Islington Folk Club

Trad2Mad competition 2020

"From the fiercely traditional to the frankly eccentric."

Whilst the Islington Folk Club was physically closed, each month from April to October 2020 the club held competitions 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 the last day of the competition month.

Winners October 2020

1st prize Caroline Stupnicka Honest Work
2nd prize Rebecca Woolf Lady Diamond
2nd prize James Eagle Waiting For The Ferry
3rd prize Tamsin Try Fire and Flame
3rd prize Fiona Clark The Fox
3rd prize David Harley Young Hunting

Winners September 2020

1st prize Tara Mackenney Cariad Cywir
2nd prize Tam Hatton-Brown The King of Rome
3rd prize Tamsin Try Pedlar Bold

Winners August 2020

1st prize Fiona Clark The Queen and the Soldier
2nd prize James Eagle Reedy River
3rd prize Chris Lamb Fiddlers Green

Winners July 2020

1st prize Tara Mackenney Tha mi dol a dheanaimh banais
2nd prize Fiona Clark The Dreadful End of Marianna for Sorcery
3rd prize Chris Lamb Net Hauling Song

Winners June 2020

1st prize Iona Fyfe Bonny Udny
2nd prize Lizzy Hardingham A Stitch in Time
3rd prize Tara Mackenney Black is the Colour

Winners May 2020

1st prize Delila Black I Never Will Marry
2nd prize Iona Fyfe Berry Fields o' Blair
3rd prize Lizzy Hardingham Rolling Down to Old Maui

Winners April 2020

1st prize Caroline Stupnicka Bay of Biscay-o
2nd prize Iona Fyfe Mill o' Tifty's Annie
2nd prize Fiona Clark Love is
3rd prize Iain MacDonald The Model


  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 April [or May or June] 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 month.
  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.


Page created by Martin Nail. Last revised 12th April 2021