Islington Folk Club

Trad2Mad competition 2017

"From the fiercely traditional to the frankly eccentric."

In 2017 the Islington Folk Club again held, for the ninth year, a competition across the World Wide Web for unaccompanied solo singers. Entry was 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 Bernard Puckett by 19th November 2017.


The winners were announced at the club Christmas Party on Thursday 21st December 2017:

1st prize Niki Diamond Close the Coalhouse Door
2nd prize Ellen Montilla I Wish, I Wish
3rd prize Mike Musgrove The Last Dalesman

2017 entries

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

Liz Lawley Fair the Heather
Bernadette Cagnoni The Dying Soldier
Nigel Moorcroft A Hill of Little Shoes
Alice Reid Meadows
Ellen Montilla I Wish, I Wish
Frank Ewing Drive Me
Niki Diamond Close the Coalhouse Door
Mike Musgrove The Last Dalesman


  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 2017 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 results will be announced at the Islington Folk Club Christmas party on 21st December 2017, and posted on this website thereafter.
  8. Entry is free.
  9. Prizes will be paid by a sterling cheque drawn on a British bank.
  10. 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.
  11. The judges' decision is final.


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