Practical Stuff

We are an open mic club meeting every Tuesday at the British Oak pub in Old Dover Road, Blackheath. We are more of an acoustic than a pure folk club. Recent sessions have included virtually every musical genre.

We have a 300 watt Yamaha PA system with 2 mics and 4 other inputs. If more inputs are needed a Behringer mixer can be made available with prior notice. The space is relatively limited and a four-piece band is probably the optimum.

We operate a first come-first served system. There are 10 minutes/2 song slots. It is best to arrive by 8pm to avoid disappointment and ask for Lynne. We only have one rule we ask performers to respect: our excellent host, Peter, prefers people not to publicise gigs in other pubs, which seems fair enough to us.

The British Oak, 109 Old Dover Rd, London SE3 8SU

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Tuesday 24th February

A quieter night than usual (the football? the Blackheath-roadworks-inspired gridlock?), did at least see:
- two great new performers (Joe, with some original songs and a great version of Dylan's 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'; and Scott, with his own songs in the Scottish vernacular) .
- some new collaborations (Matt, Jerry and Simon with a Buddy Holly cover); Neil & Jerry tackling Billy Bragg's 'Great Leap Forwards'.
- the return of Mick and Steve.
- some great performances from regulars John, George Matt & Jerry.

We muddled through (just about) without Lynne, but look forward to her taking control of the list of performers again next week!

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Tuesday 17th February 2009

A busy night at the club saw 14 different performers; a song in Gaelic; tributes to the late John Martyn; folk interpretations of Led Zeppelin, Yazoo and Green Day songs;a bit of Dylan, some excellent harmonica playing; self-penned songs from Ben and Jennifer (always great to see a new performer at the club). All in all, a great night at the Oak.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

2009 New Year Update

A new year, and the club continues to go from strength to strength. We've seen some great new performers (including the fantastic Toby Benko); a guest appearance from Sossity ; new material from Bruise; and a great show of commitment as regulars made their way to the Oak through the snow and ice.

The format remains the same: 2 song/ten minute sets, floorspots and guest performers. Make sure you get along early to guarantee your slot!