Club Every Thursday
Every Thursday 8-00-11-30pm
THE FRIENDSHIP ROWING CLUB
NEW WAY GHAUT, CHURCH STREET
Whitby Folk Club held its inaugural meeting at The Plough, Baxtergate in September 1968 and ran there continuously until February 1995.
The club spent the next few years wending it’s way around the East Side of Whitby, by way of The Middle Earth, Black Horse and the Fleece. During the winter of 2000, the Folk Club returned back to The Plough.
In June 2002 the club was held on board the Grand Turk,a 152ft replica 18th century Man-o-War, when it first visited Whitby.
This event was repeated in 2003 and 2004 when the ship returned to Whitby.
In January 2005 the club had to find a new venue when Humprey Smith, the Managing Director of the independent Brewers Samuel Smiths implemented his policy on the new licensing laws. By enforcing a blanket ban on all music, live or otherwise, in their Pubs.So the Folk Club moved to its present home Every Thursday in The Friendship Rowing Club.
Club Nights are run in two parts.
Part1 from 8.30- 9pm: an ‘early bird’ meet and greet session where members come along chat to friends old or new,swap songs, tunes and exchange advice with mutual support from other singers and musicians.
Part2 from 9 pm - 11.30pm is the Folk Club which is run in a sing/play-a-round format where everyone is encouraged to contribute to the evening,by performing a song,story, poem or play a solo or maybe lead the other musicians in a tune.