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 15th September.  Members: £6, non members: £8, except on nights marked ** when it is £8 and £10. 

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.

September  - December 2018

 8 SeptLeon Rosselson (great songwriter, many of whose songs have been sung and recorded by other artists –The World Turned Upside Down (about the Diggers), Across the Hills, Song of the Olive Tree, Palaces of Gold, Don’t Get Married, Girls, Bringing the News from Nowhere and many others.

 15 September**: Kevin Burke (famous Irish fiddler – one of the great musicians, a master of the Sligo style and a member of various top bands, eg, the Bothy Band, Patrick Street, Open House and the Celtic Fiddle Festival) entrance by ticket and on the door.  For tickets please contact Sheila Miller.  Tonight only: members: £8, non-members: £10

 22 SeptemberRosie Hood (popular young singer from Wiltshire; mainly traditional English songs in a strong, pure voice; she was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016)

 29 SeptemberHector Christie and Chris Edwards (traditional and other songs, many Scottish, from powerful Aberdeenshire singer and Welsh-Cumbrian multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, fiddle, concertina, accordion, mandolin and mandola; sad, lyrical songs, funny songs, Child ballads and humorous introductions; they were a great success at the club on their previous visit)

 6 OctoberJim Woodland and Mike Bettison (two of the Fabulous Salami Brothers are re-united to perform funny songs, serious songs and political songs; highly entertaining material)

 13 October: Will Finn & Rosie Calvert (dynamic, up-and-coming young duo from Newcastle – half of the Teacups, who have taken the festival circuit, by storm – playing traditional songs and music with contemporary flair; piano, steel pan and close-knit harmony singing)

 20 Octoberthe Norfolk Broads (four-piece female ensemble who sing low-pitched folk songs about love, despair and dastardly boyfriends; they deliver traditional stories in spirited harmony with contemporary verve and energy, using old songs to produce new takes on the lives of women past and present)

 27 October: Damien Barber and Mike Wilson (excellent, powerful singing and entertaining chat from Norfolk-born singer and concertina player and the youngest of the famous Wilson family from Tees-side)

 3 NovemberBeverly Smith (singer, fiddler and one of the most respected guitar players in old-time American music; she has played in duos with Alice Gerrard, Carl Jones and John Grimm, and on recordings of well-known old-time performers such as Bruce Molsky; she’s been a featured guest on many TV and radio programmes, including A Prairie Home Companion (with Garrison Keillor), has toured extensively in the US and the UK, and has played concert halls and festivals all over Europe, Canada and the US)

 10 November: Patterson Dipper (mainly traditional English songs and tunes from masterly singer and guitaristJames and virtuoso fiddler John; members and ex-members of various bands, including Crows, Alma, the English Acoustic Collective and the Emily Askew Band)

 17 NovemberIona Fyfe (considered by many to be one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, Iona is rooted in the singing traditions of north-east Scotland; nominated as Scots Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2017, a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and the winner of the Molloy Award at the Trip to Birmingham Irish Trad Fest 2017

 24 NovemberAlex Cumming and Nicola Beazley (impressive young singer with strong voice and piano accordion – a member of the Teacups – in entertaining duo with superb young fiddler, a member of Speldosa; traditional folksongs and tunes from England)

1 DecemberHazel Richings and John Clough (two fine solo singers, originally from central Scotland and Lancashire respectively, now living in East and West Yorkshire respectively, join forces – some solos and some duets, traditional and other songs)

 8 Decemberthe New Deal String Band (a new version of the UK’s best old-time American band: Joe Locker, Ben Paley and Robin Gillan sing and play traditional songs and tunes, most from the US 


Then closed until 5 January 2019



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