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The CellarUpstairs


 The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club

Saturdays, 8.15pm.

Venues: Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR (020 7278 4732), the Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF (020 7278 2966) and the Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8QY (020 7837 4340).  Tube stations: Kings Cross, Russell Square and Chancery Lane; various buses

Access: club is in an upstairs room at the Calthorpe Arms and Lucas Arms and a downstairs room at the Harrison

Entrance: Pay on the door, no need to book.  Members: £6, non members: £8 (unwaged £1 less), except on nights marked *, when it is £7 and £9. Floor-singers welcome.

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

Information: e-mail, 020 7281 7700

 September 2016 - January 2017

10 Sept: Jed Grimes (singer and musician from Tyneside; was in the Doonans' band, Hedgehog Pie and various other bands and groups) (Calthorpe)


17 Sept: Bob Wood and Gemma Khawaja (fine Scots singer and guitarist with traditional and modern songs shares the evening with young singer-guitarist who performs mainly traditional songs) (Harrison)


24 Sept: Chris Miles (superb Fife singer of mainly traditional Scottish songs; she used to sing with Gordeanna MacCulloch and in four-woman group Palaver) (Calthorpe)


1 Oct: Jimmy Hutchison ( veteran Scots singer, originally from South Uist, of mainly traditional Scottish songs; a singer' s singer, wih a beautiful voice and strong repertoire, including ballads, lyrical songs and others) (Calthorpe)


8 Oct: Beverly Smith and John Grimm (top-flight US duo who perform old-timey American songs on guitar, banjo and other instruments, on rare visit; Beverly used to perform with well-known singer Alice Gerrard) (Calthorpe)


15 Oct: Jim McFarland and Ken Wilson (much admired singer from Derry and the best singer of the popular Wilson family from Teesside, in the organiser’s opinion; traditional and other songs) (Harrison)


22 Oct: Tony Hall (possibly the best melodeon player in the UK; also sings traditional Norfolk songs and a few of his own quirky compositions) (Calthorpe)


29 Oct*Martin Carthy (supreme English singer and guitarist; simply must be heard) (Calthorpe)


5 Nov: Klezmer Klub (popular six-piece band performing songs and music of the Jewish diaspora; dance tunes, melancholy songs, chorus songs, etc) (Calthorpe)


12 Nov*: the Teacups (excellent young four-part harmony group – two women, two men – singing traditional and other songs with various instruments) (Calthorpe)


19 Nov: Said The Maiden (three young women who sing traditional and other songs, including a few of their own, in delightful harmony) (Harrison)


26 Nov: Donal Maguire (virtuoso singer from County Louth via Rossendale; performs traditional and other Irish songs, some with guitar and other instruments) (Calthorpe)


3 Dec: Roy Bailey (popular singer of songs about politics and relationships great voice) (Calthorpe)


10 Dec:  (C)New Deal String Band (Tom Paley, Joe Locker and Ben Paley – possibly the best old-timey band in the UK; American songs with guitar, banjo and fiddle. Tom, now 88, has played with an astonishing range of performers, from Woody Guthrie to Tom Jones) (Calthorpe)




7 Jan: Robin Gillan (fine singer, fiddler and banjo player performing old-timey songs) (Calthorpe)


14 Jan: Copper family (famous singing family from East Sussex with great repertoire and centuries-long history of singing) (Calthorpe)



RESIDENT PERFORMERS: Jim Younger & Gail Williams, Peta Webb & Ken Hall, Bob Wakeling, Frankie Cleeve & Sue Williams.


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