The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club
The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club


 The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club

Saturdays, music from 8.15pm. Floor performers welcome.

Covid 19: The safety of audience and guests is the main concern, and we are following the government guidelines. Please do a lateral flow test before you come; the wearing of face masks is no longer compulsory, but do wear one if you prefer to.

Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR (020 7278 4732). Tube stations: King's Cross, Russell Square and Chancery Lane.  Buses: 17 and 46.

Access: The club is in an upstairs room 

Entrance: Pay on the door (cash only), no need to book. Members: £6, non-members: £8 

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

Information: e-mail, organiser 020 7281 7700

Kevin McDonnell's  photos of past guests at the  clu

 Programme, April - June 2022

23 April: John Conolly (best known for writing Fiddler's Green and Punch and Judy Man, John has also composed many other thought-provoking, tuneful, singable and often funny songs songs, based firmly in the British folk tradition and many of them inspired by the fishing heritage of his home town, Grimsby;

30 April: Anne Lister (singer and songwriter; her songs – Icarus, Moth, Stone Circles, How To Stand Still, The Quiet People and many others – have been sung by singers in the UK, the US, Canada and Australia, including Nic Jones, Martin Simpson, Garnet Rogers and the Fagan Family;

7 May: Frankie Armstrong (great feminist singer, widely regarded as the godmother of the natural voice and well known for her renditions of the big traditional ballads but also for political and some comic songs;

14 May: Alan Rose & Lynda Hardcastle (Yorkshire couple – former members of Grace Notes, INPO, Mountain Ash and other groups, and popular performers at the Whitby festival – sing traditional and contemporary songs in harmony with guitar)

21 May: Moira Craig & Carolyn Robson (traditional songs from the singers’ Scottish and Northumbrian roots and others, and some more recent, in beautiful harmony; Moira is known for her superb interpretations of Scottish, Irish and English songs and ballads and her clear ringing voice; Carolyn is a traditional folk song and dance specialist, radio presenter and teacher;

28 May: Pete Cooper (excellent, popular singer and fiddler with songs and tunes in many traditional fiddle styles, including Irish, American old-time, English, Scottish, Swedish and Eastern European; he also plays with Shirley Collins, Rattle on the Stovepipe and Richard Bolton, among others, and is said to be just about the best fiddle teacher around;

4 June: closed for bank holiday

11 June: Rumpled Muslin (stunning folk harmonies alternate with strong solos in the debut performance of this a capella trio. Cellar resident Amanda MacLean combines forces with Alison Frosdick, formerly of Alison & Jack, and folk and jazz veteran Wendy Lanchin; traditional and other songs in traditional and other styles)

Then closed until September.

RESIDENT PERFORMERS: Amanda MacLean, Katrina Rublowska, (Bob Wakeling, Peta Webb & Ken Hall, Frankie Cleeve & Sue Williams)


The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club