In the current crisis, with the Club closed until further notice, we established a version of the folk club online. This ran for 21 weeks from March 27th to August 14th 2020. All shows are available from our YouTube channel (see below).
NOW you can join us LIVE every Friday evening from 7.30 pm on Zoom. If you are NOT on our email list please send us a message via Contact and we'll give you the link and password. You DON'T need a Zoom account - it helps but you only need the free basic version (download here: https://zoom.us/support/download).
You can perform live or via a video sent to us in advance. Or you could just listen! See below for advice on sound and vision.
Folk Beeston - Club Show was successful, innovative and well thought of. It is now the subject of academic research: we'll let you know where and when the paper is published!
Rolling Show - somewhere for 'folkies' to upload videos (or sound files) of themselves or their friends performing. Feel free to use it NOW!
Voxjam - We supported and helped to set up and run this online Festival for Oxjam, the highly successful local event that has raised well over £100,000 for Oxfam over 9 years. All ten hours' worth of material, including ten live sets, much of it of interest to 'folkies', is available from the VOxjam Facebook page. Please note, this is a 'closed' group so only accessible to artists who performed at the Festival or ticket-holders. REPLAY tickets will shortly be on sale at £10 each.
Our YouTube channel - all shows are there in their entirety. Useful if you don't use Facebook, or for friends who don't. This is also where we post the increasingly popular 'Doors Open' sequences: local instrumentalists have specially recorded pieces for you to enjoy whilst you are waiting for the show to start.
Sound and Vision - To get the best sound you can, use an external mic if you can (plugged straight into a USB socket OR via a mini mixer) and turn on 'original sound' in the Zoom audio settings (not available on a tablet).
Experiment with making a video of yourself performing at home. Providing you have a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer you will be able to do this with surprisingly good quality (recording, anyway!). If you are able, you will find you can get even better quality with a good digital camera. For those new to it, here are some guidelines.