www.elsiesband. com John Hills:- 01732762224 31/01/2018


"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 43nd 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.,6th Bob Kenward


Sat., Feb., 10th Brian Peters


Sat., Mar., 10th Sara Grey & Kieron Means


Sat., Apr., 14th Kernow Buoys


Sat., May., 19th Dick Miles


Sat., June 9th Roy Clinging


The year 2017 proved to be most rewarding with the songs, music, humour and tales from the following line up

of notable artists. John and Di Cullen charmed us and opened our year followed by Will and Wolfie with their

guitar magic. Martyn Wyndham-Read, Iris Bishop and John Wigg with top notch songs, Mary Humphreys and

Anahata with their beautiful blend of reeds and strings. Marylin Bennett and Sue Gates providing a superb

night of tender songs then TimLaycock with his so relaxed night of tales and songs. Percy Chinn who stood

in at short notice with his topical and humorous set. The remarkable multi instuments of the Twagger Band,

strong singing from two un-missable voices, Ken Wilson and Jim MacFarland then Triage, a fine mixture of songs

and well played tunes. And, of course our August "Home Groan" and the Christmas Mumming and Frolics Night"

in which we welcomed Kevin Henty as Beelzeebub. It was a storming night.


As a special event requested by a group of regulars that had attended the "Nutley Arms" Carols night in Reigate

for many years, Johnny Parker, Dave Andrews and myself held the evening with a very enthusiastic group in

attendance in "the Yard" at Reigate railway station. It was a nostalgic night for many of us, remembering

the "Nutley Arms" nights with Tony, Audrey and Mick. If all goes well the organisers have requested we

do the same next year.

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"