Islington Folk Club

Forthcoming programme

Below is our programme for Autumn 2015. Here is a pdf version you can download.

Date Artist  
3rd September 2015 Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby Local heroes stepping into the breech. English songs, with voices, melodeon and concertina.
10th September 2015 John Kirkpatrick Master of the one- and two-row melodeon, anglo concertina and British diatonic three-row button accordion, singer, composer, songwriter, morris dancer, star of stage and screen, astronaut, brain surgeon - a veritable National Treasure.
17th September 2015 Patrick Black + Kate Locksley + Will Allen If Paul Simon had been raised in Birmingham on a diet of poetry, dissent and free school meals he'd sound a bit like Patrick, who has impressed with his floorspots at the club. Kate has sung here before several times, last time with The Teacups. Will Allen is a brilliant young musician from Dartford who plays melodeon.
24th September 2015 David Campbell One-time club resident now decamped to Birmingham. Voice, banjo and ukulele. "The finest interpreter of a song in the land." Somebody said that, and it wasn't me, although I endorse that view, of course.
1st October 2015 Racker Donnelly with Carol Anderson Former UK Slam Champion Poet, Irish Times Speakerof the Year & Grand Marshal of the Dublin Riviera. "Racker for Poet Laureate!" Ken Hall (who he?). With support from Scottish fiddle player Carol Anderson.
8th October 2015 Decent Scrapers Ed Caines (fiddle), John Cubbin (guitar), Sue Cubbin (fiddle & vocals) and Paul McCann (Duet Concertina ) come together as The John Clare Project aka Decent Scrapers to present an evening of tunes from C19th poet/fiddler John Clare, interrupted by his letters, songs and maybe even a poem.
15th October 2015 Springtide All the way from Australia, an internationally acclaimed trio playing hammered dulcimer, harp and cello. That's a lot of strings ...
22nd October 2015 Aimee Leonard & Emmie Ward Aimee, who is from Orkney, sings and plays bodhran; Emmie plays flute and and sings. She won Trad2Mad 2014, so she must be good.
29th October 2015 Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley Local legends perform mostly Americana, with voices, guitar, fiddle and kazoo. The Crouch End Nightingale, the Wigan Warbler and the Finchley ... er, Finch, will jerk your tears and evoke the spirit of The Hoosier Hot Shots to send you home with a smile on your face.
5th November 2015 Hans Kennemark Yet another fabulous Swedish fiddler graces our humble stage. Hans is a member of some of Sweden's top bands and is a riksspelman* on Västergötland tunes. He'll be teaching in workshops at the weekend - see Tania for details.
*"National Folk Musician of Sweden" or "Top banana".
12th November 2015 Stick in the Wheel Their mission statement: "We play the music of our people. We sing in our own accents. We record in our kitchens and living rooms. This is our culture, our tradition." We say, fresh and exciting folk music!
19th November 2015 New Deal String Band - Joe Hill 100 Years More legends, who need no introduction. Alright then: let's hear it for Tom Paley, Joe Locker and Ben Paley.
26th November 2015 Elle Osborne Long-overdue return of a singer and fiddler who performs her own songs, as well as re-interpretations of traditional songs. And she's also a sound artist. "Rare and compelling, passionate and engaging" Time Out
3rd December 2015 Attila the Stockbroker Poems, songs and punk rock from an old favourite. He's still angry - though not quite as angry as Sleaford Mods, fortunately
10th December 2015 Beskydy Welcome return of our own local Eastern European band: fiddles of various sizes, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voices.
17th December 2015 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 mop and bucket, if he can find them.
24th December 2015 Closed Happy Christmas!
31st December 2015 Closed Happy New Year!
7th January 2016 The Drones
14th January 2016 Alma
21st January 2016 Blue Thursday
28th January 2016 Robb Johnson
4th February 2016 Rattle on the Stovepipe
11th February 2016 Laura Victoria
18th February 2016 tba
25th February 2016 Hannah Sanders
3rd March 2016 tba
Notes by Alex Szyszkowski

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

Page created by Martin Nail. Last revised 1st November 2015