About

The Club has been running since 2012 (after a 30 year break – allegedly – before which is was famous with myths of visits from such as Nick Drake and Paul Simons …. LOL)
We enjoy an eclectic mix of music taking in jazz, blues as well as all kinds of roots and “folk”.
We are predominantly an acoustic club but welcome a well tempered electic guitar, bass or keyboard..
We value our “Roystoneers” who just love to listen to music priding ourselves on being a friendly place where you can meet new friends and become part of a community.
We showcase musical talent (on the second Friday of the month) who have visited from as far as Wales, London and the East coast.
We especially welcome young talent. Many of our showcase performers return with new original material, as well as, well chosen, well known songs, new instruments and new collaborations with other musicians.
From our showcases we aim to source talent for our concerts (on the last Friday of the month) though we also regularly present big well known names.

Try our Facebook Group to meet our community of Roystoneers, Followers and Musicians. and hundreds of great pictures from Mike Wells and Livestreams from Mark and Chris ….  https://www.facebook.com/groups/621216324567881/

Visit our You tube channel for loads of great video moments at the club and from our friends … https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=royston+folk+club

OUR VENUE – 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 Tel 01763242003

CONCERT ENTRY PRICE and TICKETS – Prices vary dependent on the performers booked
Advance – Discounted tickets are available before the night at the bar of The Old Bull Inn or can be booked (no payment required over the phone – pay on collection – seats reserved) just call Chris 07778157290 
Tickets are available on the night at the reception
There is capacity for 100 and we have been very full.
We aim to encourage more young people to discover and enjoy live music so our price for
under 25s on any of our nights is just £2

SHOWCASE NIGHT ENTRY PRICE – Entry is just £4 (£3.00 for perfomers) on the door (to pay for the room)
(This night subsidises our concert nights which do not always pay for themselves)
We aim to encourage more young people to discover and enjoy live music so our price for
under 25s on any of our nights is just £2

TRAVEL : Traveling on the A10 north towards Royston enter the one way system and turn off the A10 into Fish Hill and then Market Hill
( its another one way system )

CAR PARKING – Ample free parking with direct access to The Old Bull Inn’s back yard from the car park off Market Hill

TRAIN – Rail Station – Royston
Local Taxis – Meltax 01763 244444 and Butlers 0176 212223

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 hearty dishes are available anytime of day or evening.

RESTAURANT – 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 All 11 guest rooms are comfortable, elegant and with clean and modern en-suite bathrooms.  Prices include a Full English Breakfast. Private Customer Parking is available. Ask for a Royston Folk Club discount.http://www.oldbullinn-royston.co.uk/

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS – My news for you is not too good – Our venue is a VERY old coaching inn and has various levels and narrow corridors.  For concert nights – There is flat access from the car park and through the restaurant and into the door to the hotel rooms …. here there is a short flight of about 6 steps to a door directly into the concert hall – so it all depends on the help available and the weight of the wheelchair ?? In my nephews case (a 25 yr old male) he had two carers who could lift him and he used his light weight pusher chair instead of his electric chair. For Showcase nights – Parking is available in the next door pub (The Chequers) which is next to the fire exit door directly into our showcase room – you will need to contact us to open the door from the inside – the easiest way is to bang on the door. There is no accessible toilet !!!! Of course we can provide free entry for your carer. I am sorry that we cant offer better

HUSH – 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 pop out to get drinks etc. we set the place up so that this is easy to come and go at any time.On ‘Showcase’ nights in the ‘Oak Room’ on the “Second Friday of every month” things are a little more casual but 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 at any time.

BOOK YOUR SHOWCASE SPOT with Mark Gamon
Each solo performer or duo is offered a two song spot before the break and two song spot after the break. Larger groups are offered up to a 4 song spot in the second half of the evening. To avoid disappointment we ask you to contact Mark Gamon to book a spot for the open mic night, as we have found that there is a wealth of talented singers and musicians wanting to perform and it can be hard to fit every one in. We book the ‘Showcase’ night about three moths ahead which also allows us to promote the night and Showcase your name on our posters, Facebook and web.

OUR CONCERT SPOT with Chris Walls.
We can offer a headliners a very appreciative audience of up to 100 people.
However we have been SO impressed by the quality of our ‘Showcase’ performers we aim to give paid support slots in our main concerts to our local showcase talent.

OUR SOUND
We have a good reputation for our sound with Chris Walls on the knobs
“Its not about amplifying you – I aim to do my best to get a real nice sound for you by enhancing, where need be, and balancing your voices and your instruments to get your natural sound over to the whole room – as one would while recording you.” Chris

Concert Sound checks are at 6:30pm doors open 7:45 – Support spot from 8pm to 8:50pm Headline spots are from 9:10pm to 11pm with 20 min break in the middle.

GEEKY STUFF – Our main desk is an 8 channel Soundcraft EFX with reverb effects .
We can add 16 channels using our Studiomaster mixing desk for extra chanels.

We do have “phantom power”
4 DI boxes.
8 x Shure SM58s
4 x Shure SM57s
All the appropriate Hercules mic stands.

We have 2 x LD 28 G2 PA columns (similar to a Bose L1) You will be astounded this pole and sub base system will be behind you and you will hear EXACTLY what the audience hears throughout the whole 100 seater venue.

If you are a bass player that uses an amp please bring it.
(though we CAN Di a bass guitar into the system)
If you are an electric guitar player that uses an amp please bring it . We to have it turned down a bit and mic it into the mix so as not to drown out other instruments and voices

We have a lighting rig to set the atmosphere and will try not burn out your retina’s.
(but our audience DO want to see you)
For concerts we have TWO (carpeted) 6′ x 4′ x 1′ high stages both

On second Saturday of the month “Showcase” nights we usually just use ONE stage 6′ x 4′ x 1′ high
(but we did get a 6 piece on stage – OK the drummer was just off the stage).

mike-elaine-farrowHOW IT STARTED IN 2012
After a 30 year hibernation Royston Folk Club was re-started in March 2012 by Mike Farrow with the support of his partner Elaine. The first few events proved that the time and the place was right. Mike recruited his Guitar teacher Tony Buch who had a wealth of experience to host the club. 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, by a group of friends) . Chris also manages and maintains this web site.

chrisTHEN – ALL CHANGE IN OCT 2013
In 2013 Mike announced he and Elaine were moving to Wales….. “I was hoping you’d keep it going Chris” he said !!!!
They completed their move with to North Wales from where he still guides us to find headline acts. During 2014 we very sadly lost Tony Buch to cancer.

Chris Walls stepped up to bankroll and head up a team to keep the club going. Now assisted by his partner Lesley Walls, Mark Gamon, Becky Wears, with help from Martin Kaszac, Mike and Liz Wells,  Brian Harvey, Janet and Dave and Carl Filbey  with all the help the club is growing from strength to strength.

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