www.elsiesband. com John Hills:- 01732762224 15/11/2017


"They sang the songs they all did know, the brewers then were Kelseys.

You can still hear them sung today on Saturday nights at "Elsie`s".


This is "Elsie`s Band" new site providing information about us and our "Sing and Play Nights". The pictures above feature the late Tony Deane, our dear friend and band member but we, David, Iris and myself are carrying on with the same repertoire as a trio. We can offer you an enjoyable, humourous and informative evening of songs and music from the traditional, folk and topical genres. We are sure you would not be disappointed. The CD "Cutaway Mike" as shown above may be obtained from David on the number below.


01732 862862





David Watts, singer and songwriter and the best "pyrotechnie" on the folk music scene, if you wish to know a thing about fireworks, ask David.


Iris Bishop, one of the country`s best exponents of duet concertina and accordion, playing with a number of great bands and regularly accompanying Martyn Wyndham-Read. Also her expertise in knitting and associated design is second to none.


John Hills, singer, songwriter and musician on guitar, mandolin and harmonica. He also enjoys a round of golf.


We continue to run our "Sing and Play Nights", well known in the "folk music" world and now in our 42nd year. Once a month and everybody is welcome to either perform or just enjoy the occasions. We are to be found at the venue below:-


"ELSIE`S", The Queens Arms,

Cowden Pound, Nr.Edenbridge, KENT





Sat., Jan., 7th John & Di Cullen


Sat., Feb., 11th Will Fly & Wolfie


Sat., Mar., 11th Martyn Wyndham-Read, Iris Bishop and Jon Wigg


Sat., Apr., 8th Mary Humphreys and Anahata


Sat., May 20 th Marylin Bennett & Sue Gates.


Sat., June 10th Tim Laycock


Sat., July 15th Percy Chinn. Unfortunately Jim Causley has been obliged to

cancel but we look forward to seeing him at a rd later date.


Sat., Aug., 12th "HOME GROAN".Time for all our regular singers and players

to shine. Everyone welcome.


Sat., Sept., 23rd Twagger Band


Sat., Oct., 28th Jim Macfarland and Ken Wilson

Sat., Nov., 18th Triage

(Please note "Around Kent Folk" are advising Steve Turner in error. The bookings were changed

after the mag. was set for printing)

Sat., Dec., 16th Christmas Capers with "Elsie`s Band" and the Cowden Mummers.

If all goes to plan, this year, Beelzebub will be played by the

irrepressible Kevin Henty. "Mac" will sit in judgement of us, looking

especially for instances of fine artistic merit.


Wed.,Dec., 20th As an extra, by popular demand, the usual suspects are re-visiting

the "Nutley Carol" night. Johnny Parker, Dave Andrews and John Hills

will be hosting the evening of carol singing in "The Yard" at Reigate

Station. Mistakenly the organisers have referred to "Elsie`s Band"

Memories of Tony, Audrey and Mick will be in our hearts.



2016 proved to be another rewarding year for us at "Elsie`s" having the pleasure of the following guests providing a wide

ranging variety of songs and music which we feel is neccessary to satisfy our audiences. We welcomed John Morgan,

Triage, Les Onions, Carolyn Robson & Moira Craig, Dan McKinnon, Trio Threlfall, Jim Causley, the usual "Home Groan",

Jim Bainbridge, Will Duke, John Breeze, Tony Deane`s CD Launch and, of course, our Christmas Mumming and Frolics Night.

From the look of the programme above 2017 promises the same again.


David and I chalked up another May Day at Padstow.The "Osses" and bands up to scratch, good pub singing, a decent pint,

The Cape Cornwall Singers doing their stuff all over town, The Merry Makers causing enjoyable mayhem, good food in the

pubs and all this in spite of some indifferent weather. The 2nd Day of May was stunning. Warm, windless and blue skies all the

day long. Perfect for my usual golf morning at Trevose. "Oss Oss"