The CellarUpstairs
The CellarUpstairs

INFORMATION:  E-mail:; 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)


 January - June 2016

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;  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 JanHector 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.

26 Mar: Closed
2 April: Closed

9 April: Jez Lowe (very popular singer from County Durham; has written many great songs, including Coal Town DaysThe BergenDurham GaolLondon Danny and The Last of the Widows).  At the Lucas Arms.


16 April: Leon Rosselson (one of Britain’s great songwriters – Palaces of GoldWe Sell EverythingHarry’s Gone Fishingthe 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.

28 May: Closed

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.


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