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 They say mighty oaks grow from small acorns and although we may not yet be a mighty oak we are certainly continuing to grow. Sometime during 2010, Brian Sainsbury and Matt Tallon, during an in depth, philosophical, intellectual conversation involving beer and several bottles of wine, discussed the possibility of a Folk Club in Toot Hill. Both are music lovers (more in their profiles later on) and shared a vision of a club where people could play/sing or just sing comfortable in the surroundings of like-minded people. With such a shared vision Bill Heffernan also stepped forward and the Toot Hill Folk Club was created. Bill singing with guitar that he could play, Matt singing with his that he probably couldn't and Brian with a full repertoire of songs both old, new, comical and communal we began our journey. With a shared vision of people turning up to play/sing/listen or in some cases just tap their feet we began to grow in numbers. The initial nights had as few as 14 but once people realised they could come and join in songs and choruses we attracted some very talented musicians and singers. During the Winter our indoor venues have been a welcomed source of warmth of both heat and companionship.   Several things make our club different from mainstream clubs, firstly it is FREE to enter,  musicians play and if they want to be accompanied they call out the key and several others may join in, all choruses are open season to accompaniment and humour is certainly encouraged. Some will provide a song-sheet of their numbers so that with a mixture of Irish, English, Scottish, American folk and sea shanties as well as more recent productions from the Eagles, U2, Dylan, Willie Nelson, Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver, Tom Paxton, Buddy Holly, and own compositions all the group feel they can participate. With the accompanying selection of guitars, banjos, mandolins, tin whistles, violin/fiddles, recorders, harmonicas, saz, ukulele  and piano/organs and of course the tambourine.

Our St Patrick Nights, Christmas events and themed events are extremely well supported gatherings and on occasions we will collect for a good cause  We have performed at the Toot Hill Show for the past few years and have been mentioned on Radio Essex.

          Friday 20 March  IS CANCELLED due to the current crisis
                      Toot Hill Village Hall, Toot Hill, Ongar, Essex

      These evenings have proved to be very enjoyable evenings in the past so bring the family. You can bring your own drinks (alcohol or otherwise and many bring nibbles), there will be roast potatoes during the interval.  Friday 20th March may have a St Patrick's Day theme, so wear some green or just bring Guinness.

Future Dates for your Diary are Fridays 24th April and  15th May, Our outdoor Saturday events are 20th June and 18th July. ALL OF THESE DATES WILL DEPEND ON THE OUTCOME OF THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS CRISIS 



During our existence we have moved venue a few times, we did take the club on the road a couple of times and then resituated to the Village Hall again.

A friendly welcoming environment in a warm and comfortable hall.
Bring your own beverages as well as your instruments. Roast pototoes are provided during our break and you never know what other surprises await.

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