his Guitar teacher Tony Buch who has a wealth of experience on the the live acoustic scene to help choose acts performers and host the club. Tony often plays at Open Mic starting the session off.
Another of Tony's guitar students Chris Walls was recruited on the first night of the club. With considerable experience of club, management and promotion Chris has much to share with the team. Chris provides and operates the sound system (supported, when need be, by a group of friends) .
Chris also manages and maintains this web site.
GENRES OF MUSIC
Mike is very sure that he wants the musical mix at the club to be eclectic and entertaining. Both Tony and Chris are strongly supportive of this aim. Hence folk both trad and contemporary are featured in the diary and welcomed at the open mic as are: blues, blue grass, singer songwriters, instrumentalists and even a foot stomping folk dance. In fact if it is acoustic and good your welcome and an electric bass or an evenly tempered electric guitar wont get turned away. Specially if your name is Mark Knopfler.
We expect silence during concerts in the 'Ball Room' on the "Last Friday of every month" and believe it good etiquette to wait for gaps between songs to get drinks etc. we set the place up so that this is easy to come and go at any time.
On 'open mic'
nights in the 'Oak Room' on the "Second Friday of every month" things are a "little" more casual and you may be invited to join in. Respect for the performer and enjoyment of the music is our priority. Again the room is set up so that you can circulate and wet your whistle.
HOME GROWN TALENT
We have been SO impressed by the quality of the performers at our open mic nights. We hope to offer 'open mic'
performers paid support slots in our main concerts along side headliners.
If you are playing at Royston Folk Club and we are supplying the sound system......
We have a 16 channel mixing desk
we can add (if requested) 4 more channels with reverb effects
We do have "phantom power" and 3 DI boxes.
8 x Shure SM58s
4 x Shure SM57s
All the appropriate stands.
We have monitors so that you can hear your self clearly.
If your a bass player that uses an amp please bring it.
We have a lighting rig to set the atmosphere and will try not to roast you or burn out your retina's. We have two 8' x 4' stages both 1' high (with carpet) on Open mic nights we usually just use one, but on our first 'open mic'
(but we did get a 6 piece on stage - OK the drummer was just off the stage).
NETWORK WITH US
Visit our Royston Folk You Tube Channel to see video recorded at the club and our favorites
Join us on Facebook and network with friends
MIKE AND ELAINE
The Royston Folk Club is held at at
The Old Bull Inn
(in the 'Oak Room' or the 'Ball Room' or both)
56 High St, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8 9AW
Drinks : In the 'Oak Room' the small bar stocks Fosters, Stella and Guiness and of course all the regular wines soft drinks and spirits.
However the main bar with a further range of Real Ales can be accessed directly from the 'Ball Room' or across the yard.
Bar Snacks : In the main bar
Restaurants : All dishes are freshly-prepared on site by a gifted kitchen team and will inspire you no matter what time of day.
Accommodation : If you need to stay in Royston for your visit to Royston Folk Club, The Old Bull Inn wants you to feel at home and have an enjoyable stay. All our rooms are comfortable, elegant and with clean and modern en-suite bathrooms. All 11 Guest Rooms are perfect for any length of stay and our prices include a Full English Breakfast. Private Customer Parking is available.
Call 01763 242003 for all bookings full details of the Old Bull Inn's web site