Islington Folk Club

Forthcoming programme


Winter 2023 - Spring 2024

Date Venue Artist Note
2nd November 2023 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Farefeld A first visit for a young award-winning duo from Staffordshire making a rare trip down south. We can expect a mix of traditional and self-penned ballads collected mainly from, or written about, the Midlands, supported by guitar, bouzouki, whistles and harmonium.
9th November 2023 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ The Drones Welcome back to a beloved institution - a startlingly talented quartet playing original material on a bewildering array of instruments, many of them musical.
'...reeds, strings, percussion...a delight.' Time Out
16th November 2023 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer Vicki (nyckelharpa, flute, bagpipes, voice) and Jonny (guitar, accordion, voice) are consummate performers. They blend traditional music with newer material that becomes entirely at home in the tradition. Wonderful playing, fine harmonies and bags of experience - top stuff.
23rd November 2023 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Tom McConville Quite simply one of our greatest fiddle players and a former BBC Folk Musician of the Year - and he tells us we're his favourite club!
'Tom is a brilliant fiddler and a great singer; a wonderful ambassador' Aly Bain
30th November 2023 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Pauline Vallance All the way from Ayrshire with songs all the way from Burns and Tannahill to Stevie Wonder via Barry Cryer. Performing on the clarsach (harp), flute and kazoo, Pauline is a perfect fit for our mission statement.
'... a delight ... a voice that has clearly benefitted from some classical training, also a fine clarsach player.' Edinburgh Music Review
'Hilarious and totally batshit...' Attila the Stockbroker
7th December 2023 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Zoë Wren A young local singer, writer and musician who has made the step from London Underground busker to the festival stages of Cambridge and Towersey; she has also opened for Ralph McTell. Just a short hop from Zoë's home in North London, and a welcome first visit.
'...a pure emotive voice ...' Folking.com
14h December 2023 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ John Hegley The Bard of Luton returns to delight us with tales of his grandma, bungalows and guillemots. Come early to avoid sitting in the front row and remember to leave your contact lenses at home. Audience participation obligatory.
'Marvellous, joyful fun' The Daily Telegraph
'An incurable entertainer' The Guardian
21st December 2023 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Christmas Party After a feast of entertainment it's time to make your own fun - sing, juggle, pass the parcel before it's too late...Talking of feasts, there will be some eats courtesy of the Treasurer, and, if you're a member it's all free. Talking of members, take the chance to renew your subs for next year. Happy Christmas!
28th December 2023 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Closed -- Happy Christmas
4th January 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Tom Reid and friends Originally from Ireland but now based in Wales, Tom has also lived and worked in Australia. Always a singer finally, aged 60, he felt ready to put his life time of experience into song. A firm favourite at the club - who will he bring with him this time?
'Tom's powerful voice and impressive guitar are equally at home with love, loss, pain, nature and justice, whether on a personal or global level.' Folk London
11th January 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Pete Cooper and Richard Bolton Pete (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) and Richard (cello, guitar, vocals) play contemporary roots music mixing dance tunes from English and other fiddle traditions, British and American folk songs and pieces of their own. Consummate performers both, they have three highly acclaimed albums: Turning Point (2001), The Savage Hornpipe (2006) and Angel's Waltz (2014).
'two superbly innovative musicians.' English Dance & Song magazine
18th January 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Peggy Seeger in conversation A rare opportunity to hear one of the folk revival's most revered performers speaking about her long influential life in folk music and beyond. Singer and writer of international repute, feminist, activist ... Peggy Seeger is all of these.
'she has informed our appreciation of British and North American folk music like very, very few people have ... somebody worth getting amazed about.' Ken Hunt, fRoots.
To have someone of Peggy's stature will make for a unique evening for the Club.
Members 10, Non Members 12. Admission by ticket only.
Tickets available from the Club on Thursday evenings prior to the event.
25th January 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Burns Night with Amanda MacLean Songs from north of the border in a genuine Scots accent - and on the very night itself! Amanda, fine singer and acclaimed novelist, invites us to celebrate all things Scottish - including haggis naturally - and there will be prizes.
1st February 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Pete Morton We welcome back one of the best on the contemporary roots-music scene. Pete is an English singer song-writer with a strong emphasis on social commentary, but he is equally at home with traditional material.
'Not only impressive but a revelation.' The Guardian
'Skillful, talented and terminally unpredictable.' Mojo Magazine
'up there with Richard Thompson and Chris Wood.' Glasgow Herald
8th February 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter Award-winning duo with 20 years on the road making a welcome first visit. Sally writes and sings the songs: poignant, thought-provoking, amusing. Brian, a professional musician all his life, accompanies.
'raw British lyrics with no frills ... great songs' Richard Digance
'Love it when you hear a great song for the first time' Jez Lowe (on Sally's No Ships)
15th February 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Abstract Truth Blues Band It's that time of the year when our resident bluesman Simon Hindley takes centre stage to blow our troubles away. Once again Simon's impeccable voice and guitar-work will be complemented by Francesca Shaw (double bass), and Little Paul (harmonica/mandolin). If you don't wake up in the morning at least get there for 8pm.
22nd February 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Richard Allen + Jude Bailey + Double-Barrel A three-way split in perfect harmony with our strap-line. Richard brings his edgy, hilarious verse, Jude her fine a cappella voice, meanwhile Maggie and Pete fire on both barrels with their whistles, strings, tunes and songs.
29th February 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Robb Johnson Bastion of the left and a fine writer of songs both political and personal. Robb is a witty, angry and passionate performer with one foot in 70's punk and the other in the chansonnier tradition of Jacques Brel. Ever popular - especially in Belgium.
'one of our best singer-song-writers ever.' Mike Harding
'An English original.' Robin Denselow, The Guardian
7th March 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Carol Burtt and Rick Hayter A double treat in store. We have Carol's beautiful voice and sensitive interpretation of songs drawn mainly from the English tradition. She may bring her oboe too.
Rick, in contrast, presents acutely observed original material with excellent guitar accompaniment. Perhaps a few collaborations and some guests too?
14th March 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Vera van Heeringen Former member of the acclaimed and hilarious New Rope String Band, Vera now concentrates on her seriously good flat-picking and reflective, perceptive songs. She's mighty fine on mandolin and fiddle too.
'This lady oozes class' John Atkins fRoots
'ace guitarist Vera van Heeringen delivering classy and effortlessly brilliant songs' Americana UK (reviewing The Cambridge Folk Festival 2018)
21st March 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Copper Viper Drawing inspiration from the British folk and American country/bluegrass traditions Copper Viper are: Robin Joel Sangster (guitar), Dana Immanuel (banjo) and Duncan Menzies (fiddle/mandolin). Expect intricate harmonies and searing instrumental breaks. A welcome first visit.
'Beautiful harmonies ... gorgeous, haunting melodies' Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music
28th March 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Singaround A chance for floor-singers to shine. All welcome to come along and perform.
4th April 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Closed for Easter
11th April 2024 Brewhouse & Kitchen, 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ Wizz Jones

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



Page created by Martin Nail. Last revised 15th November 2023