News & Links

After a false start last month, we were delighted to return to the hospitable Crown on 9 May – and we had a cracking evening! Thanks to Brock and Vixen (of Turning Signs) for MCing, and happy birthday Vixen. We had songs in English and French, accompanied on accordion, guitar, ukulele, cajon, Buddhist meditation bell AND kazoo! We enjoyed every contribution – including Cathy’s wonderful poems, Patrick’s yodelling and Lefty’s bar chords. With the doors wide open onto the lovely pub garden, another highlight was hearing Steve accompanied by the blackbirds outside.

Next Meeting.. JUNE 13th

Chippy Folk Club rides again (after a false start!)

Sorry we had to cancel Folk Club at very short notice on Monday 11 April. At the last minute, the venue were not able to host us due to sickness.

However, we’re confident we‘ll be meeting in May. Weather permitting, we’ll be outside in the lovely pub garden (under cover if needed). 

All welcome at The Crown, Church Enstone, OX7 4NN on Monday 9th May at 7.45pm.

Jan. 21st 2022

A somewhat belated Happy New Year to all subscribers…!

We are still ‘pausing’ our monthly meetings for now, but will let you know, of course, in good time when we’ll be starting again.  Meanwhile, we hope you may have been able to find some good opportunities to sing and play..

Here [and on the ‘news and links’ section of the website] are some upcoming events and links:-

Friday 18 March 2022: Festival Folk Night at The Chequers, Chipping Norton

Part of Chipping Norton Music Festival

Chipping Norton Music Festival – Chipping Norton Music Festival (


22 – 24 April 2022

Folk Weekend Oxford  – multiple venues and events


Wychwood Folk Club: Do please keep supporting Mark & Elaine and their booked artists .. all events are listed on their website:



The Fox in Middle Barton has recently re-opened and is keen to establish the pub as a music venue. They have asked John & Sue West to get together musicians, singers, poets, or anyone who wishes to go along and join in the sessions. If interested please contact John via e mail:



Club AGM

We normally have an AGM every year and the last one was February 2021 (over Zoom). Because we are not meeting at the moment, here is a very brief ‘AGM Update’ instead

Committee: Your committee members are:

Rachel Chai (Chair), Paul Cherry (Treasurer), Rosie Cherry, Amanda Cooper, Patrick Moores (Secretary), Dave Oakley, Ginny Redston

If you have any questions, comments or ideas, you are welcome to contact us via

The Club accounts have been made up for the period 1 Nov 2020 – 31 Dec 2021 and approved by the Committee.  No change to the balance in the account. Thanks to Treasurer, Paul.

Keep up to date with our news at:    http:/

Best wishes, until we meet again


New get together organised by Ben Whittaker

1st November 2021

Dear Members & Subscribers..
After much soul searching arising from the present rising Covid levels, and the need in the late Autumn and Winter months to be inside, we have reluctantly decided it is best to ‘pause’ on our monthly meetings until Spring.  Put simply, we’ve not been able to find a venue where we can satisfactorily and safely accommodate the likely numbers of performers on our chosen evening and timetable.

We are extremely grateful to The Crown at Enstone for their support and especially allowing us to use the garden on many occasions this year.  
Any news and updates will be by newsletter and please keep looking at the website.  We’ll be back … and would stress that there is every intention to re-commence meetings as soon as feasible for our thriving Club.

All the very best for now

 STOP PRESS: We are now meeting at The Crown at Church Enstone, meeting, October 11th.. INSIDE !

Below are some ‘write ups’ from 2020 & 2021

July 2021 at The Crown

On a July summers evening, in the garden of The Crown at Enstone, our folk club brought their ‘A’ game. Accompanied by free-wheeling swifts overhead, the ladies of ‘Under One Umbrella’(literally… under one umbrella) were in really good voice sitting alongside Julia and Rosie who followed with some lovely a capella numbers. Colin from Evesham digressed from his norm and played a sea shanty on the Appalachian dulcimer, also performing some of his own compositions later on guitar which were both heart -warming and amusing! More excellent playing followed, in particular a great version of Joanie Mitchell’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ from Rachel and Ginnie to round off the first half. MCs for the evening kicked off with some old time Americana with Rosa and Patrick on uke, Dave O on guitar and Mandy on vocals and egg! Brock and Kim (aka Turning Signs) gave us  ‘Un Gamin de Paris’ on accordion and guitar and finished up with the rousing ‘Hey Mr Dream Seller’ (Lindisfarne). The evening would not be the same without a Pam Ayres reading from Sylvia, ‘In Fear of The Butcher…’


JUNE 2021

After a year of Zoom sessions, it was lovely to see people In Real Life, especially people who had found us online, during lockdown, whom we had previously ‘met’ only on screen. The evening in the garden at The Crown, Church Enstone, was a pleasant melding of Chippy regulars, musicians who had found us in the Zoom months, and visitors from other local folk clubs who had decided to attend for the first time. As a special bonus, the established singer-songwriter, Colin Pitts of Evesham, joined us as well. His was one of a group of fine performances from Mandy C, Brock and Vixen, Craig M., John and Gillian S. and many others. An added pleasure was the way a local blackbird accompanied a couple of our female vocalists as they sang their songs in the mellow evening dusk. It was a joyous session and SO good to meet ‘live’!


Well – we’re still Zooming, but nonetheless we had a good time! Colin Pitts returned after a long absence and treated us to his new song, ‘Glass’ and some of our local songwriters performed fine songs of their own – especially Rosie and Paul C. All attendees were in excellent form: Milo performed a jazz solo on his double bass, Bethan performed tunefully in fluent English and Welsh, while Rosemary sang ‘Africa Blue’, a beautiful song which mingles African township phrases with English. The spoken word was represented by Gillian, with her witty, thoughtful poem ‘The Mock Turtle and the Griffin’, and by Sylvia, who read a sharply observed piece by Pam Ayres. Simon E, Hannah, Mandy C, Rachel and John S were all in good voice, and the fascinating variety of their songs ensured the success of the evening. Next month we Zoom again, but after that, who knows?


No less than fifteen keen folkies tuned in to zoom on March 8th for a relaxed and friendly evening of song and banter. The question posed was…did we want “bouncy or melancholy” ?!  As melancholy is our default position we set off with an amazing range of music from trad unaccompanied folk to a lovely song written by Claire called The Hawk Stone, after the Knight’s burial stone that you find if walking between Dean and Chadlington. This epitomized the true meaning of folk music.  The man with the purple guitar (Simon)  gave us  really soulful versions of the ballad Find me in the River and Christy Moores’ Easter Snow with Brock and Vixen upping the tempo on a robust rendition of a Seafaring song by Brock on Accordion and guitar not to mention a stint on Kazoo by Kim! After the customary tea/or something stronger break one of our regular audience (Sylvia)  joined in with some  Pam Ayres poetry, which no one could ever call melancholy.

We were pleased to achieve good attendance at our February meeting, which this month was ably led by Rachel Chai. As usual we enjoyed a lively and varied selection of material, traditional and modern, including original work as well as songs by Ralph McTell, Richard Thompson, jazz from Bethan featuring double bass accompaniment, and an entertaining ‘Lockdown Blues’ shared between Rosemary and Catherine. We also heard some thought-provoking poetry from Gillian, Simon and Ginnie, which added another dimension to the evening. Although some members left after half-time, a nucleus comprising Gillian and John, Simon, Brock, Vixen and Ginnie, stayed on for a very relaxed sharing of music and ideas; all in all, a particularly creative session!


At the start of the evening, we also had our Annual General Meeting where the Committee were introduced, annual accounts to October 31st 2020 discussed and comment from everyone welcomed.  All in order.

Friend Jim Driscoll has recently been appointed Creative Director of Folk Weekend: Oxford, which runs this year from16th-18th April. Here is some further information from Jim about what’s on:-

“There will be a range of online concerts, talks, ceilidhs and sessions, and we hope to be able to livestream some events from the North Wall Arts Centre (with a small live audience if conditions permit). The details of the programme are still being finalised, so keep checking the website at for updates, or say hello on Facebook (

We are looking for local performers for our Facebook livestream over the festival weekend. If you are interested, do get in touch through the website or Facebook page (or with Jim direct, on”

January’s New Year session welcomed no less than fourteen performers along with two loyal audience members. There was a great array of talent and instruments whose skills have obviously been honed over the last few months.It was great to hear some two part harmony from Peter and Pen who steered the folk club for so many years and their mining song was inspiring. We then went from Steve Earle to Tom Waites, round via a Shakespeare sonnet to a sea Shanty from John Summerscales. Stevie gave us a lovely dulcimer rendition of Spanish Ladies (at least I think that’s what he was playing!) and the evening was made by the super duo ‘Turning Signs’ playing a brilliant version of Donovan’s Catch the Wind on accordion and guitar “In the chilly hours and minutes of uncertainty….” Pretty much sums up how we all feel at the moment. Keep Music Live!


Christmas Special.. Monday 14th December

If you were there it was really a splendid evening.. if not why not ?!

Virtual Club Meetings 2020

We had 17 people at our October zoom meeting. Thanks to everyone who sang and played – and made it such a good evening. Particular highlights for me were Patrick’s mellow banjo playing (which inspired Rosie to start learning the banjo!); encouraging chats in between songs and in the ‘zoom chat’; the support of our enthusiastic audience and special appearances from some gorgeous dogs who joined us from various homes! Special welcome to Simon who joined us for the first time and always great to hear Lara all the way from the USA.

[Rachel C.]


Another virtual meeting in July. We seem to be getting the hang of it now, and with the odd glitch here and there, we got to hear a song from everyone who wanted to sing. Super to see and hear from Marcus, a long standing member of the Club. As in other months, we had a good selection of songs, genres and a very sociable time.

Thanks to all who contributed, and all who came along to listen and support.

[Rachel C.]

PS There is no August meeting, next meeting is September 14th.


We met again via Zoom for our June meeting, and it was great to be reunited with old friends and new.

It was good to welcome Lara from Texas who sang and played beautifully – and a wonderful aspect of meeting via the internet that we were able to connect with someone living thousands of miles away. It was equally good to see folk from just down the road! And welcome back Terry.. we missed you..

We had a super eclectic mix of songs and styles: We enjoyed Rachel F’s new song, hot off the press, reflecting on these strange times. And comforting to hear traditional songs which have been around for generations, re-created in new ways for new times.

I especially liked seeing everyone on screen joining in with a few well known numbers, the joy of the shared song showing through, despite all but the performer being on ‘mute’!

Thanks to Paul for organising the admin, and to Ginnie for hosting. 

[Rachel C.]


In May we Zoomed again, encouraged by our successful online gathering in April. At times we battled for bandwidth, but nonetheless we enjoyed a lively and varied mix of musical offerings. Our May ‘meeting’ was well attended and we discovered some hitherto hidden talent, since members at home were able to play instruments that cannot usually be accommodated in a folk club. Thus, besides excellent singing from our soloists, we welcomed Bethan’s instrumental ‘breaks’ on a tuba, as well as Claire’s elegant jazz improvisations at the piano. We were delighted to preserve something of the usual cheerful atmosphere of our ‘live’ meetings through this online session.       (Ginnie)

The April meeting of the Club at The ArtYard Cafe was cancelled due to CV-19

Instead some 15 people contributed to a trial ‘Virtual’ meeting using Zoom. 

“What an amazing experience to share our first ever ‘Virtual’ folk club night, all from our own homes. There was the joy of seeing each other again, the enjoyment of our shared songs and a lot of laughter as we got to grips with the way Zoom works on our particular devices, and coped with drop outs every now and again.
But wonderful as always to hear new songs and old, and strum along in the background. Several people brought new songs that have come out of our current world situation.

Special thanks to Patrick, Mandy and Paul for admin, tech and crowd control!”  {Rachel C.}



March 2020

It was great to welcome new visitors as well as many familiar faces at Folk Club in March. People often comment on the warm welcome and wonderfully varied music you get every month at Chippy Folk Club – and we would be delighted to see you too on the second Monday of every month. Come and enjoy listening to some remarkably gifted guitarists, singer-songwriters, accordionists, vocalists and many other instruments. Whatever your taste in folk music, if you like hearing good songs played acoustically in a friendly, well-stocked pub then you will have a great time!

[Rachel C.]

February 2020

In these dark and troubled times, like ships taking shelter from the raging storms of adversity, a group of musicians gathers every 2nd Monday of the month at the Art Yard Café, Enstone. Lifting hearts and spreading joy, the Chipping Norton Folk Club is the place to spend a winter evening playing guitars, fiddles, accordions, mandolins. You name it we’ve got it. Blues and folk, traditional and Americana as old as the hills, Oh, Suzanna and Dink’s Song (moves her body like a cannon ball). The Sound of Music Edelweiss continues the mountain theme. With February on the move, My Funny Valentine was a good choice. From the ancient to the contemporary, we had singer songwriters from Evesham and Stratford upon Avon, keeping the flame of creativity alive. And of course, we heard a smattering of Bob Dylan, whose words neatly sum up our evening of beauty in harmony and unity; “without freedom of speech I might be in the swamp.”

[Dave O.]

December 2019 meeting:

A really fine conclusion to the year at The ArtYard for the Club’s Christmas Special.  Pretty much a full house with many festive/seasonal musical offerings.  The Interval saw the impressively rapid consumption of local sausages with chips and ‘home made’ mince pies.  Thanks again to John Clarke and his team for laying this on.  We have now chalked up our 4th Christmas at The ArtYard.   Now for the new decade….

[Paul C.]