Wednesday, 14 January 2015

COMING NEXT AT LINCOLN FOLK IN THE CELLAR….PETE MORTON on Saturday 17 October…scroll down to learn more.

******************************************* NEXT AT FALDINGWORTHLIVE Jamie Roberts & Katriona Gilmore on Saturday 31 October…£8 - go to for further details.

****************************** ALSO COMING SOON TO LINCOLN BBC 2 RADIO FOLK AWARD WINNER … …
         LUCY WARD'S BAND…..ready for a fantastic night with this dynamic young band????  GET YOUR TICKETS (£10) NOW FROM ANDY (scroll down for contact details)…on Saturday 24 October at Life church in Lincoln 7.30pm….

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

folk music as a live performance…..

This is what we do…..Andy has been promoting folk events for over forty years so he has a store of contact details for most folk artists…but he is always open to suggestions and contacts from the public and new (to us) artists….the rule is that an artist must be seen in performance to be considered for booking.

Other musical genre such as blues, as well as main stream and traditional folk artists will be considered.

We go to as many local gigs and national festivals as we can to see in performance acts that have been recommended to us.

Andy is also always looking out for new local support acts, as well as inviting established local artists to support…. are you interested in doing a support act ?  Please speak to Andy using the contact details at the top of this site.

Monday, 12 January 2015

CHRISTMAS PARTY - early I know, but it is booked!

SATURDAY January 9 2016

Jez Lowe with support spots tba 7.30pm start and, as usual,




Saturday 17 Oct ober 2015                                                 £8.50 conc £8.00

Pete is a songwriter and performer from Nottingham with a wealth of great songs and a fantastic stage presence.  His show is dynamic and intense as well as approachable and fun loving.  His songs are an unruly mix of humour, politics, social comment and love, wrapping their way around the folk tradition. Starting out as a busker on the streets of Europe, he has entertained all over the globe with traditional songs and from his own store of self-penned classics such as 'Another Train', 'The Shepherd's Song' and 'The Two Brothers'.  He sings from the heart with a passionate, strong voice and a forceful guitar style, performing songs that tell compelling stories and speak of the human condition from his own unique perspective.
Support    Stitherum, a Gainsborough duo who sing a wide range of contemporary, self-penned and traditional material.


Saturday 24 Oct  2015                                                                    £10

NOT AT THE CELLAR BUT at a different venue which is; upstairs at THE ALIVE. This is part of the church (Alive) at the bottom of Beaumont Fee.  Motorists should still use the City Hall car park and walk down to the church. There is a lift and refreshments will be available.

Nominated for BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2014, Lucy Ward from Derby has been having a great start to her career playing clubs and festivals all over the country.  After making her second album 'Single Flame' she realised that to do justice to the material live a band was needed. After one or two changes the line up has settled to old friend Sam Pegg on bass, Stephen MacLachlan who played drums on the album, Icelandic keyboard player Helga Ragnarsdottir and fiddle player extraordinaire Anna Esslemont late of Uiscedwr, who had a distinguished folk music career from 2001 to 2011. With such an experienced and talented line up AND Lucy's fine songs, an electric & atmospheric experience is guaranteed.


SUNDAY 15 Nov 2015                                                   £8.50 conc £8.00

English by birth, Martyn first developed his great love of folk music in the outback of Australia when he went to work on a sheep station in 1960.  He gained first hand experience as a bush worker and at the same time fell in love with both the country and its music.  He spent much of his time seeking out and learning old songs directly from drovers, cane cutters and other bush workers.  After seven years down under he returned to England, where his dedication to the songs he sings has not diminished over the years. Concert tours spreading his style of music to the far corners of the world became his way of life. His music encompasses traditional and contemporary material and  humorous poetry recitations.

Support      Nigel & Teri from Sleaford, whose traditional set will include some Lincolnshire songs.


FRIDAY 11 Dec 2015                                                                          £5.00

Liam (concertina & vocals), Eddy (guitar, banjo & vocals) & Frances (vocals) sing and play traditional folk songs from Britain and North America. Their sound is simple, powerful and direct, bringing a raw, stripped down and authentic approach to the material. All are strong performers in their own right with a wealth of experience in bringing folk song to life. This trio is much more than the sum of its considerable parts.

Support      Gina Le Faux  is an acclaimed musician, songwriter and performer. She has spent much of her life singing and playing fiddle, mandolin and guitar whilst touring with various legends of the British folk scene.

…AND TWO CONCERTS so far for 2016 at Lincoln Folk in the Cellar… the first is Martin Simpson (3/5/16 at The Alive) and the next is Steve Tilston (23/4/16) …. as well as our new year party on 9 January 2016 with JEZ LOWE (see near top of this site).


SPEAK or EMAIL to the organiser Andy Watkins for information on 01522 535770


either: over the counter - only at

SALAMANDERS, a shop, in Park Street which is a small street opposite Ruddocks on Lincoln High Street.

Thanks again for this service to us Kim!

or: email Andy on or phone on 01522 535770 (answer phone available). 

Andy will ask you to send a sae with a cheque or, if close to the time of the concert, may be able to save tickets on the door.  (Details for sending/making out of cheque at top of website).  If you wish you can purchase tickets directly by sending an sae/cheque without contacting us first.  On receipt of your sae/cheque Andy will send you your tickets.  Unfortunately no card sales.

Monday, 1 January 2007

VENUE - the venue for Lincoln Folk in the Cellar is the UNISON CLUB

The Unison Club is in central Lincoln, one minute's walk from the High Street, seven minutes walk from the Cathedral. 

Finding us  LN1 1EZ IS THE UNISON CLUB'S POST CODE.   The Unison Club is in a red brick victorian house surrounded by trees in the BIG car park in front of Lincoln City Council offices.  Folk in the Cellar is in … its cellar!  

Usually you can park relatively easily, although we are ashamed to say that you have to pay after 6.00 pm.   The car park entrance is from Beaumont Fee Road, a left turn when coming from the direction of  Lincoln High Street, and just before (or after) and roughly opposite, the Police Station but behind a row of victorian houses.

There is no big sign saying Unison Club so you do need to look carefully. We are down some rather steep stairs at the side entrance to the building.

Access  Because of 'and down the stairs',  access isn't as easy as we would like, so for all those who are DISABLED, or anyone who doesn't like the sound of those steep steps - just contact us by phone or email a few days before a gig, and we will make sure that someone will guide you to the second access (a set of very shallow doors leading downstairs from the outside to the fire escape door into the concert room.)

Comfort  This is a seated venue.  The cellar has its own pleasant and separate bar. The beer is good and reasonably priced and tea or coffee is also available.  Seating in the concert room is on padded bench seating around the room. There are also chairs. Again if you would like us to reserve chairs or bench seating we will be pleased to do so.

Performing  John Renbourne told us that playing for us is like the old days! The acoustics are fantastic because of course the concert room is a cellar. When necessary sound is provided by the artists or some generous soul like Terry Cater, but some artists prefer not to use sound equipment and be truly acoustic.

We have a small temporary stage, which we put up for any artist who prefers a stage.  Otherwise there is no stage. We start with a forty-five minute support set from a quality local artist. The artists are very close to their audience (even if they are using the stage) and this makes for an intimate experience, which peformers like. All our main artists are contracted to play for an hour and a half. This allows them, and you, to really 'get into' the music and we feel is a different experience from say a festival performance of perhaps twenty minutes or half an hour. We really have had some fantastic evenings!