Islington Folk Club

Trad2Mad competition 2014

"From the fiercely traditional to the frankly eccentric."

In 2014 the Islington Folk Club is holding, for the sixth 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 -- should be posted to YouTube and the URL sent to by 31 October 2014.

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

2014 entries

The following 20 entries have been received. They are listed in URL (ie random) order.

Singer Song YouTube URL
Clive Paish Seven by the Somme
Jade Taylor Fields of Anthenry
Carol Burtt A Maid Bedlam
Emmie Ward Low Down in the Broom
Bill Pardon Sally, Free and Easy
Emma Parker Wings of a Gull
Catherine Spillman Spancil Hill
John Foxen Billy Bolton Bought a Wife
Martin Wilson Stormy Winds
Frank Ewing Drunk Tonight
Peter Walters Sumer Is Icumen In
Dennis Homes Comics
John Cattini The Dark Eyed Sailor
Mike Musgrove Homeward
Happy Hayes Speak Softly
Phil Edwards Sweet Lemany
Iain MacDonald Old Maid In The Garrett
Daria Kulesh Ataman
Liz Lawley The midshipman's boast
Ryszard Smolowik Helen Allingham


  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 2014 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 2014.
  8. The results will be announced at the Islington Folk Club Christmas party on 18th December 2014, 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 2013

A number of entrants from 2009 to 2013 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 12th November 2014