It was in May of 2007 that the first evening of Sunray Folk Club took place. The club began gently, and over the past six or so years has grown incredibly well, and our guest list has grown in stature, writes Bob Kirkpatrick.

We started with ‘friends’ who by their generous efforts, helped the club become what it is today, and we owe them a debt of gratitude. Our evenings have included musicians such as Boo Hewerdine, Martin Carthy and Tim Laycock.

Today the club is primarily a concert club where there is a guest performer supported by a half-hour spot by another artist. This year has been our most successful yet, with four out of six evenings being virtual sell-outs. Our evenings are totally acoustic and the atmosphere wonderful.

For the past few years we have introduced complimentary hot food in the interval, and this has added a social element to the evenings, where you will often find groups of people talking among themselves while enjoying a mix of menus. We are also able to offer a bar service at very attractive prices.

Our club runs at Broadmayne Village Hall, so we like to think we are helping to sustain the local community. Our evenings are on the 4th Thursday of the month – for more information visit our website, sunrayfolkclub.co.uk.

Among our audience you will find a group of volunteers and helpers who have become an integral part of the club, without whom we could not manage. Forthcoming gigs are: 27 November – Brooks Williams, £7 18 December – Gerry Colvin, £7.

For more information, visit www.sunrayfolkclub.co.uk

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