Founded by Ted & Ivy Poole and friends in 1960, Swindon Folksingers’ Club has a long history of keeping traditional music alive in this busy town in north-west Wiltshire. From its beginnings in the folk revival, the club has seen Swindon’s character change from railway town to a modern centre of new technology and financial services; but through it all, Swindon Folksingers’ Club has remained as a friendly, relaxed and welcoming place where anyone can come and sing or listen.
There’s a lovely obituary for Ted Poole written by long-time friend of the club Mick Ryan, in the June/July issue of the Living Tradition (No. 124).
Aims of the Club
- To foster good singing and help new singers and musicians.
- To encourage interest in British and other national traditional folksong and music.
- To introduce folksong, music and folk customs to a wider public.
- To work towards, and assist wherever possible, international friendship and understanding.
We welcome performers of all abilities. The atmosphere is friendly and encouraging, so come along and have a go. It doesn’t matter how good you are – we all had to start somewhere!
Instrumentalists are welcome – the club isn’t just for singers. Please bring your instrument along and play us some tunes!
Where & When
We currently meet at Ashford Road Social Club, 17-18 Ashford Road, Swindon SN1 3NT (upstairs) (the club has a licensed bar), on Friday nights from 8:15 to 11:00.
The club is currently run by Eric Stott. Call on 01793 521301, or you can e-mail us.
Membership and Admission
Membership of Swindon Folksingers’ Club is free. You can join on any club (non-guest) night.
Guest Nights: £5 Club Nights: £2
Swindon Folksingers’ Club is a not-for-profit organization.