Folk Association of South Hants

Informal Gatherings in South Hampshire and area

As well as the many groups that are regularly covered in Solent Waves, there are many other musical gatherings, informal and and rather more formal/organised, going on, in and around our area. We hear about some of these and there is a network of movers and shakers who seek to avoid clashes and thus lose someone half an audience. With the help of the Editor, we'd like to tell people about these events from time to time and this addition to the music web page contains the list with more detail than the printed mag where available. These informal gatherings are often free (although if based in a pub, the landlord might expect you to buy something to drink) and of an 'anything goes' nature with songs, instruments and poetry welcome. They often have an associated FaceBook page, but these are not always viewable by non-members.

By their very nature these more informal groups are less organised that other clubs on our website. So there are more likely to be changes and updates that do not get to us. Please let us know about omissions or mistakes and we'll try and correct things as fast as possible. In particular, we expect that there are lots of great sessions going on that we don't know about - please tell us and we can help spread the word.

The slightly more formal sessions are often for musicians who have reached a 'grade' with their instrument and are looking to improve as they play with others. Some of these make make a charge to participate, but where we can, we have included a contact name from whom you can find out more.

You can see where these various sessions are on our locate a club page.


The Borough Arms, Avenue Rd., Lymington, SO41 9GP. Every Monday. Singaround, start at 8.30pm (added October 2019)

Concertinas Anonymous (1st Mondays) 8pm at Lewes Arms club-room, Mount Place, Lewes, BN7 1YH. Run by Bryan Creer.

The Doghouse Session - 4th Monday at The Guide Dog, Earls Road, Southampton, SO14 6SF (added October 2019)

Session at the The Star Inn at 13 The Horsefair, Romsey SO51 8EZ. Note - this session was at The Old House at Home in Romsey. For the other Mondays see the entry immediately below. (updated February 2020)

Session at The Swan Inn, Swan Green, Bournemouth Rd, Lyndhurst SO43 7DT. This is the other session that used to be at The Old House at Home in Romsey.

The 'other' session which used to be at the Queen Mary can now be found at Albion, Ringwood Road, Newtown, Poole, BH12 3LY. 2nd Monday of the month. Martin and Vera [Jardine] writes... The room is fantastic, the right size and shape with great acoustics. The car park is massive, room for twenty coaches plus cars. Best of all the landlord and the locals like what we do. As you know from previous missives thereare no restrictions on content, only on quality and variety. And yes people can sing; they will get a full folk orchestral accompaniment but a quality one.

Ukulele group in Southampton fortnightly. Was at Talking Heads, now moved to The 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14 3AR. 7.30pm - 9pm. Playing everything from folk to punk. All standards welcome. Spare ukes available for newbies. More from

University of Southampton Folk Society - session every Monday except the 4th, at The Guide Dog, Earls Road, Southampton, SO14 6SF. (added October 2019)

The Wheel Inn, Sway Road, Pennington, SO41 8LJ. Every Monday, singaround, 8.00 pm start (added October 2019)


Wickham Steady Sessions 1st Tuesday of the month, 8pm, at the The Three Horseshoes, East Worldham GU34 3AE and 4th Tuesday at The Forge, Winchester Rd, Waltham Chase, Southampton SO32 2HS. Aimed at beginners and improvers. David Johnson and Julie Collett. (updated February 2020)

English tunes session on 2nd Tuesday of the month (except August) has moved from the Maple Leaf Lounge of The Talking Heads to the Platform Tavern, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2NY. Blog at, email list at

"Euro" Session 1st Tuesday at The Junction, Priory Road, Southampton, SO17 2JZ

Folk Sessions (every Tuesday) 8pm at The Salmon Leap, Totton, SO40 3BR - Mike Bunce 02380 738960 or

John Harvey Tunes Session (1st Tuesdays) 8pm at John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Lewes - Valmai Goodyear 01273 476757 or see the Lewes Arms Website

Sandra Goddard's Song & Tunes Session (3rd Tuesday), currently at The Trevor Arms, Glynde next to Glynde Railway Station in Sussex. This is the session previously held at the Ram Inn, Firle.

Songs and Tunes round the table (4th Tuesdays; not last Tuesday in 5 week months) 8pm at Lewes Arms, Mount Place, Lewes - Valmai Goodyear 01273 476757 or see the Lewes Arms Website

Songs, Tunes, Poems session (1st Tuesdays) at Elm Tree Inn, Langton Herring, West of Weymouth. Mostly Irish Chequers Inn Lytchett Matravers BH16 6BJ – Every Tuesday 8.30-11.00.

Petersfield Folk Session - 2nd Tuesday of every month in the The Good Intent, Petersfield. and see from 7pm onwards, in a friendly pub with excellent ales. Acoustic tunes and songs. Come and play, or just listen. Mainly English, Irish, Scottish trad, but also anything unplugged and roots/folk.

Milton Ukulele Strummers Klub - Last Tuesday at the New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitefield Rd, New Milton BH25 6DE. Starts 7:00pm. All levels including beginners welcome. (added October 2019)

Winchester Folk Club At The Hyde Tavern, Hyde St, Winchester SO23 7DY. 07850989442 1st Wednesday is club night, 3rd Wednesday is a singaround. Both start at 8.00.

The Wyvern, Lee-on-the-Solent. 1st Tuesday. Contact Tony Brown,

New Milton near Christchurch - Session at the Wheatsheaf Pub/Restaurant on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 2100 to 2300. Small Session comprising a mix of Irish and English tunes with very occasional songs. Contact Glenn,



Basingstoke Drum n Brass sessions, Wednesday at 7.30pm have been moved from The Light Lounge to the upstairs function room, The White Hart, London Road, Basingstoke RG21 4AE

Folk and acoustic session at the new pub, the Steamtown Brew Co, in Eastleigh. Jim Shepherd writes "Bring your instruments and join us for..... Acoustic Folk, Blues, Country & Pop. Relaxed informal sessions open to all, play a solo slot or just join in the jam." 7.30 start at 1 Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh, SO50 6AD, every Wednesday

A mainly Irish session at The Irish Club in Elm Grove, Southsea takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 8.30ish. Further details from Simon at or 07984 199791

'Lewes Favourites' practice sessions for English Dance Music (mostly 3rd Wednesdays but some Tuesdays so check) 8pm at Lewes Arms, Mount Place, Lewes - Andy 01273- 474836 or see the Lewes Arms Website

The Hop Inn, Woodmill Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, SO18 2PH - every Wednesday, 8.30 start, "think open mic/folk but all acoustic." (added October 2019)

Music Session 2nd Wednesday each Month 8.00pm at The Cricketers. Admission free, 41 Windham Road Springbourne Bournemouth BH1 4RN Contact Ted on 01202 394240 or 07815193272

Southampton Steady Session on 1st Wednesday at The Guide Dog, Earls Road, Southampton, SO14 6SF (corrected February 2020)

Weymouth: The Sailor’s Return 1 St. Nicholas St, The Quay DT4 8AD (01305 773377). Every Wednesday, 8pm. Singaround (music & song).



Every 3rd Thursday in the month at The Black Swan 159 High Street, Swanage BH19 2NE. 8pm onwards - open folk session run by landlady Alyson. All welcome.

Acoustic Music Sessions at the Golden Bowler, Stubbington 3rd Thursday of the month from 8:00 pm. If you sing or play an instrument (or even both at the same time!), come along and join in this informal mix of tunes and songs. Contact Steve Lowe, e-mail The Golden Bowler is the new home for the acoustic evenings that used to take place at the Bun Penny.

2nd and 4th Thursdays at The Gribble Inn, Gribble Lane, Oving, Near Chichester PO20 2BP (We meet in the Skittle Alley !) "The Chichester Pickers" - singer/songwriters, blues, bluegrass, old-time, country, jazz and folk, ten-minute slots - please sign in before 7.45. Andrew Perry

New Folk session/singaround at the Heathfield Arms, Blackbrook Rd, Fareham 7.30 pm on the 4th Thursday of every month. It's a play around/ sing around. It's in a private room with its own bar. The next one will be 24th May. Derry Rose

Music Evenings (last Thursdays) at Lee on The Solent Sailing Club Marine Parade East. Mix of songs and tunes. 9pm. Non-members need signing-in - Bob Squirrell 08454563201 Check the website at for up-to-date information.

The Musketeer, North Street, Pennington, Lymington, SO41 8FZ. Every Thursday, singaround 9.00 pm start. (added October 2019)



Acoustic Folk Night Generally the third Friday of the month in The Foyer Bar of The New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitefield Rd, BH25 6DE. 7.30 to 11.00, details from Steve West, 01425 619950 or Offers local amateur instrumentalists & vocalists enjoyable entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere with the added advantage of a licenced bar, so come along and play or just listen.

The City Folk Club (formerly Friday Folk) has moved again to: Regnum Guide Hall, Whyke Lane (north), Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7UR. Admission only £2

Folk at the Riverside Open Mike Night 1st Friday of the Month 8:30pm. St Denys Sailing and Rowing Club, Priory Avenue, St Denys, Southampton, SO17 2LT, Tel:02380 550257

New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitefield Rd, New Milton BH25 6DE. Third Friday, singaround, starts 8:00pm. (added October 2019)



Lanes Restaurant, Ashley Lane, Lymington, SO41 3RH. 3rd Saturday, acoustic singaround 3.00 - 500 pm. (added Oct 2019)


FolkActive Youth Ensemble, For young musicians of Grade 3 standard and above. Cantell School, Violet Road, Southampton, SO16 3GJ. Monthly, 10.00-13.00, check website for further details and dates. (added February 2020)

The Hourglass Micropub, Station Rd, New Milton BH25 6JU. 1st Sunday, acoustic singaround, 3.00-6.00. (added Oct 2019)

Irish Acoustic Session was at The Talking Heads, Southampton, now moved to The Hobbit, 134 Bevois Valley Rd, Southampton, SO14 0JZ. Join Pat Begley and friends for a traditional Irish Session 3.00pm start. Players welcome (This may have stopped - February 2020)

The Madding Crowd West Gallery Quire (1st Sundays) Open Rehearsals in Hursley. St. Boniface Centre, Hursley Road, Chandlers Ford. Phone to check space available - Mike Bailey 01962 713392 and see Madding Crowd Website

Meic Goodyear's English Tunes Session (1st Sunday afternoons 3-5.30pm except August) at The Trevor Arms, Glynde next to Glynde Railway Station, Sussex - Valmai Goodyear 01273 476757 or see the Lewes Arms Website

The George on Portsdown Hill. Last Sunday of the month, 2.30 to 5.30 or 6.00. New session for 2015, first one January 25th. Contact (heard nothing of this lately - is it still running?)

Portsmouth Youth Folk Ensemble. New for 2020, a group for young musicians of Grade 1 standard and above. Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, Portsmouth PO1 5JJ. Once a month 2.30pm to 4.30pm, check website for further details and dates. (added February 2020)

Southampton Folk Orchestra. An open access group that plays traditional folk music with connections to the local area, and welcomes all players of acoustic instruments from confident experienced musicians to beginners. Bitterne Manor Community Centre, Vespasian Road, Southampton SO18 1AX. Roughly two-weekly, 10.30 to 12.30, check website for further details and dates. (added February 2020)

Tunes & Song Sessions (last Sundays) at The Bull, Ditchling, Sussex. Valmai Goodyear 01273 476757 or see the Lewes Arms Website

The Rose in June, Milton Road, Portsmouth (2nd Sundays) very much a 'joining in' folk session. Contact or see the website. Copies of session tunes and other links provided on the website.

The White Hart, Pennington, Milford Rd, Lymington SO41 8DF. Last Sunday, singaround, start 8.00 pm. (added October 2019)
             Third Sunday, new musicians' session New Forest Acoustic Musicians, start 8.00 (added January 2019)

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