19th Apr, 2021

Bromsgrove Folk Club's virtual shows are proving a worldwide hit

FOLK music is alive and well in the town, despite the pandemic, thanks to Bromsgrove Folk Club taking its programme online.

While live gigs are unable to happen the club has invited artists to perform 25 minutes of their music on video.

The set, along with comments from the compere and other performances, are then uploaded to a private YouTube channel creating 90-minute productions which people can then access for £5 for each show.

The shows are made Bromsgrove specific with shout-outs to people, mentioning members’ names and birthdays.

The broadcasts go out on the Thursday night which has always been the club’s traditional night and they even include a raffle.

All the cash generated goes to the artists.

Bromsgrove Folk Club’s Bob Bignell said: “This venture has proved very successful and a couple of things have come from it we weren’t expecting.

“As well as locals, people have been watching from all over the country and there has even been viewers from Germany, Canada and the USA.”

Additionally, people who would normally sit together at the club have started watching them at the same time and setting up small Zoom connections and/or WhatsApp groups so they can watch them ‘together’.

The club is likely to stay online until sometime in the new year.

Any reports there will be a live concert at their Catshill venue later this month are due to an error outside the club’s control.

Visit bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk or call Bob Bignell on 07828 716842 for more information on how to book and how to view current and past shows.

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