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; various buses
Access: club is in an upstairs room
Entrance: Pay on the door, no need to book. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Organiser 020 7281 7700
9 Sep: Robin Laing (Scottish singer of traditional, Burns and his own songs, with guitar; his specialist subjects are whisky and love)
16 Sep: Leon Rosselson (great British songwriter – The World Turned Upside Down, Battle Hymn of the New Socialist Party, Palaces of Gold, Don’t Get Married, Girls, Voices, Song of the Olive Tree and many other great songs)
23 Sep: Beskydy (popular band playing a wide variety of songs and tunes from eastern European and beyond)
30 Sep: Stanley Accrington (very witty songwriter with huge repertoire; funny songs and a few serious ones)
7 Oct: Anne Lister (her songs – eg, Moth and Icarus – have been covered by various other singers, including Nic Jones, Martin Simpson, Jon Boden)
14 Oct: John Conolly (singer and writer of many fine songs, of which the best known is Fiddler’s Green, with guitar)
21 Oct: Andy Turner and Mat Green (great singing and playing of traditional English songs and tunes; possibly a solo jig too)
*28 Oct: John Hegley (bespectacled performance poet from Luton, popular all over the country and on Radio 4, but rarely seen in folk clubs)
4 Nov: Askew Sisters (traditional songs from Hampshire and other parts of Britain on fiddle and melodeon from Hazel and Emily; some tunes too)
11 Nov: Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith (young singers from East Anglia with sensitive musical arrangements on guitar and banjo. Their website says they “have been heavily influenced by the songs and singers of East Anglia, but their music also reflects the diversity of voices within the folk world”
18 Nov: Archie Fisher (great, popular Scottish singer of traditional and other songs, with guitar)
25 Nov: Harp and a Monkey (group from Lancashire, very popular in the north of England, on a rare foray south; sons in the traditional idiom on a wide range of subjects, on banjo, viola, harp, mouth organ, glockenspiel and other instruments
2 Dec: Andrew Frank and Michael Hebbert (great singer and virtuoso concertina player form one of the most entertaining acts around – songs of the music hall and the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s)
9 Dec: Duck Soup (Dan Quinn, Ian Kearey and Adam Bushell – former members of Gas Mark 5, the Oyster Band, Flowers and Frolics and other bands – with assorted songs and tunes on various instruments)
Then closed until 6 January 2018
RESIDENT PERFORMERS: Jim Younger & Gail Williams, Peta Webb & Ken Hall, Bob Wakeling, Frankie Cleeve & Sue Williams, Katrina Rublowska, Amanda MacLean..