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concerts

CONCERTS

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WHAT SORT OF MUSIC DO YOU PUT ON AT YOUR CONCERTS?

Our main criteria are that all the headliners and support artists at our concerts should be good, and that they should have what could loosely (very loosely in some cases!) be described as a folk influence.

 

We tend to prefer people with “guts”, passion and sincerity, even if they’re more raw and unpolished, to people who seem to be just going slickly through the motions. No – we won’t name names!

 

Our folkie musical tastes are pretty wide, so we  are happy to have a real eclectic mix!

WHERE ARE THE CONCERTS HELD?

 

They are held in the lovely Grade II  listed ballroom of The Ivy House in Nunhead, London SE15.

WHEN ARE THE CONCERTS HELD?

 

Our concerts at The Ivy House are normally on the last Friday of the month (except July, August and December, when we don’t have concerts) but this may occasionally vary. Please check individual concerts for the date.

I HAVE A DISABILITY. WHAT ACCESS IS THERE?

 

There is one low step into the front bar of The Ivy House, and after that the whole of the pub is  on level ground.

The ballroom is on the ground floor, and there is a  loo with a rail in the ballroom but it may not be suitable for every disability . If you need space for a wheelchair, please contact us in advance and we can reserve one for you.

 

 If you have a disability and have further queries about access or other issues, please contact The Ivy House directly.

WHAT ARE THE SEATING ARRANGEMENTS AT THE CONCERTS?

 

There will be half seated and half standing room, with the seating at our concerts usually being chairs in rows.

 

Seats are not reserved, so to be sure of a seat in a position you prefer (or in some cases a seat at all) you should come early. 

 

We cannot guarantee a seat if the event is very popular and you arrive after the advertised door opening time, although there will be standing space available until we reach the room capacity.

 

WHAT IF I CAN'T GET TO THE CONCERT WHEN THE DOOR OPENS?

 

If you have bought an advance  ticket, you are of course guaranteed entry. If you haven’t, if the event is full to capacity,  unfortunately we may have to turn you away, so we do recommend wherever possible that you buy your ticket in advance.

WHAT IF I GET THERE LATE AND ALL THE SEATS ARE TAKEN? CAN I BRING IN A SEAT FROM ANOTHER ROOM?

 

Seats or stools   from other parts of The Ivy House CANNOT be brought into the ballroom once the door has opened at 7pm. These are needed for other customers of the pub, plus space at the back of the ballroom is needed for standing. Please do not bring any in yourself, as you will be asked to take them out again.

CAN I SAVE SEATS FOR MY FRIENDS WHO ARE ARRIVING LATER?

Our concert seats are not reserved. If your friends are arriving after you, you can only save them seats provided they are not required by other people who arrive before your friends.

 

I HAVE A HEALTH CONDITION AND I CANNOT STAND FOR LONG. CAN YOU RESERVE ME A SEAT?

 

If you need a seat for health or other reasons, you MUST take responsibility for arriving at 7pm. If you are not able to do this, please let us know here IN ADVANCE OF THE DAY that you need a seat. We will not be able to bring in seats from elsewhere in the pub after 7pm.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE CONCERTS? WHAT TIME DO THEY START?

 

Doors open at 7pm and the live music starts at 8pm.

 

The format of our concerts will usually be like this:

 

7pm – Door opens , DJ

8pm – First support artist

8.25pm – BREAK

8.30pm – First set from headliner

9.15pm – INTERVAL

9.45pm – Second support artist

10.10pm – BREAK

10.15pm – Second set from headliner

11pm (please see below) – DJ

 

This order and the timings may occasionally vary if there are circumstances outwith our control. It will also vary if we have more than one headliner.

WHY DO I SOMETIMES HAVE TO WAIT TO GET IN?

 

We do our very best to open the doors at 7pm. This isn’t always possible as sometimes musicians are late for their sound check, or there are other circumstances beyond our control. Please be patient if you have to wait a little while! Artists do not usually  like audience members listening to their sound checks!

 

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR YOUR CONCERTS?

 

Nobody under eighteen is allowed in any part of The Ivy House after 8pm.

 

WHAT DRINKS WILL BE AVAILABLE?

 

The Ivy House bars  have a very varied selection of wine and beer, including Lucky Saint (a low alcohol beer) on draught. There is also tea and coffee!

 

WILL FOOD BE AVAILABLE?

 

The Ivy House has excellent food, including vegetarian and vegan options.

 

WILL I BE ABLE TO EAT IN THE BALLROOM?

You  will not be able to eat any food in the ballroom at our gigs.

 

You are very welcome to come in when the door opens at 7pm, get your hand stamped,  save a seat and then eat in another part of the pub. If you do not want to do that, then please make sure that you arrive in sufficient time to order and eat your meal before the door opens.

 

You can also phone The Ivy House in advance on 0207 277 8233  to reserve a table to eat in one of the other rooms .

singarounds

SINGAROUNDS

WHAT IS A SINGAROUND?

 

A Singaround – well, ours, anyway – consists of people – or sometimes small groups of people – taking it in turns to sing a song. Don’t stop reading there! You don’t have to sing if you don’t want to! We welcome listeners too!!

 

Our Singarounds are very informal and participative – no mics (It isn’t an open mic night) , no stage,  no audience, we sing for ourselves. And we don’t sit in a circle! You can sit wherever you like, and sing from wherever you want, standing up or sitting down. 

 

Our Seasonal Singaround, held every year in December, has a different format as we intersperse individual songs with unison singing of carols and other seasonal songs.

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT THE EVENING TO BE LIKE?

That  depends entirely  on who turns up on any particular evening ! We  don’t vet anyone, or what they are going to sing, so sometimes   you may not personally enjoy some of the singers or the songs.

 

We feel this is a small price to pay for having an inclusive Singaround where we hope that everybody feels welcome.

 

WHAT CAN I SING?

 

You can sing whatever you like, but as we’re a folk club many people do sing folk or folk-influenced songs. It's great If your song has a chorus or people can join in with it, but If you would rather people didn’t join in when it’s “your” turn, please say so before you start! We won’t be offended ….we know it’s annoying when people join in with a different version of your song!

 

Songs from any country or culture are welcome! We’ve had songs in French, German, Welsh, Hebrew, Norwegian, Gaelic, Hungarian, Japanese and many other languages.

 

We have also had everything from hard-core traditional folk and  beautiful self-penned songs to Status Quo (sorry, afraid that was Nyge and Sue aka the Goose doing a rather poor version of Down The Dustpipe)  so feel free to let loose .....

 ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS AT ALL ON WHAT I CAN SING?

 

We  ask that you don’t sing very long songs, unless you are Mike Waterson singing Tam Lin, which we can say with absolute certainty that you won’t be.

 

SHOULD I INTRODUCE MY SONG?

 

We also ask that you don’t spend more than a very short time on introducing your song. If there are a lot of people wanting to sing, a lot of talking means that other people may not get a second song during the evening, plus we want to hear singing, not talking!
 

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN IT'S MY TURN TO SING?

 

You put your name on the list on the table when you arrive. If you can’t find the list, please ask somebody. If they don’t know, please ask somebody else 🙂

 

The order of the names is the order of singing. We  will call your name when it’s your turn.

 

If you want to sing later in the evening, please wait and put your name on the list later. It confuses everybody if you leave a big blank space on the list with your name at the bottom of the space!

 

We give people one song each until we reach the end of the list, then we start again, so if you are early you are more likely to get more than one song. (though we may not start another round if we feel that there is not time for everybody to sing, as we have to finish by 10.30pm.
 

CAN I SING WITH SOMEONE ELSE, OR WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE?

 

Yes, of course! If there is more than one person singing or playing together, it counts as one song per group. The individual  people in the group can also each  sing a solo song if they want, but they must also  put their names on the list separately in that case.

 

CAN I USE AN INSTRUMENT?

 

You are welcome to accompany yourself on an instrument, but this is a Singaround, so not the place for solely instrumental tunes. Nor is it a session!

 

If you’re looking for a session, there are a number of sessions running regularly which are reasonably local (to us). If a Google doesn’t find them, please ask us and we will try to point you in the right direction.

If you are using an instrument and that instrument is in a case, it is very helpful if you could make sure it is a) out of its case and b) tuned if necessary before your name is called 🙂
 

CAN I USE WORDS (WRITTEN, THAT IS!)?

 

Yes of course! On paper or on your phone! Though it’s always impressive when people don’t have to refer to words...

 

WHEN DOES THE SINGAROUND START AND FINISH? IS THERE A BREAK?

 

The door opens at 7pm and the singing starts at 7.15pm. 

 

The exact finish time will depend on how many people there are who want to sing.

 

We have to finish singing by 10.30pm at the latest, which is when the bar closes on Sundays. 

 

If there are a lot of singers, this may mean that not everybody gets a second song. The earlier you arrive, and the sooner you put your name down to sing, the more chance you have of getting a song in the second half.

 

We always finish with a  song which everybody can join in with, led by the Goose.

 

We have a short break in the middle, usually (unless there are crowds of singers) after we have been through all the singers once. But of course you are welcome to come and go to the bar as you please during the course of the Singaround!

 

I'M WORRIED EVERYBODY ELSE WILL BE BETTER THAN ME

Yeh, you and most of us! Really, don’t worry. Some people who come have been singing for years and are very experienced. Others have never sung in public before. Others have but are still terrified every time. Some people hide it better than others.... It’s like anything, it gets easier the more you do it. You’ve got to start somewhere....

I'D REALLY LIKE TO SING AT A GOOSE CONCERT, IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE

 

Several of our Singaround participants have gone on to support our headliner/s at a concert, But please don’t be offended if we don’t ask you - we can’t book everybody! 

 

Also, we try to book support acts  who complement particular headliners.

 

I DON'T WANT TO SING AT ALL!

 

If you want to come and just listen, of course that’s absolutely fine too – we don’t want to make anybody feel uncomfortable, or feel that they have to sing. You don’t! Though we hope if you’re a bit shy that at some stage you’ll give it a go! And of course we hope that you’ll join in the choruses (though you don’t have to, obviously!).

 

WHAT DOES IT COST TO COMET TO THE SINGAROUND?

 

It is £5 on the door for both singers and listeners.  At present we take CASH or BACS only, sorry.

WILL THERE BE FOOD AVAILABLE AT THE SINGAROUND?

 

The Ivy House usually serves meals at lunchtime on a Sunday, but it does not serve food on Sunday nights. Last orders for food are at 6pm on  Sundays. Please phone the pub on  020 7277  8233 in advance to check the situation if you would like to eat there.

 

Please do not bring your own food into the Singaround!

 

I HAVE A DISABILITY. WHAT ACCESS IS THERE?

 

There is one low step into the front bar of The Ivy House, and after that the whole of the pub is  on level ground.

The ballroom is on the ground floor, and there is a  loo with a rail in the ballroom but it may not be suitable for every disability . If you need space for a wheelchair, please contact us in advance and we can reserve one for you.

 

 If you have a disability and have further queries about access or other issues, please contact The Ivy House directly.

concerttickets

CONCERT TICKETS

WHEN WILL TICKETS BE AVAILABLE FOR A PARTICULAR CONCERT?

 

We advise our newsletter subscribers as soon as tickets are on sale for a particular concert (popular concerts may sell out early). Subscribe to our newsletter  here.!

SHOULD I BUY A TICKET IN ADVANCE?

 

We advise you to buy your tickets in advance if you can, as we can only guarantee entry to advance ticket holders. We  have to ensure that we do not exceed the legal capacity of the room, as well as considering the comfort and safety of our audience.  We will always let you know via our newsletter or on the website if we are getting close to selling out.

 

HOW DO I GET ADVANCE TICKETS?

 

Advance tickets for all our concerts are available online from We Got Tickets.

Please note that there may be more than one page of our concerts on WeGotTickets! If you can’t see the concert you are looking for, try the next page!

 

WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I HAVE BOUGHT AN ADVANCE TICKET?

 

You will receive an email from WeGotTickets with a unique reference number. You must bring along this reference number on the night, together with proof of your identity. We may not ask for these, but we reserve the right to do so.

 

If you do not receive an email with a reference number, your purchase has not gone through and you will need to take that up directly with WeGotTickets before the event, as we are unable to do this on your behalf.

 

If your purchase has not gone through and we have sold out, we will unfortunately not be able to sell you another ticket on the door, so do please check that you have received your reference number!

CAN I  BUY A TICKET ON THE DOOR?

 

If a concert is not sold out in advance, tickets will also be available on the door on the night, – first come first served. We do not reserve door tickets.

 

CAN I PAY WITH A  CARD?

 

At present we only take cash or BACS on the door, though that may change in the future.

 

HOW WILL I KNOW IF THE CONCERT IS ALREADY SOLD OUT?

 

As soon as a concert is sold out, we put a notice on the online ticket page for that concert.

 

HOW CAN I TELL IF A CONCERT IS NEAR TO SELLING OUT?

 

We always let our newsletter subscribers know when a concert is near to selling out. However, we cannot stress strongly enough that if you want to be sure of a ticket, you should buy your tickets early! Popular concerts sell out very quickly!

 

WHAT ARE YOUR TICKET PRICES?

 

Ticket prices vary depending on the headliner. Please look at the information for  the particular concert you are interested in to find out the ticket price. 

 

To encourage you to buy your tickets in advance, and thus save us sleepless nights wondering how many people are going to turn up, advance tickets are usually cheaper than tickets on the door 🙂

 

IS THE TICKET PRICE ON YOUR WEBSITE THE AMOUNT I WILL PAY?

 

In common with all ticket sites, WeGotTickets adds a small percentage to your ticket price to cover the costs of providing its  services. Its customer service is excellent, so we think this is good value!

 

SOMETHING ELSE HAS COME UP, AND I CAN'T COME TO THE CONCERT. CAN I GET A REFUND?

 

In line with other music promoters, we do not give refunds unless the circumstances are exceptional (in which case please contact us).

However, we now have an arrangement with WeGotTickets whereby if you have bought tickets which you can't now use,  AND THE CONCERT IS SOLD OUT, WeGotTickets will notify the waiting list (see below) that tickets are available. If the tickets are then bought by somebody on the waiting list, WeGotTickets will refund your money.

If you want to make use of this service, or you have any questions about it, please contact WeGotTickets directly.

CAN I SELL MY TICKETS TO SOMEONE ELSE?

If you have bought advance tickets,  please be aware of WeGotTickets terms and conditions.

 

If you cannot use your tickets, you may be able to reallocate them online to friends. See  here for details.

Alternatively, contact us before the date of the concert to let us know the name/s of the people to whom you have reallocated your tickets.
 

 THE  CONCERT HAS SOLD OUT AND I AM SURE THERE ARE PEOPLE WANTING TICKETS. CAN YOU PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH THEM?

 

We stopped doing this ourselves, as for various reasons  it  became too much of a hassle for us on top of everything else we had to do, so we reluctantly stopped doing it.

However,  WeGotTickets will try to resell your tickets PROVIDED THE CONCERT HAS SOLD OUT, and will keep a waiting list of people who want tickets.  If they are able to resell your tickets, they will refund you.   If you want to make use of this service, or you have any questions about it, please contact WeGotTickets directly.

THE  CONCERT HAS SOLD OUT AND I AM DESPERATE TO GET A TICKET!

We now have an arrangement whereby you can go onto the WeGotTickets page for the concert concerned and put your name on a waiting list. If somebody has tickets which they can no longer use, and let WeGotTickets know,  WeGotTickets will contact you. You will then pay for the ticket as usual, and WeGotTickets will refund the original ticket holder.

If you want to make use of this service, or you have any questions about it, please contact WeGotTickets directly.

aboutthegoose

ABOUT THE GOOSE

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 NYGEL

 

Nyge is very lovely. He is part of Folk2Future, DJs who have regularly played at the Big Chill Bar in Dray Walk off Brick Lane and also at some of the Big Chill festivals. He also DJs as DJFlapjack Davey.

 

Listen to some of Nygel’s mixes. Listen to some of Nygel’s own tunes.

 

One of Nyge’s other claims to fame is that he was a member of The Knights of the Occasional Table, who brought out such great albums as “Knees up Mother Earth”, “Les Elephants du Paradis”, “The Planet Sweet” and “John Barleycorn 2000”. Yep, that has to be kind of folkie with a name like that . It “explores the rich seam of folk in a more modern context of synthesisers and loops”, it says here...

 

The Knights also had a session with John Peel (R.I.P.) and their single “Eden” was a single of the week on Radio 1’s evening show in the nineties.

 

Listen to some Knights of the Occasional Table tracks

 

Nyge has many other claims to fame but he won’t let me tell you them! We won’t mention that reversible jacket then, eh, Nyge?

SUE

 

Sue got into Folk way way back in the sixties. She likes to brag that she was at Bert Jansch’s first solo concert at St Pancras Town Hall, having sat open-mouthed throughout when she saw him for the first time at that so-atmospheric venue the Fairfield Halls in Croydon (well it was all new then, innit. All that folkie finger-picking stuff.)

 

Once she’d heard Martin Carthy, that was it really. A folkie for life. In fact Sue and Nyge got together as a result of discovering a mutual (platonic obviously) love of Mr Carthy at a party. How we came to discover it, who knows, must have been fate.

 

Unlike Nygel, Sue has no claims to fame whatsoever really. She mainly just talks too much, interrupts, bosses people around and swears .  Apart from that she’s mostly alright though.

HOW DID THE GOOSE GET ITS NAME?

About The Goose

It is from a Zen koan. A koan is a riddle which cannot be solved by the mind.

A tiny gosling is put inside a huge glass bottle which has a very small neck, and grows to be a full sized goose.

The riddle is: How do you get the goose out of the bottle without breaking the bottle or killing the goose? The answer is: The Goose Is Out!

Please do not ask us to explain this! It cannot be understood by the mind, as we said!

Plus Sue already had the domain name registered for a previous purpose, we found some great Goose pix (including our logo)  on a royalty free image site, and our first gigs were Upstairs at the East Dulwich Tavern,  which is opposite Goose Green!

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