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Bowes Park Folk Club

All are welcome at the monthly folk club evenings - singers, players, reciters, join-in-the-chorusers! We meet once a month from 8-10pm(ish), normally on the first Thursday and usually at Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road, N22 8NG. Admission charge is £6/7 for guest performers and £4 for all comers evenings. Meals available from Mum's Mediterranean-inspired menu.

Location: Bowes Park, North London
Members: 9
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Thursday 1st September 2016 - Guests from Walthamstow Folk Club

£6, Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road, N22 8NG.

A line-up of regular performers from ‘the Stow’ – Russ Chandler, Kevin Sheils, Sian Allen, John Kane, Roger Huddle and more!  Variety and quality guaranteed.

‘London’s friendliest folk.’ 



Thursday 6 October 2016 - Hamish Currie

£6, Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road, N22 8NG.

Skillful guitarist and singer with a love of both traditional and contemporary songs.

‘Hamish delivers a heart-wrenching song that makes the hair on your arms stand up and brings a tear to your eye.  Magic.’  Alan Hewson, Mad Nanny Music


Hamish + guitar neck





Thursday 7 July 2016 - Club Showcase

£4, Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road, N22 8NG.

It's our Summer Showcase - a rich and varied musical evening guaranteed!  Enjoy mini-sets from Americana folk band Somebody Else's Troubles, and local duo Storywheel mixing Middle East music with English folk tradition.  Plus floor spots from regulars (come early to grab one - a spot, that is!) and singalongs to favourites from the club songbook.

Thursday 2nd June 2016 - The Cruel Mothers

£6, Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road, N22 8NG.

The Cruel Mothers are Carol Burtt and Sarah Jones. They perform their own arrangements of traditional English and American folk songs with themes of betrayal, death and madness, enhanced by stunning harmonies and sensitive guitar accompaniment.

Thursday 5th May 2016 - Na-Mara

£6, Mum's Bistro, 143 Myddleton Road, N22 8NG.

Hertfordshire-based duo (Rob Garcia and Paul McNamara) specialise in translations of songs from Breton, French and Quebecois traditions.  Also expect traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles, Asturias and Brittany, Paul's original songs imbued with a keen sense of history, and expert accompaniments and instrumentals on guitar, mandolin and mandola. 

na-mara have played at clubs and festivals across the UK, in France and Spain and featured in broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and a host of local radio stations.

Their recent albums 'Navajos & Pirates' (2015) and 'The Bite' (2010) have received critical acclaim from a host of local and national folk magazines with tracks broadcast on a range of folk music radio programmes across the UK and beyond.

‘Elegant and skilled musicians’ (Folk London).

Thursday 7th April 2016 - Mick Ryan & Paul Downes

MICK RYAN is well known on the folk scene both as a fine singer of  traditional and original songs and writer of outstanding material, including his series of successful folk musicals. His First World War-themed folk opera A Day’s Work is touring in 2016.

PAUL DOWNES has been introduced (to his embarrassment) as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists in the world.  It’s easy to see why, but Paul considers himself firstly a singer. He has worked with Phil Beer, The Arizona Smoke Revue, Pete Seeger, Show of Hands and currently The Joyce Gang.

Together, Mick and Paul’s sensitive yet fun approach to live performances puts them among the most respected artists on the British acoustic music scene today.


Thursday 3 March 2016 - Chris Turner

Chris Turner has been a busy folk music animateur since the 1960s, performing at schools, clubs, festivals and a multiplicity of other venues using English folk music, song and dance.  Chris plays melodeon, guitar and concertina and performs an assortment of traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs.



Thursday 4 February 2016 - PERKELT

Medieval Celtic Speed Folk  - Refreshing, innovative and evocative Celtic music.

 They were seriously good! Check them out at

Sheffield Carols workshop

On 20 November a dozen Bowes Park Folk Clubbers raised their voices in rousing 'folk' carols on Thursday at the TaB Centre in Palmerston Road. We were ably and enthusiastically led by Jeff Dent and six of his fellow singers from the 'Traditional Carols in London' initiative, with Fran Wood on keyboard. The carols date from pre-Victorian times, and were traditionally sung in the villages around Sheffield. Who'd have thought that 'While Shepherds Watched' scanned so well with the tune to 'On Ilkley Moor Baht 'at'? Or that 'Sweet Chiming Christmas Bells' could indeed sound sweet as well as loud?
      If you missed out, you can join Jeff and friends for traditional carols sessions in pubs in Borough, Richmond and Putney in the run up to Christmas - see

On 6 November we enjoyed an unmissable performance from Vicki Swann and Jonny Dyer - possibly playing more instruments in one evening than we have seen in the BPFC's history to date, and all faultlessly.  A great choice of songs, with clever - and even soulful - arrangements. And crochet too... We look forward to their return. Hear them here - - and check out their website -

Father and son Steve and Will O'Donoghue gave us a great evening on Thursday 2 October, with songs comical, political, historical and memorial, covering the quirks and pains of life and death, the idiocy of politicans, and a most odd beard. Performed with energy and musicality, they were much enjoyed by the BP clubbers. We were also glad to welcome Alison Raymond and Julian Mount from the Watford Folk Club, and let's not forget our homegrown talent, Keith, Mary, Ian C, Nick, Janis and Anne, whose subjects ranged from chickens to land theft.

On 4th September, Andy Mathewson kicked off our current season in fine style. Vintage ragtime and blues, judiciously chosen covers and thoughtful originals – variety, enthusiasm and virtuosity. His deep knowledge of past performers (have you heard of the Boswell Sisters?) underpins his beguiling performance, which blends expert guitar playing and gentle singing that draws you in. Read Andy’s great selection of advice from top songwriters at

Our floor performers did us proud as well. It was a great welcome back, expertly and stylishly compered by Dave and Mandy. Thanks as always to Mum’s Bistro for hospitality and the delicious buffet.

Folk in the Park on Sunday 27 July was a lovely afternoon of perfect weather, excellent performances and appreciative listeners. Upwards of a hundred people came to Broomfield Park, sat, picnicked and enjoyed. Thanks to Zahir and the Friends of Broomfield Park   for inviting us, and to the performers, Mary for putting the programme together, Mum’s Bistro for the bar, Nick for sound, stewards Catharine, Katie and Rowena, and to the Winchmore Hill English Folk Dance group for their interlude.

On 3 JULY we showcased our own talented performers. Close on 30 of us enjoyed a wide variety of songs and instrumental pieces, while outside a magical summer evening provided a perfect backdrop. Many thanks to Mary Blake (who probably will sing 'The Wild Rover' again ...), Adrian, Dave Burns, Nick Siepman, Mark and Janis, Ian Coles, Rick Hayter, Keith Beechey and the Shanty Crew, who combined volume with a touch of artistry.

On Thursday 5 June Blue Harbour gave us a lovely evening, with very varied songs, many written by themselves. Funny, sad, personal, environmental and, in one case, a little bit scary, some were sung a capella, others with two guitars and a fully functioning washboard. Phil and Jim can be found on Thursday evenings at the Loughton Folk Club ( Thanks to them, and also to our floor performers, of whom more next time ...

PS The All-you-can-eat buffet was excellent, and will be a regular feature of our evenings at Mum's.

On Thursday 12 June,  14 of us had an excellent workshop led by Alison Rowley,  a violinist and folk fiddle player who works as performer, composer and teacher. In 2012-13 she was Creative Artist in Residence for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. WE achieved harmony! 

What a great evening we had on May Day with Nicole ('Nod') Lazarus and Paul Flannery, who gave us a wide range of beautiful songs, sung with and without accompaniment. Floor performers added to the variety, including a mandolin.

The Club is one year old, and we celebrated with cake and conviviality, helped by the new layout at Mum's Bistro, which gives a better performance space. 

 The club went with an Irish swing and a lilt when we met on 3rd April. Our two contrasting singers, Oliver Mulligan and Aoife Nally, gave us songs that ranged over several hundred years and covered the spectrum of human emotions. Oliver learnt from the living tradition in Ireland. Singing in the sean-nos  (‘the old way’), he transported us from Bowes Park to the Emerald Isle. Aoife treated us to Irish favourites like Spancil Hill and Carrickfergus. Sensitively accompanied by Keith Beechey on harp and Ian Coles on guitar, Aoife’s lovely voice and warm presence held us entranced.

On 6th March Sian Allen and Maria Byrne were the club's guests for an all-female bill at Mum's Bistro in Myddleton Road - two days ahead of International Women’s Day on the 8th.

A favourite with the Walthamstow Folk Club crowd, Sian regaled us with stories of love, death, and drinking, all made vivid by her strong voice, expressive delivery and sensitive guitar accompaniment.

Bowes Park resident Maria started life in Cork, but her infectious country-tinged compositions (seasoned with covers from the likes of Gillian Welch) showed that part of her heart is in Tennessee. Her new CD, 'Back To You', launches on 10th March.

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