About (Pontardawe) VALLEY FOLK CLUB

Valley Folk Club meets in Glais on various Fridays every month. We try to use the 1st Friday each month for Open Nights and the 3rd (and 5th) Friday for Guest Nights. These sometimes move to accommodate the guest or other events at the Rugby Club. Please check the diary regularly. We also offer monthly FREE ZOOM NIGHTS.  See dates below.


On OPEN NIGHTS a warm welcome is extended to everyone to sing, play, recite or just enjoy. We sometimes allow a short set showcasing visiting performers. (Please make contact to arrange this) Dates on the flyer to the left of page. Open nights are £2 (to cover room charge) .


GUEST NIGHTS Usally 2 x 40/45 minute sets with floor spots before the first set. (These should be pre-arranged as time is limited.) Occasional "50/50 NIGHTS" often feature local talent when 2 acts do one set each. Guest and special nights can vary from £6 - £8 and this will be posted on the diary listing when decided


Evenings usually start at 8pm. 


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START TIME - 8pm   Guest Nights £ see below  Open Nights £2

All club nights are held in Glais Rugby Football Club, 

609, Birchgrove Rd. Glais, nr Clydach, Swansea SA7 9EN

Our PEARSHAPED ZOOM SESSIONS will continue on line!

After a break in August we will meet on 4th TUESDAYS monthly. 

Sep 27th, Oct 25th, Nov 22nd, xDecx Jan 24th, Feb 28th, Mar 28th,, Apr 25th

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Open 8.15pm for 8.30pm start. (Start time may change in September)


GELLIONEN FOLK SERVICE Gellionen Chapel, Mynydd Gellionen, Pontardawe

Valley Folk Club will be contibuting to this annual service. 10.45am Sunday August 21st.

September  16th


Legendary exponent of Ragtime Guitar John James (born 1947, Lampeter, Wales) is a Welsh virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for his original instrumental compositions for the guitar as well as interpretations of blues, folk, ragtime, jazz and classical tunes. He is also a very funny man.


“............there are one or two guitarists who manage to combine the directness of the emotional appeal of rock with the complexity and technique of the best classical and Jazz instrumentalists. One of these, and probably the best of them, is John James” Time Out UK


“James played some of the most impressive guitar solos i’ve ever heard. He has a tremendously attractive performing personality and some of the best repartee I’ve encountered.” Woodstock Times USA

October 21st                                      (£6)



The Foxglove Trio is a group of multi-instrumentalists who perform mostly traditional songs from around the British Isles in English and Welsh. Gathering material from sessions, published song collections and contemporary artists, these talented musicians are making a name for themselves on the UK folk scene for their beautiful harmonies, creative new arrangements and engaging live performances.

Cathy Mason plays a whole host of instruments but, with The Foxglove Trio, concentrates on guitar, cello and singing. .

Ffion Mair sings in Welsh and English and plays whistle and bodhran. She has won several singing awards including third prize in the 2012 'Trad to Mad' competition, Best Celtic Folk Singer at Llangollen Eisteddfod 2011 and she was a New Roots Finalist in 2010.

Patrick Dean plays melodeon, cello and concertina and also sings. In addition to playing with The Foxglove Trio he plays with several ceilidh bands such as The Spring Heeled Jacks.


Swansea born singer songwriter with a huge repertoire of homespun and traditional songs and tunes. Andy is Wales' best kept secret, singing passionate songs about his tough upbringing and Swansea's industrial past, delivered with a fire and intensity that is mesmerising live.


This is a 50/50 night with each artist doing one 45 minute set.


November 18th (£6) 


Now in its 23rd year, Rapsquillion, the award-winning but grizzled veteran of the Shropshire and mid-Wales folk music scene, has, in its various incarnations, been producing its own brand of close harmony music, mostly a capella and usually based on traditional words and music. They used to describe themselves as a ‘folk group’. The eclectic mix of their music now travels from 15th Century frottola to 21st Century ‘protest’ and on the way calls in on parody, traditional music from around the world, 1940’s jazz and the chapel hymn book, so they’re not sure what they are any more, other than a group of friends who enjoy spending time and making music together. They do have a hard-won reputation for building gradually to a climax throughout a performance; their invigorating harmonies and rhythms are at their impressive best towards the ‘witching’ hour, when, bellies bloated and all cares and sheets to the wind they tear off their inhibitions and display their crinkled credentials to the world. As purveyors of concerts, workshops, singarounds and the occasional CD, Rapsquillion continues to giggle its way through life with a highly contagious sense of fun, avoiding at all costs any semblance of knowing its place whilst tearing along the back straight of traditional music before skidding sideways into smart-Alec arrangements and beautiful harmonies.


 Formed for a talent contest in late 2008, Captain Cat and the Sailors are a Swansea based folk outfit who perform with verve.  Playing a range of styles including traditional, contemporary and shanties, their performances are rarely forgotten. Whether singing ballads, telling stories or playing their own creations they are sure to entertain. Band members include:-

Jon Matthews – founder of the band (ukulele, concertina, guitar, spoons, vocals) Ben Evans (guitar, violin, vocals)

Sara Porter (flute, vocal harmonies)

Becky Matthews  (vocals) 

Nigel Mason (pipes, bones, bodhran and random instruments) Dan Evans (cajon, perussion) 

FUTURE GUEST BOOKINGS are being arranged. 3rd Fridays.



(XAugustX) September 2nd, October 7th, November 4th.(XDecemberX) Jan 6th


We hope to reawaken our 5th Friday nights as soon as it becomes possible.






March 31st 2023

Live from Brittany – father and son singers and musicians Mike and Dylan are back on the road again with a concert repertoire of ballads, tunes, songs of love and of unhappy affairs – many of them real photographs of past life in the British Isles, but sometimes with surprising echoes of the contemporary world.

Accordionist and singer Mike, one of the founders of Pontardawe Festival and for many years a pillar of the Valley Folk Club, has played all over Europe with groups such as the Anglo-Welsh band Swansea Jack, Quilty, Priodas and Twm Twp, He performs Breton music, fest-noz and song, such as a duo with the late Yves Leblanc, Jacal and Glaou.

Dylan has developed a strong reputation for his double bass playing, and he also plays percussion and sings close harmonies; He sings and plays for fest noz in many Breton bands, including An Tri Dipop and Planchée, and he explores sounds and songs around the East Brittany repertoire with fiddler Emmanuelle Bouthillier.


The next Valley Folk Club ZOOM is Tuesday September 27th.

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No ZOOM in August then we will be on 4th TUESDAYS from September