The club was formed in September 1974 by a close-knit group of like-minded musical friends at its original home, The Rockingham Arms, Wentworth. Initially on Thursday evenings, it met every fortnight for a year until the “Rock’ renovated its barn which became a perfect live music venue. This enabled the club to convert to a weekly Friday night club and this has been the format ever since. Over time one of our founders, Rob Shaw, became the mainstay and his foresight and industry enabled the club to become one of the premier live folk music venues in the UK and in 2004 won the prestigious Radio Two Folk Club Of The Year award.
After 32 years at the ‘Rock’ the club was forced to change its location and name with ‘the Rock at Maltby’ representing its new home at the Wesley Centre in the old mining village. All things pass and in late 2013 the club eventually found its permanent home at the Ukrainian Centre in Doncaster where it continues to present South Yorkshire with the best in local, national and international live folk/roots music. 45 years now and long may we continue!
Late 2019 news! We have joined forces with Doncaster Folk Festival and will be providing the Friday and Saturday evening concerts at our home in the Ukrainian Centre. See the What’s On page for more details.