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London Folk Clubs

14 Aug 02 - 03:15 PM (#765338)
Subject: London Folk Clubs
From: Kate

I recently moved here and would welcome any recommendations for good London Folk Clubs. I have a copy of Folk London but would be grateful for any comments on the clubs around here. What's good and what's not? I particularly like informal venues with both musicians and singers.

Thanks.


14 Aug 02 - 04:02 PM (#765378)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: treewind

I can recommend:
  • Old Rose and Crown, Walthamstow - good strong club almost always guest nights except in the Summer.
  • Islington - always guest nights, resident band, very assorted residents, gets a bit eccentric sometimes
  • Sharps - full of strong unaccompanied traditional singers, very friendly and always lots of fun, almost always singers nights.
  • Cellar upstairs - good small club
  • Musical Traditions - great place to hear real trad singers you may have never heard of, run by Peta Webb and Ken Hall, hence Irish/American bias. Tiny room.
  • Court Sessions, Tooting. Good if you're in South London.
  • Herga - excellent reputation, I haven't been there for about 25 years, must do something about that....
Those are all on the fairly trad side. If your idea of folk music is American-style singer/songwriter/guitarist stuff, try Bunjies Folk Cellar if it's still going, can't help much otherwise on that type.

Anahata


14 Aug 02 - 04:27 PM (#765400)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Kate

Massive thanks Anahata. I'm going to check several of those out in my guide when I get home. Definately the Rose and Crown. I think I remember seeing that they had several good guests. I'm also interested in Sharps. Sounds good but don't remember seeing that in the listings. Would you mind telling me where and when that is?

I saw your name listed in a discussion about Sidmouth and part of it mentioned the Middle Bar Singers. Did you go to the Anchor this year? I normaly end up pretty much living there for the week!


14 Aug 02 - 05:24 PM (#765435)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Chris Amos

'scuse me butting in,

Sharps is held in the basemet a Cecil Sharp House,Regents Park Rd' Camden Town, every Tuesday (except in August)it's most likely the best folk club in the country ad well worth a visit.

Chris


14 Aug 02 - 05:30 PM (#765437)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: GUEST,John Hernadez

I know just about nothing about the London folk scene except that if I'm ever in London on a Tuesday, I make it a point to go to Sharps.


14 Aug 02 - 05:31 PM (#765438)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: GUEST,Peter from Essex

Anahata beat me to it, but:-

OR&C has some guest nights in August.

What Anahata missed is that due to the lack of PELs OR&C, Islington, Cellar Upstairs and Musical Traditions are all strictly members only.

Sharps is open to customers "off the street". Don't know about the other two, I'm sure Kitty will advise about Herga.

For OR&C and Islington membership go to clik.to/membership

If you want singer/guitarists sitting in a circle try the singers nights at Tudor at the end of the Met line.

For a purely music session there are the English music sessions at the Market Porter, Borough Market.

For mixed music/song sessions you will need a car to get out into the Home Counties.


14 Aug 02 - 07:14 PM (#765497)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Herga Kitty

Herga is a walk-in and non-smoking club (drinks are bought in the bar downstairs). We usually have one guest a month, and run the other Mondays as singarounds (instruments welcome), except that on 2 September we have Packie Byrne with Breda McKinney, and on 23 September we have Mudcat's own Rick Fielding. And we don't meet on Bank Holidays.

I've just been sent the forthcoming programmes for Musical Traditions and the Cellar Upstairs, and they both look pretty good. And if you're thinking of going to the Old Rose and Crown, Patterson, Jordan, Dipper will be launching their Flat Earth CD there on 5 September. Alternatively you can see Ralphie as a Fraser sister at the Cellar Upstairs on 16 November. The new venue is The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, NW1 1HB (on the corner of Chalton Street, near King's Cross and Euston stations)8.15 on Saturdays, from 7 September.

Kitty


14 Aug 02 - 07:22 PM (#765507)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Ralphie

Thanks for the plug Kit....!!
And the week after PJD at the Rose & Crown, you get the mighty Rory McCleod....Yowsa!
The Onion Bhajis are on me!
Love Ralphie xx


14 Aug 02 - 07:26 PM (#765512)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: McGrath of Harlow

I keep on meaning to get to Sharps, haven't been for many years - one worry is about last train connections home from Tottenham Hale or Liverpool Street to Harlow. What time does it actually wind down?


15 Aug 02 - 02:32 AM (#765644)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Chris Amos

Usually finishes about 11pm.

I won't be able to get there my self till at least the end of Sept but if you le me know when you are going I'll make sure I go and give you a lift to the station.

Chris


15 Aug 02 - 04:53 AM (#765680)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Herga Kitty

Oh dear, I've just caught up with Rick Fielding's thread, from which I gather his British tour has been postponed on account of illness and family bereavement.

Kitty

PS I keep thinking I must get to Sharps too.


15 Aug 02 - 05:01 AM (#765682)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Micca

Sharps has a summer season during August,at a pub, PM me and I will give directions


15 Aug 02 - 11:52 AM (#765884)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Kate

Thank you for the info. There's several venues that I'm going to check out. Particularly looking forward to seeing Rory Mcloud play. It's also good to know about the mebership policies.


15 Aug 02 - 01:43 PM (#765980)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: McGrath of Harlow

Thanks for the offer Chris, I might take you up on it. But I've checked and the last trains turn out to be 11.33 and 12.03 from Liverpool Street, so it should be doable by tube.

Though, for Tottenham Hale, it turns out the last train is 10.53, and nothing more till 5.30 am. What a way to run a railway. How does it compare with the situation of people living 20 miles or so outside other capital cities, in towns with a railway link?


10 Jan 17 - 04:08 PM (#3831766)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Bev and Jerry

We are planning to be in London during the last part of March and the first part of April and we are interested in attending some folk clubs there. We are primarily interested in singing (as opposed to instrumental sessions) and we're looking for singarounds or open mike situations but we might be interested in a guest singer. Anywhere we can reach on the tube will be considered.

Our list so far includes Cecil Sharp House (Tuesdays), Folk in the Cellar (2nd and 4th Mondays), Folk Around (Thursdays) and the Unity Folk Club (last Monday).

We would appreciate it if anyone can verify the above or add to our list with current information.

Bev and Jerry


10 Jan 17 - 06:04 PM (#3831783)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: GUEST

There is a comprehensive list available on line.


10 Jan 17 - 08:47 PM (#3831805)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Bev and Jerry

Yeah, that's where we got the four clubs we mentioned. The rest seem to be either not what we're looking for or too far away. Any other ideas??

Bev and Jerry


11 Jan 17 - 05:39 AM (#3831855)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Leadfingers

I am based in West London , and would be happy to assist eith transport to clubs West of London - Land line set by PM


11 Jan 17 - 08:06 AM (#3831889)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: GUEST,Chris Lamb

One venue missing from the Folk London list is the monthly singaround at The Cambria, 40 Kemerton Rd, SE5 9AR, near Loughborough Junction station (last Thursday)


11 Jan 17 - 09:03 AM (#3831896)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: GUEST,Peter

They only have to ask


11 Jan 17 - 11:48 AM (#3831924)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: GUEST

For a CENTRAL club, you won't beat the MT club at the King & Queen near Warren Street tube- held in the room where Bob Dylan sang his first song in England!


11 Jan 17 - 01:50 PM (#3831946)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Bev and Jerry

Thanks for the info so far. The King & Queen is a very short walk from the flat we have rented so we probably will attend although they haven't posted the programs that far in advance yet.

Leadfingers, we have sent you a PM. Thanks.

Bev and Jerry


12 Jan 17 - 04:39 AM (#3832017)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: GUEST,The Goose Is Out!

You could try us :)


http://www.thegooseisout.com


12 Jan 17 - 07:55 AM (#3832039)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: severed-head

I highly recommend Brickfolk (last Sunday of the month) which is about 10 mins walk from Putney Bridge tube station. It is an afternoon session, from 2:30 to 5:00pm, and is ALL chorus songs. Bricklayers Arms, Waterman Street, Putney SW15 1DD.

Also the monthly Shanty & Sea Songs singaround which will be Sunday 19th March. 12 Noon to 3:00pm, Horseshoe Inn, Melior Street, SE1 3QP. 5 mins walk from London Bridge Station.

Good Luck
Garry


12 Jan 17 - 03:04 PM (#3832150)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Bev and Jerry

Garry:

Brickfolk sounds great and we have added it to our list. We won't be around for the Shanty & Sea Songs though this is one of our favorites.

As for The Goose is Out, we'd love to attend but, alas, neither the March or April singaround will occur while we're in London.

Thanks.

Bev and Jerry


13 Jan 17 - 11:48 AM (#3832351)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: GUEST

Tooting Folk Club is fun and welcoming.
https://tootingfolk.com

(on the northern line tube)


18 Jan 17 - 08:08 AM (#3833343)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Leadfingers

Refresh


18 Jan 17 - 09:24 AM (#3833355)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: GUEST,matt milton

A lifelong londoner and I'd never heard of the Unity Folk Club before this thread! Well I never


24 Feb 17 - 07:52 PM (#3841328)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Leadfingers

Refresh


24 Feb 17 - 07:55 PM (#3841332)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: Leadfingers

Hopefully , Bev and Gerry are in London now an d have access to the internet . I SHOULD be meeting them on Sunday .


25 Feb 17 - 09:32 AM (#3841452)
Subject: RE: London Folk Clubs
From: severed-head

Their original post said "last part of March and the first part of April" so I doubt if they are here yet (unless of course their plans have changed).
Garry