Islington Folk Club


The Islington Folk Club is an old-established club which has met at various venues since the early 1970s. Its continuing aim is to present the best available artists, from the fiercely traditional to the frankly eccentric. The professional guest artists are supported every week by the house band - The Angel Band - and by resident singers.

Keep up with news from the club on our Facebook page: Islington Folk Club or our Twitter account: IslingtonFolk.

Programme

We normally meet every other Thursday (except in July and August); the evenings begin at 8pm (doors open normally at 7.30) and end by 10.45pm. See our programme giving details of forthcoming bookings.

Venue

The Gunners,
204 Blackstock Road,
London,
N5 1EN

The nearest station to The Gunners is Arsenal (Piccadilly line), a seven minute walk away. Finsbury Park (Victoria line, Piccadilly line, and National Rail) is also within walking distance, or buses 4, 19 and 236 run there from the pub. In the other direction buses 4 and 19 run to Highbury and Islington station (Victoria line, London Overground, and National Rail). Public transport information can be obtained from Transport for London. There is a map of the area on the UK Street Map Page.

Admission

Admission is normally (see listings for variations) £8.00 (£6.00 for the unwaged or students). Members pay £6.00 (£4.00 for the waged or students) but singerarounds are often free for members. You can pay by card or in cash. You don't have to be a member to attend, nor do you have to apply for membership in advance. For the remainder of 2021, anyone who was a member in either 2019 or 2020 will be regarded as a member for the current year.

Floor singers are very welcome -- we can usually fit you in; please note that we don't offer any reduction in the normal admission price. Email: Floorspots. If you're looking for a booking, contact the booking committee, email: Bookings -- but much the best way of being considered is to come along and do a floor spot.

Online sessions

Our final online singaround via Zoom will take place on Thursday 14th October 2021 at 8pm but you can join each session from 7.30pm onwards. Contact us IFC on Gmail to get the Zoom meeting ID and password for this meeting.

Trad2Mad

Once more, Trad2Mad is back. For nine years and throughout the many months of last year's lockdowns, the Islington Folk Club ran, via the internet, our version of X Factor for unaccompanied singers. Entrants posted their performances of songs on YouTube and sent the URL to the competition email address. The title TRAD2MAD stems from the club's motto, "From the fiercely traditional to the frankly eccentric", first coined by David Campbell, singer.

The club's continuing self-isolation means the game is once more afoot and we are running three more competitions: in Spring, Summer and Autumn 2021. Trad2Mad is led by Bernard Puckett, our former Bookings Secretary and long-time MC and will be judged by him and the other members of the committee who are Carol Burtt (Singer), Brian Gardner, (Singer, MC and Bookings Co-ordinator), Nick Moran (Singer, Angel Band, MC and Treasurer), Rob Twisse (MC and Angel Band), Roger Trevitt, (Singer, Hunter Muskett and Angel Band). Each month, the cash prizes will be as follows:

1st prize 25 -- 2nd prize 15 -- 3rd prize 10

Details are on our Trad2Mad page.

As before, the online competition will feed into club nights. We always give a free entry to each Trad2Mad entrant and we envisage, as before, being able to present some entrants live in a "Three Way Split" evening or some such combination, This has worked well in the past, giving some performers an opportunity to have their very first booking. Some have gone on from this to solo guest spots, both at Islington Folk Club and elsewhere.

Encouraging the use of the internet and allowing people to perform to webcams and camera-phones and the internet is for first-time performers, a less scary way of exposing their singing voice for the first time. It has proven to be particularly appealing to young people who have less experience of performing. Yes, Trad2Mad is a singing selfie.

Contacts

For further information contact:

Nick Moran
122 Plimsoll Road
LONDON
N4 2ED

Or, email the club at enquiries@islingtonfolkclub.co.uk.

Contact emails for other committee members are on this page.

Page created by Martin Nail. Last revised 12th October 2021