Islington Folk Club

Trad2Mad competition 2016

"From the fiercely traditional to the frankly eccentric."

In 2016 the Islington Folk Club is again holding, for the eighth year, a competition across the World Wide Web for unaccompanied solo singers. Entry is free and the videos of the performance -- we do like to see the singer -- have to be posted to YouTube and the URL sent to by 31st October 2016.

1st prize 100 2nd prize 50 3rd prize 25

2016 entries

The following 12 entries have been received. They are listed in URL (ie random) order.

Katy Manning Smile in Your Sleep
Emma Parker Twa Corbies
Nigel Moorcroft The Definition of Love
Alice Reid Red Rosey Bush
John Cattini A Sailor's Love is Hard to Find
Frank Ewing Rich Man
Michelle Paris A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow
Kristian Svensson Campaign of smear
Tim Jones Polly On The Shore
Iain MacDonald Can't Stand Losing You
Ryszard Smolowik Seinte White Downe
Martin Wilson Oak and Ash and Thorn


  1. Singers must be solo and unaccompanied.
  2. The song should be introduced with the singer's name, the song title, and the words "This is my entry for the 2015 Islington Folk Club Trad2Mad competition".
  3. The complete performance, including introduction, should last no more than 4 minutes. This limit will be strictly enforced.
  4. The file name should include singer's name, song title and 'trad2mad'. Some indication of source -- ie the person, event, recording, broadcast or book from which the singer learned the song -- should be given in the YouTube description field.
  5. Only one song may be entered per person.
  6. No electronic artificial manipulation of the solo voice is allowed (i.e. electronic reverb, multi tracking or Xfactor nonsense). Keep it real!
  7. The trad2mad e-mail address ( will be available up to the closing date, 31st October 2015.
  8. The results will be announced at the Islington Folk Club Christmas party on 17th December 2015, and posted on this website thereafter.
  9. Entry is free.
  10. Prizes will be paid by a sterling cheque drawn on a British bank.
  11. The Trad2Mad competition is intended to encourage new and un-established performers although all are welcome to enter. The judges may reflect the spirit of this rule in their choices.
  12. The judges' decision is final.


Trad2Mad 2009 to 2015

A number of entrants from 2009 to 2015 have already been booked at the club.

Past Winners

Details of all the previous entries and winners:

Page created by Martin Nail. Last revised 1st November 2016