Islington Folk Club

Forthcoming programme


Below is our programme for autumn 2014. You can download a pdf of the programme.

Date Artist  
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.
25th December 2014 Closed Happy Christmas!
1st January 2015 Closed Happy New Year!
8th January 2015 tba
Notes by Alex Szyszkowski

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



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