Toy Museum Folk Club’s 2019 Spring Season Announced!

Martin Carthy

As we bring a thrilling sell-out first season of the Toy Museum Folk Club to an end this week, we’re excited to launch our 2019 season with a line-up announcement! It’s been a wonderful inaugural year for Folkroom’s folk club, which is housed in the spectacular and yet intimate Brighton Toy & Model Museum. We’ve seen stunning sets from some of Britain’s rising folk stars, a couple of unexpected collaborations and have also counted former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell amongst our attendees, with two events featuring live illustrations by the author and artist.

Our 2019 Spring season looks set to surpass all our expectations for what the Toy Museum Folk Club could be. We’ve pulled together a varied and diverse line-up that features trad folk legends, future folk stars and bold new artists that defy genre. Opening the season for us will be one of the most iconic musicians on the UK folk scene – Martin Carthy. We’re particularly excited about this event. It’s a rare opportunity to catch Martin in a unique and intimate 40-capacity venue. We’re confident that the Toy Museum Folk Club will be the only place you’ll ever get to see Martin Carthy play surrounded by antique train sets, model aeroplanes and vintage toys.

Kitty Macfarlane

We’re honoured to be hosting each and every one of our headliners in the Spring season. We have true stars of the traditional folk circles in John Kirkpatrick and Jim Causley. Singer-songwriters Kitty Macfarlane and Luke Jackson both draw on the folk tradition whilst bringing us new and critically acclaimed music. Ayanna Witter-Johnson allows us an exciting twist on folk club expectations by hosting a stunning new voice who draws as strongly from R&B and soul as she does from the blues. We also bring new sounds from in traditional folk from renowned Scots singer Iona Fyfe and the exciting pairing of Ben Walker & Rob Harbron (known for his work in Leveret) on their first duo tour.


Each headline has been paired with a support act we think deserves wider recognition on the scene. Be they traditionally-minded acts like Hickory Signals and Laura Hockenhull & Chloe Overton, or groundbreaking singer-songwriters like Robin Elliott and Kate Stapley, we’ve some absolute gems waiting to be unearthed at each and every gig. At certain gigs, according to his availability, we will once again by hosting live illustrations by Chris Riddell – these aren’t guaranteed for every gig, though, so consider it a magical bonus if he’s around when you’re attending!

Tickets for all events go on sale today, November 6th, and are available both from WeGotTickets and in person at Brighton Toy & Model Museum. Look below for full event details and ticket links.


Toy Museum Folk Club – Spring 2019

Jan 12th – Martin Carthy ( with support from Hickory Signals) [TICKETS]

Feb 22nd – John Kirkpatrick (w/ Kirsty Merryn) [TICKETS]

Mar 8th – Kitty Macfarlane (w/ Robin Elliott) [TICKETS]

Mar 30th – Iona Fyfe (w/ Thom Ashworth) [TICKETS]

Apr 13th – Ayanna Witter-Johnson (w/ Kate Stapley) [TICKETS]

May 10th – Jim Causley (w/ Germa Adan) [TICKETS]

May 24th – Luke Jackson (w/ Jack Harris) [TICKETS]

Jun 21st – Ben Walker & Rob Harbron (w/ Laura Hockenhull & Chloe Overton) [TICKETS]





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