The CellarUpstairs
The CellarUpstairs


 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 (unwaged £1 less), 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

 January - June 2017

 7 Jan: ROBIN GILLAN (fine singer, fiddler and banjo player performing old-timey songs)

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

 21 JAN: JAMES FINDLAY (young West country singer, fiddler and guitarist, previous winner of the BBC Young Folk Awards; mainly traditional songs)

28 JAN: THOMAS MacCARTHY (great Irish Traveller singer with distinctive style and repertoire of songs not often heard, most from his family in County Offaly)

 4 FEB: ROBB JOHNSON (popular singer of political and other songs; wrote Rosa's Lovely Daughters, 6B Go Swimming, Red and Green and Going Home and many others)

 11 FEB: VICKI SWAN AND JONNY DYER (traditional and other songs and tunes on small-pipes, guitar, nyckelharpa and other instruments from popular young duo)

 18 FEB: DAMIEN BARBER AND MIKE WILSON (Norfolk singer and concertina player and the youngest of the famous Wilson family; fine, powerful singing and entertaining chat)

 25 FEB: ALICE AND DAVID WYLDE (singer from the Appalachians and her English husband; first-class singing of old-timey and other songs, unaccompanied and with guitar)

4 MAR: FRANKIE ARMSTRONG (much-admired feminist singer; traditional and other songs)

 11 MAR: RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE (Pete Cooper, Dave Arthur and Dan Stewart in great old-timey band; traditional American songs on fiddle, banjo and guitar)

 18 MAR: MARIANNE McALEER AND MICHAEL SHEEHY (prize-winning Irish singer and excellent accordion player share the night to celebrate St Patrick's Day a day late)

 25 MAR: RADIE PEAT (great young Irish singer from popular band Lynched – now Lankum – on a rare solo gig)

 1 APR: THE SPIERS FAMILY (Tom, Maggie and Emma, first-class Aberdeenshire singers; Tom was in respected groups the Gaugers and Shepheard, Spiers and Watson)

 8 APR: KATE LISSAUER (champion fiddler, singer, banjo player and guitarist, originally from Maryland; traditional American songs from the mountains and elsewhere)

 15 APR:  closed for Easter

 22 APR: closed for Easter

 29 APR: ROSIE STEWART (great, popular singer from Fermanagh with a large repertoire of serious and funny songs)

 6 MAY*: JOHN KIRKPATRICK (traditional and his own songs and tunes from popular English singer, master of the concertina and accordion)

13 MAYBALLAD EVENINGPeta Webb & Ken Hall, Gail Williams & Jim Younger, Bob Wakeling, and Sue Williams & Frankie Cleeve will sing traditional ballads; floor-singers may sing ballads or not, as they wish)

 20 MAY: LONG HILL RAMBLERS (old-timey songs on various instruments from excellent band – Ben Paley, Tab Hunter, Laura Hockenhull and Dan Edwards)

 27 MAY: closed for bank holiday

3 JUNE: MARY HUMPHREYS AND ANAHATA (English songs, particularly from Cambridgeshire, and possibly one or two in Welsh, plus dance tunes from duo who play concertina, cello and other instruments)

 10 JUNE: MOIRA CRAIG AND CAROLYN ROBSON (Scottish, English and other songs, mainly traditional, from two fine singers, two-thirds of Craig Morgan Robson)

 THEN closed until early September 


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


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