Farncombe Concerts

@ St. John’s Church, St. John’s Street, Farncombe, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3EJ.

Unrestricted by genres, just GREAT LIVE MUSIC. As seen in the “10 of the best live music venues” feature in April 2014’s Surrey Life magazine.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – PLEASE NOTE THAT ST. JOHN’S CHURCH IS CURRENTLY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS THEREFORE MEANS THAT THE UPCOMING SHOWS ARE POSTPONED AND RESCHEDULED OR EVEN CANCELLED. PLEASE REGULARLY CHECK THIS PAGE OR FOLLOW US ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES. 

All concerts start at 7.45pm (unless stated otherwise) with doors / bar open from 7.00pm. Music curfew is 11.00pm but most shows finish by 10.30pm. For full listings and more details see Events page on Farncombe Music Club’s Facebook page.

Wednesday 25th March – Fake Thackray @ Hector’s On The Wey – POSTPONED  – EXISTING TICKETHOLDERS SHOULD HOLD ONTO THEIR TICKETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Wednesday 29th April – Mambo Jambo @ Hector’s On The Wey – POSTPONED  – EXISTING TICKETHOLDERS SHOULD HOLD ONTO THEIR TICKETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Friday 22nd May – Nell Bryden – Coming and Going Tour TICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£20 + £2 bkg fee / £24 door) THIS TOUR HAS BEEN POSTPONED – WATCH OUT FOR FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS. 

Thursday 25th June – Gabrielle Ducomble TICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£16 + £1.60 bkg fee / £19 door) 

Friday 25th September – The Christians TICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£22 + £2.20 bkg fee / £26 door) 

Saturday 3rd October – The Alter Eagles (Eagles tribute) TICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£18 + £1.80 bkg fee / £22 door)

Friday 16th October – Beverley Craven – Strings Attached  TICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£25 + £2.50 bkg fee / £30 door)

Friday 23rd October – Seriously Collins (Phil Collins tribute) –TICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£18 + £1.80 bkg fee /£22 door) 

Friday 6th November – Vonda Shepard – The Greatest Hits Tour  TICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£25 + £2.50 bkg fee / £30 door)

Friday 20th November  – Focus – 50th Anniversary Tour + special guest, Edgar Broughton  – TICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£18 + £1.80 bkg fee / £22 door )

Friday 27th November – Steve Harley Acoustic Band  **SOLD OUT** Rescheduled from 4th April – existing tickets remain valid. 

Friday 11th December – Simply Dan (Steely Dan tribute) – TICKETS:  EVENTIM   WeGotTickets (£18 + £1.80 bkg fee / £22 door)

Saturday 16th January – Fleetwood Bac (Fleetwood Mac tribute) TICKETS: EVENTIM   WeGotTickets (£18 + £1.80 bkg fee / £22 door) Rescheduled from 24th April 2020 – existing tickets remain valid. 

Friday 5th February – Sad Café – TICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£20 + £2 bkg fee / £24 door)

Friday 26th February – Toyah – Electro/Acoustic TourTICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£22 + £2.20 bkg fee / £26 door)

Friday 5th March – Bowiesque (David Bowie tribute) – TICKETS: EVENTIM WeGotTickets (£16 + £1.60 bkg fee / £19 door) 

Friday 19th March – Nine Below Zero TICKETS: EVENTIM  WeGotTickets (£18 + £1.80 bkg fee) / £22 door) Rescheduled from 20th March 2020 – existing tickets remain valid.

Friday 7th May – Dean Friedman – In Concert plus special guest, Boothby Graffoe   TICKETS: EVENTIM   WeGotTickets (£25 + £2.50 bkg fee / £30 door ) Rescheduled from 15th May 2020 – existing tickets remain valid. 

Tickets….. 

During the current Coronavirus pandemic ADVANCE TICKETS are only available from Eventim and WeGotTickets as follows:

–  Eventim: either online from Eventim or via Ticket Hotline: 0844 249 1000 (subject to 10% booking fee)

–  WeGotTickets: online from WeGotTickets  (subject to 10% booking fee) – these tickets are usually available until 5.45pm on the day of the show, unless sold out beforehand of course! 

Please note that online ticket holders will only be able to collect their actual tickets from when doors open at 7.00pm. 

in person from Record Corner in Pound Lane, Godalming (no booking fees) (SALES SUSPENDED DUE TO THE CURRENT CLOSURE)

in person from myself at any of my concert promotions (no booking fee for cash, £1.50 flat booking fee for cheques). (SALES SUSPENDED DUE TO THE CURRENT CLOSURE)

DOOR TICKETS: To save money it is always cheaper to pay for tickets in advance as DOOR prices are always higher than the ADVANCE prices – face price + any applicable booking fee).

Payment on the door on the night is CASH ONLY. Any tickets which may have been reserved but not paid for will be charged at the Door price on the night. If the concert has SOLD OUT it is highly unlikely any tickets will be on sale on the door unless there are any returns.

Once purchased, we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges unless an event is cancelled. Tickets may be accepted for resale if the show has sold out (but resale is not guaranteed) and there may be an administration charge.   

For further information on any of the concerts please call 01483 421520 or e-mail julianlewrymusic@aol.com

The Venue…..

St. John’s Church – capacity of up to 350 in  a mixed seating / standing format (250 if all-seated).  Capacity and/or number of tickets for sale is dependant on set up for each show but will always be a minimum of 200.

Built over 160 years ago, this working church is where nearly all the concerts are held. The church was extensively refurbished in 2012 with new seating, flooring and lighting. It has wonderful acoustics for all types of music as well as a unique atmosphere – described by some as Surrey’s own Union Chapel.

Seating is unreserved and on a first come first served basis – for some concerts there may be insufficient seating for everyone attending so it is advisable to arrive early.  Some pillars can restrict views especially on busy evenings. Standing Audience members are very welcome to stand / dance in the clear areas at the sides and back of the church respecting those who are seated. Access to both venues is the same via the path leading up to the hallway which connects the two venues. Disabled access is excellent with no steps and just a slight incline into the church. There is a disabled toilet. We can allocate wheelchair spaces (advance booking essential). Age Restriction We are an all ages venue however all under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

This is a working church and so all are expected to respect it’s sacred nature. Being a music led venue, it isn’t suitable for large, or even small groups who wish to talk and have a party whilst the musicians are performing. Please respect the musicians and our fellow guests. Any unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with as appropriate and may involve us asking people to leave.  

NB Some more intimate midweek Farncombe Music Club concerts are held at Hector’s On The Wey at Catteshall Wharf, GU7 1NH. Due to the limited capacity of the venue tickets are only on sale from Hector’s or e-mail julianlewrymusic@aol.com . Occasionally a small number may be made available via WeGotTickets – www.wegottickets.com  

Finding Us / Parking / Rail Travel…..

Situated in St. John’s Street right in the centre of the village just opposite the Co-op store, there are PUBLIC CAR PARKS in Station Road (GU7 3NF) , North Street (GU7 3HE) and on Meadrow (GU7 3HY) – all of which are within 5 minutes walk of the venue (charges may apply). There is  also some on street parking nearby. Please do not park in PRIVATE CAR PARKS as YOU RISK BEING CLAMPED AND/OR FINED. 

Farncombe railway station is just 2 minutes walk from the venue. For rail travellers, Farncombe is on the London Waterloo – Portsmouth mainline. Trains are regular and journey times are London – 40 minutes and Portsmouth – 1 hour. All concerts finish before the final trains.

Refreshments…..

Served by a superb team; beer, wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, chocolate bars, crisps etc. are available in St. John’s Church Room from doors opening until the end of the show irrespective of which venue the concert is in. CASH ONLY but there are cash machines nearby – either at the Co-op opposite or at Simrans newsagents just over the railway line. Drinks may be taken into St. John’s Church but no alcohol is allowed to be taken outside the building.  Fairtrade goods are used wherever possible. To enable us to comply with the Premises Licence and the four licensing objectives alcohol cannot be brought into the venue. The only alcoholic drinks which are permitted to be consumed are those which under the conditions of the Premises Licence we are licensed sell at the bar i.e. beer and wine – no spirits.  

For those arriving in the area early, there are a range of eating and drinking options nearby including the Natter Cafe (opposite St. John’s Church), Huckleberry Bistro, the Farncombe Tandoori restaurant and several pubs such as The Cricketers, The Leathern Bottle and The Three Lions as well as various take-aways.

Who Has Played Here……

Since the Farncombe Music Club concerts started in June 2007, St. John’s Church has played host to original acts such as Big Country, The Blow Monkeys, Caravan, China Crisis, The Christians, Beverley Craven, Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri, Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders, Focus, Julia Fordham, Steve Howe, The Icicle Works, John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest, Kokomo, Hazel O’Connor, Nine Below Zero, Nerina Pallot, Roachford, Tom Russell, Vonda Shepard, Soft Machine, Stackridge, Glenn Tilbrook, T’Pau and Judie Tzuke. We occasionally put on tribute acts  which have included Any Colour You Like (Pink Floyd), Fleetwood Bac, Logicaltramp, Oye Santana, Simply Dan (Steely Dan) and The Vox Beatles.

Good Causes….

Through these concerts, tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for different, mainly local, charities and to support overseas development and Disasters Emergency Committee appeals.