Saturday 7th May featuring Lion’s Share plus floor spots

Performing a mixture of American and British traditional songs as well as his own songs, Hertfordshire-born folk singer and banjo player Jimmy Grayburn will be accompanied by guitarist and fiddle player Tom Blackburn. Weaving dark folk tales and upbeat rootsy stomps, together as “The Lion’s Share” they are garnering quite a reputation throughout London.

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Saturday 9th April featuring Tom Lewis plus floor spots 

We are proud to have the “Springsteen of the Sea Shanty” as our guest for April.

Often accompanying himself with button accordion or ukulele, former submariner Tom sings nautical songs of loneliness and the lure of the sea as well as traditional shanties and classic nautical poetry, set to his own, and others’ melodies.

Born in Northern Ireland, Tom’s Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty “to be heard above the gales”.

Watch This Space!

Hello and Happy New Year!  Just a little update, as you may know January’s TOOTING FOLK had to be cancelled as unfortunately the venue told us they had double booked.  We are currently waiting to hear on future dates at the Selkirk and will let you know as soon as we have things confirmed. So, watch this space!  And if you want to be on the email list please drop us a line:


Saturday 5th December 2015 – Featuring Stick In The Wheel


The first act to do a second stint at TOOTING FOLK so far, Stick In The Wheel play London folk songs in their own unique, raw, authentic and original style.

Stick In The Wheel’s debut album F​rom Here​ is a raw, fresh take on English Folk music. Their now trademark abrasive delivery of both original and traditional tracks addresses issues that still have relevance today, re-visiting traditions long-lost, as well as those disappearing right before us. The band is spearheaded by Nicola Kearey’s fierce uncompromising vocal delivery, accompanied by Ian Carter’s hypnotic Dobro playing, Fran Foote’s harmony vocal and underpinned by sparse taut arrangements.

The album has received much acclaim not only from the folk press but also beyond…

“A triumph” The Observer

“Splendidly pugnacious” The Telegraph

“Inspirationally abrasive” The Guardian

“The hottest new folk band for ages…” Ian Anderson, fRoots magazine

There will also be floor spots as usual!  Come along sing a song, arrive around 7.30pm to put your name on the list.

Entry is £6, doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Upstairs at The Selkirk, 60 Selkirk Road, Tooting Broadway, London SW17 0ES.

Saturday 14th November 2015 – featuring Mikey Kenney with Damon Kilcawley

Mikey Kenney with DK

Hailing from Liverpool, but with Lancashire roots, this majestic singer and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist plays his own original compositions which appear on his Ottersgear albums as well as a combination of English, Irish, Celtic, Bluegrass and Americana tunes.

His album ‘The Quest for Rest is an English folk record; its traditional elements are stirring, heart-warmingly melodious, and never dull for a second, due largely to Kenney’s musicianship. It’s grounding in the Trough of Bowland, North Lancashire, renders it timeless, a quality that is shared by Kenney’s voice. Dotted throughout the record are subtle musical nods, reference points that hint at a wider sense of knowing, a worldliness compressed; it makes for something that sounds refreshingly original and yet familiar in the way that all great folk music does.’ Bearded Magazine

He will be accompanied by Damon Kilcawley of The Kilcawley Family (who played the first Tooting Folk!). He is a fantastic flat picker, harmonica player and interpreter of folk songs in his own right

There will also be floor spots as usual so come along sing a song! We are back in the usual room, upstairs at The Selkirk, 60 Selkirk Road, Tooting Broadway, SW17 0ES.

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. £6 entry.

Saturday 3rd October 2015 – TOOTING FOLK goes to Tooting Market!

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It will be a different TOOTING FOLK this month as we make a temporary move to Unwined in Tooting Market (due to a clash with some rugby world cup shenanigans).  As it is a bit of an experiment, we have rebooked Hickory Signals for January instead.

There will be lots of floor spots, plus some songs from Caz Forbes & Ste Moncrieff and The Bara Bara Band.  Come along sing a song!

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. FREE ENTRY! Oh and Unwined sells lots of wine and local beers!


Unwined, Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High St, London, SW17 0SN

Please note it is not Broadway Market. Going from Tooting Broadway tube, carry on up the road past the two entrances to Broadway Market until you see Tooting Market!


Saturday 6th June 2015 featuring Long Lankin plus floor spots

Long Lankin are four female instrumentalists and singers, whose intricate and thoughtful arrangements of songs and tunes from the English, Scottish, Scandinavian and American folk tradition are as skilfully and beautifully executed as their original material. Singing in close harmony, Long Lankin hail from England, Shetland, the North-East and Ireland.

There will also be floor spots as usual so come along sing a song! This is the last TOOTING FOLK before a break for the summer, back in September.

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. £4 entry.

Saturday 2nd May 2015 featuring Porchlight Smoker plus Floor Spots


Sussex-based Porchlight Smoker are armed with a range of instruments, including banjo, guitar, lapsteel, stand-up bass and mandolin, even clarinet, which accompany the band’s trademark four-part vocal harmonies. Their live gigs show off the band’s multi-national song-writing talents, with Scott Smith, from Wichita, Kansas, bringing his extensive knowledge of the American folk tradition, Scotsman Steve Bell’s Celtic folk influence, and London born Fred Gregory’s well, very English identity all combining to form the band’s unique and exciting sound.

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. £4 entry.

There will be floor spots too, so come along sing a song!