Spotlight Singaround with Carrie.
3rd December

Spotlight Singaround with Carrie

 Carrie will be performing a mix of unaccompanied traditional and popular folk songs,  accompanied by Pete Kenny on guitar.
Floor Spots will be available to book on the night before her sets.
Suggested donation :: £5

Song Competition Final – Friday (19th)

We welcome our finalists:Song-Comp-21-Trophy

    • Alison Raymond
    • Richard Jenkins
    • Mandy Woods
    • Andrew Inwards
    • Trevor James Thomas
    • Paul Fincken
    • Glenn Koppany
    • Chris Wilson
    • Matt Davis
    • Mark Ashworth

to the Colne River Room, Local Board Road, Watford. WD17 2JP where they will perform their competition entries before our panel of judges:

    • Craig Joiner
    • Lizzy Hardingham and
    • Chris Tymkow

Our entries this year on the theme of “Trains and Boats and Planes” are as usual of a very high standard and we don’t envy the Judges the task of selecting a worthy winner!

We anticipate a large audience for what is always an outstanding event in the folk calendar so please arrive in plenty of time so that we can start promptly at 8pm.

Entry is by minimum donation of £8 card or cash.

PLEASE NOTE that there is a production taking place at the adjacent theatre, so parking may be difficult. If the CRR car park is full, parking for 4 hours is available at the Century Retail Park, Dalton Way, Watford, WD17 2SF. (Stores are Halfords, KFC, Aldi, TKMax.) A short path leads to the Colne River Room car park & entrance.

Look forward to seeing you there!!!

Dan Raza at Watford Folk Club ~ November 12th

Dan-Raza-2-smDan Raza is one of the mainstays on the London singer-songwriter and folk roots scene. He has been praised by artists such as Chris Farlowe, Slaid Cleaves, Mary Gauthier and Jackie Oates and had a song included on Neil Young’s ‘Living With War’ website.

Entry by minimum donation of £8 (£8.15 for credit/debit card payment)

Dan’s distinctive approach has won him a following across the UK and abroad as he has taken his songs on the road performing solo and opening for Joan Armatrading, Badly Drawn Boy, Alejandro Escovedo, Cara Dillon and The Sadies, amongst others.

Of mixed Indian and British origin, Dan grew up in the Home Counties and moved to London in his late teens where he has since been based.

Dan’s eponymous debut album was produced by Charlie Hart (Ronnie Lane, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton, Mose Allison).

The self-produced follow up, ‘Two’, was released in 2017 and features his band, The Shrouds, as well as appearances from Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Paul McCartney), BJ Cole (Dolly Parton, Martin Simpson), Steve Simpson (Eric Bibb, Ronnie Lane), Frank Mead (Albert King, Eric Clapton) and Mosi Conde (Mory Kante, Salif Keita).

‘The real deal’
– Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2

“Truly spellbinding, stunning…if there is any justice in this world, it won’t be long before Dan Raza is headlining in a town near you, take my advice and go and see him live, highly recommended”
– Maverick Magazine

“An astonishingly accomplished set of songs, one of which a veteran songwriter would be proud.”
– R2 Magazine

“One of the best support acts I’ve seen in two or three years…an artist that makes you take note and listen to the songs.”
– Slaid Cleaves

“This guy really is something else – there’s something very beguiling about his music”
– Brian Mullen, BBC Radio Ulster

We are really looking forward to welcoming Dan back to Watford for what will be a very special night. See you there!!!


BLACK*SCARR at Watford Folk Club – October 29th

Q. What do you get when you cross an Essex Folk Singer with a big bloke from the North East who loves Americana music?

A. Quintessential British Country-Folk for and About Grown Ups.

Black*Scarr which is Emma Scarr, folk singer from the East London/Essex borderland and Johnny Black a bonafide Geordie Bloke but has lived and plied his trade in the South for a long, long time.

We are looking forward to welcoming Emma & Johnny back to Watford Folk Club for what will be a terrific evening of great songs & lots of fun!

Entry by minimum donation of £8. (card payments £8.15)

BLACK*SCARR are an East London duo formed by two singer songwriters with different styles and influences, but whose co-writing has collided to produce a collection of songs that move audiences to laughter and tears. Honest and gritty, this urban folk/country duo produce songs full of stories and themes that are modern but classic-sounding and timeless, personal and everyday, still universal. Black*Scarr have become known for live performances bursting with energy and chemistry. Prepare to tap your toes to upbeat melodic country tunes and be touched by hard-hitting, yet poetic lyrics that will stay with you. Guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and classic harmonies document the trials, contradictions, fears and delights of middle-aged life and love.

Black*Scarr have performed previously at Folk Clubs including, Royston, Watford, Redbourn, Loughton, Twickenham, The Ram, Hitchin, Warwick, Tiller Flat, The Beamish Mary and Cramlington. Also, The Lantern Society and The Country Soul Sessions (London).

Black*Scarr have played festivals too – Balstock, St Albans, Dacorum, Leytonstone, New World, Straw Bear and Folk on the Water among them.

Black*Scarr tracks have been played on radio stations including BBC introducing Radio Teesside, Country UK and House of Mercy.

Black*Scarr won “Best Audience Reaction” award at “Love Folk Live” competition run by Folkstock and have been finalist and winner for the Watford Folk Club Song Writing Competition.

It’s our 13th birthday and NaMara are our guests


We are pleased to welcome our good friends Na-Mara to Watford Folk Club on Friday 15th October to help us celebrate our 13th birthday from 8pm – 11pm!!

Yes, we’ve been going for thirteen years although it only seems like yesterday when we opened the doors of The Colne River Room for the first time.

Herts-based duo Na-Mara are described by Folk London as “elegant and skilled musicians”. Paul McNamara and Rob Garcia perform in venues and festivals across the UK and have in recent times performed in France, Germany, Spain and China, and have featured in broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and a host of local radio stations. Their music includes self-penned songs in traditional style on contemporary and historical topics; traditional songs from the British Isles; their own translations of songs from the Breton, French and Quebecois traditions, and tunes from Brittany, France and the Spanish Celtic regions of Asturias and Galicia.

“…Na-Mara is one of today’s leading folk ballad duos on the British Folk Scene.” Michael Moll, Folk World, #70, 2019

Looking forward to a great night and to seeing you there for our Birthday celebration!

Suggested donation :: £8