Saturday 5th November featuring City Ramblers Revival 

Made up of Hylda Sims, Simon Prager and Doc Stenson, they play an eclectic mix of Skiffle, Blues, Folk, and original songs with an occasional excursion into Rock n Roll, Country and Music Hall, and are named after the City Ramblers, a famous late fifties group of which Hylda was a member. They were regulars on BBC Radio, TV’s 6.5 Special and residents at Soho’s Skiffle Cellar in Greek Street.

Saturday 1st October 2016 featuring Tim Jones & the Dark Lanterns plus floor spots

The guest act for October is Tim Jones & the Dark Lanterns.  Influenced by the traditional singers and folk music of the UK, the band use this sound to help Tim Jones’ songs come to life. Whether a capella, shape-shifting fairy tales, or a boozy singalong, a sense of the stories and melodies that underpin folk music runs through all the songs.

There will also be floor spots, so come along sing a song/do a dance/read a story/play a tune! 

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. 

Upstairs at The Selkirk, Tooting Broadway, London, SW17 0ES 

Entry £5 

Saturday 3rd September 2016 featuring The Matchsellers plus floor spots

After a smashing folk fest in June we are now having a break for the summer but will be back at The Selkirk on Saturday 3rd September!  And we are very excited to have bluegrass folk duo The Matchsellers as guest act, all the way from the USA!

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The Matchsellers are Warsaw, Indiana native Andrew Morris and Julie Bates of Kansas City, Missouri. Playing down-home bluegrass and wild, gritty country-folk, they have been touring relentlessly across Europe and the USA for the last couple of years.

There will also be floor spots as usual! Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Entry is £5.

Upstairs at The Selkirk, 60 Selkirk Road, Tooting Broadway, London SW17 0ES


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JOE WOOLLEY & TALI TROW (lords of thyme)






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.