Islington Folk Club

Trad2Mad competition 2015

"From the fiercely traditional to the frankly eccentric."

In 2015 the Islington Folk Club is again holding, for the seventh 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 -- had to be posted to YouTube and the URL sent to by 31st October 2015.

2015 entries

The following 32 entries have been received. They are listed in URL (ie random) order.

Mab Foxen Hedger and Ditcher
Sheila Moylan Tall Trees in Georgia
Tim Jones Harringay Races
Marian Buechert Fields of Athenry
Michael White Shoals of Herring
Alison Raymond Pennisula
Mike Grogan An Army Man
Martin Wilson Three Day Millionaire
Phil Edwards A Song for Peter Bellamy
Liz Lawley All Among the Barley
Peter Whitelaw Round & Round
Julian Mount Man in the Moon
Watford Kim Claudy Banks
Theresa Brill What Have They Done to the Rain
Peter Hankiewicz Down by the Green Roadside-um
Tina McKevitt The Holland Handkerchief
Peter Walter Is My Team Ploughing
Happy Hayes Napoleon's Last Farewell to Paris
Dave Artus Yorkshire Song
Roger Hilliard Flamborough
Linda Birmingham. He's Off To The Dardanelles
Mike Musgrove Mistletoe Bough
Mike Huntington The Bitter Withy
Martin Walker Dignity of Labour
John Foxen The Rattling Bog
Iain MacDonald Making Time
Bernadette Cagnoni January Man
Marc Block Boots of Spanish Leather
Dave Wilson The Ice Song
Emma Parker At First She Starts
Helen Shilladay My Mother Did So Before Me
Smolowik I Bought the Wrong Coloured Toilet Paper


  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 2014

A number of entrants from 2009 to 2014 have already been booked at the club.

Past Winners

Details of all the previous entries and winners are available here:

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