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; 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, Organiser 020 7281 7700

Kevin McDonnell's  photos of past guests at the  club.

March - June 2018

  3 March: Change to programme.  Due to the weather Will Finn & Rosie Calvert (dynamic, up-and-coming young duo from the heart of Newcastle) have had to cancel.   Tonight's guest will now be James Findlay excellent young singer, originally from the west country, of mainly traditional songs with guitar and fiddle.

 10 March: Arthur Watson & Pete Shepheard (widely admired singers with mainly Scots songs, plus a few from Gloucestershire and a few tunes, with accompaniment on melodeon and whistle)

 17 March: Oliver Mulligan + Annie Power (veteran singer from County Monaghan, long resident in London, and London-Irish singer – both first-rate interpreters of traditional song – share the evening)

 24 March: closed for Easter

 31 March: closed for Easter

 7 April: Ragged Trousers (male vocal trio from north-western England who sing a broad variety of unaccompanied traditional songs, using harmonies and arrangements that are imaginative without being excessively complex; ballads, sea songs, shanties, work songs and songs expressing social consciousness, many with choruses; Kieron Means said they “sing beautifully and without contrivance”)

 14 April: the Bailey Sisters (they’re not sisters, and they don’t drink Bailey’s; female trio, well known on the folk scene in north-west England, with traditional, self-penned and classical material from the 13th century to the present on fiddle and guitar)

 21 April: Peta Webb, Ken Hall & Simon Hindley (mainly American old-timey songs and brother duets from two virtuoso singers; accomplished blues singer and guitarist sings himself and provides accompaniment)

 28 April: Proper English (Derek Simpson, Rob Neal and Ed Caines, formerly three-quarters of popular group Tickler’s Jam, and members and ex-members of the Posh Band, Katie’s Quartet, the English String Band and other bands; traditional English songs and tunes, music hall songs and others, on fiddle, banjo, guitar, melodeon, cello, piano and various concertinas)

 5 May: Sandra Kerr (accomplished and experienced singer performing traditional and her own songs, both serious and comic, on various instruments; Sandra is well known as a songwriter – We Were ThereThe Maintenance EngineerThe Cheviot Hills and many other great songs)

 12 May: Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp (impressive and popular young duo who sing mainly traditional English songs, many in harmony and some with accompaniment)

 19 May: Jim & Lynette Eldon (traditional songs from East Yorkshire, some collected by Jim from local fishermen and others, plus his own quirky compositions, and dances from championship clogger Lynette)

 26 May: closed

 2 June: Jez Lowe (champion songwriter from County Durham, with guitar; his songs include Coal Town Days, The Bergen, Last of the Widows, The Pitmen Poets, Galloways, Big Meeting Day and The Wrong Bus)

 9 June: Anne Lamb + Carol Anderson (masterly singer from Tyneside, performing traditional and other songs, shares the evening with brilliant and much-admired Scottish fiddler)


Then closed until 8th September




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