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

Spring 2024

Mar 6th

Mad Jocks & Englishmen

Plus Stonesthrow

Three fully grown men who should know better! After a phenomenal Christmas extravaganza (totally sold out) the Jocks will be returning this spring – nearly 50 years since they first began performing, with 10 albums to their credit. The roots are in folk music but this has developed over the years to encompass contemporary music, bluegrass, country and a generous helping of humour. They have appeared throughout the UK, Western Europe and as far distant as the Middle East and Far East, but they have a firm Birmingham base!

Mar 13th

Bonfire Radicals

Plus Rob Peters & Hannah Brown

The electrifying sound of Birmingham’s fiery, (un)traditional folk band Bonfire Radicals is both intensely creative and irresistibly fun. Their live set is a frenzy of energy – “dynamic and high octane” – and captures the adventurous breadth of their musical imaginations which emerge from a melting pot of original and traditional tunes from the British Isles to the Balkans.

Mar 20th

Kings Heathens

Plus Will Killeen

David Fisher walked into Evan C Ritchie’s barber shop for a haircut carrying the implements of his busking trade.

Conversation revealed a mutual love of the traditional music of the ocean and the land, and Kings Heathens was formed.

Evan C Ritchie is from Texas and came to the club for the first time in 2022. Individually they are great: together spectacular.

Mar 27th

John & Carole Hoare/

Christopher Crompton

Christopher Compton is an “unshowy but highly skilled guitarist, his songs rich in melodic hooks and choruses, will surely captivate his audience".

John and Carole Hough have been a favourite support act with us for many years and will now have the opportunity to delight us yet further.

April 10th

John Richards Band

Plus Paul O’Neill

John Richards has been writing, and people have covered his songs, for nearly fifty years now. This line up has the wonderful vocals of John’s daughter Emma, the excellent fiddle and vocals of Emily Sanders and the outstanding musicianship of Jim Sutton on Double Bass and Keyboards with a collection of John’s songs old and new that you will probably be humming for days after the gig.

April 17th

Bella Gaffney

Plus Small Changes

Bella Gaffney is a British singer-songwriter, guitar and banjo player who has established herself as a prominent figure in the folk music scene. Born and raised in Bradford in West Yorkshire, Bella's love for music began at a young age, when she would visit her local folk club, The Topic.


Her music is characterised by her  distinctive voice, intricate guitar playing, and her knack for storytelling. She draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, including her own life experiences, the natural world, and the rich history of folk music. 

April 24th

Pete Kelly

Plus Emma Langford

A wonderful singer-songwriter from the Black Country. Who will forget his songs about Barmouth and Arizona? When performing solo, he performs a selection of his own work along with songs from a wide variety of his favourite writers, new and old. He tries to leave people with some new memories but also to make sure they have a good sing along too.

Tonight he will be bringing along his friend Emma Langford from Tipton as his support. Expect a really enjoyable evening.

May 1st


Plus Matt Sayers

Coracle: Paul Hutchinson, Karen Wimhurst and Anna Tam bring together the talents, imagination and creativity of three artists with vastly different backgrounds, who have come together through their love of traditional music cut through with experimentation, boldness, humour and risk.

They came together during lockdown, when individually they were experimenting beyond their usual repertoire , they were inspired to take things further. Coracle is the result.

May 8th

Edwina Hayes

Plus Emily Slade

We are absolutely delighted that Edwina has agreed to come to the Club. Her beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages from Glastonbury to the Royal Albert Hall.

Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina's second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.

May 15th

Rob Peters & the Slapdash Cowboys

Plus Lauren South

Born in Edgbaston and living in Kings Heath, Rob has been singing and playing the guitar for many years, forming the bands Dangerous Girls in the 1970s and Well Always Have Paris in the 1990s.

In between he has found time to record and tour with Everything But The Girl, Boo Hewerdine, Eddi Reader, Black and a host of others who have all influenced his music.

May 22nd

Lost Notes Trio

Plus Marianne Mills

We are delighted that the Lost Notes Trio have agreed to close our spring programme. 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.

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