The Red Lion, Vicarage Road Kings Heath,

Birmingham B14 7LY.


Wednesday 7.45 pm. Doors open 7.15 pm.

Finish around 10.30 pm.

Red Lion Folk Club

Autumn 2024

Sept 18th

Phil Beer


There’s nothing we can say about Phil Beer that hasn’t already been said better by others. He’s a world-class, award winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger and composer and we’re delighted to welcome him back to the club.

Sept 25th

Johnny Coppin

Plus Steve & Julie Wigley

Johnny Coppin is a singer/songwriter, composer and poetry anthologist. Formerly with the folk-rock band Decameron. His clear voice together with his ability to write fine songs make his music essentially English in character while having universal appeal.

Oct 2nd

Small Changes/Joe Bayliss


Small Changes are an acoustic trio from the West Midlands well known to the club playing cello, violin and guitar, and entertaining with a wide variety of music – pop, folk, rock and more, originals and covers.

Joe Bayliss is a musician and singer songwriter from Staffordshire who writes and performs from the soul, the sounds creating the atmosphere and influencing the thought-provoking lyrics and soothing melodies.

Oct 9th

Tilly & The Drolls

Plus TBA


The Drolls were formed in Moseley, Birmingham in 2018, dedicated to creating and performing great songs, both originals and covers.  On this occasion, the band are led by the amazingly talented Tilly Clark, with experienced multi-instrumentalists Tauny, Chris, Steve and Alex, to create a powerful and emotional sound ranging from upbeat melodies through to slower ballads, spine-tingling folk and blues songs.  Recent new song releases have been featured on BBC Introducing.

Oct 16th

Ray Cooper

Plus TBA

Many of you will remember Ray as Chopper in the Oysterband but in 2013 he decided to go solo and has never looked back. He moved to Sweden in 2000 to a small red wooden house close to the forest and the wild beasts. The love of winter, the Swedish fiddle tunes and the love of a woman took him there. ‘There is a melancholy to the music—it’s the blues of the north. It is home.’

Oct 23rd

Blackbeard’s Tea Party

Plus TBA


Hold on to your tri-corn hats and be prepared to stamp your wooden legs – Blackbeard’s Tea Party are in town. Sea-shanties will be given a bombastic rock edge, and folk instrumentals will become late-night floor-fillers when this raucous bunch of reprobates hit the stage. They have dirt under their fingernails and a twinkle in their eyes, and you can expect fantastic musicianship, playful choreography and an unstoppable urge to move your body.

Oct 30th


Plus Calum Gilligan


Ranagri is an award winning folk band from Ireland and England. With a unique blend of instruments that includes voices, guitar, bouzouki, flutes, whistles, harp/electric harp, and bodhrán/drums, they create a sound that is both mesmerising and unforgettable.

Ranagri has established themselves as a standout act, drawing in crowds from around the world with their captivating live performances and exceptional musicianship.

Nov 6th

Joe Topping

Plus Nick, Amie & Geoff

Described by Sir Tom Jones as “a Weaver of Dreams”, Joe Topping is a folk singer and multi instrumentalist from Liverpool whose singing and guitar playing regularly moves listeners to tears.

His charismatic stage presence and engaging stories have entertained audiences all over the country and all across Europe.

Nov 13th

Joshua Burnell Trio

Plus Luca Falcomer-Dawson

Joshua Burnell makes retro pop-rock for the modern world. Expect hooky melodies drenched in warm, retro-synth textures, reverbing guitars, lush harmonies and words that make you think. Imagine The War On Drugs meets Genesis with “lashings of Peter Gabriel stylings,”


Nov 20th

Ben Walker & Kirsty Merryn

Plus TBA

BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker joins forces with highly acclaimed singer and pianist Kirsty Merryn to create a fresh take on a tradition ripe for rediscovery. They explore how people have sung about their relationship with the seasons, with work, and with each other.

Ben says ‘It’s a huge pleasure to share this project with Kirsty, she loves the tradition but doesn’t only look back; she’s a fantastic interpreter of song.’

Nov 27th

Karen Pfeiffer & Paul Walker

Plus TBA

Whilst Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer are acclaimed for their image provoking song-writing, expressive vocals and authentic musicianship, they are frequently recalled for their warmth, humour and their remarkable ability to engage with their audience. Karen’s natural theatricality and life affirming playful energy compliments charmingly with Paul’s calm geniality and combined they magically turn a great performance into a real event.

Dec 4th

Lost Notes

Plus Marianne Mills

Always a favourite at the club This local  group are a real treat! They are (partly) based in Moseley where politics, drunkenness, misery and glee abound. It makes for a great night out! Oli Jobes likes folk, Ben Mills likes jazz and they contend to cover a wide spectrum of music from RnB, funk, blues, country and folk-a fast-paced set that is always high on fun and audience engagement., So be ready for a fabulous evening of fun, dance and music.

Dec 11th

Found in a Field

'Found In a Field' are a delightful new group hailing from across Birmingham and Worcestershire's folk circuit. They draw influence from long-lost ballads, Victorian Music Hall, Border Morris, eccentric poetry, alcohol and scratchy old records.  With a full, rich and multi-instrumental sound, they can go from the beautiful to the hilarious with ease. ‘Found In a Field' are definitely worth a watch!. Apart from tunes and songs with a Christmas edge expect some real surprises tonight!

Dec 18th

Mad Jocks & Englishmen’s Christmas Extravaganza

We end the autumn programme with the traditional Mad Jock’s Christmas Extravaganza. As always we have no idea what to expect except a wonderful evening to end the year. Their music includes a blend  of  contemporary music, bluegrass and country with a generous helping of (politically incorrect) humour. Essential preparation for the rigours of a family Christmas.

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