Every Thursday from 7:30pm 

at Loughton Club 8 Station Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 4NX

11th February 2016 £4


MC Steve O'Donoghue

TRED are a sophisticated contemporary folk trio playing a diverse range of
meticulously arranged tunes and songs. The culmination of Elly Rees’
uncompromising flute, David Delarre’s melodious but driven guitar
and Pete Thomas’ full and harmonic double bass sound. An energetic
fresh approach to traditional material, the members of Tred bring

together a vast musical experience that spans many genres.

                      with support from 

Russ Chandler

Everything from traditional music from the UK and the US through music hall and the folk revival to the work of some of the best contemporary song writers out there. And the occasional surprise, too! All accompanied by some sweet guitar and banjo playing. Russ Chandler is the driving force behind Walthamstow Folk Club and a well known face on the London and Essex folk scenes. He was listed as one of the top five performers in Waltham Forest by the local press in 2010

18th February 2016 - £5



MC Jennifer

Originally from The Wirral now based in Cambridgeshire, Phil has had a long career on the folk scene, starting by performing floor spots in 1977. After releasing a couple of privately produced cassettes, Phil released the excellent 'Living On Credit' on Fellside in 1990. He has released a further six albums, the latest being 'The Twilight Zone' in 2015. His songwriting is implicitly rooted in reflecting social change, and he is now widely regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive guitarists working on the UK folk circuit. A much in demand session guitarist, this is Phil's first visit to Loughton Folk Club.

'If folk song is history from underneath then Phil's songs are today's broadsides. (Ian Wells, Daily Telegraph)

25th February - £5


MC Gary James

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Linda is an Irish singer songwriter, she incorporates many musical influences into her sassy, smoky and soulful music.

Storytelling is one of the most significant aspects of a song and Linda's vocal is pure, raw with a contemporary edge. She is a unique performer whose music skilfully blends the traditions of celtic narrative, smoky folk and contemporary blues. Linda's album 'Shadowlands' has received widespread critical acclaim. She recently played a wonderful set at the Ilfracombe Folk Roots Festival.

'We're predicting big things from songstress Linda Em. (Daily Mirror). This is Linda's first visit to Loughton Folk club.


3rd March  2016 -  £4.00

Astrakan Project

MC Jennifer Davies

Astrakan Project are a Breton duo causing quite a stir on the UK folk scene. Simone Alves (vocals) and Yann Gourvil (guitar, oud, violin and sez) are now based back in Brittany after spending some years in Istanbul. They have toured extensively worldwide and have released two albums and two EPs too much critical acclaim. Their music is born somewhere between Brittany and Istanbul, where ancient Breton legends merge with eastern influenced music.

'Gloriously fall-throated, truly inspiring Breton singing and melodies.......roaring, intricate, fiery, imaginative accompaniments. ( Ian Anderson, fRoots).



young Reading based folk duo comprising Maddy Glenn (Vocals, whistle, percussion) and Simon James Chisholm (mandolin, guitar, concertina). They play traditional folk songs that are arranged to music composed by themselves. They have played at various festivals and folk clubs their latest CD came out in December. Loreley won the best duo award at the GSMC music awards 2016. They are a duo on the rise on the folk scene.

10th March 2016 - £4.00



MC Gary James

Following the success of our first showcase in January, we present our second one.



A singer songwriter from Hertfordshire, who creates mend your heart songs. Minnie is rapidly making a name for herself on the folk and acoustic scene. She recently performed at the Rising Stars of Folk concert in central London, and is due to tour Iceland in February. Minnie has released the excellent CD 'Floundering' and some digital releases. She lists one her interests as 'staying up past my bedtime' She is a delightful performer who in her own words 'makes sad and dreary music that will leave you feeling happy'. 




Finalist at the 2015 New Roots competition, London based Piers has been playing guitar since he was eleven. He is a fine interpreter of traditional English folk songs and tunes, often finding obscure versions of ballads and broadsides to perform. He also composes his own instrumentals. Piers also performs in a duo with Penny Kempson . He first got into folk music when he heard Fairport Convention's 'Liege and Lief' album. Piers is starting to make a name on the scene and is well worth checking out.

Minnie and Piers are both making their first visit to the club.



17th March 2016 - £4.00




MC Jennifer Davies


English folk singer Hannah is fast building a reputation as one the most exciting singers around.  Her debut album 'Charms Against Sorrow' was released in February 2015 to critical acclaim. She accompanies herself on baritone dulcimer and guitar and showcases her stunning voice of unaffected beauty.  

We are excited that Hannah is returning to play at Loughton. She performed a wonderful set at the club in January 2015.


Blessed with a peerlessly pure voice, catch her while you can' The Express






Andy is making a welcome return visit to Loughton. A Singer songwriter based in London, he plays guitar and piano. He writes finely crafted songs and has a fantastic tenor voice. Andy is in the process  of producing a new cd and will be previewing some new songs tonight.





24th March 2016 - £5.00




MC Gary James


Si is a wonderful interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk song. Known through his work with duo Barren/Brady, he is an exquisite guitarist who creates amazing accompaniments to traditional and fine original songs. Si also plays harmonium, which features on his latest album 'Sweet Billy Pilgrim'  which has received race reviews and is one of the best folk albums released in recent times.  He has a rich voice and a relaxed  style, and tells intriguing stories with good humour.  He has received universal praise from his folk club appearances. This is one not to miss.

We knew he would be good, but we were left looking at each other in disbelief, just wonderful. ( Nova Scotia Folk Club0.







A London based singer songwriter born and raised in the rural midlands. His album 'Broken Man ' has just been released. His music recalls the blues of the Mississippi delta while capturing the spirit of the Beat Poets.


31st March 2016 - £4.00




Na Mara make a welcome return to Loughton. Described as elegant and skilled musicians , folk duo na mara (Rob Garcia and Paul McNamara) play self penned and traditional songs and tunes from across the British Isles and the Breton, French and Quebecois traditions and a wide variety of tunes from Asturias and Galicia. Their songs are of the highest quality, full of historical and emotional integrity. They have released a number of recordings the most recent being 'Navajos and Pirates' to wide critical acclaim.



7th April 2016 - £5.00




Vicki and Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes, and new songs that are entirely at home in the tradition.

They perform on a number of instruments including the wonderful nyckelharpa, bagpipes and the cowhorn. They have produced many albums, tutor and tune books.

Suitable for all ages, their evenings are packed with toe tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and dressing up, all presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skilful musicianship.


14th April 2016 - £4.00




Zoe is a young acoustic singer songwriter from Camden. Combining traditional and modern folk styles with a rock and pop influence to create a sound based on storytelling and catchy melodies. Zoe won the best newcomer award at the Folkstocks 'Love Folk Live' awards.

Zoe has a beautiful voice that is clear and sends shivers down the spine. She has released one EP  'Pandoras Box' and recently performed at the London Folk and Roots Festival. Zoe is definitely one to watch out for in the future , and we are delighted that she is performing at Loughton.



21st April 2016 - £5.00




Darren is a musician and writer who has gained a reputation for his thoughtful and poetic lyrics., often born of an awareness to what is happening around him. Welsh born but now based in Hampshire, he is a singer, guitarist and fiddle player who has played extensively in folk clubs, arts centres and other venues and played the main stage at major folk festivals, supporting artists including Buffy St Marie and Martin Simpson.

His 2015 album 'Lord Abergavenny's Mines ' has received rave reviews from the folk and related press. It is a concept album based around stories and tales from the South Wales mining industry, where Darren was born.

This is Darren Blacks first visit to Loughton and his performance is eagerly awaited.

'Thoughtful and masterful' FRoots.



28th April 2016 - £4.00




Morrigan are a four piece acappella folk group from South London. Their close harmony singing creates a stunning sound that has won much praise. They are  also talented instrumentalists. Comprising Chris Harrison, Rosaline Hone, Chris Evans and Sarah Pavey all who have vast experience and knowledge of the folk scene. Morrigan were formed in 2010 and since then have been carving out a name for themselves on the folk circuit.

They played a cracking support at Loughton in January  2015 and we are delighted to have them back.



5th May 2016 - £6.00




Singer/guitarist/songwriter Richard is a giant on the folk scene. He is a dynamic performer who writes unforgettable wonderful songs. His songs have been covered widely by artists on the folk scene and beyond it. Born in Middlesbrough, Richard started playing in the North East folk clubs and joined the Teeside Fettlers in 1981. He released his fist solo record on Fellside in 1984. He has made numerous albums since, including duo records with Dick Miles and Chris Parkinson.  His latest CD 'Hard Road to Prospect Hill', released in October 2015 is a classic. His song 'Scarborough Fishermen' is widely regarded as one of the greatest English folk songs ever written. Richard is one of the finest performers on the folk circuit. This will be a night to remember.

We look forward to welcoming you

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