The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club
The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club


 The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club

Saturdays, 8.15pm. Floor-singers welcome.

Venue: Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR (020 7278 4732).   Tube stations: Kings Cross, Russell Square and Chancery Lane;  buses; 17, 45, 46.

Access: club is in an upstairs room 

Entrance: Pay on the door, no need to book, except for  23rd March.  Members: £6, non members: £8, except on nights marked ** when it is £7 and £9. 

Membership: £4 for the year (September to August)

Information: e-mail, Organiser 020 7281 7700

Kevin McDonnell's  photos of past guests at the  club.

January - June 2019
  Closed until 5 January 2019

 5 Jan: Ballad evening with Gail Williams & Jim Younger, Peta Webb, Bob Wakeling, Frankie Cleeve and Amanda MacLean (NB: floor-singers are not obliged to sing ballads, but can sing what they like)

12 Jan: Rattle on the Stovepipe (masterly old-time trio, playing traditional songs from the US on fiddle, banjo, guitar and melodeon – Pete Cooper, Dave Arthur and Dan Stewart)

19 Jan: Frankie Armstrong (great feminist singer – ballads and other traditional songs from all over the place, and some modern songs)

26 Jan: Chris Miles (first-class, powerful Scottish singer – traditional and more recent songs, some serious and some amusing; she used to sing with Palaver)

2 Feb: Tom Reid and Gemma Khawaja (powerful Irish songwriter with lots of good choruses shares the evening with young singer with lovely voice and mainly traditional English songs)

9 Feb: the Copper Family (famous Sussex family who have been singing their traditional songs for centuries; lots of great songs and good choruses)

16 Feb: Camisoles, Rissoles and Dover Soles: Dan Quinn and Ian Kearey perform the songs, monologues and old jokes of Billy Bennett (very entertaining show)

23 Feb: the Long Hill Ramblers (first-class band performing traditional songs and tunes from the US – Ben Paley, Tab Hunter, Laura Hockenhull and Dan Edwards)

2 Mar: Rosie Stewart (mighty Irish singer from Fermanagh, widely admired, sings lyrical and comic songs, traditional and modern, some in sean nós style)

9 Mar: Rob Johnson (popular singer-songwriter of political and personal songs – Rosa’s Lovely Daughters, 6B Go Swimming, Be Reasonable, Undefeated,UK Talking and many others)

16 Mar: Jacquelyn Hynes and Racker Donnelly (for St Patrick’s day – Jacquelyn is a highly regarded flautist, rooted in Irish and English traditional music, who has played with Martin Hayes, Michael McGoldrick and Lunasa; the Telegraph gave her CD Silver and Wood four stars, and described it as "haunting, wonderful... an album of the year"; Racker is a former UK slam champion poet, and has played with the Chieftains, Christy Moore, Ardal O'Hanlon and DaraÓ Briain)

23 Mar*: Martin Carthy (simply one of the best singers and guitarists around – supreme performer) NB: entrance tonight is £7 (members) and £9 (non members) by ticket (contact ) or pay on the door

30 Mar: to be confirmed

6 April: Kate Lissauer (first-rate American singer and musician – old-time songs and tunes from the US on fiddle and banjo)

13 April: closed for Easter

20 April: closed for Easter

27 April: Amsher (Annie Winter, Anna Baldwin, Alison Frosdick and Jack Burnaby perform the songs of Hampshire singer Patience Vaisey)

4 May: Kevin and Ellen Mitchell (great Irish singer and excellent Scottish singer, on infrequent trip south, bring us their wonderful repertoire of songs, most traditional)

11 May:  Jack Rutter (young singer from West Yorkshire, rising star, also a third of Moore Moss Rutter; traditional and other songs on guitar, bouzouki and duet concertina)

18 May: John Kirkpatrick (serious and funny songs, traditional and his own, from popular singer and squeezebox maestro)

25 May: closed for bank holiday

1 June: the Fraser Sisters (Jo Freya and Fi Fraser sing traditional and other songs in beautiful harmony, with accompaniment on fiddle and saxophone)

8 June: Hector Gilchrist and Carol Anderson (two Scots  singer with beautiful, mellow voice and great repertoire, and brilliant fiddler who’s been a great hit at Sidmouth, Whitby and other festivals)

15 June: Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman (lovely voices, lovely harmonies and lovely songs – some traditional and some of Dave's own, eg, Lady of Autumn) 

RESIDENT PERFORMERS: Jim Younger & Gail Williams, Peta Webb & Ken Hall, Bob Wakeling, Frankie Cleeve & Sue Williams, Katrina Rublowska, Amanda MacLean..


The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club