INFORMATION: E-mail: Cellarupstairs@aol.com; 020 7281 7700
ENTRANCE: No need to book, pay on the door. Members: £6, non-members: £8 (unwaged £1.50 less), except on nights marked * when it will be £7 and £9.
START TIME: 8.15pm, doors open about 8.00pm.
MEMBERSHIP: £3 for the year (September to August).
ACCESS: Club is in an upstairs room at both the Calthorpe Arms and the Lucas Arms.
VENUES:The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road,WC1X 8JR (020 727 84732) and the Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road,WCIX 8QY (020 7837 4340)
9 Jan: Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp (well regarded young duo with mainly traditional English songs, some unaccompanied, and others accompanied on concertina, guitar, banjo and cello; lauraandted.co.uk). At the Lucas Arms.
16 Jan: Reuben’s Train (idiosyncratic duo – Mick Watson and Keith Osborne – performing old and new Americana in dramatic style, with guitar). At the Calthorpe Arms.
23 Jan: Hector Christie and Chris Edwards (mainly Scots traditional songs, including ballads, from new duo made up of experienced and accomplished Scottish singer and Welsh-Cumbrian multi-instrumentalist; occasional non-trad songs, eg, by Matt McGinn). At the Calthorpe Arms.
30 Jan: Tim Laycock (first-class singer and musician from Dorset; sings traditional songs; also known for finding and setting Roll On, Roll On and setting Hardy poems). At the Calthorpe Arms.
6 Feb: Fraser Sisters (Jo Freya and Fi Fraser, members of the Old Swan Band, Blowzabella and other bands; diverse range of material; fiddle, saxophone, clarinet, etc). At the Lucas Arms.
13 Feb: David Campbell (fine English singer of traditional and modern songs from the UK and the US, son of Ian Campbell and brother of members of UB40 – but he doesn’t sing any of their songs). At the Lucas Arms.
20 Feb: Cath and Phil Tyler (impressive Anglo-US duo – one formerly with the group Cordelia’s Dad, with Tim Eriksen – sing traditional American and other songs with banjo and guitar). At the Calthorpe Arms.
27 Feb: Jim and Lynette Eldon (singer-fiddler and championship clog dancer from Hull; traditional songs – some collected by him from local fishermen – and others, including some of Jim’s own idiosyncratic compositions; he has been known to do a striking version of Bat out of Hell). At the Calthorpe Arms.
5 Mar: Kevin and Ellen Mitchell (revered singer from Derry and fine Glaswegian singer; traditional and other Irish and Scottish songs). At the Calthorpe Arms.
12 Mar: Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham (duo from Derbyshire, one a former member of Muckram Wakes and Ramsbottom; traditional and other songs, accompanied and unaccompanied). At the Lucas Arms.
19 Mar: Frank Weston and Dave Stacey (American old-timey songs on guitar and banjo from experienced duo, popular on the southern English old-time scene). At the Calthorpe Arms.
9 April: Jez Lowe (very popular singer from County Durham; has written many great songs, including Coal Town Days, The Bergen, Durham Gaol, London Danny and The Last of the Widows). At the Lucas Arms.
16 April: Leon Rosselson (one of Britain’s great songwriters – Palaces of Gold, We Sell Everything, Harry’s Gone Fishing, the World Turned Upside Down and many others; his songs are sung by many other performers – Martin Carthy, Billy Bragg, Dick Gaughan, Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, etc). At the Calthorpe Arms.
23 April: Si Barron (young singer and musician, formerly with duo Barron Brady; fine interpreter of traditonal and contemporary songs, lovely voice and excellent guitar-playing). At the Calthorpe Arms.
30 April: Kirsty Law (young singer from the Scottish Borders; sensitive interpretations of traditional Scottish songs plus a few of her own; also performs with her own band; Karine Polwart said, “It’s a joy to hear a young singer with such earthy and conversational character to her singing and songs.” ). At the Calthorpe Arms.
7 May: Francy Devine, Paul Anderson and Steve Byrne (Irish and Scots songs and tunes from high-profile trio; members of bands including Malinky (Steve Byrne); pipes, fiddle, guitar and bouzouki). At the Calthorpe Arms.
14 May: Peter and Barbara Snape (very entertaining duo from Lancashire; comic and serious songs with melodeon; as their website says, this is “for everyone who loves the broad variety of traditional songs from the British Isles”;). At the Lucas Arms.
21 May: Pete Cooper (supreme fiddler and singer of mainly traditional British, Irish and American songs and tunes; member of Rattle on the Stovepipe). At the Calthorpe Arms.
4 June: Pete Wood (experienced and accomplished singer of mainly traditional English songs, some with concertina; originally from Lancashire, long resident on Tyneside, once resident at Fighting Cocks club in Kingston-upon Thames). At the Lucas Arms.
11 June: Jeff Warner (fine US singer of traditional songs, including many excellent and unusual American versions of British songs). At the Lucas Arms.
Closed until September
RESIDENT PERFORMERS: Jim Younger & Gail Williams, Peta Webb & Ken Hall, Bob Wakeling, Frankie Cleeve & Sue Williams.