Islington Folk Club

Forthcoming programme


Below is our programme for Winter-Spring 2016. Here is a pdf version you can download.

Date Artist  
24th December 2015 Closed Happy Christmas!
31st December 2015 Closed Happy New Year!
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?
7th April 2016 Martin Carthy I heard of this bloke on John Peel in 1969 and went to a club to see him. House full. He lasts! Get here early!
Notes by Alex Szyszkowski

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



Page created by Martin Nail. Last revised 22nd December 2015