The Red Lion, Vicarage Road Kings Heath,

Birmingham B14 7LY.


Wednesday 7.45 pm. Doors open 7.15 pm.

Red Lion Folk Club

Spring 2019

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Jan 23rd

Jez Lowe

Plus The Town Musicians of Bremen



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Jez really needs no introduction—he has been delighting the Folk world with songs from his native North-East for years and is an established favourite at the club. We are delighted to see him return to the Red Lion—don’t miss what will be a tremendous evening.


Tyler Massey Trio



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The Tyler Massey Trio is a dynamic new group founded on the evocative songs that American-born guitarist/songwriter Tyler Massey wrote for his "American Nightmare EP". They have a spontaneous style and great natural energy.

Feb 6th

The Black Feathers



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The Black Feathers have an ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient—a rare thing. They weave in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.

Feb 13th

The Lost Notes



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The Lost Notes are a band born and based in the creatively fertile blaglands of Moseley. They write songs about things that matter. Like the perils of one night stands and plastic surgery, the plight of bankers, greaseballs, snakes, Greco-Roman health and safety failings, mules, mermaids and the downright miserable.

Feb 20th




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Glymjack are an acoustic trio delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes. As good as contemporary folk comes, virtually every song is a tour-de-force

Feb 27th

Daria Kulesh & Jonny Dyer

Plus Chris Irving



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Daria's ‘truly extraordinary voice’ and rich stories told in song, combine with Jonny's spectacular instrumental skills, composing and arranging talent. A match made in musical heaven. 

Mar 6th

Roving Crows



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The Roving Crows have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre. The band play with genuine passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, a must see live act who showcase a mix of fiery, Celtic-inspired fiddle, conscious, intelligent lyrics, backed by pounding tribal rhythms and electronica infused dance grooves.

Mar 13th

Belinda O’Hooley & Heidi Tidow



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Belinda and Heidi’s boundless songwriting has been described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional’ and The Independent as ‘defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in’. They explore, consider and connect subjects and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way.

Mar 20th

Merry Hell



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The sound of dreams realised, joy unconfined, your favourite yesterdays returning and the promise of tomorrow. Merry Hell are all this and more.

They are festival favourites and have an enviable reputation for the quality of their song writing and live performances.

Mar 27th

Julie Felix

Plus Bernard Hoskin



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'Britain's First Lady of Folk', Julie came to the UK in 1956 and became an icon of folk music, rising to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s; the first folksinger to fill the Royal Albert Hall.

Apr 3rd

Keston Cobblers Club



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Keston Cobbler’s Club are a contemporary folk-pop collective known for their invigorating use of organic instruments and feel-good summer melodies. Their music combines the quintet’s passion for traditional folk music, with contemporary pop melodies and harmonies. They are receiving rave reviews.

Apr 10th

The Trials of Cato



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The Trials Of Cato arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016. They have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Their sound is a hybrid of many traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in that country’s biggest venues.

They invariably stun audience wherever they play.

Apr 17th

The Shee



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The Shee are an exceptional all-female band showcasing powerful vocals and instrumental prowess. Described as 'flirtatiously funky' by The Scotsman, as well as 'boasting some of folk music's cutting-edge instrumentalists and singers', their music features original compositions alongside a wealth of traditional material. Expect an adventurous brew of Scottish folk, Gaelic song, and bluegrass.

Apr 24th

Closed for Easter




May 1st

Jason Wilson Band



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The music has been described as ‘Folk-Reggae’ or ‘Global-Roots’. While neither of these quite covers it, Wilson's art is truly unique; it is a sound where the reggae portion is freely brushed allowing space on the canvas for wildly divergent inspirations such as Bach, Scottish Pibroch, folk-rock and bebop to peek through. Most of Wilson's songs are based on Canadiana and/or actual events in Canadian history.

Even if you hate reggae you’ll love this!!!

May 8th

The Bonfire Radicals



Birmingham based Bonfire Radicals have emerged from the folk/world scene with a fresh approach to traditional tunes and a host of creative original material. Known for their highly-spirited stage presence, their enthusiasm is infectious. 

May 15th

Ben Walker / TBA




May 22nd

Kim Lowings & the Greenwood



With a fresh approach to traditional folksong, Kim Lowings and The Greenwood have firmly rooted themselves into the British folk scene. Their sound is “punchy and authentic” (Mike Harding) and cleverly combines original songs with familiar traditional tales highlighting the continued relevance of tradition today.

Prices are for non-members. Members - £2 less. Membership costs only £5 and lasts for a year. Please note, if you Book online there will be an additional booking fee.  For on-line sales we can only sell tickets at the non-members price. If you are a member please purchase a full price ticket and we will give you a refund on the door.


Non-members are always very welcome.


Tickets are available on the door. Advance tickets may be purchased from the club during any performance or online from this page.


For most concerts we have enough seats for all. However, for a few events latecomers will have to stand. Please note a ticket guarantees admission, not a seat.

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