Islington Folk Club

Forthcoming programme


Below is our programme for Spring-Summer 2015. You can download a pdf of the programme here.

Date Artist  
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).
2nd July 2015 Closed
9th July 2015 Closed
16th July 2015 Closed
23rd July 2015 Closed
30th July 2015 Closed
6th August 2015 Closed
13th August 2015 Closed
20th August 2015 Closed
27th August 2015 Closed
3rd September 2015 tba
Notes by Alex Szyszkowski

If you're interested, here is a list of previous guests, since 1997.



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