Islington Folk Club

Forthcoming programme

Below is our programme for spring/summer 2014. Download a Pdf version.

Date Artist  
27th March 2014 Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley One of England's finest and best-known singing duos perform songs in harmony - mainly American - with Simon Hindley, on guitar and voice. "Peta Webb...leaves no tear unjerked." fROOTS
3rd April 2014 David Rovics 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 (Cut out this blurb and keep it for next year -- and the year after.)
10th April 2014 Allan Taylor One of the last of the travelling troubadours who came through the social and artistic revolution of the nineteen sixties and carved out a career as a solo singer-songwriter, with more than a hundred recorded versions of his songs by other artists. He's also a great guitarist.
17th April 2014 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.
24th April 2014 David Campbell Long-time member and sometime resident of the club, he's the only one of Birmingham's most celebrated singing family still active on the folk scene. More or less elderly songs, some accompanied on five-string banjo or ukulele.
1st May 2014 Sunnie Dae + Tom Reid + Alex Macdonald. Plus special guest Laurel Swift 2013 TRAD2MAD bronze medallist Sunnie Dae brings her Jamaican and self-penned roots songs. Tom Reid is an emerging Irsih singer-songwriter and guitarist whose compositions are built on a lifetime of experience. Alex MacDonald is a young, blues and calypso singer whose guitar kills fascists (Health and Safety announcement). Laurel Swift ushers in the summer with her exciting brand of morris dancing (Health and Safety, etc).
8th May 2014 Tom Blackburn & Hannah Saunders Originally from Wales, Tom is a young singer-guitarist influenced by Martin Simpson, John Renbourn, Nic Jones and others, playing a mix of originals, instrumentals and traditional songs. Hannah is a singer and mountain dulcimer player, singing trad to Joni Mitchell. Bernard describes her as 'an exotic from outside the M25', but then, he lives in Enfield.
15th May 2014 Liam Robinson Yellerbelly night with a young singer and player of the melodeon and anglo concertina who performs songs and tunes from his native Lincolnshire. Half price entry to all yellerbellies (on presentation of birth certificate).
22nd May 2014 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
29th May 2014 Mat Green & Andy Turner Mainly traditional English dance tunes and songs on quintessentially English fiddle and anglo concertina and melodeon. There will be some little-known tunes from eighteenth and nineteenth century village musicians' tunebooks, but essentially they will play any good dance tune from almost anywhere. Possibility of morris jig (Health and Safety, etc).
5th June 2014 Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby English songs from excellent local duo, with voices, melodeon and concertina. They do what it says on the tin -- if they were in a tin, which they're not, obviously.
12th June 2014 Wizz Jones A true legend! One of the best guitarists you're ever likely to see -- John Renbourn, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence. A warm, engaging and witty performer
19th June 2014 London Fiddle School + Nigel of Bermondsey + Gemma Khaawaja A feast of fiddling orchestrated by maestro Pete Cooper; folk stories and songs of our fair city from an original and engaging entertainer; and the winner of our 2013 TRAD2MAD competition, who is obviously a fine singer, otherwise she wouldn't have won, would she?
26th June 2014 Suffolk Night Back by popular demand! Songs and tunes from singers and musicians who play at musical evenings around Snape, Blaxhall and Southwold in East Suffolk. The evening will be run like an informal Suffolk session, with tunes and rousing chorus songs from the assembled crew. A must for all fans of The Singing Postman.
Notes by Alex Szyszkowski

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

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