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; buses; 17, 45, 46.
Access: club is in an upstairs room
Entrance: Pay on the door, no need to book, except for 23rd March. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Organiser 020 7281 7700
Kevin McDonnell's photos of past guests at the club.
1 December: Hazel Richings and John Clough (two fine solo singers, originally from central Scotland and Lancashire respectively, now living in East and West Yorkshire respectively, join forces – some solos and some duets, traditional and other songs)
5 Jan: Ballad evening with Gail Williams & Jim Younger, Peta Webb, Bob Wakeling, Frankie Cleeve and Amanda MacLean (NB: floor-singers are not obliged to sing ballads, but can sing what they like)
12 Jan: Rattle on the Stovepipe (masterly old-time trio, playing traditional songs from the US on fiddle, banjo, guitar and melodeon – Pete Cooper, Dave Arthur and Dan Stewart)
19 Jan: Frankie Armstrong (great feminist singer – ballads and other traditional songs from all over the place, and some modern songs)
26 Jan: Chris Miles (first-class, powerful Scottish singer – traditional and more recent songs, some serious and some amusing; she used to sing with Palaver)
9 Feb: the Copper Family (famous Sussex family who have been singing their traditional songs for centuries; lots of great songs and good choruses)
16 Feb: Camisoles, Rissoles and Dover Soles: Dan Quinn and Ian Kearey perform the songs, monologues and old jokes of Billy Bennett (very entertaining show)
23 Feb: the Long Hill Ramblers (first-class band performing traditional songs and tunes from the US – Ben Paley, Tab Hunter, Laura Hockenhull and Dan Edwards)
2 Mar: Rosie Stewart (mighty Irish singer from Fermanagh, widely admired, sings lyrical and comic songs, traditional and modern, some in sean nós style)
9 Mar: Rob Johnson (popular singer-songwriter of political and personal songs – Rosa’s Lovely Daughters, 6B Go Swimming, Be Reasonable, Undefeated,UK Talking and many others)
16 Mar: Jacquelyn Hynes and Racker Donnelly (for St Patrick’s day – Jacquelyn is a highly regarded flautist, rooted in Irish and English traditional music, who has played with Martin Hayes, Michael McGoldrick and Lunasa; the Telegraph gave her CD Silver and Wood four stars, and described it as "haunting, wonderful... an album of the year"; Racker is a former UK slam champion poet, and has played with the Chieftains, Christy Moore, Ardal O'Hanlon and DaraÓ Briain)
23 Mar*: Martin Carthy (simply one of the best singers and guitarists around – supreme performer) NB: entrance tonight is £7 (members) and £9 (non members) by ticket (contact email@example.com ) or pay on the door
30 Mar: to be confirmed
6 April: Kate Lissauer (first-rate American singer and musician – old-time songs and tunes from the US on fiddle and banjo)
13 April: closed for Easter
20 April: closed for Easter
27 April: Amsher (Annie Winter, Anna Baldwin, Alison Frosdick and Jack Burnaby perform the songs of Hampshire singer Patience Vaisey)
4 May: Kevin and Ellen Mitchell (great Irish singer and excellent Scottish singer, on infrequent trip south, bring us their wonderful repertoire of songs, most traditional)
11 May: Jack Rutter (young singer from West Yorkshire, rising star, also a third of Moore Moss Rutter; traditional and other songs on guitar, bouzouki and duet concertina)
18 May: John Kirkpatrick (serious and funny songs, traditional and his own, from popular singer and squeezebox maestro)
25 May: closed for bank holiday
1 June: the Fraser Sisters (Jo Freya and Fi Fraser sing traditional and other songs in beautiful harmony, with accompaniment on fiddle and saxophone)
8 June: Hector Gilchrist and Carol Anderson (two Scots – singer with beautiful, mellow voice and great repertoire, and brilliant fiddler who’s been a great hit at Sidmouth, Whitby and other festivals)
15 June: Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman (lovely voices, lovely harmonies and lovely songs – some traditional and some of Dave's own, eg, Lady of Autumn)
RESIDENT PERFORMERS: Jim Younger & Gail Williams, Peta Webb & Ken Hall, Bob Wakeling, Frankie Cleeve & Sue Williams, Katrina Rublowska, Amanda MacLean..