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.


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: one in April, one in May and one in June. 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.

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.

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.


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 we are able to reopen. These will take place every other Thursday. They 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 dates and the Zoom meeting ID and password for the next meeting.


Normally we meet in a local pub. Details will be posted here when we are able to reopen.


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 8th April 2021