Over 30 Years of Acoustic Music in Sandbach

The Market Tavern is situated by the crosses near Sandbach centre (MAP)

The Market Tavern
8 The Square,
Cheshire CW11 1AT

As well as hosting Sandbach Folk Club, the Market Tavern has live bands every Saturday night plus other regular entertainment.

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Folk Club Program Spring 2015

17th March - Singers

24th March - FolkWits

31st March - Singers Night

7th April - Little Rach

14th April - Singers Night

21st April - Pelican Babies

28th April - Singers Night

5th May - Garron Frith

12th May - Singers Night

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Michelle Martin


Michelle Martin used to be a regular folk club floor singer and is currently on the Llangollen Canal in her narrow boat "Willowmoor". She has asked me to update the link to her music website as follows:


She also takes commissions to produce fine detail watercolour or pencil portraits from your photographs of people, animals and pets, details here:


and video here



Golden Wedding Anniversary

Alan and Joyce

Alan and Joyce who have been folk club regulars since it started in 1981 celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in August 2014


Silver Wedding Anniversary

Kim and Stella

Kim and Stella, folk club regulars and singers in the group "Rockafella" celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in August 2014.


Moderately Interesting Album Launch -
July 1st 2014
Stampini Studios – Volume One

Roberto Stampini will be launching his new album on an unsuspecting Folk Club on Tuesday, 1st of July. Put this date in your diaries immediately and then desperately try to find a conflicting engagement. During the evening, you will have the opportunity of hearing four songs from the album performed by the original artists such as the Lovely Miss Liz Rosenfield, the harmonious Rockefellas and the Dave Hiett Brass Ensemble featuring both Dave and Jan Hiett. In the interval there will be an opportunity to talk to the artists and have your photograph taken with your favourites. There will, of course, be a small fee payable if you decide not to engage in this activity.

Winston has agreed to supply, at his own expense, some imaginary sandwiches with imaginary fillings of your choice and a small glass of imaginary Champagne upon your arrival. Unfortunately, as a result of a screw-up by some totally fictitious caterers, there will be no imaginary vegetarian option.

There will be something for everyone on the evening and especially for the music lovers among you: it will also be a normal Singers' Night.

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Moderately Interesting Album Launch (continued)


The album will available for sale on the night at the very low price of £5.00. Every penny of the sale price will be given to Dave Hughes who will pass it on to Christies Hospital as part of the ongoing John Stoker appeal. You can listen to one of the least annoying tracks from the album by clicking on the link below.


From the Office of the Magnificent Ambsersons 18/12/2013

The Magnificent Ambersons would like to thank everyone that took one of our CDs and made a donation to Christies Hospital, in rememberance of John Stoker. Thanks to your incredible generosity we raised 37! I suggest you all give yourselves what Winston got when he fell while rounding up his cows : A big pat on the back. Unfortunately, we now have only 5,000 CDs remaining and will continue to keep on about them until someone tells us to shut up. As you may be aware, the CDs available last night had inserts with a massive 'typo', these will no doubt be exceptionally valuable in years to come (conditions may apply).


  1. Q. If I buy one do I have to listen to it? A. No
  2. Q. Can I have my money back? A. No
  3. Q. My wife wants a diamond necklace would she be happy with this CD instead? A.Yes
  4. Q. Is it possible to make this CD shinier, the birds are sill eating my seedlings? A. No
  5. Q. My grandmother is hard of hearing would this be a suitable gift for her? A. It would be perfect


The Magnificent Ambersons

In the face of popular demand, Keith Haines, Phil Jones and Bob Stamp would like to announce the formation of "The Magnificent Ambersons".  To commemorate this momentous occasion, they have produced a sampler CD which will be available from Dave Hughes at the Folk Club.  Technically it's 'FREE!' but it would be nice, in the unlikely event of you wanting one,  if you gave a £2.00 donation to Dave Hughes, which will be added to the John Stoker fund for Christies Hospital.  For a taste of the quality songs listen to track 2 now, completely at your own risk.


NEW VIDEO! - John Stoker Tribute night

A video of the special night on 13th August 2013 which was a tribute to John Stoker is now available. Its has been filmed and edited to a very high standard. Its costs £10.00, of which £4.50 goes to the Christie Hospital.

See Yvonne on the door or contact Dave Hughes.

A separate web page has now been created to remember John. This contains photographs, sound recordings of John, a brief video, and Dave Hughes' excellent press release tribute to John.

John's Page Here


Crewe Singout Folk Club Facebook Site

Alan Casey has set up a Facebook group space exclusively for people who attended the Sing-Out Folk Club in Crewe and it’s associated functions, to keep in touch, share images, sounds, stories news, and memories, and perhaps update the “where are they now?” records.

The group already has some interesting contributions including the photograph on the right of Steve, Winston and myself in the Providence Jug Band in 1975. (we were probably playing Candyman!)

So if you attended the Sing-Out Folk Club in Crewe ask Alan Casey, Steve Green, Phil Brightman or any other existing member to invite you in.

Providence Jug Band 1975

Another video release from Stampini Studios

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Folk Club moves to new room

On 10th April 2012 the club moved into the new room that has been created from a store room at the Tavern. The room has been finished to a very high standard and now gives us a first class venue to play in. It's small enough to retain the intimate atmosphere of the club but large enough to allow a much bigger audience to enjoy the music away from the noise from the bar.

Phil's 60th Party Pics

Click here for pictures of Phil's celebrations at the Tavern 24/6/2012.

The latest video from Stampini Studios

Don't Think I'm Falling Watch it here falling

John and Dave's 60th Party Pics


Click here for pictures of John and Dave's celebrations at the Tavern 7/2/2012

Bob Goodwin - New Video

bobgoodwinBob has recorded a great video of John Renbourn's Plainsong. Click here to listen.

Peter Butler - New CD

Peter is a regular performer at Sandbach and has recently put together this CD after putting it off for 30 years. It has 10 tracks featuring a wide range of styles for a bargain price of £5.00. You can hear some of the tracks on MySpace click here to listen

Sue's 60th Party Pics


Click here for pictures of Sue's 60th party held at the Tavern 27/2/2009

Providence Jug Band - New CD September 2010


The Providence Jug Band have released their second CD "RedStreet Rendezvous" It has 14 tracks at a bargain price of 6.99. You can hear 3 of the new tracks on MySpace click here to listen

Sensational YouTube Video

The Lizettes in concert. Watch it here

Phil Maddocks New Video

Phil has a gained a record contract and also made a new video. See it here

Sandbach Unplugged at the Transport Festival

Click here for pictures of Sandbach Unplugged performers at Sandbach Transport Festival 18 & 19th April 2009

(Then click on a picture to enlarge and press spacebar for a slideshow)

Winston's 60th Party Pics

Click here for pictures of Winston's 60th party held at the Tavern 22/2/2009

Other Photo Galleries


Phil Brightman's Photo Archive

Photos at the George Winter 2005 / 2006

Photos at the Tavern 2008

Dave Moses tribute night 2005




Sandbach Chronicle article by Don

Press cuttings from 1981

Press cuttings from 1997


Links to Performers websites


For bookings please phone Winston on 07815721933

For matters other than bookings relating to Folk Club business, please use this address.


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