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About Thurnby and Bushy Acoustic Club

The club is Co-Hosted by Tim Garland and Malcolm Goodall. See below.

Thurnby And Bushby acoustic Club TABAC encourages all sorts of participation. Essentially it involves a sing-around, but appreciates all acoustic contributions, traditional and contemporary songs, accompanied and unaccompanied singing, solo performances or collaborations, playing tunes, storytelling, poetry etc. Please come along and have a go, or just and enjoy the atmosphere and perhaps sing along on the choruses, you will be most welcome.

A fairly unique feature of TABAC is after the first sing-around usually at around 9pm there is a 'featured spot' from a local musician (5 songs or tunes) After the second half sing-around the featured artist gives a closing number / encore to finish the evening.

The club also organises occasional charity Concerts and Ceilidh evenings. It hoped that TABAC will grow sufficiently to be able to eventually put on Folk Days in the same manor as the excellent Poppy Folk Day.

Tim Garland

Tim (Cittern, Guitar, Fiddle and Vocals) is a founder member of Nottingham based folk group FIELDWORK a great Musician, Singer and Songwriter. He has been performing his own material at clubs and festivals nationally for many years He has appeared as a solo artist and with various Duo line ups. He recorded 5 records with FIELDWORK and 3 Solo Albums. Tim currently works with Leicester based folk group LOOMA (Liz Logie, Mark Theobald and Bob Gilmour-Evans) LOOMA have recently released their excellent first CD

Tim is a former head teacher, a superb chef, committed socialist and all round good bloke.

Malcolm Goodall

Malcolm (Guitar, Anglo Concertina and Vocals) is an enthusiastic amateur folky. He was born and bred in Leicester attended folk clubs whilst at University before family and business commitments as a local Architect intervened. Having retired he now has more time to pursue his folk music passion again. A member of Marydene Guitar Society and involved with the Midland Concertina Group. He lives near TABAC's 'Rose and Crown' Venue in Thurnby/Bushby. He actively promotes the club and persuades friends to do featured spots. He has also been involved in various Charity Fund Raisers, such as Folk at the Factory in Fleckney.

The Rose & Crown at Thurnby

Thurnby And Bushby Acoustic Club TABAC meet on the First Sunday of the month in the skittle alley of this lovely traditional 16th Century Thatched Roof Public House. 45 Main Street Thurnby / Bushby Leicestershire. LE7 9PJ. The pub is located half in Thurnby Village and half in Bushby Village.It serves great beer and food and the landlords are very welcoming and supportive of TABAC and other community events.

The skittle alley is very smartly decorated, carpeted, heated, well lit and most importantly has wonderful acoustics.

At Christmas time the room is superbly decorated and very festive. In December 2019 the acoustic club hosted 'A Winter's Evening' concert with Reg Meuross, which was sold out. The skittle alley can hold 60 and has its own bar on concert evenings. Most TABAC evenings are held in the round in a traditional sing-around format. The Featured Artist is seated at the end of the room away from the entrance. We charge a nominal pound entrance fee to cover the cost of lighting and heating. The Pub has ample car-parking and there is access to the skittle alley directly from the car park.

History of the club

The first TABAC took place on Sunday 6th November 2016, with co-host Tim Garland as the first Featured Artist. Malcolm Goodall is the other host and administrator who is ably assisted by Lynn Goodall. Both Lynn and Tim's wife Mary dance with Black Annis Morris.

A folk club used to be held in the skittle alley at The Rose and Crown ran by Pete Burnham. Malcolm decided to start TABAC in Pete's venue on the first Sunday of each month which was when Sarah Rawson Nee Burton used to run the acoustic session in Billesdon.

TABAC Events

We generally meet monthly on the first Sunday. Starting at 7:30pm, prompt.
The list of our upcoming events should be shown below from our Facebook page.
If you don't see the list, please click here or on the link below.

Other places to visit

Here are details of some of our favourite local clubs and other venues for great folk music in and around the area.

Contact the club

Hello. If you are interested in attending one of our meetings, please just turn up on a first Sunday or call for a chat. Special events and featured spots will be advertised on our Facebook page.

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Thurnby & Bushby Acoustic Club
Sing-a-round, storytelling and music session
First Sunday each month 7:30pm Prompt!
Rose and Crown, 45 Main Street, Thurnby, Leics. LE7 9JP
Hosts: Tim Garland and Malcolm Goodall

Thurnby And Bushby Acoustic Club TABAC meet on the First Sunday of each month at 7:30pm until Sunday closing at 10:30pm, in the Skittle Alley of the Rose and Crown public house. 45 Main Street, Thurnby/Bushby, Leicestershire. LE7 9PJ. Each meeting there is a Featured Local Artist who does an Extended Spot after a break following the first half.