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Latest Club News - Updated 16th May 2020




COVID restrictions have tightened, and with no prospect of them ending anytime soon, we now have no alternative but to put           

This Year’s FOLK WEEKEND on ice until 11th/12th/13th June 2021.

We are endeavouring to contact all involved to let them know that the event is on ice for 12 months. We hope that the concert line-ups, venues, cafe dash participants and supporters understand the reasons for this, and will be able to take part in the re-scheduled event on 11/12/13 June 2021.

As the BIG RAFFLE, the main fund-raiser for the Weekend, cannot now take place this year, monies already paid for tickets are being refunded.

Further developments will be posted on THIS Page.

Best wishes to all. Stay safe.

Jim Foster for Robin Hood's Bay Folk Club


A few of the Club Regulars have been experimenting with the latest technology and have set up a Virtual Bay Folk Club using ZOOM - on Friday nights at 8.00 of course. We have enjoyed several weekly sessions so far, and they have been really enjoyable. Though the sound quality is not always great (we are still learning to tweak the Zoom settings) it is great to see people and hear the songs.

If you would like to join in these little sessions, please drop me an email at folkclub@rhbay.co.uk

FIRST AND THIRD - Our plans at the start of this year:

Since its origins - way back in the 60’s we believe (can anyone remember the 60’s???) the Bay Folk Club has operated weekly on a Friday night. However, although audience feedback has continued to be very positive, missed last year several of our previous regulars, and the number of diners in Ye Dolphin’s big back room had declined. So, this year the club will run every 1st and 3rd Friday in the Month. We hope this change will be a positive one and mean we have more full houses for both Club and Guest Nights. Ours is a friendly club and we welcome all standards of singers and musicians. We will continue to strive to make Friday Folk Club Nights in Ye Dolphin entertaining for regulars and visitors alike - and we know every week (sorry, fortnight) will be different!


Rumours abound that Ye Dolphin is in the process of being sold! Are big refurbishment plans in hand? Will the Folk Club continue to be made as welcome? Is it time for another change of venue for the club? The Answers to these and many other Questions will be posted here on the News Page when they are known. Steve Mason, who has run the pub since Dave and Ellen retired two years ago, has promised to let us know as soon as he knows!

CARRIE MARTIN CONCERT: Friday 13th March at Tea, Toast & Post

Carrie’s Concert at Tea, Toast & Post was a big success.


Bay Folk Club is a special place. I’m biased, I know, but an awful lot of people agree with me. My faith is borne out by two recently aired poems. The first was read out during the Club Night on 21st February, by a young woman called Laura. She had mentioned she was in Bay on honeymoon, and this influenced the tone of the evening, as well as the songs chosen by the singers that night. Laura was encouraged to contribute a couple of songs, and penned a short poem in appreciation of a lovely evening. She has promised to send us a copy, and we hope to publish it here.

The second poem was read at the funeral of Gil Bowling on 25th February. Gil and Joyce lived at Ravenscar and were regulars at the club in the 1980’s and 90’s. They moved to Stokesley some years ago but remembered Bay Folk Club with affection:   

Across the Bay (a song) - penned by Gil Bowling (1927-2020)

Across the bay from Ravenscar where friendly company abounds

Where song and music go the rounds across the bay from Ravenscar.

Across the bay from Ravenscar the tiny room is filled up tight

They laugh and sing away the night across the bay from Ravenscar

Across the bay from Ravenscar If we should live a hundred year

We’ll not forget the pleasure here, across the bay from Ravenscar

Across the bay from Ravenscar the time to part comes all too soon

So up the hill by the light of the moon back to our home in Ravenscar.

...and a verse later added when living in Stokesley:

Across the bay from Ravenscar I seem to hear them singing yet

I know I never will forget although I'm far from Ravenscar.

Read by grandson Simon at Gil’s funeral 25 February 2020.

Jim Foster

Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter

Monkey’s Fist & certificate!

Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer

Carrie Martin

in Concert at

Tea, Toast & Post, King St. R H Bay on Friday 13th March at

8.00 p.m.

Doors: 7.30

Some recent guest at Bay Folk: