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.
March 2018: We are very saddened to hear of the death of Ted Poole, one of the club’s founders, after a short illness. Ted was 93 and in January was still attending the club he loved. See our Facebook page for details of his funeral, and read Ted’s obituary by Andrew Bathe here.
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!
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.