The Jolly Farmer

354 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London, England

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The Jolly Farmers Trad Irish Session Saturday 20th April

Session this Saturday 20th April at the Jolly Farmers right next to lewisham hospital 8pm start.
A few free pints for players.
Come alone for the craic 8pm till late well served by public transport This is a trad irish session.
We play once a month here next date will be posted soon .

May I add this is a lovely little pub, the session is in an alcove at the front of the bar, so the acoustics are excellent.
Transport: to Ladywell railway station, train from London Bridge. Or 10 minute walk from Lewisham Sta if using DLR. Also 15 mins walk from Crofton Park Sta., 20 mins walk from Brockley Sta. if using Overground.
I’ll probably be away but if I’m in London I’d deffo go along.

Hi all
looks like the once a month session at this lovely little pub has come to an end
before it really had the chance to get established .
Such shame.

Where next? Maybe try the Wickham Arms 69 Upper Brockley Rd in Brockley. We used to play sessions there many years ago, it still does music, so they might be amenable to sessions, you never know. I’ve always thought once a month sessions can be a lot of hassle anyway. Not enough continuity, cf weekly ones.

The Jolly Farmers

Starting up on Tuesday 18th July 2017, and hopefully every Tuesday thereafter, at 9pm.
Same players who had till recently frequented The Ivy House in Nunhead.

[The Ivy had recently become more of a trendy pub with gigs almost every night, and so became rather indifferent to our Irish Trad Music session, often double-booking other events at the same time as the session slot, usually without letting us know in advance. Hence our need to move on.]

There is already a folk song singaround “session” on Monday nights in The Farmers which has been going for some years, and although has become quite a small gathering, is still going strong, so it would have been inappropriate for us to usurp that slot.

Hence Tuesdays for the trad session. Please note, if you sing and/or play guitar, the Monday night singaround is probably more appropriate for you. Also please don’t expect a warm welcome on Tuesdays if all you can do is batter two spoons together or abuse a shaky egg. And we’d prefer to max out at two bodhráns.

As I’d said elsewhere: Probably not free drinks (yet) but TBH, it’s a cheap pub. Not a bad little boozer, a few real ales on, a “rather Spartan” little establishment perhaps, but friendly enough and very receptive to the playing of tunes.

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Looks like the Jolly Farmers is not going to go ahead as a Tuesday night session after all. Apologies if I raised everyone’s hopes. I’ll see if I can get another local venue for Tuesdays.

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The acoustic jam session is still running at the The Jolly Farmers pub.
Every Monday from about 9pm.
Jim Radford, D-day veteran, folk singer and songwriter, peace campaigner and political and community activist. ( Singer of ‘Shores of Normandy’) is there most weeks.
The repertoire is mostly sea shanties and Irish folk songs, with some early US folk / blues (1920 - 1960)’ but there are no rules to what you can sing or play.

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I’ve been down a few times and waited my turn to knock out a few jigs or reels etc on flute or accordion. It is mostly a singing session though so if you don’t mind waiting your turn you will get to play your tunes. It would be nice if one or two other “pure” trad players came along though. Having said all that the regular players are a friendly bunch, very nice people. Just don’t expect a roaring trad session though, nor, I think, would that be tolerated and quite rightly so. This is Folksongland.

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Is this session still active on Mondays? What time does it start?