About Our Club

The Club has been running since May 2003, but its history originates in the regular bluegrass session, over many years, at St Julians Club, Sevenoaks. This was started by Rick Townend in the 1980s and was a focus for the bluegrass players in the south east, many of whom have now set up their own regular events. St Julians became unable to offer a regular night due to
commitments for parties and functions, though there are still occasional concerts there.

The Club is run by Dick and Dawn Marsh, Rosie Davis, Dave Arthur and Rick Townend. Our aims are to make the club as welcoming and friendly a place as possible for musicians of all abilities and for people who just like listening to bluegrass and acoustic music. We all have backgrounds in playing and enjoying bluegrass and old-time music, and this kind of music has
many characteristics which make it easy for people to join in - simple chord structures and straightforward rhythms, and a canon which includes many well-known tunes and songs - Red Wing, Jesse James, Red River Valley for example, as well as Foggy Mountain Breakdown and the Orange Blossom Special. But we also welcome any other acoustic music or musicians.

We have a kind of 'resident band' who start up the evening, but this is not exclusive, so new players are always welcome. We have also been supported very well by many local artistes and bands - Woody's Kitchen, AIP Biggin Hill-Billies, Dartford Ramblers, Grass-Roots, Smoky Mountain Echoes and others. Many of our evenings feature a particular band, but often we have a great evening with what our regular musicians bring along.