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Sept 26th 21, 6.30pm.

** Sadly this event had to be cancelled for a variety of reasons. We’ll invite Paul back next year sometime. **


Live music returns to the kitchen with an appearance by the wonderful Paul McClure (Rutland Troubadour)

Please read the info below regarding how we will run this event and what we would like you to do to help ensure everyone’s safety and comfort.

One of the very finest songwriters on the UK roots scene, Paul McClure’s perfectly formed, beautifully observational style takes inspiration from the greatest of sources, from The Beatles to Townes Van Zandt, Elvis Costello to Ryan Adams. A wonderful lyrical balance of wit, pathos, compassion and strength combines with an ear for timeless melody to prove these songs more than strong enough to carry the weight.

“A master of the intimate setting” Jeremy Searle, R2 Magazine

“Warmly melodic and beautifully honed” Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK

“One of the bedrocks of the UK Alternative Country, Folk and Americana scene.” 3 Chords And The Truth)

This is a Pass The Hat event. In other words – there isn’t a ticket price, but we do expect a generous donation. We suggest a donation of £10 per person. Having said that, to avoid our events becoming elitist, our ethos has always been ‘pay what you can afford’.

OK, so we’re back in the kitchen but not quite back to ‘normal’. Here are things to note:

  • We will be limiting attendance to allow some distancing.
    • We ask that you undertake a lateral flow test before the event*
    • There will be no food available, so bring your own snacks and drinks
    •There will be fewer floor spots


We hope you understand why we are taking the above precautions. We desperately want to return to something approaching where we were before the pandemic but it will take time.


*If you have not completed a Lateral Flow Test before, they are very simple and kits can be obtained for FREE from pharmacies or online: 



During lockdown we were broadcasting Live-streamed sessions on every last Sunday were while we couldn’t be in the kitchen.
You can watch past lockdown Bluebell Roots shows on YOUTUBE

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Donate to the Bluebell roots kitty

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Watch online

Diary of events


September 26th – cancelled

August 29th – Cheer up Mollys. 6.30pm In the woods / barn

July 25th – Daria Kulesh. 6.30pm.In the woods / barn

June 27th – Ben Morgan Brown. 6.30pm In the woods / barn

May 30th – 6.30pm in the woods!

April 25th – 7.30pm Live-streamed open mic

March 28 – 7.30pm Live-streamed open mic

FEB 28 – 7.30pm Live-streamed open mic

JAN 26 – 7.30pm Live-streamed open mic

How it used to be, and will be once again!

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2021 Live-Streamed Open Mic sessions

We aren’t featuring a particular performer during our live-streams – it will be more like an open floor session. We have arranged for a few regulars and past performers to drop in. Get in touch if you’d like to drop in and we’ll get you on if there’s space.

OK, there are costs involved in streaming this and we need to build up our funds again to book artists to play in person in the future. We have exhausted the money we had in the kitty, so, just as per our regular Bluebell Roots evening, we will be shaking a saucepan for contributions.
Obviously if you cannot afford to contribute, you are still very welcome – that has always been the way we work.

We are certainly hoping to be back in the actual Bluebell Kitchen as soon as we safely can and look forward to seeing you then.
Neil and Jim and Josie (Milton Hide) and Jade will be hosting, with Milton Hide kicking off the music as always.

Bluebell Roots – Music in the Kitchen page!

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2020 Pandemic sessions

Dec 28th
ELSTOAF session

Nov 29th
Live on Facebook and Youtube

Oct 25th
Live on Facebook and Youtube

Sept 27th
Live on Facebook and Youtube

Aug 30th
live on Facebook from the Bluebell Woods

July 26
live on Facebook from the Bluebell Woods

June 28 7.30pm
Live on Facebook and Youtube

May 31 7.30pm
Live online – Paul McClure, the Rutland Troubadour

APR 26 7.30pm
Facebook Live event on Facebook

MAR 29
Cheer Up Mollys – Postponed
Facebook Live event instead 7.30pm on Facebook


FEB 23
Minnie Birch & Robert Lane

JAN 26
SOLD OUT! Hatful of Rain

Harp in the kitchen


DEC 29
Dan Searle and King Size Slim

NOV 24
Oliver Cherer and Grant Sharkey

OCT 27

SEP 29

AUG 25
Jeremiah Longshanks and The Purple Shoes

JUL 28
Ellie Ford

JUN 30
Terry Lees and Hickory Signals

MAY 26
The Self Help Group and Mike Reinstein

APR 28
Dandelion Charm and John Forrester

MAR 31
Pemberton Smith

FEB 24
Bev Lee Harling and Jamie Freeman

JAN 27
The Kimberleys and Kevin Minney. 1 Year of Bluebell Roots

guitar by Neil Povey


DEC 30
SOLD OUT – Lily Ramona and Milton Hide. New Year’s Eve’s Eve

NOV 25
Christine Heartsong and Bernard Hoskin

OCT 28
Cracks in the Land and Folk in Adur

SEP 30
Oliver Hall and Moltenamba Trio

AUG 26
Andy Melrose and Judy Granville

JUL 29
Grant Sharkey and King Size Slim

JUN 24
Ian Roland, Charlie Tipler and Milton Hide

MAY 27
Luna, Night House & guest host Kevin Barber

APR 29
Hickory Signals and Self Help Group (Solo)

MAR 25
Mike Reinstein and Trevor Moss

FEB 25
Jamie Freeman and Chalk Horse Music

JAN 21
Bluebell Roots launch night! Dave Beckett and Swan Steps

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Minnie Birch and Robert Lane - Neil Povey
Hands - Neil Povey
Mark in the kitchen
Singing in the kitchen

About the Original Bluebell Roots


Folk, Blues, Acoustic and other music in the Bluebell Farmhouse Kitchen in Arlington, hosted by Milton Hide and Hailsham FM’s Neil Povey.
The evening features 1 or 2 invited guest acts plus an “open floor” session.

We are delighted that this event has become known for its listening and respectful audience. It’s a rare thing to find a venue without a bar, a noisy coffee machine and a constant chatter.

The last Sunday of EVERY month, 6.30pm


An optional meal, prepared by Philippa and Michael Vine, is served half way through the evening – if you wish to eat you must reserve you seat at the table.
If you wish to perform in the ‘open floor’ session, please book in advance.


How much are tickets for the evening?

We don’t charge for tickets but the music is not free – we take a collection during the evening.
We want everyone to be able to come along and enjoy the evening so simply ask you to donate what you can afford – we recommend a £5 donation per person, which goes towards paying invited guest performers. If you are able to give more, that is great.

Do I have to book?

Yes – you need to book in advance. Booking opens 2 weeks before the event.
You can come along just to listen to the music or you can book a place at the table for a meal. The meal costs £10 per portion and is payable on the night.
Only those who have booked a seat at the table will be guaranteed a meal.

What time should I arrive?

The evening starts at 6.30pm sharp. Please do not arrive before 6pm. The evening usually ends at about 9.30 / 10pm and we ask you to wait until the end before leaving to avoid disturbing performers and audience.

Is there a bar?

No, please bring your own drinks and glasses.

Who are the organisers?

Bluebell Roots is run by Jim and Josie Tipler of Milton Hide and Neil Povey of Hailsham FM. They run the event on a voluntary basis.
The food is prepared by Philippa and Michael Vine of the Bluebell Farmhouse Kitchen

How do I get to play a Floor Spot?

What we are attempting to do with Bluebell Roots is to create an evening where everyone feels part of proceedings. The floor spots are an opportunity for you to play to a listening, attentive audience which is quite a rare thing! You also get to share the stage with other great performers.

We don’t think it’s fair for people to perform just one item and we don’t want people to make a potentially wasted journey – driving out to us to find there isn’t time to include them – so we now ask you to reserve your slot a couple of days before the event. This won’t be on a strict first come first served basis though as we want to try and avoid becoming too cliquey, so please do understand if you are a regular and we ask you to relinquish your reservation (in advance).

We do not pay floor spot performers – if you would like to be paid to perform, please ask us about being an invited guest performer.

How do you book the invited guest performers?

Many of the recent invited guest performers have contacted us to ask if they can play, sometimes we contact someone that has been recommended to us or that we have seen.

Our policy is to open a window for a few weeks during which we arrange the programme for the following year. [We are fully booked for 2020 but if you are interested in playing in 2021 please CONTACT US at the beginning of September 2020.]

Our invited guests receive the donations collected during the evening less a small amount we take out for expenses. We provide a meal and drinks and a lift to/from the local station if needed. If you are coming some distance we may be able to arrange somewhere to sleep for the night.

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