Islington Folk Club

Trad2Mad competition 2021

"From the fiercely traditional to the frankly eccentric."

Whilst the Islington Folk Club remains physically closed, in Spring, Summer and Autumn 2021 we are holding three competitions across the World Wide Web, for unaccompanied solo singers. Entry is free and the videos of your performance - we do like to see the singer - should be posted to YouTube and the URL sent to Bernard Puckett by 30th April 2021 for the Spring competition, 31st July for the Summer competition, or 31st October for the Autumn competition.

1st prize 25 -- 2nd prize 15 -- 3rd prize 10

Winners Summer 2021

The winners were announced on 10th September 2021:

1st prize Fiona Clark American Tune
2nd prize Tamsin Try Butter, Cheese and All
3rd prize James Eagle Us Poor Fellows

Winners Spring 2021

The winners were announced on 8th May 2021:

1st prize Rosa Price The Bitter Withy
2nd prize Fiona Clark If I was an Englishman
3rd prize Tara MacKay Broken Banjo

Entries Spring 2021

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

Chris Lamb All-Day Breakfast
Fiona Clark If I was an Englishman
Michelle Woolfenden Dark Swift and Bright Swallow
Rosa Price The Bitter Withy
Sophie Lichens The Oggie Man
Tamsin Try Gown of Green
Tara MacKay Broken Banjo


  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 2020 Spring [or Summer or Autumn] 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 for each month 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!
  7. The TRAD2MAD e-mail address ( will be available up to the closing date of the last competition.
  8. The results will be announced in the following month, posted on the internet, and in our Facebook Group.
  9. Entry is free.
  10. Prize money will normally be paid in sterling and by bank transfer on production of bank details. Payment can be 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.

Trad2Mad 2009 to 2020

Many winners and other entrants from 2009 to 2017 have been booked at the club, often in one of our famous "Three Way Split" evenings, giving some performers an opportunity to have their very first booking. Some have gone on from this to solo guest spots, both at Islington Folk Club and elsewhere.

Past Winners

Details of all the previous entries and winners:

Page created by Martin Nail. Last revised 19th September 2021