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This is a list of the guests who have performed at the club since Autumn 1997. Note: all the external links worked at the time, but they haven't necessarily been checked since, and many have doubtless suffered from link rot.

Date Artist  
4th September 1997 Keith Christmas & Julia Howe British folk/blues. Critically-acclaimed new songs, with superior guitar accompaniment. He played on Space oddity, and Martin Carthy recorded one of his songs.
11th September 1997 Bart Ramsey & Netti Vaandrager Old and new songs from everywhere. Yes, that Dutch-Texan singing, swinging fiddler is back, with her New Orleans songster-guitarist husband.
18th September 1997 Ian Bruce With apologies for postponement from March, here's the man widely hailed as one of Scotland's finest singers and songwriters.
25th September 1997 Julie Henigan Acknowledged as a singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, and collector, she's from the Missouri Ozarks, but has also spent time in Ireland and England, to good effect. Old and new material, with guitar, banjo, fiddle, and Appalachian dulcimer.
2nd October 1997 Katie Howson & Jeannie Harris Doyennes of the Suffolk scene, associated with Magic Lantern, the Old Hat Band, and many a country pub session. Traditional music and song, with twin melodeons.
9th October 1997 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Another wonderful, if slightly improbable, evening from one of regular favourite groups.
16th October 1997 Pete Atkin Witty original songs from an old favourite we haven't seen for long time.
23rd October 1997 Alan Burke Afterhours' acclaimed singer-songwriter, now working solo. Irish songs, old and new, with guitar and bodhran.
30th October 1997 Florida Our annual fix of a favourite band. Good loud dance music and songs, mostly English, with some French and other stuff. So why are they named after an American swamp?
6th November 1997 Aberjaber Wales's leading exponents of Celtic music; traditional and original tunes on harp, bagpipes and cello (and flute, soprano sax and percussion).
13th November 1997 Stocai Six multi-instrumentalists whose CVs include Stömp, The Old Swan Band, Ran-Tan Band, and Token Women. Between them they play concertina, melodeon, bagpipes, fiddle, mandolin, flutes, whistles, bassoon, keyboards, and percussion.
20th November 1997 Sara Grey Fine singing, and lovely frailing, of traditional North American songs and tunes. Postponed from last year.
27th November 1997 Pete Cooper & friends London's all-round fiddle maestro, with his usual entourage of collaborators and students.
4th December 1997 Keith Kendrick & Jo Freya - The Calendar Show Keith gave us a delightful evening in March, and is back with Jo and a special seasonal show, featuring their voices, clarinets, concertinas, guitar, saxophones, and whistles.
11th December 1997 The Hedgerows The band which appeared on The evolving tradition is now a duo: Benji Kirkpatrick's voice, mandolin, guitar and whistle with Stephen Bradley's percussion.
18th December 1997 The Christmas Party The nearest we get to a Resident's Night.
8th January 1998 Bob Davenport & the Rakes Celebrating their 30th anniversary and a brand new album. No more enjoyable way to start the year; no more appropriate return to our old stomping ground.
15th January 1998 Brian Peters The squeezebox specialist with an eclectic repertoire, but an emphasis on the songs and tunes or North-West England.
22nd January 1998 English Country Dance Band The pocket edition of the Old Swan Band, doing just what they're famous for - English country music as played by English country people.
29th January 1998 Reg Meuross & Martin Belmont Superior original songs in a countryish vein, from the sometime Panic Brother, Flamingo and Wangford mainstay, with the guitar hero who's played with everyone from Johnny Cash to Elvis Costello.
5th February 1998 Transylvania Mania Our favourite local exponents of eastern European music in general, and Romanian music in particular.
12th February 1998 Pete Coe The old reprobate, now recovered from the back trouble that prevented last year's visit. Old and new songs, with any number of instruments.
19th February 1998 David Campbell & Ed O'Reilly Yes, our chain-smoking curmudgeon and his tall American friend. Songs from both sides of the pond, with banjo, concertina and guitar.
26th February 1998 The Other Band A delightful combination of Marilyn Bennett's voice and harmonica, Iris Bishop's sqeezeboxes and Gerry Holder's double bass.
5th March 1998 Steve Tilston One of Britain's very finest songwriters, and a lovely guitarist, on his own this time around.
12th March 1998 Carlene Anglin & Allister Gittens A welcome return of the dazzling young fiddle champion, and her regular guitar accompanist. Perhaps her mum will turn up, too.
19th March 1998 Stuart Boyd A young turk now making his mark, having been one of our most welcome visitors. Traditional songs, clever-bastard guitar.
26th March 1998 The Bismarcks Small but perfectly formed - one of the most impressive little bands to hit the country dance scene recently, plus songs and stepping.
2nd April 1998 Reuben's Train American country song (mostly), from London's most dramatic duo. Sophisticated, funny, weird - right up our street, in fact.
9th April 1998 Jim & Lynette Eldon Songs, stories and fiddling from Yorkshire's boating busker, and the champion clogger who lets him play for her.
16th April 1998 Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley Irish songs and tunes, passionately sung and brilliantly played on Anglo concertina and guitar.
23th April 1998 Alistair Hulett & Dave Swarbrick The original fiddle monster went to Australia, and came back with a new collaborator - a Scot celebrated down under for, among other things, fronting punk folkers Roaring Jack.
30th April 1998 Trish Sweeney & Peta Webb Overdue return of one of Sister Webb's various vocal partnerships. Original close harmony arrangements of more or less traditional songs.
7th May 1998 Beskydy A full serving of the Slovakian band who have thrilled us with a couple of impromptu invasions. Czech, Slovak, Balkan & Klezmer music & song.
14th May 1998 They're Coming Back to the Water A history of Britain's waterways, in songs, stories & pictures. Jeff Dennison & Benny Graham are touring the canal system, presenting the show from their narrow boat where possible (i.e.not here).
21st May 1998 Saxophony A welcome return of Terry Mann's sax quartet, newly formed when we first enjoyed them, and now being noticed further afield (see April's fRoots).
28th May 1998 Derek Taylor Traditional songs, tastefully sung with sensitive guitar accompaniment, from a sometime regular, recently removed.
4th June 1998 Miln, James & Harris Old and new songs and tunes, with an Irish flavour, from a young Gloucester-based trio boasting fiddle, guitar, cittern and Celtic harp.
11th June 1998 Airc A new young local Irish band, based on the fiddle duo of Gerry Diver and Edel Sullivan, with accordion and guitar. (They were called Wired, for a while.)
18th June 1998 Sheila Kay Adams & Jerry Epstein Jerry gave us an enjoyable evening of Americana, a couple of years ago. This time, he's escorting N. Carolina's finest. Sheila is a great ballad-singer, storyteller and banjo-picker, whose family were among Cecil sharp's informants. This will be her first ever appearance in London - don't miss it.
25th June 1998 Robb Johnson One of London's, and our, favourite singer-songwriters.
2nd July 1998 Bart Ramsey & Neti Vaandrager One of our favourite Americans returns, with her husband. 'Still married, then. Oh well… Songs from all over, with fiddle, guitar and piano.
9th July 1998 The Blowpipes Trombone Trio "Global Village Band", they call themselves. The Sunday Times called them "a spirited celebration of British eccentricity". Traditional and original music on three trombones.
16th July 1998 Kristina Olsen & Peter Grayling Another favourite American: a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who gave us a delightful evening two years ago, and is welcome back. This time she is with Australian cellist Peter Grayling, with whom she has recently released a CD.
23rd July 1998 Little George Sueref Trio An evening of blues from the remarkable singer & harp-blower (last seen here with Big Joe Louis), and featuring our own regular bluesman, Simon Hindley.
30th July 1998 Bernard Puckett & Kathryn Locke Our regular MC and resident lunatic renews his collaboration with sometime house cellist. Performance poetry with improvised accompaniment.
3rd September 1998 Tony Hall If our annual exposure to this man isn't compulsory, it ought to be. Affable and droll, with a splendidly eclectic repertoire of quality songs and tunes. Oh, and he's the best melodeon player in England.
10th September 1998 Tim Edey Guitar and melodeon.
17th September 1998 Mákvirág Hungarian party time!
24th September 1998 Alistair Anderson A long-overdue visit by one of the Northeast's finest; virtuoso concertina & pipes.
1st October 1998 Pauline Cato & Tom McConville More Northumbrian gems, from the deservedly popular fiddle/smallpipes duo.
8th October 1998 Maggie Boyle & Frank Kilkelly Two old favourites in a new combination: Maggie's lovely voice and flute with the one-man rhythm section anyone would choose (if he hadn't moved back to Ireland).
15th October 1998 Bobby Eaglesham & Chuck Fleming Two founder-members of Five Hand Reel, touring for the first time as a duo. Scottish songs and tunes with fiddle, melodeon and guitar.
22nd October 1998 The Eel Grinders English, French and original dance music from an Exeter-based band featuring a fiddler, a button accordionist and two pipers.
29th October 1998 Derek Brimstone Back again: songs, stories and Cockney humour from a long-standing entertainer on the folk scene, with guitar and banjo.
5th November 1998 Joe Burke with Ann Conroy Burke One of the greatest Irish button accordion champions, accompanied on guitar by Ann Conroy Burke (who's a fine buttoneer, herself). They don't generally play folk clubs, so grab this opportunity to hear them in an intimate setting.
12th November 1998 Martin Jenkins & Kalinka Vulcheva The fret wizard last seen here with Whippersnapper, returns with the distinguished Bulgarian singer - one of the famously mysterious voices.
19th November 1998 The Drones If you need to be told about them, it really is time that you heard them.
26th November 1998 Kate Lissauer Old-time fiddling, singing and banjo-picking from a fine American musician now resident in London. Hip, hip!
3rd December 1998 Pete Atkin We invited him last year, thinking it too long since we'd heard him, only to find that many others felt the same. Come early.
10th December 1998 The Rufus Crisp Experience American old-time music from Dave Arthur, Barry Murphy & their banjos.
17th December 1998 The Christmas Party Our Saturnalia: free admission to all members, and an opportunity to display any talent, especially if it's secret or inappropriate.
7th January 1999 Alan Burke The former Afterhours frontman continues to make his mark as solo singer & songwriter. Powerful Irish songs, old & new, with guitar & bodhran.
14th January 1999 Mike Raven & Joan Mills Incredibly, this is their first visit ~ they don't do much in London. When they first performed together, he was a very prominent guitar virtuoso with a varied & sometimes bizarre career behind him; she was a fine young singer who had already recorded. That was in the early 'seventies! No one-line description will serve; if you didn't know about them before, you'll be surprised.
21st January 1999 Benji Kirkpatrick Last heard with thE Hedgerows, Benji's now going it alone.
28th January 1999 Szapora On their triumphant previous visits, they were The Budapest Café Orchestra. They changed the name because some people expected Viennese waltzes. We know better: expect high excitement of the East European gypsy variety, and come early.
4th February 1999 John Conolly & Pete Summer Our chance to singalonga the man who, most famously, wrote 'Fiddler's Green', in his current combination. Ultimate singability.
11th February 1999 Blackwater The excellent young Irish band who turned up by chance in September, and turned a potentially disappointing evening into a highly enjoyable one. They work in various combinations; full lineup t.b.c.
18th February 1999 'How are you off for Coals?' Bob Fox & Benny Graham present a celebration of the culture & traditions of the Durham and Northumberland coalmining communities, using songs & stories enhanced by slides…'
25th February 1999 Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson Two of our favourite singer-songwriters performing together, at once, simultaneously! it really shouldn't be allowed.
4th March 1999 Dwight Diller & Dave Bing Anyone who saw Dwight last year knows that he's as good an old-time banjo player as you're likely to hear, even West Virginia. This time round, he's joined by the ace West Virginia fiddler who's well known as one of the excellent Bing Bros.
11th March 1999 Reuben's Train By popular demand, a return visit by London's drollest & most dramatic duo.
18th March 1999 The Dawn & Robin Gillan A showcase for some of the fine young musicians who've turned up in recent months, including the above named and anyone else they may choose to involve.
25th March 1999 New Deal String Band Finishing our month of old-time Americana in fine style, the great Tom Paley's re-formed string band, featuring the splendid fiddling of his son Ben.
1st April 1999 Cosmotheka Al and Dave Sealey have spent some thirty years making British music hall and variety their own, and have been friends and favourites of ours for nearly as long. The original and best, and suitably foolish.
8th April 1999 Yash Bash A loose aggregation of English devotees of Bulgarian wedding music, led by accordionist Peter Watson. Actual lineup to be revealed on the night. How much excitement can we stand?
15th April 1999 Gordon Tyrrall Welcome return of a fine English singer, flautist and guitarist. If you haven't heard him solo, you may have encountered him in Dab Hand, with Brian Peters, or on BBC's Pride and Prejudice.
22nd April 1999 Pete Castle & Lucy Castle-Hotea Two thirds of Popeluc, doing their English repertoire, with Transylvanian tinges. Traditional songs, accompanied by Pete's guitar and Lucy's splendid fiddling
29th April 1999 Carlene Anglim Trio Carlene's marvellous fiddle and Ali's equally excellent guitar are augmented this time by the double bass of Trevor Lines.
6th May 1999 The Posh Band English country music on fiddle, melodeon, feet and voices – and the steadiest rock-steady rhythm section since I don't know when. Black tie, carriages at midnight.
13th May 1999 Bluegrass Experience Rosie Davis and Rick Townend leap back into action with their new lineup, featuring longtime associates TJ Davies and Adrian Farmer. Multi-instrumental bluegrass with clogging.
20th May 1999 Alistair Hulett & John Kirkpatrick The fine Scottish singer-songwriter who escaped Aussie punkdom, with the accordian guvnor in hot pursuit.
27th May 1999 Katie's Quartet A fine dance band from Suffolk playing music from England, Scotland, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia in the East Anglian style – on melodeon, hammered dulcimer, banjo and cello. And more rock-steadiness.
3rd June 1999 Julie Henigan Highly accomplished American singer and multi-instrumentalist, whose fine traditional repertoire includes material picked up during extended stays around these isles.
10th June 1999 Reg Meuross & Martin Belmont Superior original songs in a countryish vein, from the sometime Panic Brother, Flamingo and Wangford mainstay, with the guitar hero who's played with everyone from Johnny Cash to Elvis Costello.
17th June 1999 Andrew Frank & George Hinchliffe Sometime club stalwart joins forces with the leader of the band that got us thrown out of The Empress the first time. We haven't heard them together, but we know it will be highly musical, dramatic and funny.
24th June 1999 Dan Quinn Songs and drollery, tunes on the melodeon. He used to be almost as thin as Pete Coe, you know, and he played a red piano accordion. Too many anecdotes, not enough space. Just be there.
1st July 1999 Bob Davenport & the Rakes A chance to finish off the season in style with these longtime friends of the club. Come early.
16th September 1999 Ian McPhearson with Dermot Kearney & Danny Meehan Time Out Award-winning standup reads from his first novel, Deep Probings, with musical interludes by his friends and ours, on tenor banjo and fiddle. (Dermot & Danny sat in with The Rakes at our great closing night in July. Nothing like finishing as you mean to continue.)
23rd September 1999 Jimmy Crowley The Irish theme continued with a first visit by Cork's 'living legend'. Irish songs traditional and original, accompanied on bouzouki, mandola and mouth organ. Martin Carthy says 'he embodies all that is good and true about music in which we are involved'. We say, come early.
30th September 1999 Beskydy A very welcome return of a local band that plays Slovakian and other eastern European music and song. Carpathian madness, including a man who plays a goat.
7th October 1999 The Drones More local favourites, with their very own brand of musical eccentricity. Original music on clarinet, cello and various objects not ordinarily associated with music. Cutting-edge skiffle?
14th October 1999 Brian Peters Acclaimed singer of (mostly) English songs, traditional and not so traditional, with imaginative and sensitive accompaniments, as well as the odd dance tune, on melodeon, anglo concertina and guitar.
21st October 1999 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain George Hinchcliffe, Cremonese mandolin maverick - last seen here recklessly encouraging Andrew Frank - returns with the daft idea that guaranteed him a place in cultural history. We are not worthy.
28th October 1999 Clive Carroll This young local musician was one of a splendid Irish band who turned up uninvited and gave us a great night, last year. Now going it alone and promoting his debut album. Clever-bastard guitar wizardy in the Pierre Bensusan vein.
4th November 1999 Brian Cookman & Rob Mason Good-time blues, and shockingly funny patter, from a loverly irreverent all-rounder, and the best old-style face-pianist around. You like The Memphis Jug Band, Noah Lewis, The Possum Lickers? You'll love this, if you haven't completely missed the point. Okay, forget The Possum Lickers!
11th November 1999 English Country Dance Band The ultimate eponym? (with form that also includes The Old Swan Band, Edward II, The Mellstock Band and Brass Monkey). English dance music on melodeon, fiddles, mouth organ and percussion, and the occasional song.
18th November 1999 The Other Band Songs and tunes from various traditions, including old-time blues with a delightfully English twist, and Marilyn Bennett's own highly individual songs. She sings and plays harmonica, accompanied by Iris Bishop on accordion and duet concertina, and Gary Holder on string bass.
25th November 1999 Kate Lissauer The welcome return of a lovely American singer, fiddler and banjo picker, now resident in London. She's spent time in West Virginia, learning from such as the Hammons family and Franklin George; and in Scotland, learning from such as the Stewarts of Blair, and performing with The Caledonia Ramblers. She does know the first thing about old-time music. And the second thing.
2nd December 1999 Tony Hall The obligatory annual dose of England's finest melodeon player. Take with a couple of pints and a roomful of twitching, goggle-eyed squeezers. He also sings, and is wonderfully droll (as well as unreasonably tall)
9th December 1999 Pete Cooper The fiddle maestro returns, with friends, collaborators and students. Fancy fiddling from all over, in whatever combinations he fancies.
16th December 1999 Christmas Party Free admission to all our members, and a standing invitation to reveal that hidden talent, however inappropriate. May well feature an appearance by the Possum Lickers, unless you've been very good all year.
6th January 2000 Robin Gillan Welcome back, to all our members and to the brightest young star of London's burgeoning American old-time scene. He sings, and plays fiddle and banjo, superbly (not to mention guitar, harmonica and mandolin, as required). An appropriately forward-looking start to the year (and the century, and the you-know-what, if you go along with the great calendrical inumeracy).
13th January 2000 Florida Another welcome return, of the little local band with the big, brassy international sound, who have produced another fine CD since we saw them last.
20th January 2000 Siansa A young band who turned up last year and gave us some quality floor spots. So much more effective than cassettes in the mail. Irish music and songs, with pipes, accordeon, fiddle, bouzouki, harp and percussion from some all-Ireland champions.
27th January 2000 Reuben's Train One of our most frequently requested guests. If youíve missed them so far, this duo performs the fullrange of (mostly) American country music, with drama and humour. Powerful singing with excellent guitar.
3rd February 2000 Pete Morton One of the handful of guitar-accompanied singer-songwriters that we're always happy to hear.
10th February 2000 The Sub-Committee Band This nuclear division of the splendid Committee Band was for many years the club's resident combo. Barnstorming English dance music from all over, played on fiddle, melodeon, concertina, saxophones and guitar. A welcome reunion with some good old friends.
17th February 2000 Fiona Larcombe A lovely singer and fiddler, who would certainly be up there with the Carthys & Rusbys of this world, if she didn't have a proper job.
24th February 2000 Robb Johnson Another of the handful of guitar-accompanied singer-songwriters we're always happy to hear. So are many others - come early.
2nd March 2000 Keith Kendrick & Lynne Heraud The Original Derby Ram returns, with a new collaborator - a singer recently returned to performance, after the usual time devoted to more pressing matters. Traditional songs (if Keith's own repertoire is anything to go by) with both Anglo and English concertinas.
9th March 2000 Kletzmer Klub Traditional Jewish kletzmer music from another of our favourite local bands.
16th March 2000 Jabadaw A are chance to see the chamber version of this Manchester-based band. Contemporary folk dance music from the English, French and Swedish traditions, played on hurdy-gurdy, fiddle, saxophone, and flute. Their stirring roots rhythms and innovative Anglo-european melodies are sure to delight you.
23rd March 2000 Bing Lyle & Ben Paley Another duo we're often asked to book: Bing writes and sings, accompanying himself on guitar and accordion; Ben is the outstanding fiddler we last enjoyed with The New Deal String Band.
30th March 2000 Peta Webb & Ken Hall Yet more good old friends: two lovely singers, of both Irish and American old-time songs, joined in exquisite harmony.
6th April 2000 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain An early return of one of the club's great favourites. If you've heard them, you know what to expect; if you still haven't, there's probably no hope for you.
13th Aprl 2000 Pete Cooper In accordance with our new booking policy (ie booking the turns we like, rather than those the press and agents tell us we should like), another early return, of another reliably enjoyable performer: the local fiddle maestro, with his students and any other collaborators who happen to be passing.
20th April 2000 David Campbell An opportunity to hear what one of our resident singers can do when he ís being paid (or at least hasn't paid to get in). English and American songs, with some accompaniments on banjo or ukulele.
Plus: Angel Morris and a chance to welcome in the summer a month early with your own metropolitan sons of fun - without having to travel all the way to Bampton.
27th April 2000 Clive & Becky Carroll The astonishing young guitar virtuoso returns, this time with his sister. He says she's a good player, too, and we believe him. Since his last appearnce here he's released a CD, recommended by John Renbourn, so bring plenty of pocket money. See the article in the March issue of fRoots.
4th May 2000 Saxophony Our favourite saxophone quartet; the one that plays traditional English and original music, with some songs.
11th May 2000 Ron Kavana Powerful contemporary and traditional songs, self-accompanied on bouzouki and mandolin by this great Celtic/World singer-songwriter. A rare chance to see him in a folk club. Come early.
18th May 2000 Tom Paley London's greatest authority on, and exponent of, American old-time music, since his arrival in Britain decades ago. We had a splendid evening with his New Deal String Band, last year, and welcome every opportunity to hear him, in any company or none.
25th May 2000 Brendan Power & Andrew White The gob-iron Gargantua needs no introduction; his current collaborator is a brilliant guitarist from Ireland, heading for a similar reputation. We've heard them together before, when they both turned up for Clive Carroll's first booking. What a happening place this must be!
1st June 2000 John Hegley No description is necessary. In the years that John has supported the club, he's become a household name, but is still happy to join us when he can. Could be something to do with enjoying quality entertainment in comfort and good company.
8th June 2000 Janet Russell By popular demand, the overdue return of a fine Scottish singer of traditional and her own songs. Well-known as a member of Sisters Unlimited
15th June 2000 Continental Drift International dance music from a new ensemble featuring, among others, Blowzabella's Cliff Stapleton and Rosbif's Mel Stevens, on hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes.
22nd June 2000 Chris Wood This outstanding fiddler, guitarist and singer is best known, these days, for his big-time collaborations, but he also works solo, so that he can still grace the odd folk club - a star after our own hearts!
29th June 2000 Andrew Frank & George Hinchliffe + Major Catastrophe A whole year on from their first appearance here together, the golden-throated thespian songster is still doing improbable things with the founding genius of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. We'll have some of that - and, lest there be any doubt as to which half of our slogan is relevant, one of our resident lunatics will demonstrate some of his more disturbing skills.
14th September 2000
Reuben's Train + Stetson Stan We start the season with a well-established favourite: the voice-guitar duo that serves up full-spectrum Americana with drama, wit and chutzpah. And, for those who crave authenticity, the man who cut his teeth on a wagon wheel ­ or perhaps it was a jammie dodger.
21st September 2000 Citizen Camembert Based in Brighton, but inspired by the music of France and somewhere called Nostravia, this lively, cosmopolitan dance band features bagpipes, bouzouki, clarinet & hurdy-gurdy (and recorder, bass & percussion).
28th September 2000 Robin Gillan The brightest young star of London's old-timey scene concentrates (to great effect) on fiddle & banjo, but can play all the appropriate instruments as required, and sings convincingly, too. A rare combination of native talent, serious study and good taste.
5th October 2000 Gail Williams & Jim Younger More old-time gems from old friends of the clubís, usually to be found at Hale End on Thursdays. She's a lovely singer, and nowadays picks a fine banjo, too ­ rounding out the string band provided by her versatile partner.
12th October 2000 The Drones Usually, when we book this band, the pub gets sold the day before, or we get accused of disturbing the peace and corrupting the local populace; but we're not put off by such trifles! Original music on clarinet, cello & percussion, and various other stringy-reedy-windy-whirry-bangy things.
19th October 2000 Bob Davenport, Roger Digby & Dan Quinn No-one has a longer association with this club than Bob Davenport and his accompanists tonight, both veterans of the great Flowers & Frolics. They hosted IFC in its glory years. The club's changed since then, but these men are largely responsible for its loveable quirks. Blame them.
26th October 2000 Ben Paley & Tab Hunter The gifted fiddler who's given us many a good night in other combinations returns with his favourite accompanist. Traditional fiddle & guitar music from all over.
2nd November 2000 Sara Grey We thought sheíd gone home for good, but it seems she couldn't stay away; which will please those who like to hear good traditional American songs & tunes, performed with authority and a lovely banjo style.
9th November 2000 Peta Webb & friends One of the most thrillingly powerful singers of traditional songs around, with whichever of her many and various collaborators she brings along.
16th November 2000 Pete Coe He sings traditional and original English songs, plays any instrument you can think of, and often dances at the same time. If you didn't enjoy him last time he was here, you obviously weren't. So where were you, and what time d'you call this?
23rd November 2000 Beskydy Founded to accompany a Czech-Slovak dance troupe, this exciting string band (with accordion, clarinets and a splendid singer) now performs the full range of central & eastern European music.
30th November 2000 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Bing Crosby, Cliff Edwards, Jimmie Rodgers, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Mia Farrow, George Harrison! Why do the British still associate the uke exclusively with George Formby? Something to ponder, while looking forward to our favourite rock 'n' roll band
7th December 2000 Pete Cooper The maestro returns, with his travelling fiddle circus.
14th December 2000 Saturnalia Shin Dig (Christmas Party) Our Saturnalia, free to members. If you have something to contribute to the evening, but usually have more sense, tonight's the night!
4th January 2001 Robb Johnson Welcome, at last, to the new century; and we kick off with one of our favourite singer-songwriters (a select group indeed).
11th January 2001 Les Barker Strangely, this appears to be the legendary drivelmeister's IFC debut; hard to believe, given our notorious weakness for delirious daftness.
18th January 2001 Jake Walton & Billy Surgeoner A new combination of two famously versatile musicians, both known for long association with someone called Jez Lowe. Old and new songs accompanied on bouzouki, fiddle, guitars and hurdy-gurdy.
25th January 2001 The Other Band It's always a pleasure to hear the unique blend of traditional tunes, old-time blues and Marilyn Bennett's original songs, accompanied on her own harmonica, Iris Bishop's squeezeboxes, and Gary Holder's double bass.
1st February 2001 The Posh Band A welcome return of one of the new wave of great little English dance bands. Hot 'n' hairy tunes on fiddle, melodeon, banjo and piano, with singing and stepping.
8th February 2001 Clive & Becky Carroll This young chap wandered in, played effortless banjo with some of our other guests, and asked if we'd be interested in hearing him play guitar. He turned out to be a dazzling virtuoso, championed by the likes of John Renbourn. Then he asked if we'd like to hear his sister; she played, too, and sang. 'Oh, alright then,' we said ...
15th February 2001 Fiona Larcombe & Terry Mann One of our very favourite singers, and a lovely fiddler with it. What more could you want ­ apart from her accompanist, who apparently plays everything that can be played?
22nd February 2001 Will Duke and Dan Quinn The Wild Boys return! Dan plays melodeon and sings; Will plays concertina and sings.
1st March 2001 Anahata & Amos An opportunity for two of our own sometime regulars to stretch out and show what else they can do. Tunes and songs from Ireland to Bulgaria, accompanied on guitar, anglo concertina, melodeon and cello ­ not all at the same time, obviously.
8th March 2001 Pete & Lucy Castle Pete sings his English repertory, to the accompaniment of his own guitar and his daughter's splendid Transylvanian fiddling. No, really.
15th March 2001 Siansa A return visit by a relatively new combination of six highly accomplished instrumentalists. Traditional Irish music on button accordion, fiddle, harp and pipes, with banjo, bodhran, bouzouki, guitar and whistles.
22nd March 2001 Florida More hot 'n' hairy stuff, from another great little English dance band. This one's been at it for several years, now, and is still the loudest around.
29th March 2001 Pete Morton Here's another of our favourite singer-songwriters. See how choosy we are?
5th April 2001 Derek Pearce & Buffy Davis A rare appearance by a couple better known for their separate accomplishments: he was Roaring Jelly's multi-instrumental frontman; she was one of The Valance Bros, among other things. Expect good-humoured musicality, but no 'steamy' shower scene.
12th April 2001 Tony Hall Oh good! It's time for our regular fix of England's finest melodeon player; and while we're at it, let's have a seasonal helping of "London's finest" morris side.
19th April 2001 Elayna Martin & Sam Stephens This is their IFC debut, though neither is a beginner; some will remember him accompanying her mother. Passionate, big-voiced singing with tastefully expert guitar.
26th April 2001 The Drift They've changed their name: they were called Continental Drift when we enjoyed them last year. Pan-European dance music featuring Mel Stevens' bagpipes and Cliff Stapleton's hurdy-gurdy.
3rd May 2001 Louis Killen A welcome return of one of the most highly respected figures of the English folksong revival ­ long resident in the USA, so don't miss this chance to hear his authoritative ballad singing, unaccompanied and with English concertina.
10th May 2001 Ken Perlman Another distinguished visitor from the States, but this one is American, and an acclaimed master of that continent's instrumental skills: outstanding fingerstyle guitar and melodic clawhammer banjo. He is also a folklorist, specializing in the fiddle tradition of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
17th May 2001 Pauline Cato & Tom McConville It's always a pleasure to hear this unsurpassed combination of Northumbrian smallpipes and fiddle ­ not to mention Tom's delightful singing.
24th May 2001 Derek Brimstone A superb guitarist from way back when good players weren't common, he also sings, frails banjo, and is very funny ­ in case you didn't know.
31st May 2001 Pete Cooper Cavey, chaps, here comes Squelch! Everyone's teacher presides once again over the Great London Fiddle Circus. Come early. Bring some rosin.
7th June 2001 Stéphane Morvan & Yann-Fañch Perroches Breton dance music, traditional and original, by two celebrated exponents, playing wooden flute and diatonic accordion, respectively; this comes highly recommended by our resident players.
14th June 2001 Chris Wood A longtime favourite, Chris doesn't need describing (fiddle, guitar and singing, all splendid); we're just grateful that he still chooses to play the odd folk club, between allstar collaborations.
21st June 2001 Peta Webb, Ken Hall, Simon Hindley Two of our favourite singers apply their unmistakeable harmonies largely to their American repertory, with our favourite blues man supplying a third voice and guitar accompaniment.
28th June 2001 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain + Major Catastrophe + Stetson Stan Speaking of favourites, The Ukes are among that select group we like to hear more than once a year; and to complete the end-of-term atmosphere, here's our Real Man From The North, and the sweetly mysterious man from Texas.
13th September 2001 Beskydy Welcome back, to all our members and to our favourite local exponents of Czech, Slovak and other music of central and Eastern Europe, with fiddle, clarinets, accordion and splendid vocals.
20th September 2001 Alistair Hulett Another welcome return, of the fine Scottish singer-songwriter who's made such an impression on the British scene since his arrival from Australia, a few years ago.
27th September 2001 Ta Perivolia The IFC debut of a duo specializing in Cretan music, played on the lyra, laouto, saz, ud, mandolin and kemençe. They've been booked for Sidmouth, so they must be good.
4th October 2001 For Dougie An evening in memory of Doug Moncrieff, a club member whose involvement in the post-war folkmusic revival lasted from its beginnings until his death last year; featuring Bob Davenport and Reg Hall, Andrew and Dermot Moncrieff, and others who knew him. Proceeds to charity.
11th October 2001 John Hegley What do Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, The Proclaimers and Elvis Costello have in common? That's right – great songs, stunning vocals and fabulous instrumental dexterity. The Bard of Luton returns with all of those things – and poems!
18th October 2001 Dave Burland Dave Burland is one of the most respected singers on the British folk scene. He makes the long journey south to give us traditional and contemporary songs, performed in his inimitable, relaxed manner.
25th October 2001 Jean-Pierre Rasle's Cornemusiques ‘850 years of authentic French bagpipes in less than 90 minutes'. A live performance of a history originally commissioned by BBC Radio 3. Dead cultural 'ere, innit?
1st November 2001 Davenport, Digby & Quinn Have we mentioned, before, that Flowers and Frolics used to be this club's resident band, and that Roger Digby and Dan Quinn were founding Frolickers, and that Bob Davenport's been singing with them for a quarter of a century…?
8th November 2001
Reuben's Train + North and South One of our favourite duos, purveyors of doom-laden Americana, is supported, this time, by another voice-guitar (and harmonica) partnership, which has given us some entertaining floorspots in the past year.
15th November 2001 The Drones A beloved institution – a startlingly talented quartet producing original music on a bewildering array of instruments, many of them musical.
22nd November 2001 The Clarke Sisters The Clarke Sisters are an acoustic Irish/Celtic three piece, featuring twin fiddles, innovative rhythm guitar and both male and female vocals. Their music ranges from exciting arrangements of traditional Irish jigs, reels and songs to catchy original tunes. But are they really sisters?
29th November 2001 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Two widely respected master musicians perform original and traditional pieces drawing on a range of vernacular styles. They give a special place to ethnic English traditional music, in which the potent combination of fiddle and cello is deeply rooted (it says here).
6th December 2001 Brian Peters The squeezebox specialist with an eclectic repertoire, but an emphasis on the songs and tunes of Northern England. No singer outside Nic Jones and Martin Carthy has embraced the tradition and used its wellsprings in as vivid and ingenious a way -- Rock'n'Reel Blimey!
13th December 2001 New Deal String Band American traditional music in the Old Time style from the legendary Tom Paley, Joe Locker and Ben Paley – on guitars, banjos and fiddles. Well, you knew all that anyway, didn't you?
20th December 2001 Xmas Party Get that bouzouki down from the top of the wardrobe, dust off your old ukulele, but above all, don't forget your spoons. The culmination of another year swinging wildly between the extremes of fierce traditionalism and the eccentric limits of, let's be honest, the plain bonkers.
27th December 2001 Closed Happy Christmas!
3rd January 2002 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Grown-up dreams, so hard to beat, raised to new, even wuthering heights.
10th January 2002 Spicer & Holloway Charles S. plays reed and woodwind instruments in various 'period' outfits, including The Mellstock Band and The Oxford Waits. Keith H. has played mandolin and melodeon with Chris Bartram and with the ceilidh band Phungus. Their new duo is a development from many collaborations during the past decade or so.
17th January 2002 Heaven Shouting Though new to us, these six women have between them many years' experience of musicmaking in various genres. Traditional and original songs in unaccompanied harmony.
24th January 2002 Siansa The latest visit, now an annual event, by the big band full of champion players; traditional Irish music in lively arrangements.
31st January 2002 Jon Loomes One of those young bloods who apparently can do everything. Don't you just hate it when that happens? Known as a member of several groups, including Whorticulture, The Alligator Horses and Johnson's Pig, he plays fiddle, guitar, melodeon, English concertina and hurdy gurdy, as well as singing unaccompanied.
7th February 2002 Chris Pitt & Gavin Atkin Cult '80s duo reunite for an evening of ridiculous songs and obscure concertina systems. Sources include English music hall, Jacques Brel, Robert Crumb, Joe Jackson and Ian Dury ­ and some utterly miserable disaster ballads. Oh, good.
14th February 2002 David Campbell By popular request ­ i.e. the member who requested it isn't DC. English and American songs, in English, with occasional accompaniments on banjo or uke.
21st February 2002 Brian Cookman & Rob Mason Old-time, good-time blues in the Memphis manner, from the irreverent jugband all-rounder and his faithful face-pianist.
28th February 2002 Xim New to the club, but warmly recommended by our francophile resident players, this is a central French rhythm & groove outfit direct from Norfolk, with bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, accordeon, flute and percussion.
7th March 2002 Trish Sweeney, Peta Webb, Maggie Casey One of our favourite singers returns with two of her many collaborators: powerful singing of traditional and original songs, with a feminist slant and accompaniments on guitar, fiddle and whistle.
14th March 2002 Troia Nova This five-piece band takes its name from a legend that ascribes the foundation of London to refugees from The Trojan War, and performs traditional and art music from Greece and Turkey, as well as original material, on a plethora of regional instruments. Troia Nova's present incarnation is: Chris Williams (Cretan lyra, klasik kemençe, sazes, Cretan laouto, mandola), George Hadjineophytou (mandolin, Cretan laouto, sazes, cura), Helen Leaf (percussion), Anna Maratos-Tooth (cello, vocals), Panayiotis Poulos (lavta, sazes).
21st March 2002 Tony Hall Our annual visit from the melodeon maestro, with tunes from all over and some fine self-penned humorous songs. Plus Angel Morris: Come early to catch a spot from those denizens of Spring, your local ritual dance side (newcomers welcome), performing outside in the Close.
28th March 2002 Dan Milner & Bob Conroy Songs of Ireland and the Irish-American experience and music from the Golden Age of Sail from this American duo on tour. They come highly recommended by Peta Webb and Ken Hall.
4th April 2002 Mary Humphreys & Anahata Traditional British songs and tunes; Mary sings in English and Welsh, accompanied on her own banjo and English concertina, and by our variously gifted sometime resident, on melodeon, anglo concertina, bagpipes and cello.
11th April 2002 Kirsty & Colin Cotter A young fiddle and guitar/piano duo who combine traditional, old and new Scottish tunes with modern jazz-influenced accompaniments. Kirsty is studying Scottish Music in Glasgow and is a inspirationally creative and dynamic fiddler. Brother Colin is a fantastic guitarist and pianist who is on Tim van Eyken's CD.
18th April 2002 The Klezmer Klub They call it Europe's jazz, and here are our favourite local exponents; music of the Jewish diaspora, on strings, reeds and brass.
25th April 2002 Leon Rosselson He doesn't get compared with other British songwriters, because he works in the European chanson tradition, rather than the American castrated pop one. Which is just as well, as no-one would bear comparison.
2nd May 2002 Will Duke and Dan Quinn English tunes on various melodeons and anglo concertina, by two of the finest players around, with more or less traditional songs, solo and in unison. Peck and wait?
9th May 2002 John Spiers & Jon Boden A first visit by two rising stars of the English traditional scene; songs and dance tunes on fiddle and melodeon. 'The two Jo(h)ns are stars without trying, performing with a clear respect for their material, but with vigour, joie de vivre and, above all, an engaging rawness and immediacy in their interpretations that get to the heart of what traditional music is about: songs and tunes to be enjoyed and shared live.' Time Out
16th May 2002 Pete Coe The legendary One-Man Folk Industry! A welcome return of the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is a reliable source of high-quality, energetic entertainment. 'He explores the heartland of the English folk song revival with an ease and honesty that invests traditional songs with a simplistic beauty.' Mojo
23rd May 2002 The Gloworms Colin Cotter returns, this time on banjo, with Laurel Swift on fiddle and Jon Brenner on accordion. Together, they play English country dance music, with the odd song or clog dance for good measure.
30th May 2002 Clive & Becky Carroll The return of the stunning genius of the fretboard and her brother, who's also quite good. 'Probably the best and most original young guitar player in Britain.' Acoustic Guitar magazine
6th June 2002 Robb Johnson Trio One of our favourite singer-songwriters returns in company. What more can we say. Come early and grab an armchair before the teachers arrive.
13th June 2002 City Sheiks + Stetson Stan Old-time blues, hillbilly ballads and cowboy waltzes, from our own occasional string band, a.k.a. The Possum Lickers. (Some felt that an advertised booking warranted a less disturbing name.) Plus our own Texan songster, for that authentic touch.
20th June 2002 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain + Major Catastrophe A shocking extravagance: our very favourite musical turn, topped up with our very favourite death-cheating nutcase. Come early.
27th June 2002 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Pete Cooper fiddle and voice and Richard Bolton cello -- two master musicians based in London, though both originally from the Midlands -- have long been active as performers, teachers and composers in the vibrant multiculture of the capital and beyond. Their partnership brings together two artists widely respected in the worlds of traditional fiddle music and jazz improvisation. They give a special place to ethnic English traditional music, in which the potent combination of fiddle and cello is deeply-rooted, which always bears repetition.
5th September 2002 Martin Carthy To kick off a great new season, we have the Brit who made most impression on the young Dylan and Simon, the guitarist who invented English accompaniment, and English song's principal ambassador to the world ­ and they're all the same bloke! Come early.
12th September 2002 John Hegley Here's another old friend who's become a proper mainstream star while we've known him. Fortunately, he still likes to drop in, often with a friend, like his dentist, or Lenin ... Come early.
19th September 2002
26th September 2002 Sam Dolan & Jon Brenner Winners of the 2002 New Roots competition. We've seen Jon before on accordion with The Gloworms. Sam plays guitar and sings and writes the songs, with their witty lyrics and inventive arrangements.
3rd October 2002 Beskydy Originally the music for a Czech-Slovak dance troupe, this thrilling band has become one of our regular treats, since surprising us with a full-scale stage invasion back in '97. Voice, fiddles, accordion, clarinet and more.
10th October 2002 Elle Osbourne She gave us a couple of floorspots, one night in the Spring, and delightfully embodied both aspects of our motto. English songs, old and new, with and without fiddle. 'One of the most compelling performances of the year...' fRoots
17th October 2002 Steve Tilston One of England's finest singer-songwriter-guitarists, he began as a precocious acolyte of Jansch and Renbourn, and went on to write entirely convincing traditional ballads. And he did like the ladies ...
24th October 2002 BOF! BOF! play French and Breton music on bagpipes, bombarde, flute, hurdy gurdy, diatonic accordeon and guitar. BOF! is made up of members of two well-established bands: RSVP and The Hosepipe Band. Ooh la la!
31st October 2002 Reuben's Train Dramatic singing and sophisticated guitar from a favourite local duo; broad-spectrum Americana, we used to call it, before that word became a marketing category.
7th November 2002 Stocai A strong theme running through Stocai's music is the amount of newly written material. Apart from that, the band's influences are eclectic and diverse; you will hear French, Irish, Quebecois, Scandinavian and good old English tunes, all moulded into a style of Stocai's own, with bagpipes, flutes, keyboards, melodeon, concertina, bassoon, fiddle and mandolin. Will the stage be big enough?
14th November 2002 Bob Davenport, Roger Digby, Will Duke and Dan Quinn Bob celebrated his 70th birthday this year. His party was a star-studded affair, but there were still no voices bigger.
21st November 2002 The Drones Our annual encounter with the avant garde ­ not remotely folky (well, slightly), not traditional, but certainly eccentric, bless 'em (also highly musical and lots of fun).
28th November 2002 Andy Turner & Mat Green English music on fiddle, anglo concertina and voice. Andy plays with Geckoes (the band, that is) and has sung on three Mellstock Band CDs. Mat is squire and fiddler for Bampton Morris and plays in The Woodpecker Band. Both are members of the magnificent Magpie Lane. Do not miss! "... a voice like a linnet. A linnet with a sore throat." Chris Wood
5th December 2002 Ken Hall, Peta Webb, & friends English, Irish and American songs, solo, in unison or in close harmony, from two of our favourite singers ­ and who knows which of their other collaborators.
12th December 2002 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton 'Pete Cooper's fiddle playing will be well known to fR readers, and here he's joined by cellist Bolton (who's played on the last two June Tabor CDs ...). Add this one to the fast growing genre of "folk extrapolated into classical". There's plain honest dance tunes in there ... but the duo find new and fascinating places to lead them to. A lot of the pieces are Cooper compositions, although I wouldn't underestimate the amount of improvisation and mutual intuition that's applied to them.' Nick Beale, fRoots CD review What else can we say? If you saw their visit earlier this year, you'll definitely be back. And if you didn't, come anyway.
19th December 2002 Christmas party It's that time again. The massed spoons workshop was such a success last year that we've decided to make it an annual event, but with a time limit of two minutes. It's time to bring out your party piece. Don't worry if you haven't got one ­ we'll do one for you. Come on, bloke with bouzouki on top of wardrobe ­ you know who you are! Free to members.
26th December 2002 Closed Happy Christmas
2nd January 2003 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain We promise not to let in any new members before established members, provided you're here at eight o'clock. Let us know, if you can't manage that. Happy New Year!
9th January 2003 Roger Wilson Outstanding singer, fiddler, guitarist, songwriter ­ sometime member of the House Band, Wood, Wilson and Carthy, collaborator with John Tams, Pete Morton and Kate Rusby. Come and see him up close and personal!
16th January 2003 Cliff Stapleton with Michael York Orgasmic organistrum* combines with utricularian enchanterment**; original music by leading virtuosi of two ancient instruments. [*hurdy gurdy ** bagpipes]
23rd January 2003 Florida Out of the steaming swamps of Kent, dripping wild pigs and leatherbacked snapping Tories, looms again the loudest little English dance band around. Be afraid ...
30th January 2003
6th February 2003 Ben Paley & Tab Hunter + Mark Lisicki A welcome return of one of our favourite fiddlers and one of his various collaborators; traditional fiddle and guitar music from all over, by two fine players. Plus a chance to hear more from the singer-songwriter/guitarist who's become a regular ...
13th February 2003 Anatolia
20th February 2003 Louis Killen Recently returned from America, where he represented British traditional song for thirty-odd years ~ but he was well established here, long before that. Authoritative interpretations, unaccompanied and with English concertina.
27th February 2003 Mary Humphreys & Anahata More lovely singing of traditional English, and perhaps Welsh, songs, accompanied on Mary's own banjo, and by Anahata on cello and various squeezeboxes.
6th March 2003 Dave Townsend
13th March 2003 Tony Hall + Head of Steam Our annual fix of one of our very favourite turns: mellifluous melodeon and daft ditties from the man who fills the stage in every sense. Plus support slot from a new band playing English dance tunes, from Playford and the like on fiddle, flute, oboe and bassoon.
20th March 2003 Martin Nail & friends Our esteemed treasurer, webmaster and doorman, stentorian singer and squeezer gets a grip on the situation, with the good old friends who used to be our resident band.
27th March 2003 Sticks Sticks comprises the Sudbury duo Issy and David Emeney and Val Woollard and Simon Haines from the Hosepipe Band. They perform traditional and original songs, tunes and clog dances ­ all with a distinctly English flavour ­ on melodeons, hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, guitar, mandola, flute, saxophone and more!
3rd April 2003 Tom McConville Catgut Jim the Fiddler returns: the best of Northumbrian minstrelsy from the old charmer.
10th April 2003 Grace Toland & Sean Mone Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear two fine Irish songsters, in a warm-up for their appearance at The National Folk Music Festival. Grace specializes in the songs & ballads of her native Co. Donegal. Sean is from Co. Armagh, and uses traditional tunes as settings for his own witty and topical songs.
17th April 2003 Pete Morton Another chance to enjoy one of our favourite singer-songwriters; which will be especially welcomed by those who were unavoidably disappointed in January.
24th April 2003 Joe Bazouki & The Missing Puddings Ukes GB refugee Dave Suitch recklessly embroils his friends (including fugitives from Walking The Witch) in 'folk of the Led Zep III school'. They'd like a category, but none will have them; original songs with bouzoukis, djembes and who knows what else.
1st May 2003 Will Duke and Dan Quinn English tunes played with brio on various squeezeboxes; English songs sung solo and in unison, with humour and pathos. What more could you want? (Well, I'd like my clogs back, for a start...)
8th May 2003 Tom Paley It's always a pleasure to hear the leading expatriate exponent of old-time American music on guitar, banjo and fiddle and voice. If you've heard him, you know what to expect; if you haven't, it's high time you did.
15th May 2003 The Possum Lickers + Stetson Stan Our very own Texan redneck presents our very own purveyors of old-time blues, hillbilly ballads and cowboy waltzes.
22nd May 2003 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain The greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world. Come early (or not at all, if you're going to talk loudly through the other turns.)
29th May 2003 Baluji Shrivastav Born in Uttar Pradesh, Baluji has an international reputation but is now locally resident, and came to our notice when he turned up to our Anatolian evening in February. He is a master of Hindustani music, specializing in singing, sitar, tabla and dilruba (it has a skin like a banjo, a fretted neck and sympathetic strings like a sitar, and is bowed like a cello ­ ah, that dilruba!).
5th June 2003 Elle Osbourne A welcome return of a fine English singer and fiddler who gave us a splendid evening last year.
12th June 2003 Fiona Larcombe & Terry Mann Another welcome return of another lovely singer & fiddler, together with the man who plays everything, to an unreasonably high standard.
19th June 2003 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Our fourth helping of this virtuoso pairing; English music, old and new, on fiddle and cello, with forays to Scotland, Ireland, America, Eastern Europe...
26th June 2003 Bill Caddick + Major Catastrophe To round off the season in style, a visit from the legendary singer-songwriter we haven't seen at the club for far too long. Bill Caddick's songs read like a 'greatest hits' of contemporary English folksong ... and our very own death-defying action man.
4th September 2003 Jackie Oates The IFC debut of the young fiddler and singer who won this year's New Roots competition ­ with guitar accompaniment by Jim Moray.
11th September 2003 Derek Brimstone Replacing the previously advertised guest: songs, stories and Cockney humour from a long-standing friend of the club.
18th September 2003 Andy Turner & Mat Green Traditional English tunes and songs, with tasty concertina and hot'n'hairy fiddle ­ and some simultaneous capering, if we're lucky. If you saw them last year, you'll probably want to bring a friend.
25th September 2003 Troia Nova Our local Cretan extravaganza, replaced by Anatolia in February, now all present and correct. The name refers to a tradition that London was founded by survivors of the siege of Troy.
2nd October 2003 Balabustah This fiddle-accordian duo, playing Klezmer and related East European dance music, came to our notice in the preferred manner, by turning up and giving us a floorspot, back in March.
9th October 2003 Kath Tait A singer-songwriter of mild appearance and acid wit. Her simple tales could well offend a more conventional audience than the sophisticated crowd at Islington Folk Club.
16th October 2003 Stocai Welcome back to the eclectic big band who play traditional music from all over, as well as their own, on bagpipes, bassoon, keyboards, concertina, fiddle, flute, mandolin and melodeon.
23rd October 2003 The Bismarcks Another welcome return, of one of the finest little English dance bands who have come to dominate the scene in recent years.
30th October 2003 The Gloworms English country dance music, with the odd song or clog dance for good measure from Colin Cotter on banjo, Laurel Swift on fiddle and Jon Brenner on accordion.
6th November 2003 Robin Gillan American music & song, with whichever of the usual instruments he feels like playing, from the young prodigy of the London old-timey scene ­ a rare opportunity, since America discovered him.
13th November 2003 The Drones It's that time of year, again: original music on any number of (mostly musical) instruments; jolly good fun, with the emphasis on jolly, good and fun.
Reuben's Train 20th November 2003
Reuben's Train + Stan Ginter More American song ­ less traditional, more theatrical ­ presented with the right blend of humour and humility, by a local duo we're always glad to see. Also, an opportunity to hear more than usual of the gentle songster with the severely disciplined banjo.
27th November 2003 Morena Mostly from Slovakia, this sextet plays music from the Tatra Mountains with fiddles, bagpipes, shepherds' flutes, accordion and cymbalom. Includes the man who plays a goat, and dancing girls. (We may have made up the dancing girls ...)
4th December 2003 Davenport, Digby, Duke & Quinn The Gateshead Belter returns, with a Frolicsome feast of buttons.
11th December 2003 Andrew Frank & George Hinchliffe Goodness, it's the rest of the Bakelite Boys! The Chief Uke gives impeccable musical accompaniment to the immaculate singing and general theatrical business of another old friend.
18th December 2003 The Christmas Party The Angel Band, The Possum Lickers, groovy prizes, booby prizes, whatever you may come up with, and all free to members. Bernard's threatening a new game, called 'Is it a potato?'
8th January 2004 Lost Chord Songs and virtuoso concert pieces from the Victorian music hall, by two players perhaps best known as members of The Mellstock Band. Dave Townsend sings, accompanied by his own English concertina, and by Phil Humphries on serpent. Yes, serpent.
15th January 2004 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Another heavyweight duo: we're delighted to welcome again this inspired pairing of Pete's fiddle and Richard's cello. Music from everywhere, including their own heads
22nd January 2004 Martin Carthy 'Nuff said. Better come early!
29th January 2004 Cloud Street Booked on the strength of a single startling floorspot, this pair of Aussies sing traditional material in harmony, and with humorous irreverence. "a delightful duo who not only inspire one another but put an indelible smile on the faces of their audiences. Strong harmonies, side-splitting stories and ballads brought to life in a way we hadn't seen before. Heartily recommended." Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
5th February 2004 The Other Band It's always a pleasure to hear this unique and lovely combination of traditional tunes, original songs and old time blues, played on duet concertina, accordion, harmonica and double bass. With any luck, they'll bring the CD they were working on last time we saw them
12th February 2004 Tom Paley Old favourite, stepping in at the last moment.
19th February 2004 Jim Younger & Gail Williams Stalwarts of the London scene and old friends of the club, their long association with another Thursday club (a what?) has meant that we don't hear enough of their multi-instrumental expertise or Gail's lovely singing. (She frails banjo these days, too.)
26th February 2004 The Posh Band Postponed from last year because of injury, here at last is another opportunity to see one of the hottest little English dance bands around
4th March 2004 Chris Pitt & Gavin Atkin Last year's reunion of this 80s duo was so good we had to do it again! Ridiculous songs from a bizarre range of sources, with the odd truly gruesome ballad thrown in for good measure. See one of the last Jeffries duet concertina players in captivity - plus vox humana. Hurrah!
11th March 2004 Brian Peters Our regular visit from an evermore highly-regarded artist from the north. He's an excellent singer of a varied, mainly English repertoire, and a wizard on guitar, melodeon and anglo concertina. What more could you want?
18th March 2004 Gina Le Faux English and Irish tunes and songs on fiddle, guitar and voice. Her musical CV includes bands the calibre of Hom Bru, Shegui, Red Shift and The Tannahills, quite apart from her well-regarded work in professional theatre as Musical Director, composer and front stage
25th March 2004 Metelyk The name means 'Butterfly' and they are a Ukrainian Folk Ensemble who are celebrating 25 years of traditional folk song, dance music and back-breaking Ukrainian dancing. Tsymbali (a type of hammered dulcimer), violin and accordion. If you've never seen a Cossack dance on his head before then this is a night you can't miss!
1st April 2004 Damien Barber & Fay Hield An overdue return visit by the Norfolk Demon, this time with his current collaborator, who is probably best known as one of The Witches of Elswick. Traditional ballads, songs & tunes, with guitar & concertina
8th April 2004 Wayward Grace Beautiful and striking harmony songs from Georgia, Bulgaria and elsewhere -- from a vocal trio who turned up and performed a floorspot, which was immediately followed by several members demanding to know whether they were booked. But of course.
15th April 2004 Tom Paley & Joe Locker + MC Stetson Stan Our favourite old-timey old-timer returns, with his fellow ex-New Yorker and longtime collaborator. Traditional songs & tunes from two of the finest guitar-&-banjo-pickers around. And to complete the American ambience, the evening is presented by our homegrown Texan.
22nd April 2004 Martin Nail & The Sub-Committee Band The Sub-Committee Band is a portion of celebrated dance outfit The Committee Band, but also used to be our resident band (we've always taken pride in having a good one). Our treasurer plays anglo-concertina with them, but tonight will also offer some of his traditional songs & ballads, and perhaps the odd Pete Atkin classic. Now with sensible introductions.
29th April 2004 Leon Rosselson All these decades, even while the world has been taken over by singer-songwriters of little or no interest, Leon Rosselson has remained the most important and most rewarding this country has produced: witty, thoughtful, provocative and highly musical songs, in the European genre of chanson.
6th May 2004 Tony Hall It's that time of the year -- hooray! The best melodeon playing you've ever heard, and a wonderfully eclectic array of tunes & songs from all over, including some songs of his own, which usually send one or two of us off to the osteopath.
13th May 2004 Stan Ginter + Bernard Puckett Rumour has it he's leaving us soon, so we take this opportunity to hear more than usual of the amiable Scottish songster and his tastefully restrained (or brutally repressed, depending on your p.o.v.) banjo. By way of alarmingly stark contrast, our regular MC offers an extra helping of his poetic excess.
20th May 2004 Threlfall-Ellison-Edwards English traditional songs and music, with the stirring vocals of the Threlfall Sisters and masterful melodeon and anglo concertina from the blokes. As heard on the wireless. Not to be missed!
27th May 2004 Los Mareados + Mark Lisicki Five-piece tango band, with violin, bandoneons, piano and bass.
3rd June 2004 John Hegley & Friends + Major Catastrophe As ever, we welcome our favourite poet, with whichever of his collaborators he can drag along ("Yes, it's called a folk club, but you'll like it, honest."). And, lest we forget there's life beyond Luton, the good Major demonstrates once again the physical supremacy of Northern Man.
10th June 2004 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Another of our regular favourites: sublime fiddle-cello duets, traditional and original, with songs for good measure.
17th June 2004 Possum Lickers + Stetson Stan Our very own purveyors of old-time blues, hillbilly ballads and cowboy waltzes are presented by our very own lugubrious redneck.
24th June 2004 Fiona Larcombe & Terry Mann + London Spelmanslag Finishing the season in fine style, one of our favourite fiddling singers is accompanied to perfection by her favourite multi-instrumental wizard. Plus asummer bonus from a multi-fiddle group playing Swedish tunes -- from the heartbreaking to the joyful -- with their complex and fascinating rhythms
2nd September 2004 Will Duke and Dan Quinn The Wild Boys return, with their distinctive music for lungs and bellows. Any day now they'll be cultivated men.
9th September 2004 The Hosepipe Band This Colchester-based band, playing traditional and newly-composed material, have gradually and seamlessly become club regulars. Rhythmic and melodic, the band's sound mixes British and European influences, with bagpipes, melodeon, hurdy gurdy ... and much more!
16th September 2004 Pete Morton Another club favourite, Pete has a unique style of songwriting and traditional singing. With a passionate, strong voice and strident guitar style, traditional songs often rub shoulders with Pete's current writing with remarkable ease. "Not only impressive but a revelation ... totally original." The Guardian
23rd September 2004 John Spiers & Jon Boden Didn't they do well! Last time they were here, they still needed first names; now, we don't need to tell you that they perform English traditional songs and tunes, with fiddle, melodeon and foot.
30th September 2004
Reuben's Train Another cult we're glad to be in on: in case you haven't seen them before, this stylish duo perform (mostly) American (more or less) country songs, with a fine sense of drama, excellent guitar accompaniment, and no extraneous chat.
7th October 2004 Mats Berglund Mats is from western Värmland in Sweden, close to Norway, and plays fiddle music from both sides of the border. He will entertain us with wild hallings, assymetric polskas and tales of the little grey men in the woods! Advertisement: Mats will be running two fiddle workshops on 9 and 10 October in central London. For details, ring 020 8341 1454.
14th October 2004 Pete Coe Welcome, once more, to the man they call the one-man folk industry. He sings, dances and plays an impressive array of instruments, all to an unreasonably high standard.
21st October 2004 Stocai Another welcome return, of the eclectic big band who play traditional music from all over, as well as their own, on bagpipes, bassoon, concertina, fiddle, flute, keyboards, mandolin and melodeon.
28th October 2004 Wizz Jones Often mentioned as an important early influence by artists such as Eric Clapton, John Renbourn and Ralph McTell, Wizz is a legend, despite the fact that in a recent street survey in Tooting, not one of the three people stopped had ever heard of him.
4th November 2004 Julie Hennigan Based in Missouri, Julie is an accomplished interpreter of traditional song, both from America, and from the British Isles, where she has spent a good deal of time to splendid effect. She's a fine singer, unaccompanied or with guitar, banjo or mountain dulcimer. You may have heard her with Tom Paley, in April.
11th November 2004 Chris Wood It's always a pleasure to present this outstanding fiddler, singer and guitarist. Another legend?
18th November 2004 Tom & Barbara Brown New to us, this highly-regarded duo is based in Devon and specializes in the traditions of the west country. Excellent singing, accompanied by Tom's concertina, guitar, mandola or melodeon.
25th November 2004 Robb Johnson Such a regular favourite at the club, we can't think of anything else to say about him. "One of the biggest names on the folk circuit" Morning Star
2nd December 2004 Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley Ken and Peta are longtime friends of this club (as well as running a fine one of their own), and lovely singers, whether solo or in spine-tingling harmony. This evening, they'll be concentrating on their American repertory, together with our resident blues ace and Possum Licker.
9th December 2004 Davenport, Digby, Duke, Quinn & West We're pleased and proud that Bob continues to support the club whose uniqueness and pre-eminence he shaped. The Friends we're expecting are Roger Digby, Dan Quinn and Alex West ­ late-Flowering Frolickers all ­ and Will Duke. (Isn't this where we came in?)
16th December 2004 Party! Party! Party! In traditional Saturnalian fashion, our rules are suspended: you don't have to pay, if you're a member; and, if your own rule is not to make a fool of yourself, now's your chance to break it. This is the event for which The Possum Lickers were formed, which just goes to show where this sort of thing can lead.
6th January 2005 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton We start the new year in fine style, with our annual dose of fiddle and cello wizardry ...
13th January 2005 Robin Gillan ... and continue with more seemingly effortless virtuosity, from a young man who performs old-time American music on all the appropriate instruments.
20th January 2005 Troia Nova Welcome back, to New Troy's (i.e. London's) scholarly exponents of traditional and classical music from Greece, Turkey and (especially) Crete. They're fun, too, by the way.
27th January 2005 Jon Loomes & Paul Scourfield Our first exposure to a new multi-instrumental duo. Jon, a member of several English dance bands, was here on his own a couple of years ago, but has now teamed up with melodeon-player Paul, of Chalktown fame, who has given us several well-received floorspots in the meantime.
3rd February 2005 Stömp Unplugged Stömp's reputation as a loud dance band will be challenged with this appearance. Whilst electricity enables them to reach halls full of dancers with their trademark slabs of rocking rhythm, something else has been going on with the band lately. Unplug that fiddle and concertina and put the rhythm section on a diet of acoustic bass and guitar and hand percussion and you've got a very different beast. Add a few carefully chosen songs and some tunes designed purely for listening to and you're promised an evening of surprises, with drummer Rob Gifford playing some guitar, Andrew King giving his tenor guitar an airing and Sheena Masson's penny whistle not feeding back.
10th February 2005 Jim Causley + David Campell + The Angel Band It is routinely remarked that each generation of players is more impressive than the one before. The same can't be said of singing, especially solo unaccompanied singing, which remains a neglected field. So we're pleased to welcome a young Devonian who has taken on that very task ­ singing traditional English songs in the traditional manner. And, since he'd be here anyway, let's have an extra helping of a resident who specializes in much the same thing. Plus, The Angel Band in concert (sssh, no talking)
17th February 2005 The Lost Chord Songs and virtuoso concert pieces from the Victorian music hall, by two members of the celebrated Mellstock Band. Dave Townsend sings, accompanied by his own English concertina, and by Phil Humphries on trombone and serpent.
24th February 2005 Tom Lewis + Bernard Puckett Twenty-five years a RN submariner, Tom is now based in Canada and has earned a reputation as one of North America's leading exponents of nautical song, traditional and contemporary. Apart from which, anyone who plays ukulele is fine by us. For good measure, our two-wheeled landlubber offers his urban shanties of Gosport and N21.
3rd March 2005 Tony Cox & Steve Newman Two exceptionally fine guitarists from South Africa. Steve last graced these shores in the late 1980s, performing compositions that evoked the townships and savannah of his homeland. Tony's new to us, but is preceded by a similar reputation.
10th March 2005 Judy Cook This Virginian has been a professional unaccompanied performer of 'the old songs' since the early 1990s: '... one of the finest exponents of ballad singing that the current American folk music revival has produced ... I'd go and listen to her anytime and anywhere' Louis Killen.
17th March 2005 Florida '[W]e like to imagine ... a mythic meeting of our beloved English trad sound (scratchy fiddle, breathy pipe, wheezy squeezebox) with the wonder that is the brass band ... Imagine the brass band marching into a traditional tune session in the public bar ...' Notes to Florida's 1999 album 'Danse Macabre'.
24th March 2005 New Deal String Band You probably know that our friend Tom Paley has been performing old-time music since the 1940s, and was a founder member of The New Lost City Ramblers. You may not know that this, his current group, was originally formed in 1966. He and Joe Locker re-formed in the O90s, with Tom's son Ben, a very fine fiddler. It is a pleasure, as ever, to welcome them back.
31st March 2005 Stanley Accrington Tomorrow's news in the style of yesterday's songs in an original traditional way, sometimes daft, usually different. The former Rochdale Station Master is revealed as a talented wordsmith ­ scatalogical, good-naturedly xenophobic and occasionally brilliant. We were so impressed by his recent floorspot and the Liverpool football shanty, Bold Rooney-O, that we had to have some more.
7th April 2005 XYZ This teenaged family trio (two fiddles and guitar) is from Newcastle upon Tyne, where all three members have played with Kathryn Tickell's Folkestra, and two took part in the Blazin' Fiddles tour. As a group, they were Radio 2 Folk Award finalists in 2003.
14th April 2005 Andy Turner & Mat Green In case you've missed their previous triumphant visits, these two are, among other things, members of the excellent Magpie Lane, and present a similar selection of traditional English songs and tunes. Andy is a fine singer and anglo concertina player, and Mat's fiery fiddling is as good as it gets.
21st April 2005 Andrew Frank & George Hinchliffe Two of our best old, least folky friends return. The Ukemeister plunks and tinkles in support of the Physical Jerk's golden voice, to comic, dramatic and thoroughly musical effect.
28th April 2005 Martin Nail & The Sub-Committee Band Before we had the excellent Angels for our resident band, we had the similarly excellent SCB for many years. Martin is still with us, of course, remaining our treasurer and webmaster, but truly comes into his on in front of this loud, lovely, adventurous dance band.
5th May 2005 Mary Humphreys & Anahata Anahata is yet another old friend we see less often, these days, but when we do, we get the benefit of his fruitful collaboration with Mary, a lovely singer of English, and occasionally Welsh, traditional songs. Between them they play banjo, cello, concertinas and melodeons.
12th May 2005 Will Duke and Dan Quinn You know what to expect by now: music played in an English style on anglo concertina and melodeon, English songs sung in turn or unison, and a jolly good time all round.
19th May 2005 Rod Clements Lindisfarne songsmith, responsible for some of our best-loved folk-rock anthems, such as Meet Me On The Corner and Train in G Major, Rod is a seriously good guitarist in a variety of styles. Cracking melodies, foot-tapping grooves and accessible lyrics are the hallmarks of the Clements style.
26th May 2005 Kori Neil + Mark Lisiki Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Kori Neil plays traditional Appalachian music in the older, rawer styles of the American southern mountains. A member of the Canadian trio Dyad, whose latest album received acclaim in fRoots magazine, Kori will be performing traditional and original songs, on guitar, banjo and fiddle. For good measure, we'll have who knows what from the regular whose eclecticism continues to surprise.
2nd June 2005 Kath Tait + Emily & Hazel Askew She's very popular, apparently, because she'd sometimes rather rude about men; but she's actually much cleverer, funnier and more musical than that. Of course, if you just want to hear her being rude about men, that's OK, too. Plus a support spot from the young fiddle and melodeon duo who were so good when they did a floorspot recently that we had to have them back.
9th June 2005 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Sometimes we like a turn so much, we book it twice a year. An early return then, for our favourite fiddle-cello duo.
16th June 2005 Possum Lickers + Stetson Stan Oh dear, it's that time of the year again. Still, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, and it falls to our Texas Ranger to impose order amidst the varmint-bothering. In case you're wondering, it's country blues, with a side-helping of the Wild West, a line-up that epitomises the club's ethos.
23rd June 2005 Martin Carthy Come early!
30th June 2005 Tony Hall + Major Catastrophe How better to round off a season of treats than with one of our very favourite musicians and characters. And one of our favourite characters. If you're a newcomer, Tony is not only very droll, but as good a melodeon player as you're ever likely to hear. The Major is a Real Man, from Up North. So think on ...
8th September 2005 Posh Band English 4 piece fiddle, melodeon, banjo, piano and song. Eccentric, rude, rhythmic and joyous!
15th September 2005 Lizzy Harrell + Tom Sennett Double bill of New Roots winners! Lizzy, soon to be off to Newcastle folk degree, sings unaccompanied English trad and things she likes. Tom sings and plays melodeon with a Morris kicking beat.
22nd September 2005 Brian Peters English trad songs with very clever stuff on squeeze boxes and he is pretty neat on guitar as well. Always welcome. Expect to be shocked by music excursions!
29th September 2005 Alan Jabbour & Ken Perlman Highly rated touring USA fiddle & banjo duo playing Appalachian and Down East tunes, featuring the music Alan learned back in the 60s from West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed. Jabbour has a jaunty, lyrical fiddling style that is offset perfectly by Perlman's inspired approach to clawhammer banjo.
6th October 2005 Tom McConville North East fiddler and singer comes through town. Also does Alexander technique.
13th October 2005 Balabustah Ball-breaking Klezmer/Eastern European music from fiddle & accordion duo.
20th October 2005 Stocai Part of their Capital Control tour, this potent English big bands bring squeezy, blowy, scrapy, twangy, strummy, hitty sounds to their club date on Sheena's home turf.
27th October 2005 Grace Notes Rear chance to see in this part of the country Maggie Boyle, Lynda Hardcastle & Helen Hockenhull who all sing and individually play flute, bodhran, recorders & keyboards.
3rd November 2005 Leon Rosselson + Ian Saville Probably the finest political singer/song writer this country has produced with Marxist/Lennonist magician with bow tie put are a show to excite the mind and entertain the soul. You will believe in magic!
10th November 2005 Ken Hall, Peta Webb and Simon Hindley Fabulous singers and old friends of the club return for their annual gig with bluesy finger pickin' good Hindley accompanying on guitar. Dress code cowboy!
17th November 2005 Kristina Olson Touring USA bluesy singer guitarist whose song writing is well worth hearing. We like her a lot!
24th November 2005 Jonas Hjalmarsson Over here for Tania's Swedish fiddle weekend, Jonas Hjalmarsson ("Jalle") is a fiddler from Älvdalen in Northern Dalarna and knows a multitude of tunes from his home area as well the rest of Dalarna and beyond. The region of Dalarna probably contains the richest variety of folk music styles in Sweden. He teaches fiddle at the Malungsfolkhögskola and on the traditional music course run by the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
1st December 2005 Davenport, Digby, Duke, Quinn & West Bob Davenport arrives mob handed for his annual gig at the club. Power house of passion and impressive friends who look a lot like a good bit of Flowers and Frolics.
8th December 2005 Reuben's Train Dress code black. The dynamic duo will take us a dark journey, but not with out some laughs, maybe, through their repertoire of Americana, depression, despair and bad hangovers with style and Simpsonesque guitar and banjo accompaniment.
15th December 2005 La Strada Fiery energetic violin, double bass and accordion, giving a dazzling display of Gypsy tunes, klezmer dances and folk melodies. This is traditional Eastern European music with a contemporary twist as recommended by the Angel's Richard Leskin.
22nd December 2005 Let's Party! Pass that parcel time again!
5th January 2006 Rosie Doonan & Ben Murray Happy New Year! In a suitably forward-looking mood, we start the season with two rising stars of the emergent generation. Ben and Rosie have pedigrees: both their fathers were founder members of Hedgehog Pie. He was previously in the band Tarras; now they're both being noticed for 'venturesome and eclectic' arrangements of their own and traditional songs.
12th January 2006 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton The very excellent fiddle-cello duo returns again, with a new album, the Savage Hornpipe
19th January 2006 Duck Soup Here's our old friend Dan Quinn, with his latest collaboration. This time, his distinctive voice and outstanding medodeon-playing are combined with the various instruments of Adam Bushell and Ian Kearey ­ a variety that includes twelve-string dobro and marimba.
26th January 2006 Meridian Another IFC debut, for another highly distinctive trio. Chris Walshaw's intricately melodic pipes (and whistles and flutes) are joined by Richard Jones's accordion, and the fiddle, flute and lovely voice of Anna Tabbush.
2nd February 2006 Faustus Something of a super-group, this: Paul Sartin & Benji Kirkpatrick, fellow members of both Bellowhead and the late Dr. Faustus, are joined by Saul Rose, well known for his participation in Waterson:Carthy. More cutting-edge English music, on melodeon, fiddle, oboe and various fretted things.
9th February 2006 Des de Moor & Russell Churney From Tom Robinson to David Bowie, fRoots to The Morning Star, all are agreed that Des is a leading English exponent of the European tradition represented by Brel, Brassens and Ferre, singing his own songs as well as original translations from French, German & Dutch. Accompanied on piano by his regular collaborator. 'One of the country's leading interpreters of the cabaret-chanson tradition.' Guardian 'A sort of Brechtian Marc Almond.' Time Out.
16th February 2006 John Spiers & Jon Boden Do we really need to say anything? We think not. Welcome back chaps!
23rd February 2006 Robb Johnson His latest album is a collaboration with Russell Churney (see above), which is an interesting development. Robb's admirers include Chumbawumba and Tony Benn ­ and us, of course, which is why he's one of the handful of singer-songwriters we book regularly.
2nd March 2006 Klezmer Klub Our favourite local klezmorim return. If you don't know what to expect of a klezmer band, isn't it time you did?
9th March 2006 Chris Wood Another old friend who probably needs no introduction, as he's been in the vanguard of English music for a surprisingly long time. Just in case: he's a fine singer of traditional and, increasingly, his own songs, an outstanding fiddler and an excellent guitarist.
16th March 2006 Zoox Gadzooks! Yet another excitingly innovative new trio. You may have witnessed the floorspot when they played a rogue jukebox into submission. Eclectic music on fiddle/mandolin, soprano sax/whistles/contrabassoon, and assorted percussion.
23rd March 2006 Rattle on the Stove-pipe Hell-for-leather English and Appalachian dance tunes, chorus songs and ballads from Dave Arthur (5-string banjo, guitar, melodeon and vocals), Pete Cooper (fiddle and vocals) and Chris Moreton (guitar and vocals). No-one goes away from a Rattle On The Stovepipe performance without a smile on their face, a skip in their step, and warmth in their heart. (It says here...)
30th March 2006 Emily & Hazel Askew & friends The impressively talented sisters return, to host their own English music party, featuring singer and fiddler Bella Hardy, PS (a group from Pimlico School), and morris dancer Philip Bassingdale.
6th April 2006 Ben Paley & Tab Hunter A welcome return of a very fine fiddle-guitar duo, playing mostly traditional tunes from America, Ireland, Sweden and eastern Europe, superbly.
This evening is dedicated to the memory of Simon Breed, fiddler and friend, who died on 15 April 2004.
13th April 2006 The Devil's Interval We enjoyed Jim Causley's singing last year; now he returns with collaborators Lauren McCormick & Emily Portman. English traditional songs, sung in mostly unaccompanied harmony, by young people!
20th April 2006 Jim Murray Fine Geordie singer whose first gig at Islington was in 1969. Welcome back! Time has added friends and relations to the big warm, old school folk, singer guitarist with his own bright young things on fiddle, back from Beijing!
27th April 2006 Frankie Armstrong For those who don't know: Frankie has been a much loved and respected figure in the English folksong revival since the 1960s, and was one of the female voices chosen for A.L. Lloyd's thematic collaborations. We don't claim to know what she's been up to lately, as it's been many years since her last visit.
4th May 2006 Will Duke and Dan Quinn Ken Hall called them "the finest double act since Laurel & Hardy" and they're certainly a lot of fun, if a great deal more musical. Solo and unison singing, with squeezebox playing of the highest order. See the feature in the recent issue of The Living Tradition.
11th May 2006 The Possum Lickers + Stetson Stan Our resident purveyors of old-time blues, hillbilly ballads and cowboy waltzes. Presented, in accordance with what we like to call tradition, by our other resident cowboy singer.
18th May 2006 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton An early return for one of our regular treats: traditional & original music for fiddle and cello, by two of London's finest players.
25th May 2006 Beskydy Welcome back to one of our favourite big bands. Loud, lively dance music and impassioned singing from all over eastern and southern Europe.
1st June 2006 Twm Twp New to us, a five-piece Welsh band, based in Brittany, including our favourite brass man, Trevor Bennett, and Richard Goodwin of Florida (band not swamp). Melodeon, piano, saxophones, bouzouki and trombone... and vocals. They've played festivals all over Europe and they're on at Towersey this year.
8th June 2006 Martin Nail & The Sub-Committee Band Our erstwhile resident band (before The Angels), fronted on lungs and anglo-concertina by our Treasurer and Webmaster. Another club tradition, and always a pleasure.
15th June 2006 The Drones + Mark Lisicki Another welcome return of old friends. The Drones play original music on various reeds, various strings, various percussion, and some things you might not otherwise consider musicalS Plus a bit more than usual of our least predictable regular.
22nd June 2006 Martin Carthy We're proud, as ever. Come early.
29th June 2006 Stanley Accrington We finish the season with a toothsome taste of the North. Tomorrow's news in the style of yesterday's songs from Stanley, whose idiosyncratic musings we greatly enjoyed last year. Plus the death-defying antics of our resident Real Man, who's from the same region, naturally.
7th September 2006 Fiona Larcombe & Terry Mann Welcome back! We start the new season in style, with two good old friends: one of the best singers of traditional songs we know is also a fine fiddler, and is accompanied to perfection by the man who can play anything he turns his hand to, with unseemly proficiency.
14th September 2006 Attila the Stockbroker We are delighted to present the sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter. His themes are topical, his words hard-hitting, his politics unashamedly radical. He's also very funny.
21st September 2006 Tony Hall More laughs, as well as stunning musicality, from one of our best-loved regular guests; this is our annual visit by England's finest, and drollest, melodeon player. If you've managed to miss him in previous years, don't make the same mistake again
28th September 2006 Elle Osborne September ends as it began, with another return visit by another young woman who sings and plays fiddle. Elle does both at once. She sings her own songs, as well as traditional ones, and also 'makes sound collages'. You heard it first here, probably.
5th October 2006 Vegar Vårdal Tania's Nordic Ting this year brings us Norwegian Vegar, originally from Lofoten Island, who plays both standard and Hardanger fiddles. He performs with both the Norwegian band RUSK and theatre group Fant & Fente.
12th October 2006 Ed Rennie & Jackie Oates Ed was best known for a long time as the melodeon player in that fine band The Bismarcks, but is now building a parallel reputation as a singer. Jackie is a(nother!) fine fiddler and singer, who first appeared here three years ago, as a New Roots winner.
19th October 2006 Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Battlefield Band stalwart Alan and guitar wizard Rob present a seamless fusion of both the old and the new traditions, featuring Alan's compositions, Battlefield Band favourites and Rob's own songs. combining the DADGAD guitar style of Rob, the keyboard and guitar work of Alan and the fine harmony singing of both.
26th October 2006 Andy Turner & Mat Green These two have become welcome regulars, since emerging as a duo from the excellent Magpie Lane. Andy is a fine anglo concertina player and singer and Mat is everybody's favourite fiddler.
2nd November 2006 Tom & Barbara Brown Well-respected duo sing mainly traditional songs, particularly from the West Country, accompanied by guitar, concertina and melodeon.
9th November 2006 Robert Harbron & Emma Reid The heart of the repertoire of these highly regarded young traditional musicians is in the dance tunes of England. Emma plays fiddle, Rob sings and plays English concertina and guitar. You'll have heard him in the English Acoustic Collective, we hope.
16th November 2006 Reuben's Train Welcome again, to the thoroughly entertaining duo whose development has fascinated us for years, as they have cast their net ever wider and more improbably. The singing remains dramatic, the playing precise, the delivery direct.
23rd November 2006 Bob Davenport & Friends This is what we like to call a tradition, and appears to be a happy exception to Bob's rumoured retirement ­ which seems only right since, arguably, none of us would be here but for Bob, Roger, Dan et al.
30th November 2006 Wynndebagge England's funniest Musical Historic Comic ­ with bagpipes, hurdy gurdy and jokes that have stood the test of time. 'A unique musical and comic talent.' Towersey Village Festival
7th December 2006 Pete Morton An old favourite of the club's, Pete is one of those (precious few) guitar-toting singer-songwriters who manage convincingly to combine original songs with interpretations of traditional ones.
14th December 2006 John Hegley & the Popticians It's always a great pleasure to see The Bard of Luton, whether as booked guest or show-stealing floorspotter, and it's a special treat to welcome back his daft band. The party season's here again.
21st December 2006 Party, Party, Party Another year draws to a close, and the weird ones huddle together for warmth, sandwiches, inexplicable Puckettian rituals, and a spot of possum licking.
4th January 2007 Mary Humphreys & Anahata Happy New Year! Do you like traditional English songs (and perhaps the occasional Welsh one) appropriately arranged, sensitively played on English and anglo concertinas, melodeons and cello, and beautifully sung? Come and get it!
11th January 2007 Emily & Hazel Askew We've been privileged to have these conspicuously talented young women turning up to do floorspots for some time now. Last year they gave us a splendid evening with their similarly talented friends, and it's high time we gave them full rein again. More traditional English music and song, with fiddle and melodeon, sensitively played, etc ...
18th January 2007 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton This stunning fiddle-cello duo have become firm club favourites over the past few years. If you don't know what to expect, it's time you did.
25th January 2007 David Rovics "Songs of social significance." With his radical, bittersweet lyrics and immaculate guitar picking David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. "In these days of ongoing neo-conservatism he carries the torch of dissent and protest ­ in fact, if the great Phil Ochs were to come back from the dead tonight he'd probably be hailed as the new David Rovics." Andy Kershaw, BBC Radio 3
1st February 2007 The Titanic Syncopators Our old friend Peta Webb turns her extraordinary voice to another highly entertaining collaboration: antique popular song from the 1920s and 30s ­ with jazz orchestra. Let's have a party!
8th February 2007 Residents' evening Allan Taylor was unable to appear because of the weather conditions.
15th February 2007 Gail Williams & Jim Younger American old-timey and other songs and fine singing and playing on banjo, fiddle, guitar from these old friends of the club.
22nd February 2007 Stocai Put on your sparkly clogs... Traditional tunes from all over, and a good many of their own, played with panache on bagpipes, melodeon, bassoon, concertinas, fiddle, mandolin, flute and keyboard ­ and don't forget the rauschpfeife.
1st March 2007 Danbert Nobacon Danbert Nobacon? Yes, he's a member of Chumbawamba but the other reason his name may ring a bell is his principal role in a certain politician-soaking incident at a certain music biz shindig. Anyway, he's doing his own thing now, and tonight he's doing it for us. Can you afford not to be there?
8th March 2007 Klezmer Klub Welcome again to London's favourite klezmorim, with what is, in effect, the traditional jazz of eastern Europe.
15th March 2007 Monroe's Revenge From the rolling hills and sleepy hollows of SE13 comes this classic bluegrass line-up of banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and double bass. Impassioned vocal harmonies and cleverbastard picking, just as you'd expect.
22nd March 2007 Martin Nail & the Subcommittee Band You probably know by now that this eclectic outfit, part of the legendary Committee Band, was our resident band for some years and that Martin played anglo concertina with them. You'll certainly know that he has an enormous repertory of ballads and ditties, some lugubrious and comic.
29th March 2007 Tom Paley The return of the legend. American old time music on banjo, guitar and fiddle ­ and no doubt the odd Swedish fiddle tune. Where else in London on a Thursday night can you see someone who played with Woody Guthrie?
5th April 2007 Lau Stars of this year?s Celtic Connections, a true super group. Kris Drever on guitar and vocals, Martin Green on accordion and Aidan O?Rourke (Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year) on fiddle.
?? some of the finest jigs and reels you are ever likely to hear, the sheer intensity of which peeled the paint from the walls.? Glasgow Herald
12th April 2007 Crucible A dynamic English folk ensemble from Sheffield with melodeon, concertina, fiddles, bagpipes, frets and sublime harmony vocals.
"Crucible reach to the heart of the matter... bringing guts and attitude back into the music." fRoots
19th April 2007 Leon Rosselson And they all sang Rosselsongs, but not like the man himself. Those of us who love his songs will always enjoy hearing them delivered with the wit and dexterity of England?s premier chansonnier.
26th April 2007 Chris Wood Will he sing the chip shop song? Will he bring his fiddle? Come early.
3rd May 2007 Martin Carthy If you don?t want to find the place already full, buy a ticket -- only available to members at the club.
10th May 2007 Megson Songs both original and traditional from this young duo who are rapidly building a reputation up and down the country with their beautiful harmonies and impeccable musicianship.
"For my money Megson are amongst the most exciting trailblazers of British Contemporary Folk." Seth Lakeman
17th May 2007 Sisters Unlimited It's been quite a long time since we saw this feminist festival of a group, so you may need reminding that it blends the many and various talents of Sandra Kerr, Peta Webb, Janet Russell and Rosie Davis. The group has reformed for a special series of performances celebrating twenty-one years of making music together. This is their only London appearance in this tour.
24th May 2007 Andrew Frank & George Hinchliffe + The Possum Lickers + Martin Nail & The Subcommittee Band; with David Campbell, Simon Hindley, Bernard Puckett, Stetson Stan, Mark Lisicki and The Angel Band Concert Recording 1. Advance tickets only.
31st May 2007 Bob Davenport & Friends + Ken Hall, Peta Webb & Simon Hindley + Will Duke and Dan Quinn + Cheapjack; with Bernard Puckett, Stetson Stan and The Angel Band Concert Recording 2. Advance tickets only.
7th June 2007 Geoff Berner Canadian accordion virtuoso, combining folk, punk, rock, pop and klezmer.
"He is part poet, part storyteller, part jester, part political commentator, part raving drunken lunatic, but above all is a fantastic musician and entertainer." Blue Chair Café, Edmonton (that's Canada, not N9)
14th June 2007 Roger Wilson Singer, fiddler, guitarist and songwriter, as heard in The House Band, Wood, Wilson and Carthy, Urban Folk (with Pete Morton), The National Theatre. Not a bad CV, all things considered.
21st June 2007 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton It's those men again! Our favourite fiddle-cello duo return, with a few songs and the odd spot of exceptional guitaring, to boot.
28th June 2007 Steve Turner + Major Catastrophe + Kathryn Locke Finishing a great season with a bang: you may remember Steve, a fine singer and excellent concertina-player. He was off the scene for some years, but he's back now, and proved it in February, when he gave us a couple of splendid floorspots. For good measure, the death-defying Northern Man gives his farewell performance, in honour of which historic occasion, the cello nymph makes a special appearance.
6th September 2007 Tom McConville & Dave Wood We start the new season with the Northumbrian fiddling minstrel hailed as a seminal influence by Seth Lakeman. He's joined on this occasion by his latest collaborator, a fine guitarist who contributed to Tom's splendid recent album, Tommy on the Bridge.
13th September 2007 Reg Meuross & Phil Beer Onetime Panic Brother Reg is an old friend we haven't seen for a while. His latest collaborator is new to us, but a regular at other obscure, intimate music venues. The Royal Albert Hall, that sort of thing. He is, of course, the fiddly half of Show of Hands.
20th September 2007 Possum Lickers + Stetson Stan Our very own purveyors of old-time blues, hillbilly ballads and cowboy waltzes should be good tonight ­ they had a bit of a warm up in May, after all. And, because we're sticklers for authenticity, they're presented, as usual, by our very own singing redneck.
27th September 2007 Robin Gillan It's always a pleasure to welcome the multi-talented star of London's old-timey scene. Expect fiddling, guitaring and banjoing of the highest order.
4th October 2007 Ovidiu Fratila Band Ovidiu is a dynamic young fiddler from Sibiu, Romania, and plays the music of his native region. He is accompanied by English accordionist Pete Watson and Slovakian Jiri Smirck on double bass.
11th October 2007 Brian Peters + Caludine Arcand Always good value: a man who can play anything and everything on melodeon or anglo concertina, a good singer, and no mean guitarist either. That must be why we keep booking him, then. Plus support from a leading Quebequois fiddle player on a brief visit to the UK.
18th October 2007 "English Night" with Chris Sarjeant, David Campbell, and Lost in England Tonight we're focusing on a range of manifestations of English tradition, with an informal combination of one of our resident singers, a young singer-guitarist who's given us some very tasty floorspots, and our own English fiddle project, for which 'Lost in England' is as good a name as any.
25th October 2007 Too Many Strings This young Brighton trio play fiddles, guitar, mandolin and cello, between them. Traditional English songs and tunes meet klezmer and Turkish music from northern Cyprus.
1st November 2007 Pelle Björnlert Our annual dose of Skandi exotica. Pelle is one of the Swedish folk-revivalist fiddlers of the 1970s whose area of musical speciality is Småland and Östergötland in the south of Sweden. He's here for the 6th London Annual Swedish Fiddle Weekend of workshops and dance.
8th November 2007 Rab Noakes Founder member of Stealers Wheel, singer-songwriter, record producer. You don't want to miss him, believe me.
15th November 2007 Andy Turner & Mat Green A welcome return of a favourite turn. In case you've missed all their previous visits, Andy is a lovely singer and concertina-player, and Mat is as exciting a fiddler as ever fiddled with half a bow.
22nd November 2007 Wild Willy Barrett's Sleeping Dogz Well-known for his successful partnership with John Otway, multi-instrumentalist Willy Barrett is accompanied by cellist Mary Holland and Irish piper and whistle player John Devine to produce some highly emotive original music and arrangements.
29th November 2007 The KittyHawks + Mark Lisicki American old-time music and song from a local five-piece with the classic instrumental lineup: fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass. Plus a bit more than usual of one of our regulars.
6th December 2007 Reuben's Train More Americana, and who knows what else, from the truly distinctive duo whose eclectic repertoire continues to extend into the ever more weird and wonderful.
13th December 2007 Frankie Armstrong Welcome again to one of the most highly respected voices of the folksong revival.
20th December 2007 Christmas Party What, again? You know the drill: daft games, distribution of rejected demo CDs and other prizes you never knew you wanted, more of The Possum Lickers (yes, you heard them in September, but they formed for the Christmas party ­ it's called tradition), sandwiches... The rest is up to you: dust off that vent.'s dummy, polish that euphonium, practise those card tricks... or just turn up, to round off a great year. It's free, to members.
3rd January 2008 Tony Hall Master of the two-row melodeon, played in a style all his own. Traditional songs and tunes, humour, off-colour jokes and general eccentricity. Currently working on that difficult third album in thirty years.
10th January 2008 Pete Coe The legendary One-Man Folk Industry! A welcome return of the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is a reliable source of high-quality, energetic entertainment. 'He explores the heartland of the English folk song revival with an ease and honesty that invests traditional songs with a simplistic beauty.' Mojo
17th January 2008 Damien Barber & Mike Wilson Traditional ballads, songs and tunes, with guitar and concertina. They only do one tour a year, so here's your chance to see Damien in an informal setting ­ singing with his old mate Mike Wilson from The Wilson Family.
24th January 2008 Posh Band English country music played on melodeon, fiddle, banjo and piano. Songs, step dancing 'The music is quite simply, a joy to listen to, wonderful tunes, played with bags of energy and bounce. The playing has that nice raw edge... the record is a delight.' Musical Traditions internet magazine
31st January 2008 New Deal String Band American traditional music in the Old Time style from the legendary Tom Paley, Joe Locker and Ben Paley ­ on guitars, banjos and fiddles. Tom performed with Woody Guthrie, was a founder member of the even more legendary New Lost City Ramblers ('I took to them immediately.' Chronicles, Bob Dylan), Ben Paley is '...just about the best folk fiddler of his generation' fRoots ­ and Joe Locker's not bad, either.
7th February 2008 Robb Johnson Such a regular favourite at the club, we can't think of anything else to say about him. How about '...creator of some of the most potent songs of the last decade.' fRoots
14th February 2008 Sam Lee + Bernard Puckett + Lost in England Young singer of traditional English songs, with eccentric English poet and multi-fiddle band playing, guess what, English tunes, for another of our popular themed evenings celebrating our native culture. No morris dancing (the ceiling's not high enough).
21st February 2008 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Virtuosi of the fiddle, mandolin, cello and guitar, their musical influences are diverse, but they identify their music ­ both traditional tunes and songs, and their own highly original new pieces ­ as 'Contemporary English Roots'.
28th February 2008 The Drones A beloved institution ­ a startlingly talented quartet producing original music on a bewildering array of instruments, many of them musical. The Drones play original music on various reeds, various strings, various percussion ­ and cello. 'A delight.' Time Out. 'Surprisingly pleasant.' The Times
6th March 2008 Pete Morton Guitarist and singer of his own powerful songs as well as traditional material. 'not only impressive but a revelation... totally original.' The Guardian. '... this guy is amongst the best the British roots music scene has produced in living memory.' fRoots
13th March 2008 Emily & Hazel Askew Longtime favourites at the club since their early floorspots, this talented young fiddle and melodeon duo, performing traditional English tunes and songs, are making a name for themselves at festivals throughout the country.
20th March 2008 Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley Ken and Peta are long-time friends of this club (as well as running a fine one of their own), and lovely singers, whether solo or in spine-tingling harmony. This evening, they'll be concentrating on their American repertory, together with our resident blues ace. 'Peta Webb... leaves no tear unjerked.' fRoots
27th March 2008 Andrew Frank & Michael Hebbert Our own eclectic troubador rejoins the maestro of the Jeffries system Duet concertina for a trip down Memory Lane. It's not often that we have the chance to experience such a rare treat, so turn up in your hundreds. Absolutely unmissable!
3rd April 2008 Martin Nail & the Sub-Committee + David Campbell Our revered treasurer, webmaster and stentorian songster Martin Nail returns at the head of the bouncy brigade that used to be our resident band, complete with piercing reeds and perverse time signatures. Plus a bit more than usual of another resident singer.
10th April 2008 Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner Lynne has been here in other company, but this duo is new to us, in spite of being well established and highly rated as skilful interpreters of both traditional and contemporary song ­ not to mention some hilarious joint compositions of their own.
17th April 2008 Will Duke & Dan Quinn You know what to expect, by now, from two of the foremost exponents of English Country Music: great tunes played with taste and style on anglo concertina and melodeon; more-or-less traditional songs performed in highly distinctive unison.
24th April 2008 Klezmer Klub Our regular dose of wedding, bar mitzvah and Yiddish theatre music, and they just keep getting better. Music for the feet and soul.
1st May 2008 May Day with < What better occasion for a return visit by the social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter ­ and to ensure that all relevant traditions are honoured, he says he'll bring his fiddle to sit in with the Angels.
8th May 2008 Kristina Olsen One of our favourite Americans is passing through again. If you didn't catch any of her previous visits, she's an intelligent and entertaining singer-songwriter, and very musical (she generally accompanies herself on guitar, but also plays concertina, piano and saxophone).
15th May 2008 Wizz Jones A welcome return of one of those who labour under the burden of being hailed 'legend', by virtue of being still at it, after quite a long time. However, he's not only still here, but also just as good as you'd expect.
22nd May 2008 Katie's Quartet More English Country Music, this time from Suffolk. One row melodeon, hammered dulcimer, banjo and cello played vigorously in the traditional manner. A rare treat for us town mice.
29th May 2008 Chris Sarjeant This young singer-guitarist has impressed with many fine floorspots and a shared booking, during the past year. In case you missed them all, expect traditional English songs with sophisticated accompaniment.
5th June 2008 Beskydy Rollicking East European dance music, and dramatic singing in various languages, from one of our favourite big bands.
12th June 2008 Leon Rosselson Simply the best. Accept no substitute. Bring some poor benighted soul who doesn't know.
19th June 2008 At home with The Possum Lickers with friends + Stetson Stan Our resident purveyors of old-time blues, hillbilly ballads and cowboy waltzes. Presented, in accordance with what we like to call tradition, by our other resident cowboy singer.
26th June 2008 Mary Humphreys & Anahata + Major Catastrophe's indoor show for the End of Term Party (sandwiches) Old friends of the club, Mary sings traditional songs, mostly in English and a few in her native Welsh, and plays banjo and concertina, and Anahata accompanies with virtuoso melodeons, concertina and cello. They play instrumental arrangements, mostly of English traditional music and some with a strong East Anglian flavour. 'Wonderful and unusual versions of songs and brilliant accompaniments and tunes.' Pete Coe
4th September 2008 Wild Willy Barrett's Sleeping Dogz An eclectic mix of musical styles played by three virtuoso musicians on a variety of instruments -- all presented with a large dose of wry humour!
11th September 2008 Whitetop Mountain Band Classic old time and bluegrass band from Grayson County in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar.
18th September 2008 Jamie Rowan & Sally Wiltshire Eclectic pianoman Jamie and chanteuse Sally present a survey of bar-room piano playing and singing from the 1890s to the present day. Blues, music hall, boogie woogie, jazz, traditional folk.
25th September 2008 Chris Wood "The Renaissance man of English folk." Irish Times. Come early.
2nd October 2008 Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer Young duo blend traditional material and contemporary interpretations, with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and nyckelharpa.
9th October 2008 Reuben's Train Songs from the dark side. Americana, and more, from one of our favourite vocal and guitar duos.
16th October 2008 Tom & Barbara Brown Rich harmony singing of mainly trad material, accompanied by concertina, melodeon, mandola and guitar.
23rd October 2008 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Their musical influences are diverse, but they identify their music - both traditional tunes and songs, and their own highly original new pieces - as "Contemporary English Roots". Which is not to say that there won't be wonky Eastern European and Texas ragtime as well.
30th October 2008 The Other Band Duet concertina, accordion, harmonica, double bass and vocals. Eclectic and quirky, they do everything from straight ahead trad to Brett Marvin and The Thunderbolts
6th November 2008 The Expatriate Game Irish and American songs and tunes from Maggie Boyle (flute, voice), Ben Paley (fiddle) and Duck Baker (guitar). Three master musicians in full flight!
13th November 2008 Johan Hedin Swedish maestro of the nyckleharpa. Traditional music from the south-east of Sweden -- and new compositions.
20th November 2008 Tim Laycock Songs and tunes on duet concertina. Tim is a specialist in the songs, traditions and dialect of the West Country, and the poetry and prose of William Barnes and Thomas Hardy.
27th November 2008 Martin Carthy Come early!
4th December 2008 SOAS ad hoc Rembetiko Band Rebetiko is the rebel music of Greece, with more than a hint of Sufi in its modes and music. It is a Byzantine blend of the Turkish rhythms brought with them by the immigrant Greeks uprooted from their homes in Asia Minor with the contemporary Greek music of the twenties and thirties. This is the music played by the SOAS Ad Hoc Rebetiko Band, a 15 strong band featuring powerful bouzouki playing, artful percussion and sublimely soulful singing.
11th December 2008 Woodlarks + Martin Nail + Cheap Jack The filling in this sandwich is supplied by Tanya Jackson (vocals, guitar, melodeon) and Brona McVittie (vocals, guitar, harp, bodhran) exploring the wealth of British and American folk music and adding their own subtle twists and tinges. Our own Martin Nail provides the crusty wholemeal bread and Cheap Jack, the spreadable, lightly-salted English butter.
18th December 2008 Christmas Party Get that bouzouki down from the top of the wardrobe, dust off your old ukulele, but above all, don't forget your spoons. The culmination of another year swinging wildly between the extremes of fierce traditionalism and the eccentric limits of, let's be honest, the plain bonkers. The ever-popular, free to members, shindig - with sandwiches, if we're lucky.
8th January 2009 Bob Davenport & Roger Digby Bob out of retirement, with Roger from Flowers and Frolics on anglo concertina. Bob is dedicating the night to the memory of Francis Shergold of Bampton Morris.
15th January 2009 Matthew Ord + Malcolm and Ollie Woods + The Mouseyroom A new face on the scene, with guitar virtuosity and fine vocals; an excellent vocal and melodeon duo from Essex, with East Anglian-style dance tunes and songs from between the wars (i.e. The Hundred Years War and the War on Trrrrr); plus another, eccentric, duo with one-row, four-stop melodeon, bass clarinet and voice.
22nd January 2009 Lizzy Doe, Joe Bardwell & Kate Locksley New Roots 2008 finalists come out of the hot Cambridgeshire session scene playing hypnotic traditional tunes and new, often experimental, stuff of their own, which holds a healthy respect for the tradition. Fiddle and guitar ­ now with added haunting voice from Kate Locksley.
29th January 2009 London Uyghur Ensemble Four musicians and one singer/dancer with music from the Uyghur people, who live in East Turkestan, with a wide diaspora in central Asia (and Haringey). They play the long-necked tambur and dutar lutes, ghijak spike fiddle and percussion. Tell the MC he can pronounce it "wEE-ger" (although "ooygOOr" is closer).
5th February 2009 Tom McConville 'Scintillating fiddle, a silky smooth voice, a wide grin and a dry Geordie wit.' A fantastic fiddler who frequently goes up the dusty end with tunes from the James Hill tradition. Fast, rhythmic dance tunes, slow airs, great singing, inimitable sense of humour and style. Unmissable!
12th February 2009 The Drones Exciting quartet return to the club, playing original acoustic music and songs with cello, mandolin, clarinet, percussion, car parts, toys, birdcalls, musical saw, items from the garden shed... As seen on Blue Peter and heard on Radios 2, 3, 4, etc)! No toys are hurt during their performance ­ and you can try it at home.
19th February 2009 Kath Tait Witty, clever, catchy New Zealand songsmith tells tales of cycling and naughty neighbours, accompanying herself on guitar and harmonica. It's a long ride home!
26th February 2009 David Campbell Now living in Birmingham, David brings back to the club, where he was resident for many years, his fine voice, banjo and ukulele. He sings English trad and Americana, along with his father, Ian's, noted songs. Welcome back.
5th March 2009 Mat Green & Andy Turner Traditional English songs and tunes on anglo concertina and fiddle. They specialise in little-known tunes from eighteenth and nineteenth century village musicians' tunebooks, but will play any good dance tune from almost anywhere!
12th March 2009 Coombs, Locke & Puckett Mandola/guitar and cello trans-euro tunes from Mr & Mrs Coombs, that's Geoff and Kathryn, and she makes sense of the poet, Bernard Puckett's, strange songs with ukulele and guitar, of London life and death and Stetson Stan.
19th March 2009 Sam Lee & Ed Hicks Sam Lee is a gifted singer with a great love for the traditional songs of the British Isles and the English Gypsy community. He has performed at many of the major UK festivals, including Sidmouth and Whitby. 'Sleepy' Ed Hicks is a banjo player and singer of off-the-wall songs, all of which makes for an interesting and exciting evening, the embodiment of the club motto.
26th March 2009 Florida Distinctive arrangements of tunes and songs with trumpet, saxophones, melodeon, fiddle and guitars. A brassy collision of traditional English country dance and good time jazz, underpinned by muscular dance rhythms.
2nd April 2009 The Mighty Quinns All the way from Brighton, stalwart of the English music scene and long-time associate of the club, Dan Quinn on melodeon and vocals, with his son Matt on fiddle, mandolin, mandolin banjo and vocals. The evolving tradition? We'll see.
9th April 2009 John Hegley Local poet and musician does solo gig. Needs no introduction.
16th April 2009 Robin Gillan Old time fiddle, banjo and guitar. From the foggy mountains of Barnet to the bayous of Cambridge -- and back.
23rd April 2009 Pálinka + Laura Victoria Pálinka is an all-female band in London who have been brought together by their shared passion: Romanian, Gypsy, Jewish, Saxon and Hungarian folk music from the remote villages of Transylvania.
Laura Victoria is a young musician who impressed us when she did a floorspot recently; she sings traditional songs and her own songs, accompanying herself on the cello.
30th April 2009 Maggie Sand & Sandragon Maggie Sand and Sandragon perform a unique blend of traditional and original songs and high energy dance tunes from the mediaeval and Renaissance eras, played on crumhorns, recorders, flute, hurdy-gurdy, harmonium, bouzouki, mandola, guitar and percussion.
7th May 2009 Beskydy You wait months for an eastern European band to come along ...
The name Beskydy refers to the Beskydy mountain range, which runs through the three main regions of former Czechoslovakia - Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia. The music of Beskydy is largely inspired by the music from that region but also includes music from Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey and from the Jewish Klezmer and Jewish-Hungarian tradition.
14th May 2009 David Rovics Radical singer-songwriter who has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you cry, and he'll make the revolution irresistible. Powerful, inspiring stuff. "Listen to David Rovics ..." Pete Seeger
21st May 2009 John and Joe Devine + Thomas MacCarthy Uillean piper and multi-intrumentalist John, who we've heard with Wild Willy Barrett's Sleeping Dogz, brings his lifelong passion for Irish music, accompanied by son Joe on guitar.
With support from Tom MacCarthy, a singer from the Irish traveller community who is making a big impression in London folk clubs.
28th May 2009 Chris Sarjeant and Benedict Taylor Mainly traditional English with voice, guitar/cittern and fiddle from a favourite of the club, with new sidekick, who greatly impressed with a recent floorspot. "Impeccable fiddle and guitar work, one of the best voices ever ... a very major addition to the British folk scene." Tom McConville
4th June 2009 Klezmer Klub A local eclectic mix of musicians who play dance music, wedding music and sing Yiddish songs. "Their music is altogether a delight to the soul (and to the feet)." Rabbi Sheila Shulman
11th June 2009 Tom Paley It's always a pleasure to hear the leading expatriate exponent of old-time American music on guitar, banjo and fiddle and voice ­ and no doubt the odd Swedish fiddle tune.
18th June 2009 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Contemporary English Roots on fiddle, mandolin, cello and guitar from two master musicians. "We were glad and proud to discover for us and our audience such bright artist as you ... Thank you for joy of dealings with your wonderful music. Much friendly love from Siberia." Radio Penguin, Novosibirsk
25th June 2009 Tom Napper & Tom Bliss Final Tour + The End of Term Party The Final Tour -- so possibly your last chance to see them.
Tom Napper and Tom Bliss formed as a duo in 2002 and are one of the most successful acts on the UK traditional music circuit. Songs, traditional and contemporary, and tunes from all over, on guitars, mandolins of all sizes, banjo, fiddle, concertina, and possibly other instruments, if they can carry them.
3rd September 2009 Possum Lickers + Chris Bluestreet Welcome back! We start the season with our annual helping of old-time blues, hillbilly ballads and cowboy curiosities, from the little band with the best goldarn name in this here terri-tory.
Plus an extra dash of the blues from our other resident bluesman.
10th September 2009 Magpie Lane Traditional English songs and dance tunes performed on fiddle, cello, concertina, whistles and percussion. Powerful vocal harmonies are one of the band's trademarks. Featuring long-time club favourites, Andy Turner and Mat Green (who will probably not be capering this time, owing to lack of space onstage).
17th September 2009 Jeff Warner "Jeff Warner sings traditional songs, specializing in music that illustrates the American past. Using instruments like banjo, guitar, concertina, Jew's harp and rhythm bones, Warner brings past events to life. If you're lucky, you can see him do a little clogging, too." The Wire
24th September 2009 Arcadia + David Campbell Fiddle-driven quartet exploring the dance music of England, France and a little way beyond. Traditional and original tunes skilfully arranged to seduce the ears as well as the feet.
Plus a surreptitious swig of our erstwhile resident, concentrating, probably, on his English repertory. Unaccompanied traditionalish singing, anyway.
1st October 2009 Julie Arnott & Gavin Atkin Popular songs of the last century, with voice and Jeffries duet concertina.
8th October 2009 Moth Broth + Kate Locksley + Andrew Shaw A melange of melodeon, mouthorgan and spoons from Simon Booth of the Ran Tan Band and Major Katastrofi, of whom it has been said. Plus a young traditional and contemporary singer from Cambridge and a fine new voice from the floor of London folk clubs gives us unaccompanied traditional English song. TRAD2MAD event.
15th October 2009 Jim Bainbridge Legendary north-eastern melodeon player and singer.
22nd October 2009 Chris Wood "The renaissance man of English folk." Say no more. Come early.
29th October 2009 Rún Five female voices, with Celtic harp, perform songs in the ancient language of Erin, plus Scots Gaelic and Breton, maybe. "Refreshingly different to anything else that's around at the minute." The Irish World
5th November 2009 Brian Peters Traditional songs and music from England, with virtuoso anglo concertina, melodeon and guitar. "No singer outside Nic Jones and Martin Carthy has embraced the tradition and used its wellsprings in as vivid and ingenious a way." Rock'n'Reel.
This evening is dedicated to the memory of Rosie Turner-Bisset.
12th November 2009 Knapp Brita Pettersson, Knapp Maria Pettersson & Jon Holmén Three young, talented Swedish fiddlers who will play tunes from their home villages of Boda and Rättvik. Guaranteed to be a tuneful evening with some powerful violin playing and resonating harmonies.
19th November 2009 Laura Victoria A voice and a cello - that's about it. Intense, edgy, light-hearted, melodramatic and honest songs, brought to life by unusual cello playing that veers between moving melancholy airs, punchy rock riffing and slap bass.
26th November 2009 Martin Carthy No introduction needed. Come early.
3rd December 2009 Reuben's Train More weird and wonderful songs from the lugubrious men in black. Mostly American songs, some traditional and some not so traditional, from the darker side of life. Guitar, banjo and two-part harmony.
10th December 2009 Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley One of England's finest and best-known singing duos perform songs in harmony - Irish, British and American - with Simon Hindley, our own resident bluesman, on guitar.
17th December 2009 Christmas Party Free sandwiches! Pass the parcel!! A chance to perform your party piece, however eccentric.
7th January 2010 Sunnie Dae + Martin Nail + Paul Stevens Sunnie sings rare blues, work and field songs created on plantations, childrens' game songs, and folk songs called Mento from the Caribbean.
Martin Nail's unaccompanied songs range from traditional English to Atkin/James -- and he keeps the legend of Freddie McKay alive.
Paul Stevens is a fiddling jig and reel busking machine, a stalwart of the London scene.
14th January 2010 New Deal String Band American traditional music in the Old Time style from the legendary Tom Paley, Joe Locker and Ben Paley -- on guitars, banjos and fiddles. Tom performed with Woody Guthrie, was a founder member of the even more legendary New Lost City Ramblers ("I took to them immediately." Chronicles, Bob Dylan), Ben Paley is "... just about the best folk fiddler of his generation" fROOTS -- and Joe Locker's not bad, either.
21st January 2010 SOAS ad hoc Rembetiko Band Rebetiko is the rebel music of Greece, with more than a hint of Sufi in its modes and music. Turkish rhythms blended with Greek music of the twenties and thirties. A 15-strong band featuring powerful bouzouki playing, artful percussion and sublimely soulful singing.
28th January 2010 Graham Hine Legendary guitarist and vocalist with Brett Marvin and The Thunderbolts plays slide Delta blues in his own inimitable style.
4th February 2010 Mary Humphreys & Anahata Old friends of the club, Mary sings traditional songs, mostly in English and a few in her native Welsh, and plays banjo and concertina, and Anahata accompanies with virtuoso melodeons, concertina and cello. They play instrumental arrangements, mostly of English traditional music and some with a strong East Anglian flavour. "Wonderful and unusual versions of songs and brilliant accompaniments and tunes." Pete Coe
11th February 2010 Potato Potato Potato Potato play progressive folk, with guitars, violin, mandolin, cajon and voice, from sisters Charlotte and Heather Sterland with guitarists, Will Clark and Liam Donovan. Charlotte impressed with her TRAD2MAD entry and subsequent, strangely compelling, floorspots.
18th February 2010 Jigjaw JigJaw is Janet Russell, Rosie Davis, Kerry Fletcher and Frances Watt. JigJaw combines the percussion and passion of dance traditions with vocal harmonies in a tight, scintillating quartet of singing and dancing talents! The group is dedicated to researching and arranging mouth music which fits specific social or percussive dance in performance, and also to choreographing dances to fit rhythmic vocal pieces that they like. Singing for dancing, dancing for singing!
25th February 2010 Hackney Colliery Band Hackney Colliery Band is a nine-piece brass band usually found playing hip-hop and 'brass funk' or venturing into the sound worlds of Ska and Balkan Beats. They were inspired by New Orleans marching bands, Balkan brass and the contemporary hip hop-influenced brass coming out of the US, and decided it was time for a British take. Hold on to your hat!
4th March 2010 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Virtuosi of the fiddle, mandolin, cello and guitar, their musical influences are diverse, but they identify their music -- both traditional tunes and songs, and their own highly original new pieces -- as 'Contemporary English Roots'. Which is not to say that there won't be wonky Eastern European and Texas ragtime as well.
11th March 2010 Wizz Jones A welcome return of one of those who labour under the burden of being hailed 'legend', by virtue of being still at it, after quite a long time. However, he's not only still here, but also just as good as you'd expect.
18th March 2010 Kath Tait New Zealand-born folk-singer/songwriter Kath Tait will be will be singing some of her own "funny, earthy and irreverent" songs that have been described as a cross between Bob Dylan and Monty Python.
25th March 2010 Emily & Hazel Askew Longtime favourites at the club since their early floorspots, this talented young fiddle and melodeon duo, performing traditional English tunes and songs, are making a name for themselves at clubs and festivals throughout the country.
1st April 2010 The Drones A beloved institution -- a startlingly talented quartet producing original music on a bewildering array of instruments, many of them musical. The Drones play original music on various reeds, various strings, various percussion -- and cello. "A delight." Time Out "Surprisingly pleasant." The Times
8th April 2010 Attila the Stockbroker High energy social surrealist poet and songwriter.
15th April 2010 Wild Willy Barrett's Sleeping Dogz An eclectic mix of musical styles played by three virtuoso musicians on a variety of instruments -- all presented with a very large dose of wry humour!
22nd April 2010 Tony Hall Master of the two-row melodeon, played in a style all his own. Traditional songs and tunes, humour, off-colour jokes and general eccentricity. Another institution?
29th April 2010 Sam Lee and the Gillie Boys Sam is a gifted singer with a great love for the traditional songs of the British Isles and the English Gypsy community. Sam Lee and the Gillie Boys perform not in the slightest bit traditionally but create a radical, yet melodic, new passage for folk song for the contemporary audience. Michael Wright, jew's harp, Ed Hicks, banjo, Dogan Mehmet, violin, guitar and much more -- and the ever-popular shruti box.
6th May 2010 David Rovics Radical singer-songwriter who has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you cry, and he'll make the revolution irresistible. Powerful, inspiring stuff. "Listen to David Rovics ..." Pete Seeger
13th May 2010 David Campbell A whole evening of our erstwhile resident, now relocated to Birmingham, England. He sings English and Americana, along with his father's (Ian's) noted songs, with banjo and ukulele accompaniment, sometimes. Welcome back.
20th May 2010 Ben Paley and Tab Hunter A welcome return of a very fine fiddle-guitar duo, playing mostly traditional tunes from America, Ireland, Sweden and eastern Europe, magnificently
27th May 2010 Steve Turner Steve Turner comes from a family of singers and concertina players -- his grandfather was known to have sung and played the instrument in the 1890's. Traditional songs and tunes, with blues, ragtime and classical, on English concertina and cittern -- and a superb voice.
3rd June 2010 Funi Funi (an old Icelandic word meaning Fire) are Bára Grímsdóttir and Chris Foster, consummate performers of the traditional songs the northern European countries of Iceland and England. They accompany their songs using the two rare traditional Icelandic instruments the Langspil and the Íslensk fiðla (Icelandic Fidla) as well as the more familiar Guitar and Kantele.
10th June 2010 Leon Rosselson And they all sang Rosselsongs, but not like the man himself. Those of us who love his songs will always enjoy hearing them delivered with the wit and dexterity of England's premier chansonnier. Simply the best. Accept no substitute. Bring some poor benighted soul who doesn't know.
17th June 2010 London Uyghur Ensemble Four musicians and one singer/dancer with music from the Uyghur people, who live in East Turkestan, with a wide diaspora in central Asia (and Haringey). They play the long-necked tambur and dutar lutes, ghijak spike fiddle and percussion.
24th June 2010 Bob Davenport & Roger Digby No introduction needed (we hope).
2nd September 2010 Maz O'Connor Welcome back! We start the season with the winner of last year's TRAD2MAD contest, a young singer from Cumbria, singing traditional, contemporary and original songs, with guitar, piano and shruti box (they're all at it).
9th September 2010 Pete Morton Unquestionably one of the top singer-songwriters of our time, and one of the true unsung heroes.
16th September 2010 Sweng An exciting collaboration of English and Scandinavian musicians exploring traditional music from both sides of the North Sea, including hornpipes, slangpolskas, reels and polkas. Three fiddles and a mandola, including musicians from Fidola and the Askew Sisters. Emily Askew, Ida Meidell Blylod, Rowan Rheingans on fiddles, Marit Falt on mandola.
23rd September 2010 John Kirkpatrick Master of the anglo concertina, melodeon and button accordion, singer, composer and morris dancer, JK has been a champion of English music since he started out. He's also very funny.
30th September 2010 Jody Kruskal Another JK squeezer. Virtuoso anglo concertina player, this time from New York, playing music from all over the world!
7th October 2010 Laura Victoria Return visit of our favourite cello-playing chanteuse. Trad and original songs. "Both quirky and strangely irresistible." fRoots. Video from a previous performance at the club: My True Love Once He Courted Me on YouTube.
14th October 2010 Robb Johnson Widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. "Creator of some of the most potent songs of the last decade." fRoots.
21st October 2010 Coombs, Locke and Puckett Mandola/guitar and serious cello-scraping from Mr & Mrs Coombs, that's Geoff and Kathryn, who somehow make sense of the poet, Bernard Puckett's, strange songs with ukulele and guitar, of London life and death and Stetson Stan.
28th October 2010 Reuben's Train Songs from the darker side of life. The dynamic duo will take us on a dark journey, but not with out some laughs, maybe, through their repertoire of Americana, depression, despair and bad hangovers, with style and accomplished guitar. Dress code black.
4th November 2010 The Possum Lickers Old-time blues, hillbilly ballads and cowboy curiosities. Voices, guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle and windjammer.
11th November 2010 Karin Wallin Karin is known for her playing of tunes from Skåne in the south of Sweden. As a child she used to play fiddle for her father's dance classes and continues to delight dancers and audience alike with her driving style of playing. Opening concert of Tania's Annual London Swedish Fiddle Weekend.
18th November 2010 Mat Green & Andy Turner Traditional English songs and tunes on anglo concertina and fiddle, from some lesser-known eighteenth and nineteenth century sources all played with vigour and robust rhythms.
25th November 2010 Davis, Locker and Winquist + The Occasional String Band Rosie Davis, Joe Locker and Bob Winquist have all been a part of the UK and European folk scene for many years, and are well known by enthusiasts of traditional American music. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, autoharp, double bass, clogging and vocals.
2nd December 2010 Tom McConville and David Newey "Scintillating fiddle, a silky smooth voice, a wide grin and a dry Geordie wit," it says here. BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year 2009, with much younger and better-looking guitarist.
9th December 2010 Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston Double bass player and singer Miranda has been described as a 'musical chameleon' reflecting the way that she so easily slips between musical genres. Rex is a mandolin virtuoso who came third in the Walnut Valley Mandolin Championships in Kansas last year. And if that's not enough to drag you out on a cold winter's night, we don't know what is.
16th December 2010 Christmas Party!!! Pass the parcel! Free sandwiches!! An opportunity to perform your party piece, however eccentric, and rare chance to get to play with The Angel Band. Yes. really!
6th January 2011 Dogan Mehmet and Matt Quinn "Dogan Mehmet ... gives a roaring fanfare for multicultural Britain, merging Anglo-Turk traditions with relish and conviction ... whether in full Turkish mode, re-jigging English trad or concocting his own potent mixture of the two ..." -- Mojo. Matt Quinn is a multi-instrumentalist who sings and plays traditional folk songs and tunes on melodeon, fiddle and mandolin. You knew that anyway.
13th January 2011 Rattle on the Stovepipe Dave Arthur (banjo, guitar, melodeon, vocals), Pete Cooper (fiddle, vocals) and Dan Stewart (guitar, banjo) explore the interwoven worlds of traditional British and Appalachian songs, ballads, and music. Morris dances flow into their Old Time Appalachian counterparts, minstrel songs brought to Britain in the 19th century are resurrected via the singing of Cotswold rural labourers, while English jigs and Scottish pipe tunes evolve into fiddle and banjo reels, and 18th century British ballads, as heard from singers in the mountains and 'hollers' of Kentucky, Georgia and N.Carolina, reappear in more democratic guise.
20th January 2011 Blue Thursday A homeopathic dose of the blues to help you get over Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year, according to the media. London bluesmen Simon Hindley and Chris Bluestreet, ably assisted by surprise guests, rock the joint (acoustically!)
27th January 2011 Gail Williams and Jim Younger Stalwarts of the London scene perform mainly American songs and tunes on fiddle, guitar, banjo and vocals, plus some from Gail's Welsh roots, possibly.
3rd February 2011 John Hegley John Hegley is a regular sell-out at The Edinburgh Festival, so come early if you want to get in. John is widely known as one of the country's most innovative comic poets with several best-selling volumes of poetry to his name. He believes in morris dancing, as we all do
10th February 2011 Beskydy Rollicking East European dance music with fiddles, accordion, clarinet, and dramatic singing in various languages, from one of our favourite big bands.
17th February 2011 Drones Exciting quartet return to the club, playing original acoustic music and songs with cello, mandolin, clarinet, percussion, car parts, toys, birdcalls, musical saw, items from the garden shed... As seen on Blue Peter and heard on Radios 2, 3, 4, etc! No toys are hurt during their performance -- and you can try it at home. "A delight." Time Out "Surprisingly pleasant." The Times
24th February 2011 Fiona Larcombe and Terry Mann One of the best singers of traditional songs, who is also a fine fiddler, is accompanied to perfection by the man who can play anything he turns his hand to, with unseemly proficiency.
3rd March 2011 Duck Soup Superb musicianship, with a sense of humour, from Dan Quinn, Ian Kearey and Adam Bushell on melodeons, mandolin and marimba, as they navigate their extremely eclectic repertoire with style and sensitivity. "A cross between an English tune session in your favourite pub and a collision in an instrument shop."
10th March 2011 David Rovics Songs of Social Significance. David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. He and his songs are featured on national radio around the world. "Listen to David Rovics." Pete Seeger. "Phil Ochs is not dead, he's reincarnated in the body of David Rovics." Folkworld magazine.
17th March 2011 Charlotte Sterland + Andrew Shaw + Sunnie Dae An evening of song from former TRAD2MAD entrants. Singer-songwriter Charlotte Sterland presents her interestingly quirky take on things. Andrew Shaw adds his unaccompanied traditional English songs to Sunnie Dae's bluesy, Afro-Latin mélange.
24th March 2011 Angles Chris Walshaw (bagpipes and whistles), Cliff Stapleton (hurdy gurdy) and Richard Jones (accordion) give a new slant on ancient rhythms. With striking melodies and powerful riffs Angles mix haunting pipes, earthy gurdy rhythms and driving accordion bass lines to create their distinctive folk-trance groove (!) tinged with blues and jazz (it says here).
31st March 2011 Peta Webb, Ken Hall and Simon Hindley One of England's finest and best-known singing duos perform songs in harmony - mainly American - with Simon Hindley, on guitar and voice. "Peta Webb ... leaves no tear unjerked." fROOTS
7th April 2011 Jim Woodland Jim Woodland is simply one of the best songwriters around! He has a history in rock music, cabaret, theatre and the contemporary folk circuit and brings humour and passion to his gripping performances. Highly recommended!
14th April 2011 Chris Sarjeant Chris is a singer of traditional English songs and an accomplished guitarist using unusual tunings.
21st April 2011 Tim Chipping + Alison Frosdick + Simon Vaughan Last year's TRAD2MAD contest unearthed some hidden gems. Here are the winner and two singers who ran him close. Judge for yourselves!
28th April 2011 Andrew Frank and Michael Hebbert Our own eclectic troubador rejoins the maestro of the Jeffries Duet concertina for a trip down Memory Lane. It's not often that we have the chance to experience such a rare treat, so turn up in your hundreds. Absolutely unmissable!
5th May 2011 New Deal String Band American traditional music in the Old Time style from the legendary Tom Paley, Joe Locker and Ben Paley - on guitars, banjos and fiddles. Tom performed with Woody Guthrie, was a founder member of the even more legendary New Lost City Ramblers ("I took to them immediately." Chronicles, Bob Dylan), Ben Paley is "just about the best folk fiddler of his generation" fROOTS - and Joe Locker's not bad, either. Usual apologies for recycling this old blurb, but it says it all.
12th May 2011 Andy Clarke A passionate interpreter of traditional song, especially from his native South West, and a fine player of the guitar and bouzouki. "An excellent singer and instrumentalist who performs with the skill and taste of a master craftsman." Pete Coe
19th May 2011 Will Duke and Dan Quinn You know what to expect, by now, from two of the foremost exponents of English Country Music: great tunes played with taste and style on anglo concertina and melodeon, more-or-less traditional songs performed in highly-distinctive unison - and not a few laughs.
26th May 2011 Paul Darby and The Yirdbards Paul is a fine singer from Wiltshire, accompanied by Pat Randall (guitar, backing vocals) and Verity Sharp (cello, fiddle). The songs, many of which have been written by close friends, have a strong spiritual power, often drawing on man's potent relationship with nature, landscape and society. Meaning: Yird - Earth, Bard - Poet. "Strong and true." Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2.
2nd June 2011 Kath Tait Witty, clever, catchy New Zealand songsmith tells tales of cycling and naughty neighbours, accompanying herself on guitar and harmonica. It's a long ride home!
9th June 2011 Martin Carthy Come early ...
16th June 2011 Ruth & Sadie Price Powerful unaccompanied harmony singing of mainly traditional songs from Yorkshire-born sisters and folk festival stalwarts, especially at Whitby. We've brought them all the way down here - just for you. "Authentic stuff with an edge to it." Tykes News
23rd June 2011 Hunter Muskett If you missed them at The Great British Folk Festival last year, here's your chance. Three guitars, bass and harmony vocals. Sometimes described as 'folk-rock' they're not really that, rather a more interesting Pentangle.
30th June 2011 Magpie Lane Traditional English music and song. All the way from Oxfordshire, they combine powerful vocals with vigorous dance tunes. Fiddle, anglo concertina, cello, frets and lots of voices. A rare chance to see them in London.
1st September 2011 Bob Davenport with Roger Digby & Liz Giddings Welcome back! We start the season with two old friends of the club, and one young one, with an eclectic and sometimes idiosyncratic song repertoire, accompanied by Anglo concertina and fiddle. "Few singers are as important to the revival." The Telegraph
8th September 2011 George Papavgeris Singer-songwriter singing the praises of ordinary people with guitar and passion. "Few have written so many songs that demand your full attention and then insist, in the finest of ways, on staying with you forever." Graham Searle
15th September 2011 Whitetop Mountaineers A young duo, Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham, who live in the highest mountains in Virginia. Their shows feature old time country duet singing, up-tempo old time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, bluegrass mandolin and guitar instrumentals, as well as high-energy Appalachian dancing.
22nd September 2011 David Campbell Scion of a renowned singing family, and for many years a resident at the club, singing English and Americana, along with his father's (Ian's) noted songs, with banjo and ukulele accompaniment, sometimes.
29th September 2011 Emmanuel Pariselle & Christian Maës From France, two virtuoso performers on the diatonic accordeon (melodeon to you) and, incidentally, both keen anglers. It's the new rock 'n' roll, as I've been saying for years.
6th October 2011 Mistaken Identity Blokes singing four-part harmony: some traditional, but not much!
13th October 2011 Sleeping Dogz More musical mayhem from Wild Willy Barrett, Helen Holland and John Devine
20th October 2011 Lady Maisery An exciting new vocal trio from Hannah James (Kerfuffle, The Demon Barbers), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola).
27th October 2011 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton 'Contemporary English Roots' from two masters of the fiddle, mandolin, cello and guitar. Traditional tunes and songs, and their own highly original new pieces.
22nd November 2011 The Raven + Martin Nail + Stetson Stan The Raven play a range of traditional and contemporary folk music and original material following the folk tradition, Martin Nail sings unaccompanied and definitely follows the folk tradition. Stetson Stan defiantly doesn't.
10th November 2011 Matts Arnberg A native of Dala-Floda in Västerdalarna and a direct tradition-bearer of the Tillman family of fiddlers who dominated the Floda music scene from the early 1800's until the 1980's.
17th November 2011 Graham Hine Lead guitarist of the legendary Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts presents an evening of slide guitar in his unique interpretation of Delta blues.
24th November 2011 Crownstreet Songs and instrumentals, traditional and contemporary, from a new quartet which includes two of the Hosepipe Band, playing bagpipes, sax, flute, melodeon, concertina, frets, and much more. And they all sing.
1st December 2011 Reuben's Train More songs from the darker side of life. The 'dynamic' duo will take us on a dark journey, but not without some laughs, through their repertoire of Americana, depression, despair and hangovers, with style and accomplished guitar.
8th December 2011 SOAS Rebetiko Band A 15(ish)-strong band featuring powerful bouzouki playing, artful percussion and sublimely soulful singing.
15th December 2011 John Kirkpatrick's Christmas Show - Carolling and Crumpets Does what it says on the tin, although we can't guarantee the crumpets. Master of the Anglo concertina, melodeon and button accordion, singer, composer and morris dancer, in case you didn't know.
22nd December 2011 Christmas Party Pass the parcel! Free sandwiches!! An opportunity to perform your party piece, however eccentric, and rare chance to get to play with The Angel Band. Bring a kazoo...
5th January 2012 Sharp Folkus With a mainly trad repertoire, the Sharp Folkus kaleidoscope is always changing. Singing in ones, twos and threes, a cappella or accompanied by melodeon, whistle, guitar, the folk in this colourful five-umvirate (Andrew Shaw, Alison Frosdick, Jack Burnaby, Claire Rakich and Amanda MacLean) were thrown together at Sharp's Folk Club in Camden Town and are now hitting the bright lights of Islington. Expect tears, laughter, boas, and plenty of choruses.
12th January 2012 Askew Sisters Two fine young musicians who sing and play trad English on fiddle and melodeon. We first met them when they started doing floor spots at the club, now they're stars at festivals and clubs across the nation. NB. We can't guarantee this for all our floor singers.
19th January 2012 Blue Thursday A homeopathic dose of the blues to help you get over Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year, according to the media. London bluesmen Simon Hindley and Chris Bluestreet, ably assisted by surprise guests. Damn right they got the blues.
26th January 2012 Moth Broth + Simon Vaughan + Laura Smyth Tunes from Simon Booth of Ran Tan Band fame on harmonica and melodeon and percussion by Rob Twisse, of whom it has been said. Songs expertly performed by two of our TRAD2MAD discoveries from last year and this.
2nd February 2012 Mary Humphreys & Anahata Established stars of the folk club and festival scene perform sometimes unusual versions of trad English and Welsh songs and tunes with masterly melodeon, Anglo and English concertinas, cello and banjo.
9th February 2012 Reg Meuross English singer-songwriter that we rather like, and we're not alone... "Reg tells it with Soul" Nick Lowe "There's something special about the way he writes and delivers a song" Townes Van Zandt
16th February 2012 Wizz Jones Return of a legend! An influence on virtually every British guitarist that followed him, John Renbourn, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence. He's also very funny.
23rd February 2012 Broken Biscuits Bizarro Mandola/guitar and serious cello-scraping from Geoff Coombs and Kathryn Locke, who somehow make sense of the poet, Bernard Puckett's, strange songs with ukulele and guitar, ranging from balladry to Bollywood. It may be strange! Member of audience: "Will the second half be as bizarre as the first?" Kathryn: "I do hope so!"
1st March 2012 Brian Peters English mostly traditional songs and tunes from a consummate master of the melodeon and virtuoso on the concertina. He's not bad on the guitar, too.
8th March 2012 Tony Hall Crikey! Another consummate master of the melodeon. You wait for months, then two come along together. A true sui generis legend (with an ever so slightly surreal sense of humour).
15th March 2012 Leon Rosselson Yet another legend! We're spoiling you. Acclaimed singer and songwriter performs many of his classic compositions. The World Turned Upside Down box set is now available for purchase. Bring cash.
22nd March 2012 The Drones They call themselves a contemporary quartet, which leaves plenty of leeway. Good-humoured, quirky music, sometimes using musical instruments. Anything could happen, including the Toy Symphony.
29th March 2012 David Rovics Songs of Social Significance. David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. He and his songs are featured on national radio around the world. "Listen to David Rovics." Pete Seeger. "Phil Ochs is not dead, He's reincarnated in the body of David Rovics." Folkworld magazine
5th April 2012 Tom McConville A welcome return of The Newcastle Fiddle Player, one of our favourites. Virtuoso fiddle in the James Hill tradition (i.e. fancy!), great singing and a ready wit. "One of the greatest violinists I've ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music -- a true master" Seth Lakeman
12th April 2012 New Deal String Band American traditional music in the Old Time style from the legendary Tom Paley and his son Ben Paley -- on guitars, banjos and fiddles.
19th April 2012 Suffolk Evening Songs and tunes from singers and musicians who play at musical evenings around Snape, Blaxhall, Aldringham and Southwold in East Suffolk. The evening will be run like an informal Suffolk session, with tunes and rousing chorus songs from the assembled crew, which include a gamekeeper, a fisherman, a builder, a decorator, a teacher, the inevitable Southwold brewery worker -- and a commuter.
26th April 2012 Pete Morton English singer-songwriter with a strong emphasis on social commentary -- and some traditional songs. "... this guy is amongst the best the British roots music scene has produced in living memory." FROOTS Magazine "... not only impressive but a revelation ... totally original." The Guardian
3rd May 2012 Katie Howson & Jeannie Harris Songs and tunes played on one-row melodeons by two doyennes of the trad East Anglian scene.
10th May 2012 Anne Price & Steve Suffet Both well known on the New York folk scene for many years, Anne and Steve perform traditional and contemporary folk music from North America and abroad, including a few from Woody Guthrie.
17th May 2012 Racker Donnelly Irish folk poet delivers verses and songs, mostly comic, with gusto and possibly brio (not the wooden toys). "Brilliant. Genius. Lovely stuff." BBC Radio 4
24th May 2012 Beskydy The music of Beskydy is largely inspired by the music from the Beskydy mountain range of former Czechoslovakia -- Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia but also includes music from Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey and from the Jewish Klezmer and Jewish- Hungarian tradition. Violin, accordion, viola, clarinet, percussion
31st May 2012 Rory Ellis Australian singer-songwriter Rory Ellis combines a rich distinctive voice and emotive lyrics to produce an exhilarating and original sound blending blues, folk and country. He takes inspiration from his homeland and the varied histories of its people, and from his own eventful life. The Melbourne native has spent many years touring locally and internationally with his up-front brand of roots-based music.
7th June 2012 Maggie Boyle & Paul Downes Maggie Boyle is a traditional singer and flute player. Through her ballads, old and new, she continues the tradition of music and storytelling passed on by her Irish family. She is accompanied by singer and guitarist Paul Downes (of Downes and Beer, The Alabama Smoke Revue and The Joyce Gang)
14th June 2012 Klezmer Klub Eastern European dance tunes played on clarinet, accordion, fiddle, trombone and mandolin -- and Yiddish songs!
21st June 2012 James McDonald + Marianne Neary + Pete Cooper's Scratch Fiddlers Two powerful performers discovered (by us, at least) in our 2011 TRAD2MAD contest -- and a band of fiddlers from The London Fiddle School, led by our local maestro.
28th June 2012 Possum Lickers Club favourites, playing old-time blues, hillbilly ballads and cowboy waltzes. Featuring David Campbell (vocals, banjo, ukulele), The Man With No Name (vocals, guitar, kazoo) and The Man In Black (mandolin, fiddle, squeezebox, jug)
6th September 2012 Magpie Lane Five-piece band from Oxfordshire performing traditional English songs and dance tunes on fiddle, concertina, cello, frets, percussion and more. Their instrumental prowess is matched by their powerful vocal harmonies.
13th September 2012 Jack Burnaby and Alison Frosdick Voice and melodeon duo who have just launched their EP When Fishes Fly to good reviews. They were at the club earlier this year as part of Sharp Focus, and Alison won the 2nd prize in our 2010 Trad2Mad competition.
20th September 2012 Rattle on the Stovepipe The interwoven worlds of traditional British and Appalachian songs, ballads, and music are explored by Dave Arthur on guitar, banjo and melodeon, Pete Cooper on fiddle and Dan Stewart on banjo and guitar. Shirley Collins MBE is one of their biggest fans, as are we all some.
27th September 2012 Attila the Stockbroker "Sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter. His themes are topical, his words hard-hitting, his politics unashamedly radical, but Attila will make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger..." Just about sums him up.
4th October 2012 Wild Willy Barrett's Sleeping Dogz More musical mayhem from 'godfather of grunge folk' Wild Willy Barrett, with Helen Holland, John Devine, a cello, a harmonium, some Irish pipes and a lot of other instruments.
11th October 2012 Jeff Warner One of America's foremost performers and interpreters of traditional music. Banjo, guitar, concertina and voice.
18th October 2012 Claire Rakich + Stetson Stan + The Half Full Jug Band A musical melange: a young chanteuse from the Sharp's orbit, a 'Texan' balladeer and blues 'n' hokum with guitar, mandolin, washboard and jug... and kazoo.
25th October 2012 Chris Sarjent with Jackie Oates, and Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer Record release party for this popular singer and guitarist who is steeped in the folk music tradition of the British Isles.
1st November 2012 Jo Freya Member of Old Swan Band, Blowzabella, Token Women and more, chameleon of Folk and mistress of reinvention on piano, sax, voice and loop-box, but with firm groundings in traditional music. Jo first appeared at the club in The Cotswold Liberation Front. Happy days!
8th November 2012 Mats Berglund Tania's Swedish Ting brings Mats back after 10 years. From Värmland on the Swedish/Norwegian border, Mats is a powerful and inspiring performer of tunes from his home region. Among the tune types he will play are the pols, asymmetric polska and halling.
15th November 2012 Emmanuel Pariselle & Christian Maës From France, two virtuoso performers on the diatonic accordeon (melodeon to you).
22nd November 2012 Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley One of England's finest and best-known singing duos perform songs in harmony - Irish, British and American - with Simon Hindley, our own resident bluesman, on guitar.
29th November 2012 Reuben's Train More songs from the darker side of life. The 'dynamic' duo will take us on a dark journey, but not without some laughs, through their repertoire of Americana, depression, despair and hangovers, with style and accomplished guitar
6th December 2012 Balabustah Chris Taylor (accordion), Dov Levitski (violin), Andy Ruiz-Palma (guitar) and Paul Malloy (double bass) play an eclectic mix of klezmer, traditional Eastern European and gypsy music.
13th December 2012 Bob Davenport, Roger Digby & Liz Giddings Two old friends of the club, and one young one, with an eclectic and sometimes idiosyncrastic song repertoire, accompanied by anglo concertina and fiddle. "Few singers command the respect of their peers like Tyneside's Bob Davenport - his radical fire is undimmed." The Observer Music Monthly Magazine
20th December 2012 Christmas Party Pass the parcel! Free sandwiches!! An opportunity to perform your party piece, however eccentric, and rare chance to get to play with The Angel Band. Bring your own kazoo...
3rd January 2013 Jim Murray and The Too Good to Hurry Band Mostly traditional music and songs from the North-East of England sung by an old friend of the club with his new band. We may hear Tommy Armstrong's The Skeul Board Man and even gan along the Scotswood Road, with fiddles, melodeon and guitar. Start the new year as you mean to carry on!
10th January 2013 Robin Gillan We welcome back a multi-talented young star of the Old Timey scene. Expect singing, fiddling, guitaring and banjoing of the highest order. Maybe even melodeoning.
17th January 2013 Molten Amba English folk with world rhythms, jazz sensibilities and instrumental pyrotechnics, featuring old club favourites Chris Walshaw on bagpipes and Richard Jones on accordion, with rather good guitar, bass and percussion.
24th January 2013 Blue Thursday A homeopathic dose of the blues to help you get over Blue Monday, supposedly the most miserable day of the year. London bluesmen Simon "No Name" Hindley and Chris "Even His Guitar Is Blue" Bluestreet, ably assisted by surprise guests (George Osborne on vibes?). Damn right we got the blues.
31st January 2013 Ffion Mair, Andrew Shaw, Simon Vaughan Unaccompanied, mainly trad songs performed by three accomplished singers who have appeared in our Trad2Mad competitions. Ffion's repertoire is influenced by the tradition of her native Mid Wales and Simon's by his Yorkshire background. Andrew is well-known as a solo singer and member of Sharp Folkus.
7th February 2013 London Uyghur Ensemble The London Uyghur Ensemble is a London-based group playing traditional and popular music of the Central Asian Uyghurs. The group includes Uyghur musicians from the Uyghur homeland - East Turkistan (the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) and from the Uyghur diaspora in Kyrgyzstan, in collaboration with professional British musicians. Their repertoire includes instrumental pieces, dance, composed and traditional songs.
14th February 2013 Three Drunken Maidens Have you heard the one about the English woman, the Scots woman and the Guernsey woman? Alison Frosdick, Amanda McLean and Claire Rakich sing folk songs in close harmony, occasionally accompanying themselves on guitar, mandolin, harmonium, whistle, and kazoos. PS. They won't actually be drunk, we hope.
21st February 2013 Laura Smyth Winner of the 2011 TRAD2MAD competition, Laura has rapidly developed into a confident and engaging performer with a varied and interesting repertoire. Sometimes unaccompanied, or with her own English concertina and Ted Kemp's banjo and melodeon.
28th February 2013 SOAS Rebetiko Band The Famous SOAS Rebetiko Band plays the Rebetiko music of Greece, a broad genre of urban songs and instrumental music which developed in and around the major port areas of Eastern Mediterranean - Smyrna/Izmir, Istanbull, Syros, Piraeus and Thessaloniki. There will be bouzoukis and other stringed things with long necks, and singing.
7th March 2013 Martin Nail and the Sub-Committee Martin's songs range from traditional English to Atkin/James - and the legend of Freddie McKay. Tonight he's backed by a sub-set of the legendary Committee Band, with melodeon, guitar, sax and violins. That's two legends.
14th March 2013 Damien Barber & Mike Wilson From Norfolk and Teesside come two of the finest exponents of traditional song in the United Kingdom. As well as their rich shared traditional repertoire they feature the work of modern folk writers such as Peter Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.
21st March 2013 James McDonald & friends A singer and songmaker from County Wexford who will share the songs he has learned from the singers of that county and elsewhere. He will be joined by some wonderfully talented performers from the London Irish scene.
28th March 2013 Robb Johnson Robb Johnson is one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. No further introduction required. "An English original." The Guardian
4th April 2013 David Campbell Longtime member and sometime resident of the club, he's the only one of Birmingham's most celebrated singing family still active on the folk scene. More or less elderly songs, some accompanied on five-string banjo or ukulele.
11th April 2013 Order of the Planets + Long Lankin + Rosemary Lippard A triple bill with a (very) young folk rock band, a multi-instrumental band with strong harmonies and songs from all over - and the beautiful and pure voice of the winner of our 2012 TRAD2MAD competition.
18th April 2013 Leon Rosselson And they all sang Rosselsongs - but not like the man himself. Those of us who love his songs will always enjoy hearing them delivered with the wit and dexterity of England's premier chansonnier. Simply the best.
25th April 2013 Steve Ashley Singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by many artists the world over. "Steve Ashley is simultaneously a blast from the past and a voice for current times ... tackling social and political issues with a poetic eye and a gentle and melodious style ..." Rhythms Magazine (Australia)
2nd May 2013 Nick Pickett A welcome return to the club for a stalwart of the blues scene from way back. Nick now performs original songs with jazz and blues overtones on guitar and harmonica.
9th May 2013 Balacordes All the way from Belgium, Wim Baeck (violin) and Tristan Driessens (oud) play French and Flemish dance music, and also combine Scandinavian traditions with middle eastern makam music, maybe.
16th May 2013 John Kirkpatrick One of a select group of whom it can be said: no introduction necessary. As seen on TV... Come early.
23rd May 2013 Dan Quinn & Will Duke You know what to expect, by now, from two of the foremost exponents of English Country Music: great tunes played with taste and style on anglo concertina and melodeon, more-or-less traditional songs performed in highly-distinctive unison - and not a few laughs
30th May 2013 David Rovics Songs of Social Significance. David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. He and his songs are featured on national radio around the world. "Listen to David Rovics." Pete Seeger. "Phil Ochs is not dead, He's reincarnated in the body of David Rovics." Folkworld magazine
6th June 2013 Laura Victoria with Jo Cooper, Laurel Swift, Ben Moss and Sarah-Jane Miller + The London Fiddle School Cello-playing songwriter Laura is joined by two superb fiddlers. And then there's an extra large dose of fiddling from Pete Cooper and his disciples.
13th June 2013 Jim Causley with Julie Murphy and Ceri Owen-Jones Launch of a new CD featuring the poetry of Cornishman Charles Causley, a distant relative of Jim, who is joined by Julie Murphy on piano and voice and Ceri Owen-Jones on harp and voice (both headline acts in their own right). Three for the price of one!
20th June 2013 The Drones A beloved institution - a startlingly talented quartet producing original music on a bewildering array of instruments, many of them musical. The Drones play original music on various reeds, various strings, various percussion - and cello. "A delight." Time Out "Surprisingly pleasant." The Times
27th June 2013 Suffolk night Back by popular demand! Songs and tunes from singers and musicians who play at musical evenings around Snape, Blaxhall and Southwold in East Suffolk. The evening will be run like an informal Suffolk session, with tunes and rousing chorus songs from the assembled crew.
5th September 2013 Tony Hall We start the season in fine style with the legendary master of the melodeon, singer of traditional songs and composer of his own, usually slightly off-colour, droll ditties. The true sound of Norfolk - Alan Partridge notwithstanding.
12th September 2013 The Teacups The Teacups are a vibrant new folk vocal quartet based in Newcastle, featuring Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will Finn. They perform traditional and contemporary songs in a wide variety of styles from all over the UK and beyond, in new and exciting arrangements.
19th September 2013 Victor Jara Night Thames Angels sing the songs of Chilean poet and songwriter Victor Jara on the 40th anniversary of his death. On a lighter note, local chansonnier Richard Hayter sings Richard Hayter and Stetson Stan keeps it Mexican (Sombrero Stan?).
26th September 2013 Hunter Muskett On tour with three guitars, bass and vocals - and a new CD. Sometimes described as 'folk-rock' they're not really that - they're rather more interesting. Original songs with acoustic and electric guitars and lush vocal harmonies. Unplugged!
3rd October 2013 Stuart Forester Songwriter, storyteller and troubadour with guitar and mountain dulcimer, who impressed with his recent floorspots. "A great singer, songwriter. He writes really finely-crafted songs that feel to me to be deeply rooted in the tradition." Mike Harding
10th October 2013 Jim Bainbridge Long-awaited return of the one-time Marsden Rattler, singer and melodeon player of Scottish, Irish and Tyneside tunes and songs, frequently humorous.
17th October 2013 Tom McConville A welcome return of The Newcastle Fiddle Player, one of our favourites. Masterful fiddle in the James Hill tradition (up the dusty end), great singing and a ready wit. " One of the greatest violinists I've ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music - a true master" Seth Lakeman
24th October 2013 Indigie Femme Creative forces merge when the Northern and Southern Hemipheres come together in this duo, through songs and stories from Navajo, Maori and Samoan heritage. World music, indeed!
31st October 2013 Brian Peters Virtuoso on melodeon, anglo concertina and guitar, specialising in northern dance tunes and songs. "One of the very best performers in the field of English traditional song and music" Dirty Linen
7th November 2013 Sturla Eide The latest in a long line of master musicians brought over for Tania Simon's Scandinavian Fiddle Weekend, Sturla Eide has been one of Norway´s most accomplished traditional fiddlers for many years, playing fiddle, viola and Hardanger fiddle.
14th November 2013 Steve Turner Yet more virtuoso playing from this English concertina player and singer with an eclectic selection of material.
21st November 2013 Bof! French and Breton dance music played on hurdy gurdy, diatonic accordion, frets and bagpipes.
28th November 2013 New Deal String Band Old Time music from Tom Paley, Joe Locker and ben Paley on guitar, fiddle and banjo. As heard on Radio 4.
Notes by David Campbell, Alex Szyszkowski, Bernard Puckett, et al
5th December 2013 Bob Davenport with Roger Digby and Liz Giddings Two old friends of the club, and one young one, with an eclectic and sometimes idiosyncrastic song repertoire, accompanied by anglo concertina and fiddle. "Few singers are as important to the revival." The Telegraph
12th December 2013 Magpie Lane Christmas Show Five-piece band from Oxfordshire performing traditional English songs and dance tunes on fiddle, concertina, cello, frets, percussion and more. Their instrumental prowess is matched by their powerful vocal harmonies.
19th December 2013 Christmas Party!!!! Pass the parcel! Free sandwiches!! An opportunity to perform your party piece, however eccentric. Kazoos provided. Free entry to members - and a chance to renew your subs for next year before the new year rush.
January 2nd 2014 Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp Since winning the 2011 TRAD2MAD competition, Laura has quickly established herself as a confident and engaging performer with an interesting repertoire of English songs and tunes, including many from her native Manchester area. Sometimes unaccompanied, or with her own English concertina and cello and Ted Kemp's banjo, melodeon and harmony voice.
January 9th 2014 Reuben's Train Songs from the darker side of life, with both pathos and bathos. Mostly American songs, some traditional and some not so traditional. lu·gu·bri·ous, adj. mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
January 16th 2014 Pete Morton English singer-songwriterwith a strong emphasis on social commentary - and some traditional songs. His 'Frapping' (folk rap) technique of marrying traditional folk choruses with rap have been well received and feature highly on his new CD "... not only impressive but a revelation ... totally original." The Guardian
January 23rd 2014 Blue Thursday A homeopathic dose of the blues to help you get over Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year, according to the media. London bluesmen Simon Hindley and his Fablon Guitar and Chris 'Diving Duck' Bluestreet are ably assisted by those sons of fun, The Half Empty Jug Band.
January 30th 2014 John Hegley The People's Laureate. No further introduction needed. He believes in morris dancing, as we all do. "John Hegley is to potatoes what Wordsworth has been to daffodils." Observer
6th February 2014 August List Americana duo discovered at Towersey ripping the bar apart with their guitar/one-man percussion and vocal/instrumental combination. "An acoustic bullet straight through the heart ..."
13th February 2014 Rosemary Lippard + Piers Haslam + Toby Bennett & Scott Hartley Rosemary is the 2012 TRAD2MAD winner and Piers has impressed with classy English guitar style/song floor spot. Lakeland fiddler Scott accompanies impressive clog dancing from Toby Bennett, who dances Westmoreland style as well as a few fancy Sam Sherry routines.
20th February 2014 Kristina Olsen Back again, all the way from America, comes one of our favourite contemporary songstress-troubadours, known for her humorous, heartfelt and sometimes ribald songs. "Personal messages of life and love are delivered with fire, fine crafting and a blues style that mixes raw heat with subliminal magic." Benalla Performing Arts Centre
27th February 2014 Pete Cooper and Richard Bolton Virtuosi of the fiddle, mandolin, cello and guitar, their musical influences are diverse, but they identify their music - both traditional tunes and songs, and their own highly original new pieces - as 'Contemporary English Roots'. Which is not to say that there won't be wonky Eastern European and Texas ragtime as well.
6th March 2014 Jim Murray and the Too Good to Hurry Band Mostly traditional music and songs from the North-East of England sung by an old friend of the club with his sensational new band - with fiddles, melodeon, concertina, nyckelharpa and guitar.
13th March 2014 Matt Quinn Matt Quinn is fast becoming a well-known name on the English folk scene. He has performed at a wide range of venues from folk clubs across the country up to main stages at Sidmouth, Beverley, Warwick and Broadstairs festivals. A multi-instrumenalist, Matt plays melodeon, mandolin, fiddle and sings.
20th March 2014 The Ragged Out String Band Old time Americana and bluegrass.
27th March 2014 Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley One of England's finest and best-known singing duos perform songs in harmony - mainly American - with Simon Hindley, on guitar and voice. "Peta Webb...leaves no tear unjerked." fROOTS
3rd April 2014 David Rovics Songs of Social Significance. David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. He and his songs are featured on national radio around the world. "Listen to David Rovics." Pete Seeger. "Phil Ochs is not dead, He's reincarnated in the body of David Rovics." Folkworld magazine (Cut out this blurb and keep it for next year -- and the year after.)
10th April 2014 Allan Taylor One of the last of the travelling troubadours who came through the social and artistic revolution of the nineteen sixties and carved out a career as a solo singer-songwriter, with more than a hundred recorded versions of his songs by other artists. He's also a great guitarist.
17th April 2014 Mary Humphreys & Anahata English songs and tunes, including some unusual ones from their adoptive Cambridgeshire fens, performed with consummate skill and passion on melodeons, concertinas (anglo and English), banjo and cello.
24th April 2014 David Campbell Long-time member and sometime resident of the club, he's the only one of Birmingham's most celebrated singing family still active on the folk scene. More or less elderly songs, some accompanied on five-string banjo or ukulele.
1st May 2014 Sunnie Dae + Tom Reid + Alex Macdonald. Plus special guest Laurel Swift 2013 TRAD2MAD bronze medallist Sunnie Dae brings her Jamaican and self-penned roots songs. Tom Reid is an emerging Irsih singer-songwriter and guitarist whose compositions are built on a lifetime of experience. Alex MacDonald is a young, blues and calypso singer whose guitar kills fascists (Health and Safety announcement). Laurel Swift ushers in the summer with her exciting brand of morris dancing (Health and Safety, etc).
8th May 2014 Tom Blackburn & Hannah Saunders Originally from Wales, Tom is a young singer-guitarist influenced by Martin Simpson, John Renbourn, Nic Jones and others, playing a mix of originals, instrumentals and traditional songs. Hannah is a singer and mountain dulcimer player, singing trad to Joni Mitchell. Bernard describes her as 'an exotic from outside the M25', but then, he lives in Enfield.
15th May 2014 Liam Robinson Yellerbelly night with a young singer and player of the melodeon and anglo concertina who performs songs and tunes from his native Lincolnshire. Half price entry to all yellerbellies (on presentation of birth certificate).
22nd May 2014 The Drones A beloved institution -- a startlingly talented quartet producing original music on a bewildering array of instruments, many of them musical. The Drones play original music on various reeds, various strings, various percussion -- and cello. "A delight." Time Out "Surprisingly pleasant." The Times
29th May 2014 Mat Green & Andy Turner Mainly traditional English dance tunes and songs on quintessentially English fiddle and anglo concertina and melodeon. There will be some little-known tunes from eighteenth and nineteenth century village musicians' tunebooks, but essentially they will play any good dance tune from almost anywhere. Possibility of morris jig (Health and Safety, etc).
5th June 2014 Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby English songs from excellent local duo, with voices, melodeon and concertina. They do what it says on the tin -- if they were in a tin, which they're not, obviously.
12th June 2014 Wizz Jones A true legend! One of the best guitarists you're ever likely to see -- John Renbourn, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence. A warm, engaging and witty performer
19th June 2014 London Fiddle School + Nigel of Bermondsey + Gemma Khaawaja A feast of fiddling orchestrated by maestro Pete Cooper; folk stories and songs of our fair city from an original and engaging entertainer; and the winner of our 2013 TRAD2MAD competition, who is obviously a fine singer, otherwise she wouldn't have won, would she?
26th June 2014 Suffolk Night Back by popular demand! Songs and tunes from singers and musicians who play at musical evenings around Snape, Blaxhall and Southwold in East Suffolk. The evening will be run like an informal Suffolk session, with tunes and rousing chorus songs from the assembled crew. A must for all fans of The Singing Postman.
4th September 2014 Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp + Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby Two of our favourite duos doing split evening.
Laura and Ted have an interesting repertoire of English songs and tunes, including many from Laura's native Manchester area. Unaccompanied, or with her own English concertina and cello and Ted Kemp's banjo, melodeon and harmony voice. Laura won our 2011 TRAD2MAD competition.
Plus English songs from Alison and Jack, with voices, melodeon and concertina. Alison won the 2nd prize in our 2010 Trad2Mad competition.
11th September 2014 Richard Hayter + Clean Cut Kids + Bernard Puckett Local chansonnier, Dylan homage duo and screeching stick insect with ukulele make for an interesting evening's entertainment, don't they?
18th September 2014 Jenkin's Ear Shanty Men Shanties, forebitters and songs of the sea from all over the world, but particularly Britain, America and France, sung by genuine sea-dogs from Guernsey and England.
25th September 2014 Askew Sisters Superb fiddle, melodeon, singing. What can we say that hasn't been said before?
2nd October 2014 Nick Dow Songs from the English tradition, many collected from travellers, performed by a singer/guitarist who is an acknowdged expert on West Country folk songs. He's also a restorer of gypsy wagons.
9th October 2014 Karina Knight + Andrew Shaw + Moth Broth TRAD2MAD silver medallist and fab floor spot secured the booking in this three-way split with favourite trad tenor Andrew Shaw and the English tune machine, Moth Broth.
16th October 2014 Alma Brand new fiddle band performing their own unique arrangements of tunes from England and the rest of Europe. They are fiddle players Emily Askew (Askew Sisters), Nicola Lyons (4Square), Sarah Jones (XYZ), Deborah Chalmers (Folk Dance Remix) and guitarist Adrian Lever (Horse's Brawl, Arhai).
23rd October 2014 Foxglove Trio Multi-instrumentalists who perform mostly traditional songs from around the British Isles in English and Welsh, featuring yet another TRAD2MAD finalist.
30th October 2014 Klezmer Klub Local legends perform Eastern European dance tunes on accordion, bass fiddle, clarinet, mandolin and trombone, with songs in Yiddish from the Jewish East End of London.
6th November 2014 Sonia Sahlström and Håkan Larsson Sonia and her husband Håkan are professional musicians of the folk tradition and a well-established duo in Sweden where they perform on fiddle, nyckelharpa and harmonica in various combinations. There will undoubtedly be stories about Sonia's father, Eric Sahlström, who was responsible for making the nyckelharpa popular again in the mid 20th century through his enthusiasm and virtuosic playing.
13th November 2014 August List Lo-fi, alternative folk from young duo from Oxford. The August List are a boy/girl two-piece who play 'backwards country/porch folk' with a startling rock 'n' roll attitude. Acoustic guitars, kick drums, harmonicas and their voices are deployed with verve and passion on songs that take in life, love, death and making merry (it says here).
20th November 2014 Martin Nail & Panjandrum The return of The Treasurer with other members of the club's former resident band, now trading under a new name. Songs from the tradition, Clive James and Pete Atkin, and the legend that was the great Freddy McKay.
27th November 2014 Jorge Morales + Carol Burtt & Andrea Cavaglia + Bryan Causton & Anna Ardley Jorge, Chilean troubadour, brings his guitar and songs. He was special guest at last year's Victor Jara night along with Carol. She, a club regular and TRAD2MAD shortlister, sings Spanish and English songs accompanied by Italian guitarist Andrea. They are joined by Bryan and Anna who floorspotted at the club, impressed and are back with their tunes from everywhere, on mandolin, oboe, bassoon, cittern, bagpipes, guitar and everything else. (Everything?)
4th December 2014 New Deal String Band Old Time music from Tom Paley, Joe Locker and Ben Paley on guitar, fiddle and banjo. As heard on Radio 4.
11th December 2014 Bob Davenport, Roger Digby & Liz Giddings Two old friends of the club, and one young one, with an eclectic and sometimes idiosyncrastic song repertoire, accompanied by anglo concertina and fiddle. "Few singers are as important to the revival." The Telegraph (Really? The Telegraph?)
18th December 2014 Christmas Party Pass the parcel! Free sandwiches!! An opportunity to perform your party piece, however eccentric. Kazoos provided (maybe). Free entry to members - and a chance to renew your subs for next year before the New Year rush. Monsewer Twisse will demonstrate his prowess with the new mop and bucket.
8th January 2015 Ragged Out String Band High octane old time mountain music with fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass and harmony vocals. The last time they appeared at the club one of them had to leave at half time because his boat had sprung a leak. That couldn't happen again, could it?
15th January 2015 Rosewood All the way from East Anglia, Rosewood is a newish name for a trio who have played here under various guises: The Hosepipe Band, Crownstreet, Bof! - and even the Suffolk Session.They sing and play traditional and contemporary songs and tunes on an impressive array of instruments, including bagpipes, recorder, hammered dulcimer, saxophone, desk bells, guitar, bouzouki, melodeons and concertina. Let's hope they can find a parking space for their lorry.
22nd January 2015 Blue Thursday A homeopathic dose of the blues to help you get over Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year, according to the media. London bluesmen, Simon 'The Man With No Name' Hindley and his Fablon Guitar and Chris 'Diving Duck' Bluestreet and his Blue Guitar, are ably assisted by those sons of fun, The Half Empty Jug Band (with their wood-coloured guitar, mandolin and brown jug).
29th January 2015 Nigel of Bermondsey & the GentleFolk The enigmatic Nigel is a favourite at the club performing his intriguing original songs. He returns with his new power band, featuring voices, guitar, fiddle, cello and shruti box.
5th February 2015 Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater Jim is known for his natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years and his relaxed and playful stage presence. We've seen him solo and in various combinations (insert your own joke) but he's here tonight in his latest incarnation with guitarist Lukas Drinkwater.
12th February 2015 Laurel Swift and Ben Moss + Stick In the Wheel + The Museyroom Traditional and original songs with fiddles, melodeon, clogs and voices; "Welshy Cornish Cockney Folk Music" from "the hottest new folk band for ages..." fRoots; and something completely different on clarinet and melodeon - mind your hats goan in! * order of billing by length of name and number of fRoots covers.
19th February 2015 Reuben's Train Songs from the darker side of life, with both pathos and bathos. Mostly American songs, some traditional and some not so traditional. lu·gu·bri·ous, adj. mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
26th February 2015 Dave Shepherd & Simon Gielen English, Belgian, French and Breton Dance music with the fiddle of the long-time member of Blowzabella, possibly the most influential band in Europe, and the young virtuoso diatonic accordion player, hot from Eurostar.
5th March 2015 Martin Carthy What can we say. Come early. Special prices: £10 entrance (£8 for members)
12th March 2015 Jeff Warner One of America's foremost performers and interpreters of traditional music. Banjo, guitar, concertina and voice.
19th March 2015 Hannah Sanders British and American ballads and some contemporary songs with guitar and baritone mountain dulcimer - and the voice of an angel.
26th March 2015 Kathryn Locke with Chodompa Music With a CV that includes The Chainsaw Sisters, Token Women, Vivando, The Hosepipe Band and Flook, Kathryn Locke, Geoff Coombs and Sarah Allen need no introduction. Tonight they will be playing original music from the salt marshes of Essex to the foothills of the Himalayas.
2nd April 2015 Barluath Barluath are a diverse and innovative Glasgow-based Scottish folk band, who embrace both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Ireland and America. The band consists of five young musicians who met whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has a line-up comprising Scots and Gaelic song, fiddle, whistles, guitar, highland and border bagpipes, bouzouki, guitar and piano/keyboards.
9th April 2015 Leon Rosselson England's premier chansonnier, Leon is an acclaimed singer and songwriter with more than 50 years of performing under his belt and the author of 17 children's books. You probably already knew that.
16th April 2015 Pete Cooper and Richard Bolton English Roots Fiddle and Cello music - dance tunes, original pieces and songs, plus extra mandolin and guitar. "Two superbly innovative musicians at the height of their craft." English Dance & Song magazine
23rd April 2015 Tom McConville A welcome return of The Newcastle Fiddle Player, one of our favourites. "Tom is a brilliant fiddler and great singer; a wonderful ambassador of the James Hill musical tradition." Aly Bain
30th April 2015 Mary Humphreys and Anahata English songs and tunes, including some unusual ones from their adoptive Cambridgeshire fens, performed with consummate skill and passion on melodeons, concertinas (anglo and English), banjo and cello.
7th May 2015 Pete Morton Just what we need on General Election day. "Pete is everything we want our singer-songwriters to be. Fiercely creative, proudly independent, skilful, talented, and terminally unpredictable." MOJO Magazine
14th May 2015 John Hegley On the road from Barton on Humber to Oswaldtwistle on his Potato Tour, the People's Laureate finds time to visit his spiritual home. Come early - or you'll have to sit down the front.
21st May 2015 Suffolk Evening Back by popular demand! Songs and tunes from singers and musicians who play at musical evenings around Snape, Blaxhall and Southwold in East Suffolk. The evening will be run like an informal Suffolk session, with tunes and rousing chorus songs from the assembled crew. A must for all fans of The Singing Postman.
28th May 2015 David Rovics Songs of Social Significance. David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. He and his songs are featured on national radio around the world. "Listen to David Rovics." Pete Seeger. "Phil Ochs is not dead, He's reincarnated in the body of David Rovics." Folkworld magazine (Cut out this blurb and keep it for next year - and the year after.)
4th June 2015 Alma "Alma brings together fiddle players Emily Askew, Sarah Jones and Nicola Lyons, and guitarist Adrian Lever. Inspired by fiddle traditions from England and across Europe, at the heart of Alma's music is the joyful sound of three fiddles playing in harmony", it says on their website - and I couldn't have put it better myself.
11th June 2015 Tony Hall Taking time off from his day job as Director-General of the BBC. At last, the truth about the Jeremy Clarkson affair! "East Anglian melodeon-player with a distinctive, quintessentially English style, who played on the iconic '80s Nic Jones release 'Penguin Eggs'. Hall's sets are laid-back affairs, interspersed with his dry, sometimes gently surreal humour." Islington Folk Club (Quote on the website of Norwich Folk Club!)
18th June 2015 London Fiddle School + Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith + Amanda MacLean A feast of fiddling orchestrated by maestro Pete Cooper; Jimmy and Sid, who impressed with a floorspot recently, and their traditional and contemporary songs with guitar, banjo and close vocal harmonies: and local favourite, Sharp's grande dame - and short-listed novelist!
25th June 2015 Robinson O'Dwyer Kelly Liam Robinson (concertina & vocals), Eddy O'Dwyer (guitar, banjo & vocals) and Frances Kelly (vocals) sing and play traditional folk songs from Britain and North America. Liam is well known on the festival circuit and played a great set at Islington last year. We look forward to his return (despite his being a Grimsby Town supporter).
3rd September 2015 Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby Local heroes stepping into the breech. English songs, with voices, melodeon and concertina.
10th September 2015 John Kirkpatrick Master of the one- and two-row melodeon, anglo concertina and British diatonic three-row button accordion, singer, composer, songwriter, morris dancer, star of stage and screen, astronaut, brain surgeon - a veritable National Treasure.
17th September 2015 Patrick Black + Kate Locksley + Will Allen If Paul Simon had been raised in Birmingham on a diet of poetry, dissent and free school meals he'd sound a bit like Patrick, who has impressed with his floorspots at the club. Kate has sung here before several times, last time with The Teacups. Will Allen is a brilliant young musician from Dartford who plays melodeon.
24th September 2015 David Campbell One-time club resident now decamped to Birmingham. Voice, banjo and ukulele. "The finest interpreter of a song in the land." Somebody said that, and it wasn't me, although I endorse that view, of course.
1st October 2015 Racker Donnelly with Carol Anderson Former UK Slam Champion Poet, Irish Times Speakerof the Year & Grand Marshal of the Dublin Riviera. "Racker for Poet Laureate!" Ken Hall (who he?). With support from Scottish fiddle player Carol Anderson.
8th October 2015 Decent Scrapers Ed Caines (fiddle), John Cubbin (guitar), Sue Cubbin (fiddle & vocals) and Paul McCann (Duet Concertina ) come together as The John Clare Project aka Decent Scrapers to present an evening of tunes from C19th poet/fiddler John Clare, interrupted by his letters, songs and maybe even a poem.
15th October 2015 Springtide All the way from Australia, an internationally acclaimed trio playing hammered dulcimer, harp and cello. That's a lot of strings ...
22nd October 2015 Aimee Leonard & Emmie Ward Aimee, who is from Orkney, sings and plays bodhran; Emmie plays flute and and sings. She won Trad2Mad 2014, so she must be good.
29th October 2015 Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley Local legends perform mostly Americana, with voices, guitar, fiddle and kazoo. The Crouch End Nightingale, the Wigan Warbler and the Finchley ... er, Finch, will jerk your tears and evoke the spirit of The Hoosier Hot Shots to send you home with a smile on your face.
5th November 2015 Hans Kennemark Yet another fabulous Swedish fiddler graces our humble stage. Hans is a member of some of Sweden's top bands and is a riksspelman* on Västergötland tunes. He'll be teaching in workshops at the weekend - see Tania for details.
*"National Folk Musician of Sweden" or "Top banana".
12th November 2015 Stick in the Wheel Their mission statement: "We play the music of our people. We sing in our own accents. We record in our kitchens and living rooms. This is our culture, our tradition." We say, fresh and exciting folk music!
19th November 2015 New Deal String Band - Joe Hill 100 Years More legends, who need no introduction. Alright then: let's hear it for Tom Paley, Joe Locker and Ben Paley.
26th November 2015 Elle Osborne Long-overdue return of a singer and fiddler who performs her own songs, as well as re-interpretations of traditional songs. And she's also a sound artist. "Rare and compelling, passionate and engaging" Time Out
3rd December 2015 Attila the Stockbroker Poems, songs and punk rock from an old favourite. He's still angry - though not quite as angry as Sleaford Mods, fortunately
10th December 2015 Beskydy Welcome return of our own local Eastern European band: fiddles of various sizes, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voices.
17th December 2015 Christmas Party Pass the parcel! Free sandwiches!! An opportunity to perform your party piece, however eccentric. Kazoos provided (maybe). Free entry to members - and a chance to renew your subs for next year before the New Year rush. Monsewer Twisse will demonstrate his prowess with mop and bucket, if he can find them.
7th January 2016 The Drones A beloved institution - a startlingly talented quartet producing original music on a bewildering array of instruments, many of them musical. The Drones play original music on various reeds, various strings, various percussion - and cello. "A delight." Time Out "Surprisingly pleasant." The Times
14th January 2016 Alma A quick return for Alma. "Alma brings together fiddle players Emily Askew, John Dipper and Nicola Lyons, and guitarist Adrian Lever. Inspired by fiddle traditions from England and across Europe, at the heart of Alma's music is the joyful sound of three fiddles playing in harmony".
21st January 2016 Blue Thursday: Chris Bluestreet + Simon Hindley The man with the blue guitar hits 70 this year so our annual blues fest after Blue Monday is extra special. Simon, The Man With No Name, brings his guitar made of trellis to the party with immaculate picking, slide and lead.
28th January 2016 Robb Johnson Bastion of the left. Fab song writer from the beginning. Witty, angry and passionate. Big in Belgium.
4th February 2016 Rattle on the Stovepipe Dave Arthur (guitar, 5-string banjo, melodeon, percussion, vocals), Pete Cooper (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Dan Stewart (5-string banjo, guitar,  fiddle, harmony vocals). "The trio brings together two of the British folk scene's most admired veterans, Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper. The third member is the much younger multi-instrumentalist Dan Stewar ... one of Europe's leading Old Timey banjo players." Vic Smith - fRoots.
11th February 2016 Laura Victoria You know we like a cello, and she sings as well. Pop Folk Singer/Songwriter/Cellist Laura Victoria performs powerful and original songs of love and life accompanied by her own left-field cello playing. 
18th February 2016 Carol Burtt + Bernard Puckett + Tom Reid This Three Way Split brings Carol's haunting English and Spanish songs in contrast to the powerful Tom Reid with gutsy guitar and manic/pathetic Bernard on poetry and ukulele.
25th February 2016 Hannah Sanders Hannah accompanied by Ben Savage brings British and American ballads and some contemporary songs with guitar and baritone mountain dulcimer - and the voice of an angel.
3rd March 2016 David Rovics Early visit this year due to expectations. He is the real thing. Songs of Social Significance. David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. He and his songs are featured on national radio around the world. "Listen to David Rovics." Pete Seeger. "Phil Ochs is not dead, he's reincarnated in the body of David Rovics."  Folkworld magazine
10th March 2016 John Dipper & Dave Malkin Fiddles and guitar. This inspiring duo is the meeting place for new ideas to meld with traditional song and dance tunes, the result being beautifully honed new works, breaking new ground yet routed within the tradition.
17th March 2016 Kate Locksley + Andrew Shaw + Moth Broth Another Three Way Split. Kate returns to finish what she started in the Autumn. Such a good voice! Tenor Andrew is a London favourite, sincere and moving, while the tune machine we call Moth Broth blows and squeezes, rattles and thumps magnificently.
24th March 2016 Bob Davenport, Roger Digby & Liz Giddings Two old friends of the club, and one young one, with an eclectic and sometimes idiosyncrastic song repertoire, accompanied by anglo concertina and fiddle. "Few singers are as important to the revival." The Telegraph
31st March 2016 Askew Sisters Superb fiddle, melodeon, singing. What can we say that hasn't been said before?
31st March 2016 Askew Sisters Superb fiddle, melodeon, singing. What can we say that hasn't been said before?
7th April 2016 Martin Carthy What can we say? Get here early! Special prices for this evening: £10 (members £8)
14th April 2016 Martin Nail & Panjandrum The return of The Treasurer with other members of the club's former resident band, now trading under a new name. Songs from the tradition, Clive James and Pete Atkin, and the legend that was the great Freddy McKay.
21st April 2016 Brian Peters Virtuoso on melodeon, anglo concertina and guitar, specialising in northern dance tunes and songs. "One of the very best performers in the field of English traditional song and music" Dirty Linen
28th April 2016 Spikedrivers With guitar, harmonica, bass and percussion "they take you on a journey, from southern juke-joints and lazy front porches to the huge open spaces of dust bowls and railroad tracks disappearing into the distance ..." Make sure you've got a return ticket.
5th May 2016 Laurel Swift and Ben Moss Three fiddles, two voices, one melodeon and a pair of clogs -- and only two people. High octane playing and clogging!
12th May 2016 Wizz Jones Legendary, hugely-influential singer guitarist. Songs from Big Bill Broonzy to the Albigensian Crusade (for all the Cathars in the audience).
19th May 2016 Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith Traditional and original folksong of the British Isles with an East Anglian influence. Guitar, banjo and vocal harmony.
26th May 2016 Emily Askew Band -- Early Music Does what it says on the tin. Yet more from the seemingly inexhaustible Askew musical fountainhead.
2nd June 2016 Proper English East Anglian trio performing traditional folk songs and dance tunes, as well as lots of music hall and pop songs, with fiddle, melodeon, concertina, banjo and cello. Stalwarts of the English country dance scene since time immoral, they have graced such influential bands as Tickler's Jam, Katie's Quartet, Old Hat, The Posh Band and The English String Band. Let's have a party!
9th June 2016 Kathryn Locke's Chodompa Music With a CV that includes The Chainsaw Sisters, Token Women, Vivando, The Hosepipe Band and Flook, Kathryn Locke, Geoff Coombs and Sarah Allen need no introduction. Tonight they will be playing original music from the salt marshes of Essex to the foothills of the Himalayas.
16th June 2016 London Fiddle School + Ajay Srivastav + Mark Lisicki A feast of fiddling orchestrated by maestro Pete Cooper; blues and Indian folk; and our own Wood Green bluesman.
23rd June 2016 Steve Turner Yet more virtuoso playing from this English concertina player and singer with an eclectic selection of material.
30th June 2016 Jim Murray and the Too Good to Hurry Band Traditional and contemporary songs from the North-East of England and elsewhere, sung in Jim's inimitable style. Some classic Geordie anthems from Tommy Armstrong, Geordie Ridley and the like, with fiddles, melodeon, concertinas (duet and anglo) and guitar. "... an excellent evening, with some intelligent reworkings of old songs, some revivals of songs I haddn't heart since my teens, and some new songs in traditional style. Highly recommended!" Valmai Goodyear, Lewes Folk Club (Is this enough?)
1st September 2016 Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp Since winning the 2011 TRAD2MAD competition, Laura has quickly established herself as a confident and engaging performer with an interesting repertoire of English songs and tunes, including many from her native Manchester area. Sometimes unaccompanied, or with her own English concertina and cello and Ted Kemp's banjo, melodeon and harmony voice.
8th September 2016 Horatio James Horatio James formed in 2014 when singer-songwriter and guitarist James Gable was joined by Paul, Edd, Iven and Aaron. Their songs of malevolence, estrangement and heartache are delivered with an authentic folky twang and warm, soulful melodies. Guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin.
15th September 2016 Three Way Split -- Three Little Birds + Dan Quinn + Magician Three young women who impressed with a floor spot recently - and Dan Quinn, renowned singer, monologuist and melodeonist, who has appeared at the club several thousand times over the past hundred years or so. A veritable national treasure!
22nd September 2016 The Tonic English country music with voices, melodeon, fiddle, piano and percussions from Gavin and Julie Atkin and Malcolm and Ollie Woods. The sort of thing we like, in a nutshell.
29th September 2016 Gary Mortensen, Ajay Srivastav, Simon Hindley and Chris Bluestreet, plus The Half Full Jug Band A musical melange of an American resonator guitar ace, a singer/songwriter and guitarist who performs a mix of blues and Indian folk dubbed 'Karmic Blues' and some home-grown blues and hokum.
6th October 2016 Leon Rosselson England's premier chansonnier, Leon is an acclaimed singer and songwriter with more than 50 years of performing under his belt and the author of 17 children's books.
13th October 2016 Pete Coe The one man folk industry - "singer, songwriter, melodeon, banjo, dulcimer and bouzouki player, bandleader, arranger, broadcaster, dance caller, teacher, step dancer, entrepreneur, folk club organiser, record label boss, sallow-faced wit, raconteur and all-round good guy."
20th October 2016 Geoff Berner Here comes The Whiskey Rabbi. Long-awaited return of the cult Canadian singer/songwriter with piano accordion and a touch of klezmer.
27th October 2016 Andy Turner & Mat Green Mainly traditional English dance tunes and songs on quintessentially English fiddle and anglo concertina and melodeon. There will be some little-known tunes from eighteenth and nineteenth century village musicians' tunebooks, but essentially they will play any good dance tune from almost anywhere.
3rd November 2016 Dovetail Trio English traditional songs - performed by young people! Voices, guitar, melodeon, fiddle and mandoiln.
10th November 2016 Perra Moraeus Per-Erik Moraeus is a Swedish musician, trained at the Academy of Music in Gothenburg. He plays violin, clarinet, saxophone, spilåpipa and various flutes and works as a music teacher in Orsa and is a member of the groups Orsa Spelmän and Benny Andersson Orchestra. He'll be teaching in workshops at the weekend.
17th November 2016 Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton Virtuosi of the fiddle, mandolin, cello and guitar, their musical influences are diverse, but they identify their music - both traditional tunes and songs, and their own highly original new pieces - as 'Contemporary English Roots'. "Two superbly innovative musicians at the height of their craft." English Dance and Song magazine .
24th November 2016 Pete Morton "Pete is everything we want our singer-songwriters to be. Fiercely creative, proudly independent, skilful, talented, and terminally unpredictable." MOJO Magazine
1st December 2016 Reuben's Train Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith return to save the Earth from destruction by extraterrestrials. Whoops. Wrong Men In Black.
8th December 2016 John Hegley & Friends erses sung and spoken about Keats, hats, myths, scouts, deceit, desire and dog hair - with musical accompaniment on mandolin, fiddle and concertina.
15th December 2016 Come all ye Unfortunately Beskydy had to cancell owing to illness.
22nd December 2016 Christmas Party Pass the parcel! Free sandwiches!! An opportunity to perform your party piece, however eccentric. Free entry to members - and a chance to renew your subs for next year before the New Year rush. Monsewer Twisse will demonstrate his prowess with mop and bucket, if he can find them.
5th January 2017 David Campbell Longtime member and sometime resident of the club, David is the only one of Birmingham's most celebrated singing family still active on the folk scene. Peerless singing and interpretations of more or less elderly songs, some accompanied on five-string banjo or ukulele. As seen on TV!
12th January 2017 Rick Hayter + Tom Poslett + Carol Burtt & Jack Fonseca Burtt Rick and Tom are north London singer/songwriter guitarists in the chansonnier tradition, who have impressed whenever they have performed at the club. Carol's singing is always a delight, and this evening she will be joined by son Jack, who has also grabbed us with his floor spots, for songs both unaccompanied and with guitar.
19th January 2017 Blue Thursday with Chris Bluestreet, Simon Hindley & The Half Empty Jug Band A homeopathic dose of the blues to help you get over Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year, according to the media -- and if that's not enough, it's the eve of the US Presidential Inauguration Day. London bluesmen, Simon 'The Man With No Name' Hindley and his Fablon Guitar and Chris 'Diving Duck' Bluestreet and his Blue Guitar, are ably assisted by those sons of fun, The Half Empty Jug Band (with their woodcoloured guitar, mandolin and brown jug).
26th January 2017 The Drones A beloved institution -- a startlingly talented quartet producing original music on a bewildering array of instruments, many of them musical. The Drones play original music on various reeds, various strings, various percussion -- and cello. "A delight." Time Out "Surprisingly pleasant." The Times
2nd February 2017 Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby English songs from the tradition and music hall from excellent local duo, with voices, melodeon and concertina.
9th February 2017 Tom Reid & Friends A much-welcomed whole evening from club regular Tom, the Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist, whose compositions are built on a lifetime of experience. Who else will he bring along with him?
16th February 2017 Bertram & Madeline Levy Old time music learned first hand from the playing of Henry Reed, Oscar Wright, Tommy Harrell and Burl Hammonds. Bertram plays banjo, fiddle and anglo concertina -- and has written a tutor on American Fiddle Styles for the Anglo Concertina! He is joined on this tour by fiddler daughter Madeline, to give us some unique settings of fiddle tunes, minstrel medleys, marches, songs and stories.
23rd February 2017 Moirai Jo Freya, Sarah Matthews and Mel Biggs play accordion, flute, fiddle, viola, guitar, traditional whistles, soprano and tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet -- and they all sing. Jo first appeared at the club in The Cotswold Liberation Front in the early 70s (at a very young age, it should be said), and has gone on to be a stalwart member of The Old Swan Band, Blowzabella (and many other bands too numerous to mention here). Sarah and Mel are also seriously impressive musicians. A veritable super group!
2nd March 2017 Jim Bainbridge Tunes on the melodeon and songs from the North East of England, Ireland, and just about anywhere, really, by an old favourite of the club, who doesn't pass by that often these days. Don't miss!
9th March 2017 Ajay Strivastav & Vinod Kerai Ajay Srivastav is a singer/songwriter whose sound flows from the banks of Delta Blues and Americana to the sacred rivers of Indian folk. Original songs performed with steel resonator guitar and tabla. Karmic blues!
16th March 2017 Tom McConville A welcome return of The Newcastle Fiddle Player, one of our favourites. "Tom is a brilliant fiddler and great singer; a wonderful ambassador of the James Hill musical tradition." Aly Bain
23rd March 2017 Mary Humphreys & Anahata English songs and tunes, including some unusual ones from their adoptive Cambridgeshire fens, performed with consummate skill and passion on melodeons, concertinas (anglo and English), banjo and cello.
30th March 2017 Delta Ladies + Major Kataztrofi + Katy Manning A variety evening of 'hillbillytrance' from the fabulous Delta Ladies, dodgy tricks and stunts from the appropriately-named military gentleman (who actually never made it beyond corporal before his court martial), and an appearance by our 2016 Trad2Mad winner. Something for everyone ...
6th April 2017 Robin Gillan Robin's been appearing at the club for quite a few years now, and we've been gratified to see him develop into a superb singer and player of fiddle, banjo, guitar and melodeon. Mainly Ameican Old Time, but also blues and British traditional material.
13th April 2017 Kath Tait One of the cleverest and funniest singer/songwriters around. She's pretty nifty on the guitar, too. All the way from New Zealand (originally, not specially for tonight).
20th April 2017 Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley Local legends perform mostly Americana, with voices, guitar, fiddle and kazoo. The Crouch End Nightingale, the Wigan Warbler and the Finchley ... er, Finch, will jerk your tears and evoke the spirit of The Hoosier Hot Shots to send you home with a smile on your face. (This blurb first used in 2015, so it's got a few years left in it yet.)
27th April 2017 BOF! All the way from Essex (and other parts possibly), with traditional French and Breton dance and song, playing bagpipes, diatonic accordion, hurdy gurdy and guitar/bass. Post Article 50, let's all dance off the cliff together.
4th May 2017 Bob Davenport, Roger Digby & Liz Giddings Legends of the London music scene perform songs, stories, jokes and tunes, with anglo concertina and fiddle.
11th May 2017 Beskydy Welcome return of our own local Eastern European band: fiddles of various sizes, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voices.
18th May 2017 Dorten Yonder + Terry Hiscock & Roger Trevitt An evening of contemporary song. Half of legendary folk rock band, Hunter Muskett, with the songs and honey-rich voice of Terry Hiscock and inticately interwoven guitar and mandolin. Dorten Yonder are regulars at the club in many different guises. Tonight they perform the songs of Maggie Eiseman-Renyard and other band members with many different instruments (count 'em!).
25th May 2017 David Rovics Songs of Social Significance. David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. He and his songs are featured on national radio around the world. He's probably got a few new songs, as the world has changed considerably since last we saw him.
1st June 2017 John Watterson (Fake Thackray): The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray Fabulous songs - hilarious, serious, bitingly satirical - along with never-before told stories. Much loved classics, along with forgotten, unreleased (and banned by the BBC) lost gems.
8th June 2017 Long Lankin Long Lankin is a contemporary folk group made up of three female singers and instrumentalists, who mix original compositions with inventive arrangements of traditional material. Singing in close harmony, they have their roots in England Shetland and Sweden.
15th June 2017 Pete Cooper's London Fiddle School + Bernard Puckett + Alice Reid (Trad2Mad) A feast of fiddling orchestrated by maestro Pete Cooper; even more of the screeching stick insect than usual, doing 'bus songs', he says; and one of our Trad2Mad entrants. A veritable banquet of music - and similar.
22nd June 2017 Alma A welcome return of fiddle-driven band, featuring Emily Askew and John Dipper, both long-time favourites at the club, with Adrian Lever on guitar. "ethereal and seductive ... their repertoire continually springs surprises. The playing is spry, intelligent and joyous, too." Sunday Times
29th June 2017 Amanda MacLean & Andrew Shaw Last of the season, to send us off on our summer holidays, are two more old favourites. Mainly unaccompanied singing of Scottish and English songs, from Sharp's stalwarts.
7th September 2017 Come All Ye What could be more traditional? If you've got a song or a tune, now's your chance ...
14th September 2017 The Tonic English country music with voices, melodeon, fiddle, piano and percussions from Gavin and Julie Atkin and Malcolm and Ollie Woods. The sort of thing for which the club is world-famous.
21st September 2017 Graham Larkbey + Patrick Black + Dominic Glynn Songs from anywhere and everywhere with firmly-struck guitar by an old favourite; some fine, highly-relevant contemporary songs by a new favourite; and songs which mix humorous, witty and thoughtful lyrics by an even younger, even newer favourite. That's three favourites.
28th September 2017 Tony Hall Melodeon maestro with surreal East Anglian humour. Mainly traditional songs and tunes from all over, with some jazz and Beach Boys. A very old favourite
5th October 2017 Andrew Frank & Michael Hebbert Tenor voice and backwards somersaults accompanied by masterful playing of the rather esoteric Jeffries system duet concertina. An eclectic selection of songs and tunes from music hall to tango and back via The Dambusters March, if we're lucky.
12th October 2017 Racker Donnelly + Kathryn Locke + Tom Poslett Self-penned songs with cello from ex-Hacksaw Sister; songs and exquisitely delicate guitar from Holloway chansonnier and Moultoneer*; and Irish lunacy from the Racker.
* You can tell a lot about a person from the bike they ride.
19th October 2017 Rosewood Last seen at the club wearing their French hats, tonight they;re a three-piece, playing traditional and contemporary material, some of their own making. Bagpipes, recorder, flute, saxophone, guitar, bouzouki, melodeon, concertina, bandoneon, hurdy gurdy and vocals.
26th October 2017 Pete Cooper and Richard Bolton Virtuosi of the fiddle, mandolin, cello and guitar, their musical influences are diverse, but they identify their music - both traditional tunes and songs, and their own highly original new pieces - as 'Contemporary English Roots'.
2nd November 2017 Damien Barber & Mike Wilson Two of the country's finest exponents of traditional song, unaccompanied or with concertina or guitar. They have a rich repertoire of trad songs plus modern folk songs by the likes of Peter Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson. Rafters may be raised.
9th November 2017 Kjell-Erik Eriksson The latest in Tania's legendary series of Scandinavian fiddle nights. Kjell-Erik, born and raised in Offerdal in the northwestern Swedish province of Jämtland, is a tradition-bearer of Offerdal and Jämt tunes he learned from the current older generation, stretching back to the legendary Falk brothers and beyond to Lapp-Nils. He performs internationally with an array of musicians and regularly plays with his own bands, the folk rock band Hoven Droven and trad band Triakel, both founded back in the early 1990s.
16th November 2017 Klezmer Klub The sound of Yiddish East London, live and in person. Songs and dance music played on clarinet, accordion, fiddle, trombone and mandolin.
23rd November 2017 Mat Green & Andy Turner Mainly traditional English dance tunes and songs on quintessentially English fiddle and anglo concertina and melodeon. There will be some little-known tunes from eighteenth and nineteenth century village musicians' tunebooks, but essentially they will play any good dance tune from almost anywhere.
30th November 2017 Nick Pickett Blues, jazz and and original songs with guitar and harmonica by stalwart of the London scene from way back.
7th December 2017 Jim Murray and the Too Good to Hurry Band All the way from Newcastle (via Eastbourne) with an eclectic mix of Geordiana, traditional and self-penned songs and the odd instrumental interlude, if there's time (which is unlikely, if past experience is anything to by.)
14th December 2017 Reuben's Train Return of the Men in Black. Generally miserable songs performed with aplomb. Extraterrestrial lifeforms should register with Agent Zed (Martin) at the door.
21st December 2017 Christmas Party Pass the parcel! Free sandwiches!! An opportunity to perform your party piece, however eccentric. Free entry to members. Monsewer Twisse will demonstrate his prowess with mop and bucket, if he can find them.
11th January 2018 David Campbell Longtime member and sometime resident of the club, David is the only one of Birmingham's most celebrated singing family still active on the folk scene. Peerless singing and interpretations of more or less elderly songs, some accompanied on five-string banjo or ukulele. As seen on TV!
18th January 2018 Laura Victoria, Jo Cooper and Josh Wolfsohn Powerful and original songs of love and life from singer/songwriter/cellist Laura V who is joined by the hignly talented fiddler and banjo player Jo C and percussionist Josh W. "A spell-binding and all-consuming performance" Folk Radio UK
25th January 2018 Blue Thursday A homeopathic dose of the blues to help you get over Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year, according to the media - and only a week late. London bluesmen, Simon 'The Man With No Name' Hindley and his Fablon Guitar and Chris 'Diving Duck' Bluestreet and his Blue Guitar*, are ably assisted by those sons of fun, The Half Empty Jug Band with their wood-coloured guitar, duelling mandolins and brown jug (half full of who knows what).
* The management are unable to guarantee the appearance of the blue guitar, as last time Chris appeared at the club he was playing a normal guitar with a top made of a light-coloured wood, possibly spruce or a laminate thereof. However we can assure his fans (Mr and Mrs Trellis of Neasden) that it sounded exactly the same as the blue one. Thank you.
1st February 2018 Tom Reid and friends A much-welcomed whole evening from club regular Tom, the Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist, whose compositions are built on a lifetime of experience. Who else will he bring along with him?
8th February 2018 Night Fall Trio of voice, fiddle and guitar. Kate Locksley has sung at the club several times before, both solo and in groups such as The Teacups; fiddler Kevin Lees, from Newcastle, is a fine player of Scottish and Northumbrian traditions having played with the wonderful Stewart Hardy and Kathryn Tickell; and Dave Wood is an innovative guitarist who has toured with Malinky and one of our many favourite Geordies, Tom McConville.
15th February 2018 Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp TRAD2MAD gold medal winner in 2011 (doesn't time fly when you're having fun?), Laura has quickly established herself as a confident and engaging performer with an interesting repertoire of English songs and tunes, including many from her native North West, sometimes unaccompanied, or with her own English concertina and cello and Ted Kemp's banjo, guitar and melodeon. Ted brings songs from his East Anglia homeland - and they combine in some glorious harmony singing.
22nd February 2018 John Hegley and friends The Bard of Luton returns to delight us with tales of his grandma and other unlikely subjects - with some friends! Come early - and leave your contact lenses at home.
1st March 2018 The Drones A beloved institution - a startlingly talented quartet producing original music on a bewildering array of instruments, many of them musical. The Drones play original music on various reeds, various strings, various percussion - and cello. "A delight." Time Out "Surprisingly pleasant." The Times
8th March 2018 Rattle on the Stovepipe Back by popular demand! American Old Time and English music played by Pete Cooper on fiddle and mandolin, Dave Arthur on guitar, banjo and melodeon, and Dan Stewart on banjo, guitar, fiddle. (Dan is also Dave's guitar and banjo technician, for which he receives just remuneration.) And they have lovely CD covers!
15th March 2018 Bob Davenport, Roger Digby and Liz Giddings Two old friends of the club, and one young one, with an eclectic and sometimes idiosyncrastic song repertoire, accompanied by anglo concertina and fiddle. "Few singers are as important to the revival." The Telegraph
22nd March 2018 Riggy Rackin and friends Rapidly rising through the ranks in the league table of our favourite Americans, Riggy is a fine singer and concertina player who delighted us with his performances earlier this year. He's an accomplished interpreter of traditional and contemporary songs with a wry wit. I wonder what he thinks of Brexit. As ever, the friends are a mystery.
29th March 2018 Amanda MacLean and Andrew Shaw Two quality acapella singers - Amanda, formerly one of Three Drunken Maidens, and regular Islington favourite Andrew - join forces for a lively evening of traditional song. A more eclectic repertoire but still well within a folk remit, sung beautifully, you would be hard pushed to find.
10th May 2018 Jeff Warner At the Horseshoe
17th May 2018 Informal session featuring The Angel Band Free entry
24th May 2018 Riggy Rackin "When Riggy pulls out his concertina, the room gets quiet, and people perk up and pay attention. Riggy looks authentic. He looks like one of those guys who sits in the back of the general store or the forecastle of a ship and spits tobacco juice on the floor, but people put up with him because he can sing. And sing he does." -- Joe Offer, Mudcat Cafe
31st May 2018 Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley Local legends perform mostly Americana, with voices, guitar, fiddle and kazoo. The Crouch End Nightingale, the Wigan Warbler and the Finchley ... er, Finch, will jerk your tears and evoke the spirit of The Hoosier Hot Shots to send you home with a smile on your face. (This blurb first used in 2015, so it's got a few years left in it yet.)
7th June 2018 David Rovics Songs of Social Significance. David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US.
For this night only at The Horatia, 100 Holloway Road, London, N7 8JE
14th June 2018 Three Way Split: Pete Cooper's London Fiddle School + Ellen Montilla + Graham Larkbey
21st June 2018 The Old Time Wasters Steve Blake - fiddle, and Paul Martin - guitar, play hard, driving, American Old-Time traditional fiddle music.


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