Islington Folk Club

Forthcoming programme

Below is our programme for Winter - Spring 2017. You can download a pdf version here: IFC Spring 2017

Date Artist  
5th January 2017 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!
12th January 2017 Rick Hayter + Tom Poslett + Carol Burtt & Jack Fonseca Burtt Rick and Tom are north London singer/songwriter guitarists in the chansonnier tradition, who have impressed whenever they have performed at the club. Carol's singing is always a delight, and this evening she will be joined by son Jack, who has also grabbed us with his floor spots, for songs both unaccompanied and with guitar.
19th January 2017 Blue Thursday with Chris Bluestreet, Simon Hindley & The Half Empty Jug Band 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 if that's not enough, it's the eve of the US Presidential Inauguration Day. 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 woodcoloured guitar, mandolin and brown jug).
26th January 2017 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
2nd February 2017 Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby English songs from the tradition and music hall from excellent local duo, with voices, melodeon and concertina.
9th February 2017 Tom Reid & 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?
16th February 2017 Bertram & Madeline Levy Old time music learned first hand from the playing of Henry Reed, Oscar Wright, Tommy Harrell and Burl Hammonds. Bertram plays banjo, fiddle and anglo concertina -- and has written a tutor on American Fiddle Styles for the Anglo Concertina! He is joined on this tour by fiddler daughter Madeline, to give us some unique settings of fiddle tunes, minstrel medleys, marches, songs and stories.
23rd February 2017 Moirai Jo Freya, Sarah Matthews and Mel Biggs play accordion, flute, fiddle, viola, guitar, traditional whistles, soprano and tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet -- and they all sing. Jo first appeared at the club in The Cotswold Liberation Front in the early 70s (at a very young age, it should be said), and has gone on to be a stalwart member of The Old Swan Band, Blowzabella (and many other bands too numerous to mention here). Sarah and Mel are also seriously impressive musicians. A veritable super group!
2nd March 2017 Jim Bainbridge Tunes on the melodeon and songs from the North East of England, Ireland, and just about anywhere, really, by an old favourite of the club, who doesn't pass by that often these days. Don't miss!
9th March 2017 Ajay Strivastav & Vinod Kerai Ajay Srivastav is a singer/songwriter whose sound flows from the banks of Delta Blues and Americana to the sacred rivers of Indian folk. Original songs performed with steel resonator guitar and tabla. Karmic blues!
16th March 2017 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
23rd March 2017 Mary Humphreys & 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.
30th March 2017 Delta Ladies + Major Kataztrofi + Katy Manning A variety evening of 'hillbillytrance' from the fabulous Delta Ladies, dodgy tricks and stunts from the appropriately-named military gentleman (who actually never made it beyond corporal before his court martial), and an appearance by our 2016 Trad2Mad winner. Something for everyone ...
Notes by Alex Szyszkowski

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

Page created by Martin Nail. Last revised 31st December 2016