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.

Before Covid-19 the concerts held up to 350 people in St. John’s Church and up to 100 in St. John’s Church Room. Current restrictions which apply to all hirers have, amongst other measures, reduced each of those capacities to just 60 in the church and 30 in the Church Room forcing shows to be rescheduled, relocated to Haslemere Hall in Haslemere (see HASLEMERE CONCERTS) or cancelled. Apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience but these restrictions are completely outside of my control.

Once restrictions start being eased and our criteria are met, we’ll return to holding concerts again. Initially this may be on a socially distanced, more limited capacity basis than pre-Covid. Tentative planning is underway. 

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. Most shows finish by 10.30pm. For full listings and more details see Events page on Farncombe Music Club’s Facebook page.

UPCOMING SHOWS: 

Wednesday 22nd September (rescheduled from 15th May 2020 and 7th May 2021) – Dean Friedman – In Concert plus special guest, Boothby Graffoe   TICKETS: WeGotTickets @ £25 + £2.50 bkg fee or Eventim @ £25 + £2.50 bkg fee. Existing tickets remain valid. 

RELOCATED SHOWS. See HASLEMERE CONCERTS

Focus – 50th Anniversary Tour  now on Friday 19th November 2021.  

Nine Below Zero now on Friday 24th September 2021. 

Steve Harley Acoustic Band  now on Friday 17th September 2021.

The Christians now on Friday 3rd December 2021. 

Toyah – Electro/Acoustic Tournow on Friday 26th November 2021. 

POSTPONED SHOWS: 

Fake Thackray @ Hector’s On The Wey

Mambo Jambo @ Hector’s On The Wey

Existing ticketholders for these shows should hold onto their tickets until further notice. It is hoped to reschedule at some point but if not possible, then ticketholders will be able to request refunds.

CANCELLED SHOWS:

Saturday 16th January 2021 (rescheduled from 24th April 2020) –  Fleetwood Bac (Fleetwood Mac tribute)  This show which was originally in Farncombe and then relocated to Haslemere Hall was cancelled due to the 3rd lockdown. If you bought from Record Corner in Godalming or haven’t been contacted yet, please get in touch ASAP with Julian Lewry by e-mail julianlewrymusic@aol.com or call 01483 421520.

Friday 23rd April 2021 (rescheduled from 23rd October 2020)- Seriously Collins (Phil Collins tribute) – Sadly it was decided to cancel this show. If you bought from Record Corner in Godalming or direct from Julian Lewry Music, please get in touch ASAP with Julian Lewry by e-mail julianlewrymusic@aol.com or call 01483 421520.

Friday 4th June 2021 (rescheduled from 16th October 2020) – Beverley Craven – Strings Attached  Sadly this tour was cancelled and will not be rescheduled. If you bought from Record Corner in Godalming or direct from Julian Lewry Music, please get in touch ASAP with Julian Lewry by e-mail julianlewrymusic@aol.com or call 01483 421520.

Tickets….. 

ADVANCE TICKETS are currently only available as follows:

WeGotTickets: online from WeGotTickets  (subject to 10% booking fee) – these tickets are usually available for purchase 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. 

Once purchased, we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges unless an event is cancelled. Any refunds must be requested before the date of the concert – no claims will be accepted after the show has taken place. 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 – 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.

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 in the St. John’s Church Room (which is part of St. John’s Church) and at Hector’s On The Wey at Catteshall Wharf, GU7 1NH. 

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…..

The current restrictions do not allow refreshments to be served anywhere in the building. Hopefully once the current restrictions are relaxed, the bar may be in it’s usual place in the Church Room or moved within the building but this will depend on what Government regulations and St. John’s Church PCC allow at the time. 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.  Bar sales are a vital part for the economic viability of the concerts with some of the profits contributing towards our charity fundraising. 

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.

Good Causes….

Since these concerts started in 2007, over £65,000 has been generated for different, mainly local, charities and to support overseas development charities and Disasters Emergency Committee appeals. Before the first Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020, the previous 5 years alone saw an average of over £8,000 p.a. being raised for charity.

Who Have I Promoted 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.