Islington Folk Club

Trad2Mad competition 2023

"From the fiercely traditional to the frankly eccentric."

In 2023 The Islington Folk Club held, for the twelfth 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 Trad2Mad by 31 October 2023. Former TRAD2MAD winners have already been booked at the club.


The winners were announced at the club Christmas Party on Thursday 21st December 2023 as follows:

1st prize Anna Bailey The Factory Girl
2nd prize Rachel Rose Blackbird
3rd prize James Eagle That 'Un and This 'Un

2023 entries

The following six entries were received. They are listed in URL (ie random) order.

James Eagle That 'Un and This 'Un
Sue Whitehead Banks of Red Roses
Anna Bailey The Factory Girl
Rachel Rose Blackbird
Fiona Clark Willie McBride
Ellen Montilla Benjamin Bowmaneer


  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 2023 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 (e.g. electronic reverb, multi tracking or Xfactor nonsense). Keep it real! Bathroom or underpass accepted.
  7. The TRAD2MAD e-mail address ( will be available up to the closing date, 31st October 2023.
  8. The results will be announced at the Islington Folk Club Christmas party on Thursday 21st December 2023, and posted on the internet soon after.
  9. Entry is free.
  10. Prize money will be paid in sterling and normally by bank transfer on production of bank details. Payment can be made by cheque if the former method of payment is not possible or is specifically requested.
  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.


Bernard Puckett (Committee Member and competition organiser): 020 8360 8610 or 07743 898943.

Page created by Martin Nail. Last revised 22nd December 2023