Selly Park Tavern, 592 Pershore Road, Birmingham, B29 7HQ.

Wednesday 7.45 pm. Doors open 7.15 pm.

Red Lion Folk Club

Spring 2023

Feb 8th

Joe Bayliss

Plus Lydian Harvest



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Joe is a singer songwriter influenced by Nick Drake, Scott Matthews, Damien Rice, Tom Baxter and John Martyn. A relaxing musician, bringing sensitive guitar playing, well-written lyrics, interspersed with amiable chat and humour. He launches his 5th album - 'Fragile' this January.

Feb 15th

Juniper Folk

Plus KC Jones


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Based in the West-Midlands, Juniper is a five-piece folk band who bring their own style and flair to traditional English, Scottish and Irish tunes.​ They also write their own original music,.

Juniper has years of experience as a ceilidh band providing fun and high quality performances in a variety of settings across the UK, including hosting a ceilidh in Victoria Square, Birmingham as part of the Commonwealth Festival.

Feb 22nd

Pete Kelly

Plus Emma Langford


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A wonderful singer-songwriter from the Black Country. 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.

Mar 1st

Jez Lowe

Plus Small Changes


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A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers.

We are delighted Jez has agreed to perform at the club. Expect a tremendous evening.

Mar 8th

Rack and Ruin

Plus Christopher Crumpton


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Some years ago folk guitarist and singer Mick Bisiker was asked to put an electric band together to play at a Midlands folk festival. The result is a Warwickshire based folk-rock five-piece band playing a mixture of loud and lively folk-rock: fiddle driven traditional songs and tunes and jigs and reels – with added saxophone. Their contemporary blend of lively folk rock, celtic, roots music is interwoven with foot-tapping jigs and reels that makes for an enjoyable and entertaining event.

Mar 15th

Chris Ronald

Plus the Cherrystones


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Since emigrating from his native England in 2002, Chris Ronald has earned a place as one of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters creating and performing Contemporary Folk music. Ronald's stand-out signature sound is steeped in his British background, poetic lyrics, and a buttery fusion of Roots and Americana music.

Chris always draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician (guitar, harmonica, ukulele) to deliver a show that is captivating and unique.

Mar 22nd

The Lost Trades

Plus Adam Cooney


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The Lost Trades (three Wiltshire based singer songwriters—Jamie R Hawkins, Phil Cooper and Tamsin Quin) are a vocal harmony trio with a cool Laurel Canyon vibe.

Each performance involves an easy interchanging of instruments, with each of the three playing guitar, bass and percussion at different points. There's always a fun intimacy to the show, with the three engaging in comfortable repartee with each other and the audience like a group of old friends.

Mar 29th

John Richards Band

Plus John & Carol Hoare


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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 5th

The Jigantics




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These talented musicians offer a refreshing and varied blend of up tempo songs and beautifully arranged ballads. Their fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana blows the socks off an audience. They are part of a growing group of contemporary artists who appeal to a wide range of music followers—presenting a fusion of great songs, stunning harmonies and fine musicianship, ensuring that a good time is had by all.

April 12th

Closed for Easter




April 19th

Ray Cooper

Plus Hazjak


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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.’

This is folk but it’s never quite folk, with the inclusion of several trad tunes and songs  as the listener is taken on a journey from the English countryside, to Flanders, Venice, Beirut, and even to the moon. You will not forget this evening!

April 26th

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Plus Every Thread


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Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted ‘best duo’ title at the BBC Radio 2 folk awards (2016 & 2013). Over two decades of performance they have never been trapped in a groove – always bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with their self-penned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, the political to the passive.

May 3rd

Rob Peter & the Slapdash Cowboys

Plus Layla Tutt


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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.

With his newly formed trio, Rob will be playing a host of favourites from his previous albums,

Support comes from the skilled songstress Layla Tutt.

May 10th

Kings Heathens

Plus Chris Irving & Geoff Frost


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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 the visit ended with a rousing rendition of Leave Her, Johnny and a promise to have a jam soon. Kings Heathens was formed, and the rest is history. 

Hailing from Milton Keynes and Texas respectively, adopted Brummies Fisher & Ritchie share a passion for Celtic and transatlantic folk, shanties and ballads. Expect rousing choruses, close harmonies and homages to Stan Rogers.

May 17th

Truck Stop Trixies

Plus Connie Gordon


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Truck Stop Trixies are a cabal of Malvern musicians who play together at random times throughout the year. At the heart of the group is the partnership between Tyler Massey, originally from West Virginia—his 2017  ‘American Njghtmare’ is absolutely enchanting—and Vo Fletcher—a member of The Ric Sanders Trio, together with the other players as featured soloists.

Mainly choosing to play Classic Americana from Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch, Lowell George and others. When we heard them at Westfest we could not stop dancing.

May 24th

Edwina Hayes

Plus Nick Vulture


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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.

Prices are for non-members. Members - £2 less except * prices. Membership costs only £8 and lasts for a year. Please note, if you book online there will be an additional 10% booking fee.  For on-line sales we can only sell tickets at the non-members price. If you are a member please purchase a full price ticket and we will give you a refund on the door.


Non-members are always most welcome.


Tickets are available on the door. Advance tickets may be purchased from the club during any performance or online via this page.


For most concerts we have enough seats for all. However, for a few events latecomers will have to stand. Please note a ticket guarantees admission, not a seat.

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