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.


People like a competition. Trad2Mad is back. For nine years, 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. Strange days like these have awoken the game again, so the club, while self-isolating, will run competitions each month until October. It will be 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 Amanda MacLean (Singer, MC and author), 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.

When we are able to reopen, 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.


Following government advice on Covid-19 and the closure of all pubs, the club will be closed until further notice.

While the club is not able to meet physically, we're continuing with our online singarounds -- via ZOOM -- until the end of the year. These will take place every other Thursday. They all commence at 8pm but you can link into each session from 7.30pm onwards. Please come and join us to perform or just to meet up and listen. Contact us IFC on Gmail to get the Zoom meeting ID.

The dates are as follows:


Normally, except the first Thursday of the month, we meet at:

The Taproom
163 Upper Street
N1 1US

On the first Thursday of each month we will be at other venues, normally the King & Queen, 1 Foley St, W1W 6DL -- see programme for details.

The nearest station to the Taproom is Highbury and Islington (Victoria line, London Overground, and National Rail). Angel station (Northern line) is also within walking distance. Buses 4, 19, 30 and 43 run along Upper Street between them. Public transport information can be obtained from Transport for London. There is a map of the area on the UK Street Map Page.


Admission is normally (see lisings for variations) £8.00 (£6.00 for members) but singerarounds are often free for members. Cash only -- sorry, we don't take cards. You don't have to be a member to attend, nor do you have to apply for membership in advance.

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.


For further information contact:

Nick Moran
122 Plimsoll Road
N4 2ED

Or, email the club at

Contact emails for other committee members are on this page.

Page created by Martin Nail. Last revised 28th July 2020