Islington Folk Club

Forthcoming programme


Below is our programme for Winter - Spring 2018. Or, you can download this pdf: IFC flyer-Spring 18.pdf.

Date Artist  
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.
5th April 2018 tba
12th April 2018 tba
19th April 2018 Askew Sisters
Notes by Alex Szyszkowski

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



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